I. Organizational Context
The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations. With over 8,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, where they need it. By implementing around 1,000 projects for our partners at any given time, UNOPS makes significant contributions to results on the ground, often in the most challenging environments.
The Central African Republic Country Office (CAR) is based in Bangui and is part of the UNOPS Hub in Central Africa (CDOH) which covers eleven countries. The Hub has developed strong working relations with the international partners, UN agencies including UN Missions and Governments of Central Africa over the years. It provides technical support and capacity building in strategic development areas including infrastructure rehabilitation and development across health, education, public works, governance/public administration sectors; procurement, project management and sectoral advisory services; peace and security, environmental preservation and protection among others.
UNOPS CDOH in the Central African Republic (CAR) is looking for a Country Manager based in Bangui to manage the programme and stakeholders and lead the business development activities. The Country Manager reports directly to the Hub Director located in Democratic Republic of Congo who provides direction and general supervision and to the Hub Head of Programme as the secondary supervisor. It is the most strategic role for UNOPS in CAR. The Country Manager is responsible for programme development planning and programme implementation. The role contributes to the development and implementation of strategies to enhance the competencies and position of UNOPS in sustainable project management, sustainable infrastructure and sustainable procurement.
The Central African Republic Country Office (CAR) has a growing portfolio of over 100 million USD in projects, with more than 100 personnel. The portfolio of the CAR Country Office reflects that of its Hub in that it ranges from infrastructure rehabilitation and construction to multi-sectoral projects for social protection and peace and security.
II. Functions / Key Results Expected
Summary of key results:
- Country office governance and oversight
- Programme implementation, governance and monitoring
- Programme development and planning
- Partnerships development and stakeholder management
- Knowledge management and innovation
- Country representation.
1.Country office governance and oversight
- Plan and manage the country office’s programme resources (human, material and financial) and propose to the CDOH Hub Director any such required programme resources.
- Submit revenue and expenditure forecasts based on UNOPS and hub financial goals, and ensure timely reporting including that of PMs and operational support service personnel to Hub Senior Management and partners.
- Manage country office programme resources in accordance with UNOPS standards of ethics, integrity and accountability framework and financial sustainability. Ensure timely project audits and compliance to country office audit and audit recommendations.
- Plan, recruit, manage and develop programme personnel/technical experts with the skills and competencies needed to ensure optimum performance and encourage the formation of diverse teams in terms of gender and geography.
- Promote teamwork, collaboration and diversity by providing the country office programme teams with clear direction, objectives and guidance to enable them to perform their duties responsibly, effectively and efficiently.
- Provide the required country office leadership to programme and support teams and foster a positive work environment, respectful of both men and women, and ensure that the highest standards of conduct are observed.
- Plan, manage, conduct and/or respond to UNOPS performance evaluation reviews and surveys.
2.Programme implementation, governance and monitoring
- Responsible for project portfolio governance and oversight as delegated by the Hub Director and the Head of Programme.
- Establish and execute the country office’s programme implementation plans in collaboration with the teams, the Hub’s Head of Programme and partners, including setting objectives, performance measurements, standards and results expected to ensure timely and client-oriented services.
- Monitor and supervise the timely and cost-effective implementation of the programme portfolio according to UNOPS goals and partner expectations, approved budget and full cost recovery.
- Mentor and assist Project Managers and Project Support Officers in planning, execution and delivery of allocated projects, ensuring incorporation of best practice project management processes including efficient project budget monitoring and management and health and safety measures.
- Facilitate timely and accurate project tracking, analysis of outputs, and quality reporting. Use lessons-learned in programme development.
- Develop and implement the programme governance framework and provide the required programme leadership and governance through the role of Project Executive on Project Boards.
3.Programme Development and Planning
- Support the Hub Director in ensuring the financial sustainability of the programme and delivery of desired results, compliance with organisational strategies, rules, regulations and standards of performance.
- Submit mandated reports and critical issues to the Hub Director and clients, to drive future process improvement and business development planning.
- Analyse and keep abreast of political and development trends in the geographical area, to identify and propose to the CDOH Hub Director areas for UNOPS engagement and support based on priorities in the relevant geography, strategic areas of focus and comparative advantage.
- Manage and oversee the preparation of programme documents (including business cases/strategies, policy briefs, programme plans and risk assessments).
