Project Manager needed in Monrovia, Liberia

jobsnearmeafric United Nations Office for Project Services(unops)

Closing date: Saturday, 10 February 2024

Background Information – Job-specific

Multi-Country Office Context:

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. 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 organisations. With over 6,000 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.

UNOPS Ghana Multi-country Office (GHMCO) located in Accra covers five West African countries namely Ghana, The Gambia, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. GHMCO is responsible for managing strategic and operational risks engagements portfolio, developing and delivering cost effective services contributing to partners’ sustainable results and achievements of UNOPS management results.

Project Information:

Liberia COVID-19 Emergency Response Project and Procurement of Vehicles for the Ministry of Health, Liberia Project.

The Government of Liberia has fully vaccinated 86% of the country’s total population with an initial protocol, making the country a leader in COVID-19 vaccination coverage in Africa. These successes can be attributed to concerted efforts by the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) during and after the pandemic.

Since May 2023, there has been a near-zero COVID-19 transmission rate. As the project continues to support the routine immunization program in the country, and provide operational support to human and animal health surveillance teams in the whole country. There is a case to fully equip these teams and augment the transport fleet and ensure that health services are brought to the doorstep of clients, especially in remote communities.

Under the Procurement of Vehicles project, the Ministry of Health contacted UNOPS to procure thirteen (13) vehicles to support mobility and connectivity, which are an essential aspect of the pandemic response. They will greatly assist in strengthening critical healthcare system elements like surveillance and diagnostics.

 The project is aligned with SDG 3: Health and Wellbeing
The pandemic response aims to ensure access to quality healthcare and promote well-being for all. Specifically, the project will contribute to:

 Target 3.3: End AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.
 Target 3.8: Achieve universal health coverage, access to quality health care services, and access to safe, effective, quality, and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.
If you have experience managing stakeholders and are excited to expand our sustainable project management initiatives, are great at understanding and managing project risks, are always ready to get hands on with the work and can lead partners through best practice in Project Management with Prince 2 certification, then this is your opportunity.

The project will be implemented over a 12-month duration (i.e The Project ends in December, 2024)

Job Specific:Project Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the project(s) and manages relationships with the client, donor, partners and beneficiaries. Project Manager acts on behalf of the Project Board to manage the project on an ongoing basis during the Implementation Stage. The main responsibility of a Project Manager is to ensure that the project outputs are delivered within the specified project tolerances of time, cost, quality, scope, risk and benefits.

Project Manager has the authority to assign, as per the Project Plan, work packages to Team Managers and approve deliverables produced by them.

Project Manager is responsible for creating the Implementation Plan, using the Project Initiation Document (PID), Legal Agreement and having a thorough understanding of the terms, conditions, and the respective roles and responsibilities of the partners/stakeholders, to ensure the project(s) outputs are capable of meeting the business cases for both UNOPS and the partner(s). Success of the project(s) and hence of the Project Manager will be based on the defined Success Criteria.

He/she is expected to meet the organization’s performance and delivery goals.

Functional Responsibilities

Summary of functions: His/her duties include:

 Project Delivery and Performance
 Monitoring and reporting
 Stakeholder engagement
 Personnel Management
1. Project Delivery and Performance Implement the approved plan (including the establishment of milestones) within tolerances set by the Project Board.
 Embed sustainability dimensions including social and gender inclusion, environmental and economic aspects into project life span.

 Liaise with any external suppliers or account managers
 Manage acceptance and delivery of work packages
 Monitor project progress ensuring that work packages are being executed properly
 Accept goods, services or works delivered by suppliers.
 Lead contract management duties including supplier performance evaluation.
 Identify, and anticipate in a timely manner, potential risks and issues and advises mitigating measures to senior management/ Project Board so that maximum benefit to partner(s) and other stakeholders is achieved

 Identify and report to the supervisor potential business opportunities for UNOPS
2. Procedures

