Infrastructure and Project Management Manager

UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services

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This is a IICA-2 contract. This kind of contract is known as International Individual Contractor Agreements. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's an external contract. It usually requires 5 years of experience, depending on education. More about IICA-2 contracts.

Background Information - Job-specific

UNOPS has been present in Bangladesh since 2003. In 2014 UNOPS established as formal representation as a response to the UNOPS Executive Board in order to provide more substantial support to the Government of Bangladesh and other clients in the different areas focusing to Resilient Infrastructure Approach, Program & Project Management, Fund Management, Procurement, Human Resources, Financial Management emphasizing on building national capacities, improving resilience of communities with a view of contributing to the implementation of the SDGs.

UNOPS Bangladesh has signed a project agreement to provide PSA plants and plant rooms at 29 hospital sites in Bangladesh with Global Fund support. The Project shall involve the provision of emergency procurement support to strengthen the oxygen therapy capacity in Bangladesh. Under this project, UNOPS will procure and install PSA plants at 29 hospitals across Bangladesh. This project is a part of the Bangladesh COVID-19 response plan of the Government of Bangladesh. Negotiations are at the final stage to extend the scope of the project to include the construction of plant rooms at these 29 locations by UNOPS. The incumbent will manage this project and also other projects within the Bangladesh office as instructed by the Supervisor.

Functional Responsibilities

1. Technical leadership, Risk Management, and Quality assurance - Provide substantive support to the Country Office in the planning and implementation of infrastructure projects and programs throughout their whole life cycle - Mentor and assist Infrastructure Project Managers and teams in planning, execution, and delivery of allocated projects, including but not limited to design development, design management, design review, construction management, works supervision, contract management (FIDIC), change control, quality management, health and safety, and environment, and other infrastructure-related areas of expertise, ensuring incorporation of best practice of infrastructure project management processes. - Work closely with the Programme Management Office (PMO) to ensure those project management policies, processes and methods are followed and practiced according to the UNOPS standards, best project management practices are promoted, and overall assurance of projects is provided. - Identify and anticipate in a timely manner potential risks and issues through infrastructure expertise and knowledge, advise on mitigation measures and ensure implementation thereof, and escalate critical issues/risks to the Country Office Manager and partners so that maximum benefit to partner(s) and other stakeholders is achieved - Provide advice and support on the preparation, quality and proper management of infrastructure projects documents (including business cases/strategies, projects plans, risk assessments and infrastructure-related documentation such as site assessments, design package, contract management and works supervision documentation, as-built design, testing and commissioning reports, change orders, completion and hand-over certificate, etc.) - Advise and assist with technical input to proposals, including but not limited to project planning, governance, and approach considerations

2. General construction - Support Project Managers and teams to plan and coordinate work activities. - Advise and provide expertise/support to the preparation of technical specifications, Bills of Quantities, bidding documentation, engineering drawings, construction methodologies, construction planning and programming, and assessments of contractors' technical capacity to deliver. - Support the Project Managers provide data and information about project work for reporting purposes. - Provide monthly reports to the Country Manager and the Project Management Office in Kinshasa summarizing all project matters including quality, health and safety, environmental, as well as any issues relating to possible delays, cost overruns, variations and any other matter related to infrastructure projects

3. Feasibility study/needs assessment - Support Project Managers and teams to complete needs assessment, organize preliminary studies and monitor/supervise consultants. - Support the review of requests for new construction and rehabilitation works. - Support and advise the project team to review assessments and reports with recommendations for follow-up actions.

4. Design Management - Support the Project managers and teams to outline design requirements (e.g. timeline) to procure design services, including concept, preliminary and final stages where applicable. - Support the Project Managers to manage the design ensuring deliverables are available on time, and to the required quality. - Support infrastructure Project managers with their design review submissions to HQ. - Assist the procurement team with technical assistance and in addition to project teams, in preparation of tender documentation and bid analysis where required.

5. Construction supervision - Conduct site visits for all projects and verify that works are consistent with the project technical specifications and inform promptly of eventual deviations. - Support the overall management of works implementation to ensure construction works are completed on time, within budget, and to quality standards. - Provide spot checks of supervision of the project work progress and quality for on-time delivery. - Assist the Project Managers in the preparation of project/contracts related documentations such as periodic progress reports, site monitoring reports, stakeholder meeting minutes, engineer’s instructions and variation orders, contractor’s bills review reports, certifications, and client hand-over documents, and contracts close-out reports.

6. Health and Safety/Quality - Act as the focal point in the Country Office for Health and Safety matters - Significantly increase awareness of health and safety, ensure implementation of the GoalZero approach (zero incidents, zero injuries, and zero accidents), and completion of actions to improve health and safety. - Cultivate a GoalZero mindset with actions such as identifying and addressing health and safety risks, monitoring the adherence to health and safety requirements through inspections and reviews, and engaging others to embed a safe working culture at UNOPS workplaces. - Support Project Managers develop and monitor their respective Quality, Health and Safety, and Environment plans.

7. Project Management - Development and planning – support Project Management Office (PMO) team in Bangladesh to provide appropriate levels of programmatic management to projects in LKMCO , regarding all ongoing project activities, while maintaining and implementing appropriate standards and best practices in line with UNOPS policies and procedures. - Consult and collaborate with colleagues and partners to ensure linkages, consistency, and harmonization of approaches and compliance with guidelines, framework, and standards of accountability, integrity and performance. - Ensure proactive programme and project risk identification and assessment and implementation of adequate mitigation measures. - Work closely with the partnership person to ensure and facilitate the capture of lessons learnt from programme and project implementation into new opportunities and engagement development, as well as the adequate identification of risks and mitigation measures - Set-up and closure – support relevant project closure activities

  • Monitoring and reporting - regularly review project status, quality, evaluating performance criteria
  • Quality assurance - help ensure compliance with UNOPS defined standards for programme/project management
  • Provide advice to projects or programmes that may need to be brought back on track

8. Knowledge management - Assist in providing training and technology transfer to national personnel and contractor’s personnel and advice on good construction practices, good environmental management practices, and appropriate health and safety standards during construction - Contribute to the dissemination and sharing of best practices and lessons learned for development planning and knowledge building.

Impact of Results: The effective and successful achievement of results by the Infrastructure / PM Manager directly impacts on the achievement of the projects and consequently reinforces the visibility and image of UNOPS as an effective service provider in project services and management and strengthens its competitive position as a partner of choice in sustainable development and project services.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • A Master’s degree in Civil Engineering or a related field is required.
  • A combination of a Bachelor’s degree with an additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the education requirements outlined above.
  • AutoCAD certification is desirable.Knowledge of MS Projects is desirable
  • Working knowledge of Google Suite is desirable
  • Project Management certification (for example PRINCE2® Foundation) is desirable

Experience: - A minimum of 5 years of experience in civil engineering or construction management in an international organization is required. - A minimum of 3 years of experience in project management in an international organization is required. - Work experience in multi-cultural developing environments is desirable. - Some experience in the UN system organizations and/or a developing country is desirable. - Experience in providing advice and oversight is desirable

Language Requirements: - Fluency in English is required.


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

Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement Contract level: IICA 2 Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.

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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 peace and 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 5,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,400 personnel recruited on behalf of our partners, spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced and diverse labour force — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs. We continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage the recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

UNOPS offers a variety of arrangements that enable women to excel in their careers, including flexible working hours for work-life balance, maternity leave, childcare facilities, and career coaching. UNOPS ensures a safe and inclusive working environment for women and men through field security training and measures to provide secure working arrangements on-site and in the office.

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