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Director, Country Office

Port-au-Prince (Haiti)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Port-au-Prince (Haiti)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2022-01-30

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Background Information - Job-specific

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 organizations. 

The Operations Center is responsible for developing, delivering and managing the portfolio of engagements and cost effective services contributing to partners' sustainable results and achievements of UNOPS management results. Operations Center also manages the operational risks associated with its portfolio of engagements.

UNOPS Haiti Operations Center (HTOC) has been working in Haiti for over 18 years providing infrastructure, project management, procurement and logistics services for the Haitian Government, other UN agencies and international organizations. 

HTOC is currently implementing a wide range of projects across sectors, including disaster risk reduction, urban and local development, employment generation, SME development, urban and rural roads, renewable energy, health and education, environment, census, and elections. At the same time, as part of the country strategy, increasing focus has been given to supporting the management of public resources through the development of national implementation capacity via a wide array of technical assistance interventions supporting projects from IFI’s. 

The HTOC Country Director is part of the Regional Strategic Management Team (SMT), the SMT is a collaborative Leadership group that includes Country or Multi Country Directors who collaborate and support the Regional Director on  strategic management. 

Reporting to and under the general guidance and oversight from the Regional Director, the CO Director directs and manages all delivery within the Country Office scope, including liaison and engagement development activities and delivering timely and cost effective services for sustainable results by partners and stakeholders.  The Country Office geographical scope includes Haiti and Dominican Republic.

The CO Director represents UNOPS on behalf of the Regional Director in Haiti.

Functional Responsibilities

The Country Director is responsible for the direction, strategic leadership and operations of the UNOPS Office in Haiti, focusiong on the following key results:
    1. People leadership

    2. Country Office portfolio management

    3. Alliance building, networking and advocacy 

    4. Service delivery and quality assurance

    5. Representation and inter-agency coordination

    6. Knowledge management and innovation

For more detailed information about the duties of the position please check the attached terms of references.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

 
Education:
  • An Advanced University degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) combined with ten (10) years of relevant experience OR.
  • A First level University degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) combined with twelve(12) years of relevant experience is required.
Experience
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience that combines strategic and managerial leadership in international development, business development, operations and/or program management in a large international and/or corporate organization.    

  • At least 3 years of senior leadership experience including supervising senior professional staff and managing financial sustainability of operations is required. 

  • Experience working in developing countries is required.

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience working  in fragile*, hardship or post conflict environments are required.

  • Demonstrated political acumen through experience partnering or working with the public sector on developing, implementing and/or evaluating  projects and programs of high national relevance is required.

  • Experience in partnering or working with multilateral development banks in the context of development  projects and programs is highly desirable. 


*fragile states as defined by OECD in this link
Language requirements:
  • Full working knowledge of English and French is essential.

  • Good working level Spanish is a strong asset.  

Competencies

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.

Contract type, level and duration

  1. Contract type: Fix-term Staff
  2. Contract level: P5
  3. Contract duration: One year initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability. 
Haiti is a non family duty station.
For more details about United Nations staff contracts, please follow this link: https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/UN-Staff-Contracts.aspx


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
  • 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.

Additional information
TORs Country Office Director 2021.pdf (255 KB) 

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