Senior Programme Manager (Infrastructure)
Background Information - Job-specific
UNOPS in Georgia
UNOPS Georgia was established in mid-2018 to support, develop and oversee UNOPS’ growing portfolio of projects in the country. The office currently provides implementation services to several projects where UNOPS works closely with development partners and the Government focusing on education, security and healthcare sectors.
The office is based in Tbilisi, Georgia with all project sites currently in Tbilisi.
UNOPS Georgia is aimed at providing efficient and cost-effective implementation services on behalf of all our partners to support the Government of Georgia achieve its national priorities through citizen-oriented programmes and projects. UNOPS Georgia office operates under the operational support of the Austria Multi-Country Office (AUMCO).
The ‘European School in Georgia’ Programme
The ‘European School in Georgia’ is the most prominent programme in the office portfolio and is part of a wider initiative by the European Union (EU) for the six Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries. It is considered a flagship programme and one of the “Eastern Partnership - 20 Deliverables for 2020”. The programme offers high quality education to students from partner countries to increase employment opportunities, fostering cooperation, multi-cultural understanding, tolerance, and fundamental values, and promoting a better understanding of the EU and its engagement in the region.
The project will support the Government to build a new European standard campus at the designated site at Lisi Lake, including sports facilities, dormitory, etc. It should be constructed, equipped and become operational for the 2023 school year, offering both a national diploma programme as well as an International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB). Moreover, support will be provided to the Government for curriculum development, establishment of a learning academy, and related teachers training. The project will provide an IB Diploma programme with a focus on European Studies to up to 90 students over four academic years through a competitive and merit-based Scholarship Programme. The IB Diploma programme will target students in the two upper grades of the secondary level (high school) education and will offer a unique, European-focussed teaching in the areas of history, politics, economics as well as languages, arts and culture.
The Senior Programme Manager reports directly to the Georgia Representative who provides direction and general supervision. The Senior Programme Manager is responsible for programme development and for managing all stages of programming to achieve results in the area/s of responsibility, with a particular emphasis on infrastructure projects. This is a leadership role which contributes to the development and implementation of strategies to enhance the competencies and position of UNOPS in sustainable project management and services to partners, stakeholders and UN system partners.
| 1. Programme governance, implementation and monitoring |
| 2. Programme development and planning |
| 3. Manage programme resources |
| 4. Partnership, networking and advocacy |
| 5. Knowledge management and innovation |
A Master’s degree in engineering, public administration, social science or other relevant related field is required.OR
A Bachelor's degree in engineering, public administration, social science or other relevant field with additional 2 years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the Master’s degree.
A minimum of 10 years of experience with managing engineering projects, along with progressive strategic and managerial leadership responsibilities in international development, business development, executive management and/or project/programme management planning and operations in a large international and/or corporate organization is required.
Some experience in UN system organizations preferably in a developing country is desirable.
Experience in conducting, supervising, and managing Health & Safety, Social & Environmental (HSSE) issues and concerns, including their application as per the standards is desired.
Full working knowledge of English is essential.
Knowledge of another official UNOPS language is an asset.
PRINCE2® Foundation/Practitioner is an asset, but requires completion within the first 6 months of onboarding.
Programme/Project Management Professional (MSP® or PMI-PgMP/PMI-PMP) is an asset.
Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: International Individual Contract Agreement, IICAContract level: ICS-11/IICA-3
Contract duration: Ongoing
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|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.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)|
|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.|
- 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.