Position: Country Manager (UNOPS)__Deadline:21May

Job categories Project Management, Leadership, Programme Management
Vacancy code VA/2023/B5510/25880
Level ICS-11
Department/office AR, EAPMCO, Cambodia
Duty station Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Contract type Fixed Term
Contract level P4
Duration One year renewable subject to satisfactory performance and budget availability
Application period 19-Apr-2023 to 21-May-2023

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Please note that UNOPS will at no stage of the recruitment process request candidates to make payments of any kind. 

UNOPS EAPMCO - Multi Country Office is recruiting for this position: Country Manager based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the EAPMCO MCO Director, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:

Summary of Key results:

  1. People leadership

  2. Project Office portfolio management

  3. Alliance building, networking and advocacy for business development

  4. Service delivery and quality assurance

  5. Representation and inter-agency partnership

  6. Knowledge management and innovation 

1. People leadership
  • Create, foster and role model a culture of trust, empowerment and accountability within the Project Office.

  • Build engagement and foster a diverse and inclusive work environment, respectful of all, and ensure that the highest standards of conduct are observed.

  • Create, foster and role model a culture of respect and zero tolerance for discrimination, abuse of authority, harassment, 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. 

  • Promote teamwork, collaboration and diversity, by providing timely guidance and supervision to the team, to enable them to perform their duties responsibly, effectively and efficiently.

  • Plan, recruit, manage and develop a flexible and diverse workforce, with the skills and competencies needed to ensure optimum performance. 

  • Operates as an integral part of the MCO, with a shared strategy, goals and objectives.

2. Project Office portfolio management 
  • Under the guidance and oversight from the MCO Director, the Head of Partnerships (business development guidance only) and the Head of Programme, develop proposals and prepare project agreements in connection with identified opportunities.

  • Plan and propose to the Multi Country Office Director required resources (human, financial and administrative) to achieve goals set for the Project Office. 

  • Establish the strategies and implementation plans for the Project Office.

  • In collaboration with the partners, develop the objectives, performance measurements, standards and results expected to ensure timely and partner oriented services. 

  • Oversee, monitor and direct appropriate measures to maintain the safety and security of UNOPS, assets, property, information and personnel and their eligible dependents within the respective area of responsibility.  

  • Under the guidance from the MCO Director and with the support of the MCO Head of Support Services and the MCO Head of Programme, the Country Manager manages the overall HSSE performance in the Project Office while overseeing the implementation of all HSSE requirements

  • In consultation with the UNOPS Chief of Security act as the UNOPS Security Focal Point (SFP) within the countries of operation, including participating actively in the Security Management Team (SMT) and perform duties on security as outlined in the Framework of Accountability in the UN Security Management System Policy manual.

  • Under the guidance from the MCO Director and with the support of the MCO Head of Programme, oversee Projects implementation assuming the role of Project Executive on Project Boards for Projects implemented within the Countries of responsibility.

  • Ensure consistency of approaches and full alignment with UNOPS rules and regulations in coordination with all MCO heads of  Functional Units.

3. Alliance building, networking and advocacy for business development
  • Keep abreast of and assess the needs of the relevant national government and other UNOPS partners operating in the countries, to identify and plan with them (and under the guidance from the Multi Country Office Director) areas for leveraging UNOPS services/competencies in project service delivery and management that will facilitate their achievement of sustainable results. 

  • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships through active networking, advocacy and effective communication of UNOPS competencies in project service delivery and management, to develop opportunities and engagements with new partners.

  • Keep the Multi Country Office Director informed/advised on opportunities and/or challenges to strengthen UNOPS capacity for programme/project management and business development. 

  • Collaborate with the Head of Partnerships and the Partnerships Unit to develop new engagement supporting the furtherance of UNOPS activities in the countries

4. Service delivery and quality assurance
  • In close collaboration with the MCO Head of Support Services and the MCO Head of Programme, establish and maintain appropriate arrangements for ensuring excellence of business processes and quality standards as well as ensure direct operational support for delivery of the Project Office programmes/projects, including leveraging regional or corporate support facilities whenever available.

  • Monitor and oversee programme/project implementation, ensure consistency of approaches and full alignment with UNOPS rules and regulations at corporate, regional and MCO level. Review projects progress, assess constraints and take corrective action, ensuring early warning of risks to the Multi Country Office, for action and/or intervention.

  • Take responsibility for financial decisions/exercise financial control to ensure the fiscal health/sustainability of the Project Office, including submitting financial reports to the Multi Country Office Director. 

5. Representation and inter-agency partnership 
  • Participate, as delegated by the Multi Country Office Director, in inter-agency and external meetings/bodies to contribute to the harmonisation of policies, practices and approaches within the UN System, such as the implementation of the UNSDCF, integrated Strategic Framework and ‘Delivering as One’.

  • On behalf of the MCO Director, participate in any UN country team meetings or interagency management groups to contribute to discussions and initiatives to strengthen coherence, inclusiveness, aid effectiveness and security measures.

  • In alignment with the MCO Director, keep the UN Resident Coordinator informed of UNOPS activities within Cambodia and Laos PDR through regular communication and formal reporting on business acquisition and implementation of activities led by UNOPS as part of the UNSDCF or equivalent.

6. Knowledge management and innovation 
  • Contribute to the development and introduction of innovation to ensure UNOPS is continually incorporating best practice approaches.

  • Contribute to the dissemination and sharing of best practices and lessons learned for corporate, regional and national development planning and knowledge building.

  • Plan, implement and organise strategic capacity building of personnel, partners and stakeholders.

Impact of Results

The effective and successful achievement of results by the Country Manager directly impacts on the development and performance of the Project Office, the visibility and image of the UNOPS as an effective service provider in project services and management and consequently strengthens its competitive position as a partner of choice in sustainable development and project services in the countries served.

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.
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.
Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) preferably in Economics, International Development, Business Administration, Project Management, International Relations or related fields combined with seven (7) years of relevant experience OR

  • A first university degree (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent) preferably in Economics, International Development, Business Administration, Project Management, International Relations or related fields combined with nine (9) years of relevant experience is required.


  • PRINCE2 Practitioner, PMI Project Management Professional or other internationally recognised certification is an asset -  the successful candidate is expected to complete the PRINCE2 Practitioner certification or its equivalent within the first six (6) months of taking up the assignment.


  • Minimum seven (7) years of experience that combines strategic and managerial leadership in business development, executive management, programme/project management planning and/or operations in an international and/or corporate organization, out of which at least three years (3) of the total experience must be in a senior management level position 

  • Minimum three (3) years of international experience (working outside your own country of origin) is required.

  • Experience managing complex and cross-sectorial relationships involving government line ministries, multilateral partners and donors is an asset.

  • Experience partnering with the public sector on developing, implementing and/or evaluating  projects and programs of high national relevance is a distinct advantage.

  • In-depth knowledge of fiduciary and programme management procedures is highly desirable.

  • Regional programme management experience (i.e. Asia) is an advantage.

  • Prior experience in Cambodia and Laos PDR would be considered as a strong asset.

  • Prior experience in public policy dialogue/development at a high level would be an asset. 

  • Some experience in the UN system organizations and/or a developing country is desirable.


  • Full working knowledge (fluency) of English is essential.

  • Knowledge of another official UNOPS language is an asset.

Contract type, level and duration
  • Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment (Staff)  
  • Contract level: ICS11/P4
  • Contract duration: One year renewable subject to satisfactory performance and budget availability
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