Senior Project Manager (Agricultural Development)
- Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
- Location: Antananarivo
- Grade: Mid level - IICA-3, International Individual Contractors Agreement
- Agriculture and Forestry
- Project and Programme Management
- Managerial positions
- Closing Date: Closed
Job categories Engineering, Project Management, Water Management
Vacancy code VA/2023/B5301/25608
Department/office AFR, CDMCO, DR Congo
Duty station Antananarivo, Madagascar
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-3
Application period 06-Mar-2023 to 03-Apr-2023
Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.
Summary of functions:
Project Delivery and Performance
Monitoring and reporting
Knowledge management and innovation
1. Project Delivery and Performance
- Develop, complete and update implementation plan(s).
- Implement the approved plan (including the establishment of milestones) within tolerances set by the Project Board.
- Embed sustainability dimensions including social and gender inclusion, environmental and economic aspects into project life span.
- Manage the production of the required outputs, taking responsibility for overall progress and use of resources and initiating corrective action where necessary.
- Ensure that quality of work packages and deliverables complies with the quality requirements defined in the Implementation Plan.
- Liaise with any external suppliers or account managers.
- Manage acceptance and delivery of work packages.
- Monitor project progress ensuring that work packages are being executed properly.
- Control project and work packages changes.
- Accept goods, services or works delivered by suppliers.
- Lead contract management duties including supplier performance evaluation.
- Act as the Employer’s Representative within the FIDIC works contracts.
- Identify, and anticipate in a timely manner, potential risks and issues and advises mitigating measures to senior management/ Project Board so that maximum benefit to partner(s) and other stakeholders is achieved.
- Identify and report to the supervisor potential business opportunities for UNOPS.
- Comply with all organizational policy and specifically the Project Management Manual.
- Prepare/adapt all relevant plans for approval by the Project Board.
- Manage the reporting obligations defined in the Legal Agreement(s) and in the Implementation Plan.
- Draft the requirements definitions for procurement processes. Approving requisitions and requests for non-purchase order payments; Evaluating submissions received, if appointed to the evaluation team.
- Ensure maintenance of the project files and lessons learned are recorded
- Ensure the development and implementation of project financial management guidelines and control mechanisms, in conformity with UNOPS rules and regulations.
- Manage budgets, cash flow and obligations to ensure that deliverables are met and payments to contractors and personnel are received on time.
- Understand and manage UNOPS overheads, allocable charges, and related corporate charges as they apply to the project.
- Understand the unique structures of the UN and budget appropriately for personnel
- Manage expenditures against the budget (based on accurate financial reports).
- Where the Project Manager has no delegation as a committing officer, they retain these responsibilities and will monitor and instruct/request others to carry out the relevant commitments and disbursements.
- For project closure purposes, provide a formal handover of the project to the closure manager.
- Support project audit activities, including planning, preparation and coordination during the audits and follow up on audit observations/recommendations.
3. Monitoring and reporting
| 4. Stakeholder engagement |
| 5. Quality assurance |
- An advanced university degree (e.g. Masters) in Civil Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Agronomy or related field is required. A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree) in the above mentioned fields in combination with an additional 2 years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
- Certification in Project Management (PRINCE2, PMP, etc.) is desired.
- A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in project management, particularly in the field of hydro-agricultural infrastructure project management (i.e. large irrigation, dams, dykes, pumping systems, etc.) or other related projects, and in the implementation and/or monitoring of programs/projects is required.
- Knowledge of internationally accepted methods, regulations and tools for managing project procurement and management finance is required.
- Experience in final design projects (APD) or summary preliminary project studies (APS) of the project infrastructure is an asset.
- Experience with FIDIC infrastructure contracts is a strong asset.
- Knowledge and experience in administration/management of institutional projects and financial international standards is an asset.
- Experience in data analysis, management reports and management tools and systems information is an asset.
- Fluency in French is required.
- Fluency in English is a huge asset. Intermediate level would be accepted, given that the working language will be French
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