United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Senior Analyst (Programme Management Office)

United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Job Description

Background Information - Job-specific Central africans (1) Who are residing outside of Central African Republic at the time of application (2) Who have been living there for five years or more (3) Who are fulfilling the requirement's stated on this job advert are strongly encouraged to apply. The Central African Republic (CAR) is a highly fragile country with a history of recurrent conflict, the most recent of which took place in 2013 between multiple armed groups. The violence that followed the 2013 crisis greatly damaged public assets and infrastructure, disrupted service delivery, further weakened the social fabric, and exacerbated people’s poverty and vulnerability to shocks. As a result, roughly one-quarter of the population was internally displaced or had to flee as refugees to neighboring countries. Forced displacement has disrupted livelihoods, depleted the assets of the poor, and put an additional strain on service delivery in areas of displacement UNOPS Central African Hub, headquartered in the DR CONGO has been identified as an agency in the United Nations system which can support the area of infrastructure (both horizontally and vertically), development, humanitarian and post conflict management. The distinctive activity of UNOPS in Central Africa aims at assisting bilateral, multilateral partners, UN agencies and government entities in their efforts to ensure timely and efficient implementation of their investment projects related to the reconstruction and development of the countries within the Central African Hub. Background information - DR Congo Located in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) the UNOPS Hub in Central Africa covers eleven countries, including in the Central African Republic (CAR), and has an active portfolio of over $200m, mostly related to infrastructure projects. The office has developed strong working relations with the international partners, UN agencies including UN Missions and Governments across Central Africa over the years. It provides Technical Support and capacity building in strategic development areas including infrastructure rehabilitation and development across health, education, public works, governance/public Administration sectors; procurement, project management and sectoral Advisory Services; peace and security, environmental preservation and protection among others. Functional Responsibilities I. Purpose and Scope of Assignment Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Head of Office/Program Manager, CAR, the Programme Management Office (PRMO) - Senior Analyst will conduct market analyses and market surveys to identify potential partners and projects across prioritized countries within the Hub while ensuring the technical quality of on-going projects in CAR. The Programme Management Office (PRMO) - Senior Analyst serves as a technical analyst, reviewer and Advisor in support of the development of new projects and/or functional areas as to ensure that technical, infrastructure designs and products are developed, implemented and compliant in accordance with customer's and UNOPS quality requirements. Programme Management Office (PRMO) - Senior Analyst serves as focal point for developing and monitoring the Quality Control strategy across projects in CDOH CAR. This function comprises the following responsibilities and activities: Technical Analysis Functions
  • Formulate and review new project technical documents for Engagement Development to include all technical and infrastructural elements related methodologies and approaches, scope of works, BoQ’s, work plans and associated resource needs;

  • Contribute to analytical notes on project execution of new infrastructure projects;

  • Draft activity planning for new projects or in preparation of proposals for Engagements on the technical aspects;

  • Contribute to discussion with Infrastructure Project Management Group and partners on infrastructure projects; support the Partnership Development Unit in answering technical questions on project Engagement;

  • Assist the Program Team in maintaining technical standards and best practices in infrastructure projects: design, development and execution.

Partnership Development Support Functions
  • Support the Partnership Development Unit working closely with CDOH Partnership Development Advisor and Team to identify and attract potential new businesses, customer opportunities and engagement acquisition with targeted potential and current partners;

  • In conjunction with the Partnership Development Unit, support business development opportunities in drafting and delivering appropriate proposals and technical specifications as well as presenting and discussing them with potential partners;

  • Report to Partnership Development Unit Advisor of potential relationship development with Donors, Government, and sister UN Agencies and partners in Central African Republic.

Quality control
  • Assist the PMs & teams to initiate the implementation of project activities;

  • Liaise closely with engineering staff ensuring engineering accuracy of construction/rehabilitation activities;

  • Effectively document, follow up and undertake corrective actions – both internal and external;

  • Analyze findings, issues and nonconformance identified during technical audits of Infrastructure Project Management Group as to recommend and initiate program quality and performance trends;

  • Perform and review quantity calculations and measurements for estimates (incl unit prices) for project proposals, bids, and contract planning and preparations;

  • Ensure that quality and risk management plans and Health Safety measures are included in infrastructure projects documents and proposals (including the associated budget) and that they are tailored to the specific scopes;

  • Perform quality assurance inspections at jobsites to achieve compliance with contract plans and specifications on all phases of roadway, bridges, and structure and facilities construction/rehabilitation;

  • Draft detailed inspection reports, with photographs;

  • Ensure that engineering teams in the field have reviewed quality manuals, documents and implementation procedures as to certify compliance with industry codes and standards (including health and safety) ;

  • Assist the Head of Office in Results-based and risk management reporting on infrastructure project.

II. Monitoring and Progress Controls
  • Prepare Progress Reports for UNOPS and its partners when necessary

  • Support managers and Project Support Officers in defining Key Performance Indicators in relation to UNOPS theories of change

  • Support managers in the establishments questionnaires and surveys

  • Participation in drafting UNOPS dissemination documents

III. Final Product
  • Technical reviews/inputs including quality control and risk measures into at least 12 new project documents/proposals;

  • Technical reviews/inputs into at least 6 existing project documents;

  • Monthly update/progress reports (Highlight reports) on technical reviews and inputs on new and existing project (submitted to Head of Office and Partnership Development Advisor);

  • Positive impact on overall CDOH’s portfolio development and growth of larger infrastructure projects;

  • Reports on reviews /Input in quality control of Infrastructure projects in CAR.

  • Advanced University Degree (Master's or equivalent) in Civil Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management is required.

  • First level university degree (Bachelor or equivalent) in Civil Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management, plus 2 additional years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of Master

  • University degree ( Master or Bachelor ) in Project Management or Administration is an advantage.

  • PRINCE2 certification, at least at Foundation Level, or Project Management Professional (PMP) methodologies is desirable.

  • Minimum 2 years of relevant experience in successfully supporting and advising projects is required

  • Extensive experience implementing works under complex quality and safety plans is essential;

  • Experience directing and mentoring engineering staff is recommended;

  • Experience with review and/or preparation of new project technical documents for LEADs development to include infrastructural/construction is essential;

  • Proven experience in providing technical advice and support to Programme teams on projects of road and bridge construction as well as facilities/building construction with the use of appropriate technologies for the Central African setting is an asset;

  • Experience UN/UNOPS construction and familiarity with infrastructure programmes and the specific challenges to road construction in Central African Region are an asset

Competencies 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. Languages
  • Fluency in written and oral French is required.

  • Intermediate English is required.

Contract type, level and duration Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement Contract level: IICA-1 (ICS9) Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to Organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance. 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

  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.

  • 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. 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. Diversity 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.
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