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Local Project Manager

Sanaa (Yemen)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Sanaa (Yemen)
  • Grade: LICA-9, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-07-13

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Background Information - Job-specific

The UNESCO Regional Office for GCC and Yemen is engaged in a range of projects and activities in the field of education, culture, communication and sciences. 

In December 2019, UNESCO received a fund from the United Nations Peacebuilding for a project titled “Empowering Yemeni youth towards peace: ensuring access to information and participation” managed by the Communication and Information Unit. Through an inclusive and participatory approach, this 18-months project aims to empower the youth with the skills, knowledge and tools to create information, content and dialogue in support of the peace-building process. The interventions the project aim to reconnect youth in Yemen with the peace-building process, by raising their voices, fostering the free flow of information and having two-way communication. 

This will be done by improving access to information for youth on the peacebuilding process so they can increase their knowledge and make informed decisions. In parallel, the project wants to also provide young Yemenis with safe spaces of dialogue, including social media, online surveys, youth debates and radio programmes to voice their needs and opinions with decision-makers and duty bearers. 

The Local Project Manager will be responsible to implement the project and will undertake management and coordination tasks to ensure the project’s activities are successfully being implemented as per the established work plan.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the overall authority of the Director of the Office and in close cooperation with staff in the Communication and Information Sector at Headquarters and in Field Offices, the Local Project Manager will perform the following responsibilities:

  • Monitor contracts and maintain relationships with implementing partners covering a range of expertise required to successfully implement the project in respect to UNESCO rules and regulations;

  • Monitor the implementation of the various project activities to ensure achievement of the project objectives and outputs in compliance with the established work plan;

  • Organize stakeholders consultations to facilitate the development of the project content strategy on peace-building, the themes for activity implementation, and the detailed project plans;

  • Organize policy dialogue and capacity-building workshops and training with the active participation of youth;

  • Participate in advocacy and public events to enhance outreach and visibility of the project;

  • Coordinate with the implementing partners to map and establish the list of beneficiaries of the various project activities; 

  • Organize activities with community radios, in line with the project document;

  • Prepare a range of reports to highlight the project developments including briefings, donor progress reports, presentations, and others. 

  • Facilitate information sharing amongst stakeholders and ensure regular coordination with governmental institutions and non-governmental organizations in the execution of the project;

  • Participate in field visits in the related areas of the project maintaining a direct dialogue with beneficiaries. Prepare and submit field visit reports including programmatic recommendations and observations;

  • Provide support in managing project budget and expenditures, and work in close collaboration with the administrative assistant to ensure payment requests are processed;

  • Contribute to the overall communication and visibility efforts of the project (website, production of awareness-raising materials, community management on social media, online communication campaigns, etc.).

  • Work closely and contribute to supervising the monitoring and evaluation officer for tasks related to the reporting on performance indicators.


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.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


University degree (BA or equivalent) preferably in Journalism, International Affairs, Political Science or similar discipline relevant to international development.

Work experience

  • A minimum of 4 years of relevant professional experience in the field of project management and implementation, programme and policy.

  • At least 1 year experience in the MENA region and/or international level would be an advantage;

  • Work experience with UN and/or international development agency will be an asset.


  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills;

  • Good analytical and organizational skills;

  • Ability to coordinate and facilitate communication with teams including the ability to contribute to the effective implementation of projects and policy discussions;

  • Very good written and oral communication skills;

  • Very good computing skills including Microsoft Office applications specifically Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

  • Very good reporting skills


  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English and Arabic.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: ICA Contract level:  Local ICA 9
Contract duration: 11 Months

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

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is 23.59 Doha time on the 13th July 2020.
  • 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.
  • This position is advertised on behalf of UNESCO and the personnel will be UNESCO personnel.
  • UNESCO is a non-smoking Organisation.
  • A written exam may be used in the evaluation of candidates.

How to apply: 

Interested candidates with desired qualifications and skills should submit their applications in English as per below instructions-

1. Fill in a detailed UNESCO CV form available

2. Prepare a cover letter referencing the post title and explaining your qualifications for the position.

3. Send the two above-mentioned documents along by email to by 13th July 23:59 Doha time, mentioning in the subject: “Application for the post of CI Project Manager- name of applicant”

4. Applications in different formats than the above-mentioned and without the UNESCO CV Form may not be considered.

UNESCO is committed to promoting geographical distribution and gender equality within its Secretariat. Therefore, women candidates are strongly

encouraged to apply, as well as nationals from non- and under-represented Member States. Persons with disabilities are also encouraged to apply.

Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.


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