United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Senior Analyst (Programme Management)

United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Job Description

  UNOPS supports partners to build a better future by providing services that increase the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of peace building, humanitarian and development projects.  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.

New York Service Cluster (NYSC) supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as other New York-based United Nations organizations, bilateral and multilateral partners in the delivery of UNOPS mandate in project management, infrastructure management, and Procurement Management Sustainable Development Cluster (SDC) supports diverse partners with their peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. It was formed by combining the following portfolios: Grants Management Services (GMS), UN Technology Support Services (UNTSS), Development and Special Initiatives Portfolio (DSIP) It provides Services to partners' programmes that are designed, structured, and managed with a global perspective and primarily serving partners that are headquartered in New York.  The SDC has a footprint of approximately 125 countries.

UNOPS has signed an agreement with the Peacebuilding Support Office to implement the project activities for the Humanitarian Development Peacebuilding and Partnership project on behalf of the PBSO.

The HDPP Facility, established under the Peacebuilding Fund in 2019, advances the strategic partnership between the UN and the World Bank in crisis-affected situations, under the 2017 Partnership Framework, through small grants to UN entities consolidating advisory, liaison, data, analytical and operational capacities. Owing to an expansion of activities, the Facility will focus on reinforcing its knowledge management and monitoring capacities to best capture lessons, results and contribute to a wider dissemination of partnership opportunities with the IFIs in crisis affected situations.

This position is based in New York and may require international travels as Covid-19 restrictions allow.

This position in UNOPS requires close Coordination with the PBSO and other UN entities. The incumbent of this position will be a personnel of UNOPS under its full responsibility.

Functional Responsibilities

Purpose and Scope of Assignment  The position supports the work of PBSO and will be responsible for the following responsibilities: 1. Support to internal Capacity Development strategy:
  • Support quality/standardization of reporting by HDPP-Facility recipients;
  • Contribute to developing a system which captures good practice and disseminate these to a community of practice
  • Conceptualize and draft knowledge products relevant to the UN-IFI partnership including with a focus on prevention, financing and Pathways for Peace;
  • Develop platforms for dissemination and easy access to partnership info and contribute to knowledge sharing;
  • Act as data and Innovation Focal Point to closely follow new developments and opportunities, contributing to UN-IFI partnership results in the innovation space in collaboration with the DPPA Innovation Cell;
  • Support other outward facing activities with may include the production of online content;
  • Support to aggregating relevant news and commentaries related to IFIs policy, financing and programming in crisis affected settings
2. Support to developing partnership with IMF:
  • Monitor and report on developments in IMF engagement in fragile settings, and identifying opportunities for cooperation;
  • Prepare briefing, meeting notes and other preparations relevant to the UN-IMF cooperation in crisis-affected situations;
  • Capture lessons from UN-IMF cooperation and contribute to IMF focused discussion on knowledge platforms;
3. Produce yearly report on priorities under the 2017 Partnership Framework
  • Assist in the compilation of results achieved under the 2017 Partnership Framework and liaise with other organizations designated focal point under the agreed division of labor;
  • Reach out to UN entities and other stakeholders as needed to clarify inputs to the report;
  • Receive feedback on draft report and work to incorporate with a view to producing a final report;
  • Support the preparations and logistics for a launching event (in-person or virtual) as well as extract relevant key messages for communications purposes.
4. Other activities as tasked by the Partnership Team
  • Contribute to liaison and advisory engagement with UN field teams as requested;
  • Contribute to advising and monitoring risk analyses/data initiatives funded by the Facility;
  • Performs other duties as may be reasonably required and in line with the incumbent’s scope of services above.
Monitoring and Progress Controls

A work plan will be developed based on the UNOPS PER cycle and serve as the overarching document to monitor progress and record performance.

Education/Experience/Language requirements



  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) preferably in political science, international relations, international security, economics, development, social science, journalism or another relevant field is desirable. 2 years of additional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience is required.
Work Experience 

Required Experience
  • A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience is required.
  • Experience in developing and maintaining knowledge products is required.
Desired Experience: The following experience is optional. Candidates who do not have it are welcome to apply
  • Experience with the United Nations or other International Organizations is desirable.
  • Understanding of International Financial Institutions is a strong asset.
  • Experience in data Analysis, information management, and setting-up visualization tools for internal and external audiences is strongly desired.
  • Experience building partnerships for results is desirable.
  • Proficiency in PowerBI or similar tool is a strong asset.

  • Fluency in oral and written English is required.
  • Additional knowledge of French and Spanish is desirable.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement (ICA)  Contract level: International Individual Contractor Agreement (I-ICA 2) Contract duration: Open-ended (renewable subject to funds availability and satisfactory performance)


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.

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.

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.

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