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Infrastructure and Project Management Analyst (Development Economics and Finance) - Strategic Initiatives

Copenhagen (Denmark)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Grade: IICA-1, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Economics
    • Banking and Finance
    • Infrastructure and Urban-Rural development
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-13

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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 - Implementation Practices and Standards (IPS)

Within UNOPS, Implementation Practices and Standards (IPS) is responsible for the UNOPS delivery practices. IPS provides thought leadership, standards and oversight as support to the successful delivery of programmes and projects within UNOPS service lines (infrastructure, procurement, project management, human resources and financial management services). 

IPS comprises the Infrastructure and Project Management Group and the Procurement Group which aims to reduce organizational risks, improve project performance, and promote excellence across UNOPS projects through the Standards Management Framework; and provides organisational oversight on the application of standards. These Groups also support the positioning of UNOPS in the UN system and development sector in Infrastructure, Project Management and Procurement. 

In addition, the Portfolio Support unit aims at supporting the building up and management of the organisational readiness of UNOPS and therefore support the implementation of the UNOPS global portfolio. Last, the IPS is hosting the corporate Knowledge Management initiative.

Background Information – IPMG

UNOPS strategic focus places increased emphasis on national capacity development and sustainable approaches to project management, procurement and infrastructure services.  A key objective is to be recognized as an organization that delivers world-class infrastructure and project management, which is both economically and socially sustainable, even in the most challenging environments. To achieve this goal, UNOPS has established the Infrastructure and Project Management Group (IPMG). 

Within UNOPS, IPMG’s objectives are to serve the organization’s personnel and partners by broadening their infrastructure and project management capabilities, while disseminating best-practices in both of these areas. Through this work, the group helps facilitate the successful delivery of programmes and projects around the world.

To achieve its objectives, IPMG has established three interrelated and interdependent work streams, namely, Strategic Initiatives, Standards and Engagement Assurance. IPMG is managed overall by the Deputy Director of IPMG.

Background Information - Job-specific

The Strategic Initiatives (SI) team works to develop methodologies and tools to improve development outcomes, as well as assist in the positioning of UNOPS at the highest levels in related fields, including various global agenda focus areas, such as sustainability, inclusion and resilience.

Functional Responsibilities

Reporting to the Infrastructure Sustainability & Resilience Specialist, within the Strategic Initiatives team, the successful incumbent will be expected to be responsible for providing technical support to Strategic Initiatives activities. 

The Infrastructure and Project Management Analyst (Development Economics and Finance) will be based in Copenhagen; however, the incumbent  may be required to travel to support Strategic Initiatives activities in the field. 

The Infrastructure and Project Management Analyst (Development Economics and Finance) responsibilities will include: 

Support to Strategic Initiatives

● Support the development and piloting of frameworks, tools and methodologies which focus primarily  on improving the sustainability and resilience of infrastructure;

● Support the development of research and tools for green and climate finance;

● Support the development of initiatives for increasing knowledge and developing an applied  understanding of sustainable and resilient infrastructure; 

● Support the drafting of reports and other key positioning pieces, including those which highlight the role of economics and finance for sustainable and resilient infrastructure in global development, including relations to the global agendas; 

● Support the development of awareness materials, including case studies, that promote UNOPS  infrastructure activities internally and externally across UN agencies and the private sector; 

● Support the mainstreaming of sustainable and resilient infrastructure within UNOPS policy and  standards. 

Operations Support 

● Support the creation of knowledge products and tools to improve the capacity of the organisation in the area of development economics and financing sustainable and resilient infrastructure; 

● Support the planning and delivery of missions to regions through the creation of technical materials; 

● Support the design and implementation of activities and initiatives around sustainable and resilient  infrastructure and its application within the development and infrastructure management contexts;

● Support various tasks, work packages and projects as outlined and assigned in the annual work plan; 

● Provide research and data collection on topics upon request by supervisors; 

● Perform other duties as and when assigned. 

Reporting & Tools 

● Identify areas for improvement and provide on-going maintenance and updates to the Strategic  Initiatives workspace;  

● Support the drafting of external articles, presentations, e-mails and other communication; 

● Support the team with stakeholder management (internal and external) 

● Support the preparation of reports and other communication materials including blogs, newsletters,  and bulletins to promote Strategic Initiatives’ achievements; 

● Support organisational reporting - i.e. quarterly progress reports, management reports, and end of  year report. 

Monitoring and Progress Controls 

● Setting standards, personal and development objectives in Performance Evaluation Review;

● Responsible for monitoring and reporting on set goals, targets and performance requirements against  the Performance Evaluation Review and work plan; 

● Support the updating of the Intranet Page for the Strategic Initiatives team; 

● Successfully meeting deadlines based on workplan;

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Candidates must hold a Master’s Degree or higher in one of the following: Economics, International Relations, Political Science, Mathematics, or other related subject; 
  • However, candidates with degrees in infrastructure or the built environment AND experience in the application of infrastructure financing and economics may apply; 
  • A first-level University degree (Bachelor's or equivalent) in combination with additional 2 years of  experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree; 
Work Experience  
  • 2 years of experience in economic or finance related analysis is required;
  • Experience working in infrastructure is considered an asset;
  • Experience working with a variety of institutions; including UN, government/public institutions, private  sector, and or research/academia in the field of the built environment is considered an asset; 
  • Experience working with the global policy frameworks around sustainable and resilient infrastructure  is considered an asset; 
  • Experience developing analytical frameworks is considered an asset; 
  • Experience developing software based tools is considered an asset; 


  • Fluency in English required;  
  • Fluency in French and/or Spanish is highly desirable.


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: International ICA Contract level: IICA-1
Contract duration: open-ended

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.

Work environment IPS offers a unique work environment in UNOPS headquarters, in Copenhagen, Denmark, located in the UN City building, one of Copenhagen’s landmarks. UNOPS HQ offers a safe, family-friendly lifestyle environment with multiple opportunities for networking and and active lifestyle, in a city known for its excellent urban design and planning.

The IPS team is a diverse team in terms of age, nationalities and family situations. The team is inclusive and values social and athletic activities like team breakfast, Friday evening networking or sports such as sailing, climbing, running and squash. IPS is very dynamic and welcomes agility, autonomy and self-drive. The work of IPS is oriented towards exciting opportunities which have a corporate, global impact and is in touch with the whole of UNOPS. UNOPS has a hosting agreement with the Government of Denmark, and as such both national and international candidates are eligible for HQ-based positions. UNOPS officials are exempt from Danish taxes on UN incomes. EU citizens may opt to be registered with the Danish State Administration as EU migrant worker and keep the rights associated with that status or register through UNOPS with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. EU Citizens may apply for the public Danish health insurance or special health card depending on their choice of registration, while the non-EU citizens will be registered by UNOPS under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

IPS is very respectful of the UNOPS policy on work life balance. IPS is keen on strengthening diversity in the team with a current focus on gender equality and geographic diversity.

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