- Ensure the accurate and timely completion of programme/business recommendations for the review and approval of the CDOH Hub Director.
- Consult and collaborate with internal and external colleagues and partners to ensure linkages, consistency, and harmonisation of approaches and compliance with guidelines, framework and standards of accountability, integrity and performance.
4.Partnerships development and stakeholder management
- Develop, establish and strengthen strategic partnerships through active networking, advocacy and effective communication of UNOPS competencies in project service delivery and management.
- Support the business development function by identifying and developing new business and partnership/customer opportunities
- Collaborate with the Partnerships Advisor to prepare proposals and partnerships engagement.
- Proactively contribute to current and future growth plans for the CAR office, ensuring alignment with the UNOPS Global, Regional and Hub Strategic Plan.
- Support the Communication Analysts and Assistantsto develop communication strategies to maximise communication impact and outreach and build awareness of UNOPS goals and competencies to reinforce UNOPS competitive edge as a provider of sustainable projects results.
- At the request of the Hub Director participate and/or represent the Country Office in inter-agency discussions and planning to ensure UNOPS position, interests and priorities are fully considered.
- Undertake stakeholder management through the participation and contribution in project board (steering committee) meetings with partners, project managers and stakeholders as assigned project executive on project boards. Participate and lead stakeholder meeting forums including those with beneficiaries as required.
- Determine pricing strategies based on UNOPS pricing policy and models to ensure an appropriate balance between revenue and development capacity within UN mandate and spirit
5.Knowledge management and innovation
- Keep abreast of and incorporate latest/best practices, approaches and technology to enhance the programme delivery and results.
- Institutionalise and share best practices and lessons learned for corporate development planning and knowledge building.
- Draft policy papers and/or recommend policy changes to align operations with changing environment.
- Lead the planning, implementation and organization of strategic capacity building of personnel, clients and stakeholders within the programme
- Act as the internal coordination point to ensure adequate coordination of UNOPS activities in the designated country.
- At the request of the Hub Director, participate in relevant inter-agency and external meetings.
- Maintain regular contact with stakeholders, including Government to ensure full information sharing and participation.
- Collaborate with internal and external partners, colleagues and stakeholders to keep abreast of evolving trends, advocate UNOPS services and build partnerships/alliances to maintain/enhance UNOPS visibility in project services in development cooperation.
- At the request of the Hub Director, participate in the UN Security Management Team and in line with the UN Security Management System Framework of Accountability, support the UN Designated Official in discharging his/her mandate related to the safety and security of all UNOPS personnel, premises and assets.
- At the request of the Hub Director, participate in UN Country Team initiatives to strengthen UN coherence, inclusiveness, and aid effectiveness.
- At the request of the Hub Director, keep the UN Resident Coordinator informed of UNOPS activities within the country through regular communication and formal reporting on business acquisition and implementation of activities led by UNOPS as part of the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).
Impact of Results
The effective and successful performance by the Country Manager directly impacts on achievement of programme results and consequently reinforces the visibility and image of the UNOPS as an effective service provider in project services and management and strengthens its competitive position as a partner of choice in sustainable development and project services.
- A Master’s degree in project management, public administration, business administration, social sciences, engineering or other relevant related field is required.
- A combination of Bachelor’s degree with an additional 2 years of relevant work experience (meaning a total of minimum 12 years relevant experience as described below) may be accepted in lieu of the education requirements outlined above.
- A minimum of 10 years of experience managing multi-sectoral projects and that combines strategic and managerial leadership in project/programme management, planning and operations in a large international and/or corporate organization.
- At least 5 years of leadership experience in country office management or equivalent, including supervising teams and managing budgets.
- Some experience in UN system organizations preferably in a developing country is an advantage.
- Experience in hardship or post conflict environments is desirable.
- PRINCE2® Foundation/Practitioner an asset, but required completion within first 6 months of onboarding.
- Fluency in French required.
- Full working knowledge in English is essential.
CONTRACT TYPE, LEVEL AND DURATION
- Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement (IICA)
- Contract level: I-ICA 3 / ICS 12
- Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.
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- Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
- Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
- Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
- Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
- UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
- Work life harmonization– UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract type
- Central African Republic is a Non Family Duty Station
- For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
- The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
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.
How to apply
Please visit the link below :https://jobs.unops.org/Pages/ViewVacancy/VADetails.aspx?id=19726