Position: Project Manager (UNOPS)__Deadline:10-January


Job categories Human Resources, Project Management, Programme Management
Vacancy code VA/2023/B5510/27250
Level ICS-9
Department/office AR, EAPMCO, Mekong Project Office
Duty station Phnom Penh (Family Duty Station), Cambodia
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-1
Duration Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.
 

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 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 eight business units: EAPMCO Thailand, EAPMCO Indonesia, EAPMCO Pacific Operations Cluster, EAPMCO Papua New Guinea, EAPMCO China, EAPMCO Vietnam, EAPMCO Mekong (Cambodia and Lao PDR), and EAPMCO Philippines.

In 2022, the UNOPS EAPMCO implemented projects worth more than USD 95 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 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.


UNOPS in Cambodia

UNOPS established its Cambodia office in early 2013. Since then UNOPS Cambodia has carried out a series of projects and programs, including the management of multi-donor funds to support the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (also known as the Khmer Rouge Tribunal). UNOPS Cambodia has also been providing advisory and implementation services in the infrastructure sector to other development partners including Japan, Korea EU, and procurement support and advisory services to different line ministries of the Royal Government of Cambodia. UNOPS Cambodia is also providing support services to the Malaria Program of the Regional Artemisinin Initiative (RAI) funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (GFATM). 

UNOPS Cambodia is in the process of expanding its areas of engagement in partnerships with different development partners focusing on a portfolio comprising projects and programmes in the infrastructure, rule of law, and environmental sectors, as well as continuing with the provision of transactional services (financial, human resources, and procurement). 


Background Information - Project(s)

The Project Manager for the Transactional Projects will be responsible for overseeing the procurement, HR, and fund management projects portfolio of the Cambodia Office. These projects focus on providing key goods and services to various UNOPS partners. The Project Manager works under the supervision of the Country manager who provides guidance and management to the programme teams.

Functional Responsibilities

The Project Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the project(s) and provides services to the different donors, partners and beneficiaries. The 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. He/she is expected to meet the organization’s performance and delivery goals.

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

The 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. 


Summary of Key Functions 

  1. Project Delivery and Performance

  2. Procedures 

  3. Monitoring and reporting

  4. Stakeholder engagement

  5. Quality assurance

  6. Knowledge management and innovation 

  7. Personnel management


1. Project Delivery and Performance 

  • Develop, complete and update implementation plan(s).

  • 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. 

  • Manage the production of the required outputs, taking responsibility for overall progress and use of resources and initiating corrective action where necessary.

  • Ensure that quality of work packages and deliverables complies with the quality requirements defined in the Implementation Plan.

  • 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

  • Control project and work packages changes.

  • Accept goods, services or works delivered by suppliers.

  • Lead contract management duties including supplier performance evaluation. 

  • Act as the Employer’s Representative within the FIDIC works contracts.

  • 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. (if applicable)

  • 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

  • Develop stakeholder profiles and facilitate the formulation of stakeholder engagement strategies

  • 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. Quality assurance

  • Work with internal stakeholders to ensure projects comply with audit requirements

  • Work with procurement/purchasing staff to ensure effective interface with suppliers' quality systems

  • Coordinate quality reviews of project documents and deliverables

  • Provide quality control for management outputs (project documents, reports, etc.)

6. Knowledge Management and Innovation

  • Encourage routine and effective capacity building activities are conducted in order to build the long-term and sustainable capacity of staff.

  • Actively interact with other Project Managers and the wider PM community to share case studies, lessons learned and best practices.

  • Contribute to the oversight of lessons learned procedures, ensuring that lessons learnt are shared in a timely and appropriate manner. Participate in the relevant Communities of Practice.

  • Research and logging of lessons learned throughout the project life span.

  • Provide feedback to Practice Groups on policy, supporting guidance with an aim towards continuous improvement of UNOPS policies.

7. Personnel Management (if assigned)

  • Lead and motivate the project management team

  • Ensure that behavioral 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, 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

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 preferably in International Relations, Development Studies, Political Science, Finance, Economics, Human Resources, Supply Chain, Business, Project Management, or similar is required.

  • First-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in combination with two (2) additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Certifications:

  • Certification in Project Management (PRINCE2, PMI, etc.) would be an asset.

Experience:

  • Minimum two (2) years of working experience in project management, project development, or project operational support in combination with a relevant advanced degree is required.

  • Experience in project management support, administration, procurement, and coordination with multi-stakeholders or related fields is an asset.

  • Experience in writing project progress reports, communication strategies, and M&E frameworks is an asset.

  • Experience working with UNOPS, UN, or other humanitarian/development agencies is an asset.

  • Proficiency in computers, Google Office Suite, or Google Workspace is desirable.

Language:

  • Full working knowledge of English is required.

Contract type, level and duration

  1. Contract type:  International ICA
  2. Contract level:  ICS-9/IICA-1
  3. Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance beginning from 01 February 2024.
  4. Duty station: Phnom Penh, Cambodia (family duty station).

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