 Comply with all organizational policy and specifically the Project Management Manual
 Prepare/adapt all relevant plans for approval by the Project Board.
 Manage the reporting obligations defined in the Legal Agreement(s) and in the Implementation Plan
 Draft the requirements definitions for procurement processes. Approving requisitions and requests for non-purchase order payments; Evaluating submissions received, if appointed to the evaluation team.
 Ensure maintenance of the project files and lessons learned are recorded
 Ensure the development and implementation of project financial management guidelines and control mechanisms, in conformity with UNOPS rules and regulations.
 Manage budgets, cash flow and obligations to ensure that deliverables are met and payments to contractors and personnel are received on time.
 Understand and manage UNOPS overheads, allocable charges, and related corporate charges as they apply to the project
 Understand the unique structures of the UN and budget appropriately for personnel
 Manage expenditures against the budget (based on accurate financial reports)
 Where the Project Manager has no delegation as a committing officer, s/he retains these responsibilities and will monitor and instruct/request others to carry out the relevant commitments and disbursements.
 For project closure purposes, provide a formal handover of the project to the closure manager
 Support project audit activities, including planning, preparation and coordination during the audits and follow up on audit observations/recommendations
3. Monitoring and Reporting Prepare and issue regular project and/or financial reports in accordance with Partner and UNOPS requirements for reporting.
 Regularly review project status, evaluating performance criteria (scope, cost, schedule and quality).
 Maintain diaries and progress reports as required by the organization’s standard procedures.
 Provide routine oversight and analysis of delivery data within the dashboard system.
 Ensure all project team members track and regularly update milestones and targets for the duration of projects’ life span.
4. Stakeholder Engagement

 Manage stakeholder mapping and facilitate the formulation of stakeholder engagement strategies.
 Manage engagement with project stakeholders across local authorities, central government and other humanitarian actors to establish strong working relationships.
 Prepare communication to stakeholders and respond to stakeholder enquiries.
 Establish solid working relationships with the Project Board (Executive, Senior Users and Senior Suppliers), client and key stakeholders.
 Enable the formulation of project communications plans. Coordinate internal project communications. Monitor the effectiveness of project communications.
 Coordinate stakeholder engagement and communication, ensuring effective timing and interdependency management of communications. Ensure stakeholders are aware of project activities, progress, exceptions and are in a position to accept handover outputs.
5. Personnel Management

 Lead and motivate the project management team (The position will supervise 1 additional project team member).
 Ensure that behavioural expectations of team members are established
 Ensure that performance reviews are conducted fairly, accurately and timely
 Select, recruit and train the team as required and take into account gender parity and diversity objectives.
 Ensure safety and security for all project personnel and comply with UNDSS standards
 Create, foster and role model a culture of respect and zero tolerance for discrimination, abuse of authority, harrasment, sexual harassment and sexual exploitation and abuse. Ensure accountability for actions and perform duties in accordance with protection mechanisms and action plans, as expected by UNOPS policies, standards and commitments.
Impact of results: Project Manager 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.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

A. Education

 Advanced University Degree (Masters Degree) in Project Management, Business Management, Development Studies, Procurement/Supply Chain Management or other relevant disciplines is required.
 A Bachelor’s Degree in Project Management, Business Management, Development Studies, Procurement/Supply Chain Management in combination with an additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the education requirements outlined above.
B. Work Experience

 A minimum of two (2) years progressive demonstrated experience in a Project/Programme Management role in the delivery of development projects is required;
 Working knowledge of project management software tools and applications is an asset;
 Demonstrated experience managing multidisciplinary teams is an asset;
 Experience in developing and successfully implementing stakeholder engagement plans is a distinct advantage.
 Past experience with procurement of goods/services/ works is a distinct advantage;
 Past experience in health sector projects is an asset;
 Knowledge of the UN system and familiarity with UNOPS procedures is an advantage;
 Experience in the use of google software packages (Google Doc, Sheets and Slides) and experience in handling web-based management systems is an added advantage.
C. Language Requirements Fluency in written, reading and spoken English Language is required.
D. Certification

 Prince 2 Foundation or equivalent is an advantage
 Prince 2 Practitioner or equivalent is an advantage
 Other Project Management certification is an advantage

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: Local Individual Contract Agreement (LICA)
 Contract level: LICA 9/ ICS 9
 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:

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.
 Monrovia, Liberia is a family duty station.

Terms and Conditions

 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.

Background information – AFR

Africa Region

Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Africa Region supports UNOPS country offices in the region, providing financial oversight of projects, procuring goods and services and managing human resources.AFR helps ensure that projects are executed to the highest standards, providing a shared knowledge base and ensuring that best practices and lessons learned are disseminated between projects across the entire region.

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