Project Management Support Associate

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Application deadline 11 months ago: Wednesday 13 Oct 2021 at 23:59 UTC

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This is a LICA-6 contract. This kind of contract is known as Local Individual Contractor Agreements. It is normally only for nationals. It's an external contract. It usually requires 6 years of experience, depending on education. More about LICA-6 contracts.

Background Information - Job-specific

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is the operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. 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. With over 8,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, where they need it. By implementing around 1,000 projects for our partners at any given time, UNOPS makes significant contributions to results on the ground, often in the most challenging environments.

The project ‘Mozambique Northern Crisis Recovery Project’ (NCRP) will be based in and around the City of Pemba in Cabo Delgado Province supporting the resettlement of IDPs from temporary settlement sites to approximately 20 relocation sites. The project will support both IDPs and Host communities. The project comprises of 4 main objectives broken down into components as follows:

  • Component 1: psychosocial social support and community peace building; and enhancing State-society trust and confidence.
  • Component 2: provision of agriculture and fisheries inputs, cash for work programs for youth and women and the provision of kits for micro and small business development; and training on entrepreneurship and business management.
  • Component 3: the restoration of basic services, small works for agriculture production, education and health infrastructure and the construction or rehabilitation of school and health infrastructure and community services and amenities in temporary and relocation sites and host communities.
  • Component 4: strengthening of technical capacity of government authorities and local governments for conflict management. This component will also support project implementation, financial management, procurement, safeguards, reporting, and monitoring and evaluation.

UNOPS has been entrusted with the critical role of supporting the national Government PIU to deliver this project and ensure adequate support is provided to build sustainable capacity in relevant institutions. Thus, the project will be implemented in collaboration with government authorities and will be guided by the various programme guidelines provided by the World bank- as the funding source.

The project team is expected to contain Programme management staff, Safeguards and Monitoring and Evaluation staff and infrastructure staff and will require significant stakeholder and partner coordination and management.

Local Context:

The project will be based in the city of Pemba, in Cabo Delgado, this position is expected to maintain regular travels to Niassa and Nampula provinces, as needed. Interested candidates should note that Pemba is a non-family duty station.

The project team is multi-disciplinary and multi-agency. The UNOPS team will be composed of Infrastructure staff, Safeguards and Monitoring and Evaluation staff, Community Development team, Project Management and Support personnel. With several components to be implemented by other UN Agencies, and considering the complex humanitarian and development partner landscape in the North, the project will also require significant stakeholder and partner coordination and management.

The selected candidate will also be required to support the Senior Project Manager to establish full operations and UNOPS presence in the project location with the support of the Multi Country Office.

Functional Responsibilities

Summary of functions: 1. Support implementation of operational strategies 2. Portfolio planning, administration and management 3. Knowledge building and knowledge sharing

1. Support implementation of operational strategies, adapts processes and procedures focusing on achievement of the following results; - Full compliance with UNOPS rules and regulations of programme/project management, financial processes, financial records and reports and audit follow up, human resources management, procurement processes and implementation of the effective internal control framework. - Elaboration of the content of internal Standard Operating Procedures in Programme/Project Management, in consultation with the direct supervisor and office management.

