Project Management Support - Officer

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This is a LICA Specialist-8 contract. This kind of contract is known as Local Individual Contractor Agreements. It is normally only for nationals. It's an external contract. More about LICA Specialist-8 contracts.

Background Information - Job-specific

South East Asia and Pacific Multi-Country Office (EAPMCO) The South East Asia and Pacific Multi Country Office (EAPMCO) supports, develops and oversees the UNOPS portfolio of projects in South East Asia and the Pacific. EAPMCO was established in January 2023 following the merger of the Thailand Multi-Country Office, which covered 20 countries across North East Asia, South East Asia and the Pacific, and the Cambodia Multi-Country Office, which covered 4 countries South East Asia - 3 countries in the Mekong Sub-region (Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam) and the Philippines. EAPMCO currently covers 24 countries across North East Asia, South East Asia and the Pacific. With its head office in Bangkok, the Multi-Country Office comprises nine business units: SEMCO Thailand, EAPMCO Indonesia, EAPMCO Pacific Operations Cluster, EAPMCO Papua New Guinea, EAPMCO China, EAPMCO Vietnam, EAPMCO Lao PDR, EAPMCO Philippines and EAPMCO Cambodia.

In 2022, the UNOPS EAPMCO implemented projects worth more than USD 95.7 million, in the areas of Energy Transition, Digital Transformations, Sustainable Environmental Management, Climate Change, Waste Management, Rule of Law and Access to Justice, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Post Conflict Reintegration, Emergency Relief, Post COVID19 Economic Transformations, and Health, through HR, procurement, construction, contract management, fund and program management services.

The Multi Country Office head office in Bangkok provides strategic direction, operational support, delivery oversight and assurance of the excellence of business processes and quality standards across all of the entire Multi Country Office locations. It is also responsible for developing, delivering and managing the portfolio of engagements in the country of the MCO location itself.

UNOPS in the Philippines Established in 2016, UNOPS Philippines provides expert support to ensure sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure activities in projects. With funds from the European Union (EU), UNOPS supports the Supreme Court, the Department of Justice, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government under the Governance in Justice (GOJUST) Programme (GOJUST2) through procurement, logistics, and grants management to push forward the justice reform agenda of the Philippine government through innovations and interventions; as well as providing grants to civil society organizations to improve access to justice of marginalized groups. In the Support to the Bangsamoro Transition (SUBATRA) Programme, UNOPS is working with the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Government strengthening capacities of the executive, legislative and judicial branches to ensure a smooth transition, also with funds from the EU. In the health sector, UNOPS works with the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) for the construction of health facilities in Eastern Samar, and with the DOH / ADB in the HEAL project (Health System Enhancement to Address and Limit COVID-19).

UNOPS Philippines is in the process of expanding its area of engagement in cooperation with its development partners, focusing mainly on a portfolio of projects and programs in the infrastructure, logistics management, procurement in health, rule of law, and governance sectors. Project Background Information – SUBATRA The Support to Bangsamoro Transition (SUBATRA) (The Action) aims to contribute to the smooth and timely undertaking of the transitional government process through the strengthening of the capabilities and capacities of the 3 branches of the Bangsamoro Government. Promoting a good enabling and governance environment will ensure the efficient development and implementation of policies consistent with the transition plan, focusing on the enhancement of capacities that are critical for the sound functioning of interim institutions.

The overall EU Action is specifically focused upon 4 defined lines of effort: 1. Strengthening the capacity of the BTA’s (Bangsamoro Transition Authority) executive branch superstructure to drive and coordinate key transitional policies; 2. Strengthening the capacity of the Parliament to exercise its law-making and oversight functions; 3. Strengthening the capacity of the Justice System to adjudicate litigations and improve access to justice; 4. Strengthening the capacity of civil society to contribute to a peaceful transition to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao.

These 4 lines of effort are in turn focused upon delivering 4 Results from the overall EU Action: - Result 1: enhanced capacity of the BTA’s Executive Branch to efficiently handle the transition through improved institutional superstructure to plan, impulse, and monitor transitional policies as well as the enhanced capacity of the administrative machinery, especially key governance ministries, to implement policies and deliver basic social services. - Result 2: enhanced capacity of the Bangsamoro Parliament to exercise its lawmaking, oversight, and representation functions. - Result 3: enhanced capacity of the multifaceted Bangsamoro Justice System to adjudicate. - Result 4: enhanced capacity of the civil society to contribute to a peaceful transition to BARMM.

The EU Action was signed with UNOPS in August 2020 and has a duration of five years, with an ongoing inception phase in Q1 of 2021 (and a further planned transition period to last until 2022 when the new elections for the new Bangsamoro Government are held at the same time as the national elections). The EU Action will be implemented not only during the transition but also during the post-transition phase as well, thus ensuring a seamless crossover to the elected Bangsamoro Government.

