Project Management Support - Specialist (Capacity Building)

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Application deadline 2 months ago: Sunday 18 Apr 2021


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

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. 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.

The United Nations Office of Counter Terrorism in UNOCT provides capacity building, institutional development and technical assistance to requesting Member States, regional organisations and civil society on preventing violent extremism interventions. The UN Counter-Terrorism Centre, of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT/UNCCT), consolidated its different projects related to countering terrorist use of new technologies and launched the Global Counter-Terrorism Programme on Cybersecurity and New Technologies. The Programme seeks to support Member States, international and regional organizations and UN entities to raise awareness of the terrorist cyber-threat and to enhance technical capacities required to prevent, mitigate and respond against terrorist and violent extremist groups misusing new technologies like the internet and AI to perform attacks against critical infrastructure. The programme also intends to enhance capacities of Member States to counter and investigate terrorist activities by gathering digital forensic evidence and through the use of new technologies. The Programme reinforces respect for human rights and gender mainstreaming through international and regional cooperation, and applying the UN GCTS, its biennial reviews, and relevant Security Council resolutions.

This is a position in UNOPS for supporting projects carried out for or in the United Nations Office of Counter Terrorism (UNOCT). The incumbent of this position will be personnel of UNOPS under its full responsibility.

Functional Responsibilities

The Project Management Support - Specialist will work in coordination with the UNOCT/UNCCT Programme Officer in New York and to UNOPS. The consultant will implement the following duties: - Acts as the UNOCT local focal point for this project in Ouagadougou and ensure effective liaison with project stakeholders in Burkina Faso and in the Sahel region. - Is responsible for setting up the office and procuring ICT equipment related to cybercrime and digital forensics. - Is responsible for planning and coordinating the installation, maintenance and management of the ICT equipment procured and managed under the project. - Assists in identifying needs for digital forensic equipment Coordinate day-to-day project implementation with UNOCT and local stakeholders (UN agencies and partners, Member State officials and private sector entities). - Coordinate day-to-day project implementation with UNOCT and local stakeholders (UN agencies and partners, Member State officials and private sector entities). - Leads the logistical elements of the capacity building activities planned in the project for cybersecurity, law enforcement and criminal justice officials. - Contributes to the delivery of capacity building activities in Burkina Faso in the areas of cybersecurity, digital forensics and biometrics controls for border security management. - Provides project management support in all areas with an emphasis on the following: - Cybersecurity and related areas - Implementation of effective and efficient identity solutions - Implementation of business continuity and contingency plans including reliable backup and restore procedures - Secure, reliable, and resilient compute, storage, and networking infrastructure - Evaluates potential risk areas throughout the duration of the project and proposes/pursues mitigation, avoidance, and corrective action plans to management as necessary - Assists with developing project status reports to communicate project performance to senior management and project governance boards on a regular basis for all projects within the unit; - Develops and documents traceability (matrix) assurance [the link between requirements, technical design, code and system configurations];Performs other duties as as may be reasonably required and in line with the incumbent’s scope of services above. - Performs other duties as may be reasonably required and in line with the contractor's scope of services above.

Education/Experience/Language requirements



● Advanced university degree preferably in public administration, business administration, or other relevant field.

● Bachelor’s degree plus two additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree.


● Certification in ICT, Technology Management or related subjects is desirable.

● Certification in Project Management such as PMP, PRINCE II is highly desirable.

Required Work Experience

● At least 5 years of project management experience is required. Desired Work Experience: (the following experience is optional candidates who do not have it are welcome to apply):

  • Experience working in West Africa is desired.
  • Experience in law enforcement and/or security sector is desired.
  • Expertise in the field of cybercrime, cybersecurity, and/or digital forensics is highly desired.
  • Experience in the UN or international development organization


● Proficiency in English and French 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: International Individual Contractual Agreement (IICA) Contract level: IICA-2/LICA-10/ICSC-10 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.

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