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Institutional Capacity Development Consultant-Enterprise Architect/Software Developer (Retainer)

Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)
  • Grade: IICA-3, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Architecture, Building and Property Management
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Documentation and Information Management
    • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Closing Date: 2018-06-20

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Background Information - Job-specific

The Saint Lucia Project Center is based in Castries, Saint Lucia and manages a portfolio of projects for the English and Dutch speaking Caribbean territories. These projects are aimed to support the economic and social development of the Caribbean region. UNOPS provides project management and infrastructure expertise and collaborates with different countries supporting both institutional capacity development and project implementation. There is currently a portfolio of approximately 10 projects across Saint Lucia, Belize, Jamaica, Grenada, Dominica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda and Curacao.

The present position relates to supporting institutional capacity development engagements in the area of national infrastructure regulation, development, planning and operation in St Lucia, Grenada, Antigua and/or Curacao. More specifically these projects involve a range of capacity building activities that seek to assist Government develop the capability to prepare and execute long term infrastructure regulation, development planning and operation with particular focus on nationally integrated infrastructure systems, resilience, sustainability and cost effectiveness while maximizing the social returns on capital investment budgets

Functional Responsibilities

The area of expertise required is software development;

leading a government institution through a series of enterprise architecture and software development activities to achieve a new operating model through process optimisation, automation, information management, etc.

Activities the consultant will be required to undertake and/or facilitate include:

Identify, select and present the latest international models of 'best practices' about enterprise architecture and software development applicable to the geographical, cultural and institutional context of the project.

Support government entities in gap analysis and standards assessment of enterprise architecture and software about infrastructure management; and based on the results found, make recommendations, jointly with government entities.

Design, agree and implement, together with governmental entities, measures (conceptual models, tools) to update the enterprise architecture and software development.

In close coordination with the Institutional Capacity Development Consultants - Planning / Infrastructure Economics, Infrastructure Operations and Institutional Design, support government entities to design, development, and integration of enterprise architecture of software and online platform development (open source) as requested by national entities.

Lead, together with government entities, a series of change activities related to achieve a new operating model through process optimisation, automation, information management, etc.

Present and analyse innovative conceptual, technical and methodological approaches for enterprise architecture and software development of government entities.

Advise and implement, for government entities related to the project, on the design, execution and evaluation of measures for the development of institutional capacities in the area of enterprise architecture and software development; through tools development, training development, training delivery, coaching, mentoring and knowledge transfer.

Prepare, present and discuss periodic reports on the activities and results achieved; as well as identify difficulties or limitations, and propose measures to solve them.

Systematize and deliver the conceptual and methodological elements presented by the consultancy; and to agree, jointly with the governmental entities, the institutionalization of such conceptual and methodological elements presented by the consultancy.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Masters Degree preferably in Software Development, Software and Service Architectures Software Engineering or other relevant  fields.
  • A Bachelors degree and additional 2 years relevant experience will be accepted in lieu of a Masters Degree. 

Work Experience

  • A minimum of 7 years of relevant experience in the area of software development
  • Experience in management consulting or institutional capacity development
  • Experience in provision of advisory services and support to governments or private sector entities.
  • Experience in developing countries is desired.


  • Fluent in English (read, write, speak)
  • Working knowledge of Dutch or Spanish would be an asset


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.
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.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: I-ICA (International Individual Contractor Agreement)
Contract level: I-ICA 3
Contract duration: 12 months with a possibility of extension, subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability.

Contract for retaining services (retainer): this type of contract establishes an estimated number of days to work during the period. The supervisor will call the contractor to work only on days that are necessary and will be paid only for the days actually worked.

UNOPS is an equal opportunity employer and all quialified applicants will receive considerations for employment. We encourage female candidates to apply. 

Possibility of flexible working arrangements.

This vacancy is for multiple duty stations it is expected that the person can work in Granada, St. Lucia, Curacao.

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time. 19:00 hours St. Lucia 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.
  • 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.

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. 

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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