UNOPS has been contracted as an Implementing Partner to provide support to specific and necessary components of the Action, namely Procurement, Logistical and Administrative Support Services, Communications and Visibility, and Infrastructure Management, as well as overall Project Management backstopping and oversight.

The Action will contribute to improving the capacity of the BTA to efficiently implement the transition, according to the provisions of the BOL - the latter being essential for peace consolidation in Mindanao. This is the cornerstone of the core Bangsamoro self-reliance and self-determination for effective autonomy during the transition.

Functional Responsibilities Under the supervision of the Project Manager, the Project Management Support - Officer will be responsible for:

1. Project implementation

  • Preparation and maintenance of project files, including internal and external project reports.
  • Coordinate information flows and oversee change controls, risk registers and issue management by establishing document control procedures.
  • Coordinate assigned delivery of work packages and take responsibility for progress.
  • Coordinate and liaise with the Project Manager on the implementation progress.
  • Identify and escalate to the Project Manager of any deviations from the plan and update plans.
  • Work with the Project manager to identify and manage risks.

2. Financial and procurement management

  • Maintain all supporting project financial documents for audit and review processes.
  • Support the Project Manager to ensure accurate data entry into UNOPS ERP system (OneUNOPS) and OneUNOPS Projects – as appropriate.
  • Monitor project budget and financial expenditure and all administrative procedures in line with the work-plan.
  • Facilitating processing of direct payments and advance requests and prepare project budget revisions.
  • Manage the preparation of financial reports; including developing financial monitoring and reporting formats as per UNOPS requirements.
  • Monitor budgets, cash flow and reporting on expense obligations to ensure that deliverables are met.
  • Conduct financial analysis to manage and calculate financial shortfalls and over-expenditures.
  • Conduct budget revisions and initiate corrective actions when necessary.
  • Coordinate vendor communications, meetings, and reports as necessary.

3. Stakeholder management, coordination and liaison

  • Establish a solid working relationship with the project board (Executive, Senior Users and Senior Suppliers), client and key stakeholders.
  • Supports the Project Manager in communication between the project and the partners.
  • Manage communications with stakeholders and ensure stakeholders are aware of project activities, progress, exceptions and are in a position to accept handover products.
  • Supports the Project Manager to advise the client on issues that may impact the achievement of their outcomes (including issues of sustainability and post project requirements such as maintenance).

4. Knowledge management and innovation

  • Actively seeks advice and coordinates donor engagement with UNOPS MCO Partnership Office
  • Support the compilation of lessons learned as per defined reporting format and the PMM.
  • Actively contribute to building local capacities at every level and opportunity in Project Management Support.
  • Contribute to the dissemination and sharing of best practices and lessons learned for planning and knowledge building.
  • Contribute to expertise in tools and techniques.

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.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education:

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent), preferably in Project Management, Business Administration, Finance, Logistics, International Relations, or other relevant discipline, is required.
  • First-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in combination with two (2) years' relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent).
  • Prince 2 Foundation Certification will be considered an asset.

    Experience:

  • Minimum one (1) year in the field of Project Management and Operations Management, preferably with focus on Monitoring, Fiduciary management, Reporting, Development and Coordination; two (2) years of relevant experience is required in combination with the first-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent).

  • Experience in complex operating contexts, including humanitarian coordination mechanisms, donors, security, and operations management is an asset.
  • Experience and demonstrated knowledge of UN /UNOPS rules and procedures in Procurement, Finance, HR Management and administrative rules and regulations will be an advantage.

    Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in both written and spoken English is required.

Contract type, level and duration

  1. Contract type: Local Individual Contractual Agreement (LICA)
  2. Contract level: ICS8 / LICA 8
  3. Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.’

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx

The position is open for application only from the Philippines nationals or with valid residence.

Additional Information

  • Please note that UNOPS does not accept unsolicited resumes.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.
  • UNOPS embraces diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity. Our workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities. UNOPS seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce.
  • Qualified women and candidates from groups which are underrepresented in the UNOPS workforce are encouraged to apply. These include in particular candidates from racialized and/or indigenous groups, members of minority gender identities and sexual orientations, and people with disabilities.
  • We would like to ensure all candidates perform at their best during the assessment process. If you are shortlisted and require additional assistance to complete any assessment, including reasonable accommodation, please inform our human resources team when you receive an invitation.

Terms and Conditions

  • 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 (they take around 4 hours to complete) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS. For more information on a retainer contract here.
  • All UNOPS personnel are responsible for performing their duties in accordance with the UN Charter and UNOPS Policies and Instructions, as well as other relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, all personnel must demonstrate an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a manner consistent with UN core values and the UN Common Agenda.
  • It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential personnel. Recruitment in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.
Added 9 days ago - Updated 4 days ago - Source: jobs.unops.org