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Project Manager-Energy Development


  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Jerusalem
  • Grade: Mid level - IICA-2, International Individual Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Renewable Energy sector
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed
Partner Office of Quartet
Job categories Project Management
Vacancy code VA/2023/B5106/25637
Level ICS-10
Department/office MR, JRSCO, Jerusalem
Duty station Jerusalem, with travel to the West Bank and Gaza
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-2
Duration Six (6) months, with possibility of extension
Application period 13-Mar-2023 to 27-Mar-2023
Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Functional Responsibilities

Project Management and Delivery

  • Responsible for all aspects of project development, management, and delivery.  The initial focus will be on the G4G project and will, in the future, include responsibilities on other projects/workstreams

  • Provide guidance on project strategy and adapt it as needed in response to changing information.

  • Develop and maintain the project management plan (e.g. scope, schedule costs, quality, communications, risks, etc.). 

  • Proactively identify, mitigate, and manage project risks. This includes implementing risk mitigations and effectively communicating risks to key stakeholders.

  • Produce robust documentation of stakeholder engagements, field visits, project communications. This includes maintaining a comprehensive and well organized repository of all project files.

  • Embed sustainability, social/gender inclusion, and environmental considerations into the project

Project and Workstream Development

  • Explore the existing social, technical, political and economic context to develop new opportunities that support the Palestinian energy sector

  • Draft initial project plans to define potential opportunities, key risks, high level cost and schedule estimates, project benefits, and project scope.

  • Draft initial stakeholder engagement plans needed to develop a project.

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Demonstrate a high level of initiative, integrity, and ability to interact with organization personnel, contractors, government representatives, donors, and the private sector.

  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive overview of key project stakeholders at various levels and develop appropriate stakeholder engagement plans

  • Establish strong working relationships with stakeholders at the appropriate level to ensure continued cooperation on the project, access to relevant information and to coordinate outputs. This will require the PM to travel regularly to Ramallah, Gaza, and Tel Aviv.

  • Ensure internal and external stakeholders are aware of project activities, progress, and challenges.

  • Serve as a point of contact with stakeholders on coordination, strategic planning, and risk management

  • Create and promote a culture of teamwork, collaboration, and efficient resource utilization across all internal and external stakeholders.

Procurement and management of external service providers

  • Lead on procurement processes. This includes drafting Terms of References, contract management, developing procurement strategies and ensuring the success of procurements from initiation to contract signature.

  • Manage external suppliers by maintaining effective communication channels, facilitating meetings, ensuring access to data/contacts, and ensuring the quality of delivered services.

  • Manage acceptance and delivery of work packages, payments, obligations, and invoices for external providers.

  • Lead on contract amendment processes by engaging with donors and external service providers.

Monitoring and reporting

  • Lead on the reporting requirements for donors with respect to the project workstream, by drafting all necessary reports and having regular update meetings

  • Closely monitor and provide updates on project status (e.g. budget, scope, schedule, and quality) 

  • Plan and lead weekly meetings with the core project team and monthly progress meetings.

  • Support Task Forces and other key meetings.  This includes, among other activities, engaging with government officials and leading the preparation of key content to ensure successful outcomes.

Project Communication and Outreach

  • Prepare a range of written documents, such as reports, briefing notes, background research, and presentations for internal and external project stakeholders as required.

  • Plan, organize and lead meetings related to the project.

  • Establish and implement effective project communication plans. 

  • Support fundraising efforts by engaging with potential/existing donors and drafting fundraising proposals.

Sector Monitoring, Research, Analysis

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the Palestinian and regional energy sector developments

  • Support data and information gathering relevant to energy sector work-streams.

  • Identify potential opportunities and areas within the energy sector that the OQ could support

  • Support team members with central office work, as well as supporting drafting relevant materials for office and energy wide high-level meetings. 

  • Completion of other relevant duties and tasks

All these deliverables are to be reached in close coordination and cooperation with the wider OQ team, under the leadership of the Director of Energy.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • Master’s degree is required preferably in a relevant discipline such as economics, law, international relations, political science or engineering 
  • University Degree (bachelor’s degree / first level) with a combination of 2 additional years of relevant professional experience can substitute the MA.

Work Experience
    •  Five years (or more based on academic credentials) is required, preferably in the energy field (e.g. infrastructure, policy, economics, design).
    • Experience working in international organizations, the private sector, or the public sector is required

    • Experience managing projects in complex and sensitive environments is an advantage

    • Experience working with international stakeholders, donors or governments is an advantage

    • Experience working in a variety of international settings is an advantage.

    • Project/program management experience is an advantage. Project Management Professional (PMP) or PRINCE 2 certification is strongly desired

    • Experience in implementing donor-funded projects is an asset

    • Demonstrated understanding of the Palestinian political and energy context is desirable

Organization Skills and abilities:
  • Project management skills: Ability to develop and deliver project(s); ability to plan in a coordinated manner, manage priorities and meet deadlines; management experience (preferable delivery teams); ability to accurately monitor, evaluate and report on project progress; ability to manage and mitigate risks; budgeting and financial management for the project; skilled at facilitating meetings, including developing agendas, documenting notes and following up on action items; strong organization skills 

  • Skilled in research, analysis and technical writing: Strong qualitative and analytical skills; attention to detail and data accuracy; skilled in drafting procurement documents; memos; briefing notes; talking points; presentations etc

  • Excellent communication skills: Strong writing ability, with business and report writing skills preferred; ability to work under tight deadlines, juggling multiple competing tasks and prioritizing demands; making sure that the team members and stakeholders are informed about the project plan, timeline, and budget and updated on the project’s latest developments 

  • Strong team player: Strong interpersonal skills; ability to interact with high-level individuals across a range of organizations and build strong professional relationships; ability to consistently demonstrate a professional manner in dealing with individuals at all levels, both internally and externally to the organization; team player and flexible as tasks and priorities shift; ability to self-start and troubleshoot without supervision; ability to work independently and in teams in a small office environment; demonstrated ability to excel in a multi-cultural environment.

  • Strong stakeholder engagement skills: ability to identify and prioritize key stakeholders; understand and align stakeholder expectations; assess stakeholders’ power, influence and interest; anticipate future problems and address potential concerns throughout the lifetime of the project

  • Other: Demonstrated competence with using standard office software packages (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).

Language requirements 
  • English fluency is required with a preference for native speakers
  • Knowledge of Arabic and/or Hebrew is desired.

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