Background Information – UNOPS
UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.
UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.
Working with us
UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.
With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.
Work life harmonization
UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.
Background Information – Job-specific
UNOPS Hub in Amman
The UNOPS Hub in Amman implements projects in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen, in partnership with bilateral donors, national governments, and other UN agencies. With an established presence across the region, the office runs operations including large-scale procurement, project development, and technical management, and provides financial, human resources, and infrastructure-related services. The functional objective of UNOPS Hub in Amman is to deliver its projects in an efficient and effective manner and in line with the principles, rules and regulations of UNOPS, in order to support the response to the current needs and national priorities in the region.
The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
UNOPS is committed to achieving a fully diverse workforce.
Background Information – Syria
The operational environment in Syria remains fragile. In Syria, UNOPS provides operational support to its partners and UN sister agencies in order to maximize the efficiency of the response to the urgent needs of the affected communities. In addition, UNOPS has been working with its partners to improve access to emergency services for the affected communities, including access to health care, while it remains committed to engage with partners in other sectors with an aim to improving the quality of life and access to basic services for all.
The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS. UNOPS is committed to achieving a fully diverse workforce.
Under the supervision of the Head of Programme, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:
- Provide comprehensive analysis on the current situation in Syria, including political and socio-economic developments;
- Keep abreast of the relevant developments in Syria, including information on the key actors, events and stakeholders;
- Support project teams in strengthening relationship with local entities for effective project implementation;
- Contribute to ensuring technical coordination between all projects and relevant UN and non-UN entities;
- Engage with relevant UN and non-UN coordination mechanisms and represent UNOPS, as and when needed;
- Provide support to knowledge building and knowledge sharing, focusing on achievement of the programme and partnership goals and objectives
- Ensure compliance with UNOPS Organizational Directives, Administrative Instructions and Project Management Manual during the development of new projects in Syria including the drafting of project documents at opportunity /pre-egngngment and initiation stages ;
- Ensure proper handover of finalized engagement(s) to project manager(s) in full coordination with Head of Programme and PMO.
- Maintain close interaction with Programme/Project staff to share information and knowledge; and to provide proactive support and follow-up in building and maintaining effective partnership;
- Review and provide inputs into strategic-level, inter-agency, humanitarian, and national planning processes, as pertaining to UNOPS programming in Syria;
- Represent the UNOPS Hub Director in relevant UN and/ or non-UN forums;
- Support the Regional Director/ Director Amman Operational Hub on strategic matters relating to UNOPS positioning and/ or programming in Syria;
- Provide support to the Regional Director, the Head of Programme, and the Partnerships Advisor in identifying opportunities for UNOPS support to the stakeholders in Syria;
- Produce periodic reports, briefing papers, and talking points for meetings of the senior management as related to Syria;
- Ensure the overall management of UNOPS presence in Syria, and advise the Regional Director and Head of Programme accordingly, in terms of the host country agreement, budgetary and security requiremnets, and portfolio expansion;
Under the guidance of the Head of Programme and the Partnerships Advisor, the Programme Advisor will:
- Develop a forward-looking strategy for UNOPS activities in Syria, incorporating a number of alternative scenarios and lesson learned, and in full engagement with the project teams in Syria;
- Develop an understanding of the operational context in Syria and identify opportunities for UNOPS support to the stakeholders in Syria;
- Maintain a good local network and relationships with key donors, partners, and stakeholders, as relevant to the situation in Syria;
- Work closely with the Head of Programme and the Partnership Advisor in the Amman Hub to analyse programming opportunities and provide inputs into project development, including drafting of concept notes, project proposals, and negotiating legal agreements;
- Perform other related duties as required.
Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.
- Advanced university degree (Master degree or equivalent) in political science, social science, international relations or related fields.
- A first level university degree with combination of 2 additional years of relevant experience and academic qualifications may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- Minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in political and strategic analysis, strategic planning and client/stakeholder management is required;
- Experience of working and/ or support programme/ project development and/ or programme/ project implementation in fragile contexts is required; Previous experience of working in Syria is highly desirable;
- Contextual knowledge of the situation in Syria and the accompanying challenges is required;
- Demonstrated experience of engaging with bilateral and multilateral partners is required;
- Professional experience with the UN is required.
- Computer literate, in particular MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint is required.
Fluency in written and spoken English as well as Arabic is required.
Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: International ICA
Contract level: IICA – 3
Contract duration: 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.
- 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 types
- 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.