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Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea)
  • Grade: LICA-2, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Logistics
    • Transport and Distribution
  • Closing Date: 2022-01-31

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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 on Thailand Multi Country Office (THMCO)

The Thailand Multi-Country Office (THMCO), established in 2017, supports, develops and oversees the UNOPS portfolio of projects in South East Asia and the Pacific. With its head office in Bangkok, the Multi-Country Office comprises three main business units: THMCO Thailand, THMCO Indonesia,  THMCO Pacific Operations Cluster, THMCO Papua New Guinea and, THMCO China.

Background - THMCO  Papua New Guinea

The THMCO Pacific Cluster, established in early 2018, was formed to support the implementation of infrastructure design, procurement, construction of infrastructure, training, programme management, and facilitate access to funding sources across 12 Pacific Small Islands Developing States (PSIDS), including: Palau; Federated States of Micronesia; Marshall Islands; Nauru; Kiribati; Papua New Guinea; Solomon Islands; Tuvalu; Vanuatu; Fiji; Tonga; Western Samoa. 

The interim PNG Project Office was established in August 2020. The Project Office is currently overseeing the implementation of five key projects; two DFAT projects related to access to clean energy; two World Bank projects related to procurement and an EU WASH project in partnership with UNICEF.

The office is located in the same building as the majority of UN Agencies. In addition to the Country Manager, there are three Project Managers and other specialist and support personnel based in the Country. The staffing contingent is expected to grow over the next few months to implement the current projects as well as pipeline engagements that are expected to materialize over the next few months and in 2022. 

Background Information - Job-specific

The UNOPS THMCO Papua New Guinea Office WASH Project is hiring for the position of Driver. Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Support Services Associate, the Driver's main goals is to transport clients in a comfortable, safe and timely manner. He/she should have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record with no traffic violations. He/she also promotes a customer service-oriented approach consistent with UNOPS rules and regulations.

Functional Responsibilities

Reporting to the Support Services Associate,  the Driver is responsible for the following: 

Transporting with safe, timely and comfortable
  • Drives office vehicles for the transport of authorized personnel to and from work location as may be required.
  • Delivery and collection of mail, documents and other items;
  • Meet official personnel at the airport and transport them to designated locations.
  • Responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of the assigned vehicle, checks oil, water, battery, brakes, tires, etc.,
  • Performs minor repairs and arranges for other repairs and ensures that the vehicle is kept clean;
  • Logs official trips, daily mileage, gas consumption, oil changes greasing, etc.;
  • Ensures that the steps required by rules and regulations are taken in case of involvement in accident;
  • Abide by the country’s traffic rules
  • Abide by UN rules and ethics concerning safe driving and security procedures
  • Ensures timely submission to and pick up of visas from embassies
  • Performs other duties as required. 
Monitoring and Progress Controls

  • Keep the vehicle clean and in good condition
  • Maintain travel log sheet as per UNOPS Rules.
  • Abide by the UNOPS, UNDSS rules and regulations in traveling especially in Outstation Area.
  • Further adhere to the Speed limits etc as stipulated by the PNG Traffic authority

Final Product

  • Drivers are required to fully adhere to the rules and regulations of UNOPS, UNDSS and other statutory regulations in executing their day to day activities.
  • The Driver is required to maintain all the record books / log books and keep their vehicles in a good condition.


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


  • Minimum secondary education qualifications is required.
  • Training/certification in a basic vehicle maintenance and repair course is an asset.
  • Valid Driving License is required.
  • High School diploma with 50% reduced years of required experience may be considered for qualified female applicants.

Work Experience

  • Minimum of two years of regular driving experience preferably in an international organization is required.
  • Safe driving record is a must.
  • Knowledge of local driving rules and regulations is required. 
  • Skills in minor vehicle repairs is advantageous.


  • Basic English knowledge is required.

Contract type, level and duration

  • Contract type: LICA
  • Contract level: LICA 2
  • Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.’
For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 

The position is based in a Family Duty Station.

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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