Background Information – UNOPS
UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.
Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.
With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.
A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners’ needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.
Background Information – Kenya
Located in Nairobi, Kenya, the East Africa Hub manages a growing portfolio of engagements, including associated strategic and operational risks. The East Africa sub-region currently consists of an established Operation Centre in South Sudan and a portfolio of engagements managed by the Kenya based East Africa Hub office. This includes primarily transactional projects in partnership with the Nairobi based UN Agencies UN-Habitat and UNEP, and multiple ‘operational’ projects in Somalia, Tanzania, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya and several island states.
The UNOPS Somalia Office presently manages a significant portfolio of projects in Somalia and has its direct representational and oversight functions in Somalia, while maintaining a technical and administrative support capacity at the hub level in Nairobi. UNOPS works with multiple partners including the Governments of Somalia, bilateral and multilateral donors, and United Nations Agencies, Funds and Programmes
In order to provide political, development and security assistance in Somalia, the international community’s contributions were brought together under the New Deal framework, endorsed at the Brussels conference on September 7, 2013. The framework sets out 5 Peace and State building goals (thematic areas) against which all international efforts are to be aligned, coordinated by the FGS, UN and donor steering groups.
In keeping with the New Deal framework,UNOPS is particularly interested in strengthening its coordination and liaison capacity with relevant Government institutions, Government led mechanisms and emerging trust fund instruments.
Police and Military Stipends**
Two of the largest of UNOPS-Somalia programmes included the distribution of stipends to the Somali National Police and the Somali National Army (SNA). Both are considered critical by the international community for promoting stability. The stipends programmes are a part of Security Sector Reform (SSR) and fall within the second of the Peace and State building Goals (PSGs): “Establish unified, capable, accountable and rights-based Somali federal security institutions, providing basic security for its citizens.” Complementary to the stipends programmes is the bio-metric registration of the police and military. Registration of police and military personnel promotes accountability and transparency and is crucial for building the Somali government’s capacity in terms of improved financial and personnel management.
The Working Environment
Mogadishu is a hard ship non-family duty station.
Purpose and Scope of Assignment
The project manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the military stipends project and the complementary component for biometric registration. He/she is expected to meet project objectives and provide the project related services to the different donors, partners and beneficiaries.
He/she is responsible for managing the performance of his/her team, composed of six international personnel who are tasked to set-up the stipends project process and execute accordingly. The team consists of two mentors who train and coach local SNA staff to execute the payments, one IT specialist, one logistical expert, one senior programme specialist and a project support officer.
The project manager is responsible for carefully reviewing the project initiation documents (PID), having a complete understanding of the Legal Agreement(s) and having a thorough understanding of the terms, conditions, and the respective roles and responsibilities of the partners/stakeholders to meet the objectives for UNOPS and the client/ donor.
Success of the project(s) will be based on the set criteria of UNOPS engagements which are linked to the below responsibilities. The project manager is responsible for all aspects of the project life cycle as defined by UNOPS’ adherence to the PRINCE2 methodology.
He/she must be able to apply independently, the below duties and responsibilities of the project success criteria:
Delivery and Performance:
Identify and report potential business opportunities for UNOPS.
Follow the Project Management Life Cycle Instructions and ensure that all organizational policies are complied with (Organizational Directives and Administrative Instructions). Consult with the Head of Implementation for any guidance required;
Prepare or adapt the following plans for approval by the Project Board:
I. Project Initiation Documentation;
II. Stage/Exception Plans and relevant Product Descriptions;
Core Values and Principles:**
Understand and respect UNOPS sustainability principles
Partnerships and Coordination **
Contribute to innovation and the adaptation of best practice standards of sustainability and quality.
Monitoring and Progress Controls
Ensure that the project produces the required outcomes within the agreed upon limitations of time, cost, quality, scope, risk and benefits.
PRINCE2 Foundation or Practitioner Certification are an asset
Fluency in written and spoken English is essential; working knowledge of additional UN or regional languages is considered an asset.
Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement
Contract level: IICA 3
Contract duration: 12 months renewable subject to availability of funds
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It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.