2. Portfolio planning, administration and management, Ensures efficient and effective, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Support of all aspects of project implementation and service delivery in full compliance with UNOPS rules and regulations;
  • Monitoring of progress for all projects/services agreements under his/her responsibility, anticipating operational and budgetary issues and taking pre-emptive action.
  • Interaction with colleagues, clients and partners and undertaking of missions, as may be required, to guide operational issues and UNOPS service provision.
  • Resolution of operational and process issues, referring complex issues to the supervisor with clear recommendations for courses of action.
  • Review of service requests, assessment of their complexity, level of effort and UNOPS service fee levels for compliance with the UNOPS self-financing principle, and feedback prior to acceptance of projects for execution and/or service requests.
  • Preparation of service request documents and analysis of submissions for project and/or UNOPS service acceptance.
  • Fostering of client relationships.
  • Support in the provision of operational, budgetary and financial guidance to project personnel. Assisting in preparation of project budgets and revisions and other related documents.
  • Support in the preparation of Terms of Reference (ToR) for required inputs in the projects (institutional consultancy services, procurement of goods and services, organization of training, seminars, etc.), with expert and/or client support as required. Provide support in the preparation of contracts for services, memorandum of agreement, interagency agreement, grant agreements.
  • Monitoring of expenditures and advice to clients/partners and funding agencies on budget status.
  • Provide support in interview panels with view to staff selection and recruitment; Identification of consultants/experts, initiation of recruitment and preparation of TOR. Processing of all administrative requirements (e.g. funding source, clearances, and documentation) and request to Global Service Centre and/or integrated teams, to undertake recruitment action; follow-up to completion.
  • Support in verification of accuracy of request/transactions and completeness of documentation
  • Initiation of action and certification for approval at the higher level as may be required. Monitoring of expenditures, regularly informing supervisor and clients of budget status and any need to reallocate resources to meet objectives.
  • Planning, organization and implementation of training, conference and all necessary logistics.
  • Assist in the preparation of briefing materials as required for mission travel and/or discussion on project activities.
  • Any other duties as assigned

3. Knowledge building and knowledge sharing, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Maintenance of accurate data and information to facilitate monitoring and evaluation of project and service activities, and to institutionalize and disseminate knowledge.
  • Coaching and/or mentoring of colleagues on portfolio management and service administration and encouraging feedback to lead to process improvement and standardization.
  • Publication and sharing of information and knowledge with colleagues, clients and partners.
  • Participation in the training for the programme, operations and projects staff on programme/project management.
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.

    Impact of Results

Project Management Support Associate directly impacts on achievement of project results by adhering to project management methods and strategies, reducing risks, cutting costs and improving success rates. This 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.


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.


  • Completion of secondary school combined with 6 years of professional experience is required, OR
  • Diploma Certificate in Business Administration, Project Management, Supply Chain Management, Accounting, Procurement, Management, International Relations and or other relevant disciplines combined with four (4) years of relevant professional experience, OR.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Project Management, Supply Chain Management, Accounting, Procurement, Management, International Relations and or other relevant discipline combined with two (2) years of relevant professional experience


  • A minimum of six (6) years of relevant experience in administrative and programme management support services is required.
  • Experience working in financial reporting, operational transactions, budget preparation will be an added advantage.
  • Knowledge of ERP (oneUNOPS) systems is an asset.
  • Experience and demonstrated knowledge of UN rules and procedures in Project Management, Procurement, Finance, HR Management and administrative rules and regulations will be an advantage.
  • Experience /knowledge of web-based applications and Google Suite products, especially google forms, sheets, docs and slides is an asset.


  • Full working knowledge of Portuguese is required
  • Full working knowledge of English is required


Certification in Project Management (PRINCE2, PMI or equivalent) is an asset

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.

Contract type, level and duration

  • Contract type: Local Individual Contractor Agreement
  • Contract level: ICS 6/ LICA 6
  • Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.’

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  • This position is NOT based in a family duty station
  • This is a local post. As such, it is only open to Mozambique Nationals or persons with valid residence permits.

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.

Kenya Multi-Country Office (KEMC****O) UNOPS Kenya Multi Country Office is located in Nairobi, Kenya, the Kenya Multi Country Office manages a growing portfolio of engagements, including associated strategic and operational risks. The KEMC sub-region currently consists of an established Operation Centre in Nairobi/Kenya which manages a portfolio of engagements in multiple countries in East and South Africa. This includes transactional projects in partnership with the Nairobi based UN Agencies, UN-Habitat and UNEP, and multiple ‘operational’ projects in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique and island states.

Integrated Northern Development Agency (ADIN) is a public institution that promotes socio-economic development in the Provinces of Niassa, Cabo Delgado and Nampula. Its Headquarters is in the Province of Cabo Delgado., and Its mandate encompasses articulation and coordination of programmes, promoting business development, investments, and employment in northern Mozambique. ADIN is also active in the areas of resource mobilization, multi form assistance to conflict affected populations, it promotes socio-cultural and sporting events.

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