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Common Premises Manager (National)



The establishment of a UN House (or Common Premises) for United Nations organizations is an important component of the UN’s Reform Programme. The objective is to build closer ties among United Nations staff and promote a more unified presence at the country level, where possible and where it economically makes good business sense. 
In this context the UN House in Dili, Timor-Leste was established and it comprises, at present, the following UN programmes and funds; specialized agencies, departments & offices and entities: UNDP, UNICEF, UNWOMEN, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNDSS, ILO, WHO and UN Human Rights. For an efficient and effective management of operational activities/initiatives in the UN House services, a Common Premises Manager was established and to be positioned under UNDP’s organizational structure as UNDP has been mandated to manage the Common Premises’ operational activities and the associated budget.  The position of National Common Premises Manager is recently established to substitute the international UNV Common Premises Manager.
Therefore, under the guidance and direct supervision of the UNDP Operations Manager, the National Common Premises Manager to be hired to support UNDP on all aspects of Common Premises management and operations to ensure the smooth functioning of the UN House and the consistent delivery of services related with common premises.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Operations Manager, the Common Premises Manager will ensure the effective and satisfactory provision and maintenance of common premises including any outsourced service providers and administrative services to the UN House and the accurate billing and charging of shared costs across UN House Agencies.
The Common Premises Manager will work in close collaboration with the operations and administrative staff of the UN House agencies as and when necessary to ensure that quality service is provided to maintain a high standard of services and to provide a comfortable and safe working environment.
The National Common Premises Manager will undertake his/her tasks in consistency with the UNDP corporate rules, regulations and policies. He/she will work in close cooperation with UNDP operation units and report directly to UNDP OM.
Summary of Key Functions:
Provision of Common Premises:
  • Coordinate between the UN House agencies and external service providers in the management and monitoring/review/evaluation/assessment of outsourced common premises services, including but not limited to services as detailed in the MOU concerning the Occupancy and Use of the UN House;
  • Establishing collaborative arrangements with the agencies, manage projects related to repairs, remodeling and renovation work to be done with respect to the Common Premises, offices, including any offices not allocated to an agency, if such work affects the building;
  • Plan and implement maintenance schedules for all utility services on the premises, including water, electricity (commercial and standby), telephones, PABX systems, air conditioners, buildings and garden;
  • Prepare proposals for renovation and reconstruction of buildings, sub-contracts for services, including design, budget and oversee reconstruction, renovation and repair work for premises;
  • Assign work to contractual staff, ensure quality of service, provide coaching and guidance when necessary by daily monitoring the work of cost-shared Common Premises personnel, which includes Cleaners, Gardener, grounds maintenance, security etc.;
  • Review available facilities, make recommendations to develop and/or enhance existing facilities and search new office space in UN House for newcomers as and when needed;
  • Plan for emergencies and prepare risk reduction measures on the common premises, including, but not limited to, fire, flooding, interruption of utility services, safety and security of UN staff and property;
  • Liaise closely with UN Security (UNDSS) to ensure consistency in the management of security related services and UN Common Premises regarding infrastructure needed for compliance with the requirements and for the security staff to properly perform their functions;
  • Liaise with the Government departments on the issues related to provision of utilities, communications, etc
Financial Management
  • In coordination with the agencies occupying UN House, prepare annual Common Premises work plan and a draft annual Common Premises budget for its implementation and submit for review and approval by UNDP OM and the UN Resident Coodrinator;
  • Based on the approved work plan and budget, coordinate the payment processes from the common services account and follow up agency contributions to the common premises account;
  • Monitor Common Premises budget and prepare regular financial reports to the Resident Coordinator and the Agencies resident in the common premises;
  • Ensure efficient human and financial resources management including planning of the available resources, forecasting of needs and cost efficient proposals.
Other Duties
  • Undertakes other common premises and common services tasks whenever requested by the UNDP Operations Manager.
Impact of Results
  • The key results have an impact on the success of cooperation and cost effective management of UN House. 


Functional Competencies:  
  • Demonstrate commitment to UN mission, principles, vision and values;
  • Capable of building a strong relationship with the agencies and service providers;
  • Efficient, timely, responsive, safe and high-quality management of the common premises;
  • Demonstrate openness to change and ability to manage complexities and respond positively to feedback;
  • Able to exercise discretion, impartiality and diplomacy;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including conflict resolution skills;
  • Capable of working under pressure and managing complexities;
  • Display cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treat all agencies and personnel fairly without favoritism;
  • Share knowledge and experience from within and outside the country team; and
Core Competencies:
  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity;
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
  • Self-development, initiative-taking;
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work;
  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively;
  • Creating synergies through self-control;
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member;
  • Informed and transparent decision making

Required Skills and Experience

  • University Degree in Management/Administration (Business, Project/Public Policy) or any other relevant subject. Degree in Engineering would be advantage; Master degree in the relevant field of study will be an asset.
  • 4 years of relevant of experience for Bachelor degree and 2 years of experience for Master’s degree at the national or international level in technical and administrative positions providing building/facility management, office administration;
  • Possession of hands-on experience in project management in particular the construction projects would be an advantage;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web based management systems.
Language Requirements:
  • Strong written and spoken English and fluency in Tetun.


Important applicant information

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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Dili
  • Grade: SB-5, Service Contract - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2017-09-30

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