Senior Project Manager
The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organisations. With over 6,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, where they need it. By implementing around 1,000 projects for our partners at any given time, UNOPS makes significant contributions to results on the ground, often in the most challenging environments.
Senior Project Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the project(s) and provides services to the different donors, partners and beneficiaries. Senior 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 a Senior 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.
Senior Project Manager has the authority to assign, as per the Project Plan, work packages to Team Managers and approve deliverables produced by them.
The Senior Project Manager is responsible for creating the Implementation Plan, using the Project Initiation Document (PID), Legal Agreement and having a thorough understanding of the terms, conditions, and the respective roles and responsibilities of the partners/stakeholders, to ensure the project(s) outputs are capable of meeting the business cases for both UNOPS and the partner(s). Success of the project(s) and hence of the Project Manager/Senior Project Manager will be based on the defined Success Criteria.
UNOPS has been engaged by the Ministry of Agriculture in the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) to assist in offering a turnkey solution to remediate 10 dams (Chibalashi, Chikowa, Kanyika, Katembula, Kawiko, Makaba, Nabowa, Nachibanga, Ndondi and Ngolongozya dams) in Zambia.
UNOPS will carry out activities in the execution of the restructured Irrigation Development Support Project (IDSP) phase 1. These dams formed part of a previous project under Water Resources Development Project (WRDP) and were unsatisfactorily completed. They now present risks to the local communities and the Government and the World Bank (WB) want to have these dams secured and retrofitted. The remediation works will be financed by the WB through an existing IDSP, which is part of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Zambia. UNOPS services include planning (emergency preparedness) and design for 10 Dams, updating of safeguards documentation to comply with WB social and environmental policies for 10 Dams and tendering of the works.
In Phase 2, UNOPS will be implementing the identified solutions and lead on the remedial and rehabilitation works on the 10 dams. This will include the management of progress and quality of works execution by contractors on site, ensuring the implementation measures of all environmental and social risk mitigation measures as laid out in the Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs), which were prepared for each dam in Phase 1. Furthermore, UNOPS will ensure that the works are accompanied by strong stakeholder engagement and a solid Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) available for local communities to provide feedback and register their grievances in relation to the project.
The project is the only operational project in Zambia at this time and therefore the project team size is envisioned to contain approximately 30 team members of both Technical and Support backgrounds and functions. An office has already been established in Lusaka, however site offices will need to be established in the geographical locations that the overall scope has been clustered into.
| Summary of functions: 1. Project Delivery and Performance |
3. Monitoring and reporting
4. Stakeholder engagement
5. Quality assurance
6. Knowledge management and innovation
7. Personnel management
Project Delivery and Performance
Monitoring and reporting
Impact of Results
Senior Project Manager directly impacts on achievement of project results by adhering to project management methods and strategies, reducing risks, cutting costs and improving success rates. This consequently reinforces the visibility and image of UNOPS as an effective service provider in project services and management and strengthens its competitive position as a partner of choice in sustainable development and project services.
An advanced University Degree in Civil Engineering, Water Engineering, Irrigation Engineering or other relevant discipline is required.
A Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Water Engineering, Irrigation Engineering or other relevant discipline with an additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
Professional certification from an accredited institution (PEng., CEng. , etc) is an asset
Certification in Project Management (PRINCE2 Foundation, PMP, PMI, etc.) is an asset
Completion of the UNOPS PMM, UNOPS PMM Infra Perspective and oneUNOPS Projects training within (3) months after signing this TOR is required.
- A minimum of seven (7) years of experience in managing civil works / civil engineering projects involving construction management is required.
- At least two (2) years of experience managing multi-disciplinary teams is required.
- Experience with the construction of Dams or large scale irrigation infrastructure is a distinct advantage.
- At least one (1) year of knowledge and experience in implementing international standards in Health and Safety in construction projects is required.
- Experience working in developing countries including in Africa is desirable.
- Vast experience in risk management for infrastructure development projects is highly desirable.
- Strong experience in contract management, especially FIDIC contracts is highly desirable.
- Knowledge of the UN system and familiarity with UNOPS procedures is an advantage.
- Experience working with Government Ministries, Departments, Agencies on donor-funded projects is an asset.
- Experience in planning for infrastructure projects with proficiency in MS Project and Schedule Analysis is desirable.
Fluency in English is required
Knowledge of another official UNOPS language is 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.(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.
This position is based in a family duty station
Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: ICAContract level: I-ICA3
Contract duration: ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.’
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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.