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Project Manager - GCP migration (Retainer)

Copenhagen (Denmark)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Grade: IICA-3, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Social Affairs
    • Migration
    • Documentation and Information Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-11-29

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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

The Project Manager  is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the project(s) and provides services to the different donors, partners and beneficiaries. The Project Manager acts on behalf of the Project Board to manage the project on an ongoing basis during the Implementation Stage. The main responsibility of the Project Manager is to ensure that the project outputs are delivered within the specified project tolerances of time, cost, quality, scope, risk and benefits. He/she is expected to meet the organization’s performance and delivery goals.

Project Information:

UNOPS is a global organization with personnel in most areas of the world, however the current IT infrastructure is on premise, based in Copenhagen. This means that personnel around the world need to connect to a single data center, which can be far away from them. Moving to the cloud provides a solution that supports the organization in terms of application resilience, accessibility, and delivers faster application experiences across the globe. 

As part of the recently adopted IT strategy for UNOPS, one of the key principles is therefore Cloud First where UNOPS fully commits to embrace cloud computing and where cloud based solutions will be the standard for all new, and upgraded, IT Corporate solutions. The adoption of the Google Cloud Platform is therefore an important strategic step for UNOPS towards IT maturity where the above-mentioned accessibility and resilience are key priorities in addition to significantly decreasing security risks and cyber threats. A key part for a successful implementation of the IT Strategy and one of its key principles will therefore be to ensure that the current on-premise solution is moved to the Google Cloud Platform. 

A proof of concept (PoC) has been conducted in order to establish technical and financial feasibility for lifting and shifting (L&S) the IT infrastructure from current data centers to Google Cloud Platform. Based on the PoC, the SLT has approved moving forward with the migration of current on-premise IT infrastructure to GCP. 

The move includes highly business critical applications and as such UNOPS is looking for a highly skilled l project manager who is familiar with the technical complexities of cloud migration and possesses experience overseeing and managing large-scale cloud migration projects. 

The project team will be composed of the following roles:

  • GCP PM/ IICA 3

Responsible for the delivery of a full  technical migration and project plan as well as day to day management of the project.  

  • Infrastructure Architect/IICA 3

Responsible for the UNOPS specific technical infrastructure advisory on the GCP project 

  • Infrastructure Team Lead/ IICA 2

Responsible for the execution of the migration (Lift & Shift)

While the Infrastructure Architect will provide important technical advisory on UNOPS Infrastructure, the GCP Project Manager will based on his/her knowledge and expertise provide detailed technical advisory on Cloud Migration and the sequence in which the project must be organised. The GCP Project Manager is moreover  accountable to ensure that the migration plan includes tangible milestones including but not limited to: testing, migration, operation, governance and management to ensure a successful migration of UNOPS IT Infrastructure to the Cloud 

Under the daily management and oversight of the GCP Project Manager, the Infrastructure Team Lead and the Infrastructure team will be responsible for the execution of the migration plan (Lift & Shift) 

Functional Responsibilities

Summary of functions:

  1. Project Delivery and Performance

  2. Procedures 

  3. Monitoring and reporting

  4. Stakeholder engagement

Project Delivery and Performance 

  • Develop, complete and update implementation plan(s) 

  • Implement the approved plan (including the establishment of milestones) within tolerances set by the Project Board. 

  • Embed sustainability dimensions including social and gender inclusion, environmental and economic aspects into project life span. 

  • Accountable for managing the production of the required outputs, taking responsibility for overall progress and use of resources and initiating corrective action where necessary.

  • Responsible for ensuring that quality of work packages and deliverables complies with the quality requirements defined in the Implementation Plan.

  • Manage acceptance and delivery of work packages

  • Control project and work packages changes

  • Accept goods, services or works delivered by suppliers. 

  • Identify, and anticipate in a timely manner, potential risks and issues and advises mitigating measures to senior management/ Project Board so that maximum benefit to partner(s) and other stakeholders is achieved


  • Comply with all organizational policy and specifically the Project Management Manual

  • Author and present all relevant plans for approval by the Project Board.

  • Responsible for documentation of project, ensuring maintenance of project files and lessons learned

  • Manage project audit activities, including planning, preparation and coordination during the audits and follow up on audit observations/recommendation

Monitoring and reporting

  • Issue regular project and/or financial reports in accordance with Partner and UNOPS requirements for reporting.

  • Maintain diaries and progress reports as required by the organization’s standard procedures.

  • Provide routine oversight and analysis of delivery data within the dashboard system.

  • Manage all project team members track and regularly update milestones and targets for the duration of projects' life span

Stakeholder engagement

  • Manage stakeholder profiles and formulate stakeholder engagement strategies

  • Establish solid working relationships with the Project Board (Executive, Senior Users and Senior Suppliers), client and key stakeholders

  • Formulate project communications plans. Coordinate internal project communications. Monitor the effectiveness of project communications

  • Manage stakeholder engagement and communication, ensuring effective timing and interdependency management of communications. Ensure stakeholders are aware of project activities, progress, exceptions and are in a position to accept handover outputs


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.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


Master’s Degree, preferably in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Technology Management, Mathematics or other relevant discipline is required.

A Bachelor’s degree in combination with additional two years of experience may be accepted in lieu of master’s degree.

Secondary education in combination with additional six years of experience may be accepted in lieu of a master's degree.


Must have:

  • With a masters degree, a minimum of 7 years of hands on project manager experience of which minimum 1 year comes from managing migration projects moving on-premises data center to cloud 

  • Minimum 2 years of experience working with IT infrastructure operations in public cloud environment

Nice to have:

  • Experience with Google Cloud Platform

  • Experience with design of financial governance processes for internal cost recovery of services rendered


Full working knowledge of English is essential.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: International ICA (retainer). Please note that this position is not a full time position and hours worked will fluctuate over the course of the project. Contract level: IICA 3
Contract duration: one year, with possibility of extension

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

Additional Considerations

  • 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 types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • 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.

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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