United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Current 2014 Recruitment

UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.

1. Project Manager

Job code VA/2014/B5302/4565

Level ICS-11
Department/office AFO, CIOH, Cote d'Ivoire
Duty station Abuja, Nigeria
Contract type International ICA
Contract levelIICA-3
Duration 6 months
Location: Abuja
Experience: 7 year(s)
Course of Study: Business Administration

Functional Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Office the Project Manager will provide technical expertise, strategic guidance and capacity building to select TVET teachers /instructors nationwide in addition to:

Stakeholder Management:

Establish solid working relationship with the project board (Executive, Senior Users and Senior Suppliers), client and key stakeholders
Manage communications and ensure stakeholders are aware of project activities, progress, exceptions and are in a position to accept handover products
Advise the client on issues that may impact the achievement of their outcomes (including issues of sustainability and post project requirements such as maintenance)
Manage the information flows between the Project Board and the project
Delivery and Performance:

Implement approved project plans (including the establishment of milestones) within tolerances set by the project board
Manage the production of the required products, taking responsibility for overall progress and use of resources and initiating corrective action where necessary
Liaise with any external suppliers or account managers
Authorize Work Packages
Advise the Project Board and OC Manager of any deviations from the plan
Identify and manage risks so that maximum benefit to client and stakeholders is achieved
Manage and review product quality and ensure products are accepted
Monitor and evaluate performance of service providers
Identify and report potential business opportunities for UNOPS to supervisor
Identify and report threats to UNOPS internal business case to supervisor

Follow the Project Management Cycle Instructions and ensure that all organizational policy is complied with (Organizational Directives and Administrative Instructions)
Prepare/adapt the following plans for approval by the Project Board:  I. Project Initiation Documentation; II. Stage/Exception Plans and relevant Product Descriptions
Prepare the following reports:
Highlight Reports
End Stage Reports
Operational Closure Checklist
End Project Report
Handover Report

Maintain the relevant files required as per OD12.

Ensure that all expenditure comply with UNOPS Financial Rules and Regulations (FRR).
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 and remain accountable for 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.

Knowledge Management:

Participate in the relevant Communities of Practice
Actively interact with other PMs and the PM community to share case studies, lessons learned and best practice on the Knowledge System.
Provide feedback to Practice Leads on policy, supporting guidance with an aim towards continuous improvement of UNOPS policies
Complete lessons learned as per reporting format
Incorporate lessons learned from others as per planning format

Personnel Management:

Lead and motivate the project management team
Ensure that behavioural expectations of team members are established
Ensure that performance reviews are conducted
Identify outstanding staff and bring them to the attention of the OC Director
Have a thorough understanding of UNOPS personnel contract modalities (including ICA and Staff)
Select, recruit and train team as required by project plans
Perform the Team Manager role, unless appointed to another person(s)
Perform Project Support role, unless appointed to another person or corporate/programme function
Ensure safety and security for all personnel and comply with UNDSS standards

Education/Experience/Language requirements

A.  Education
·         Advanced University Degree in Project Management, Business Administration, International Relations, Political/Security/Development Studies, or other relevant discipline.
·         Fluency in English
·         PRINCE2 Practitioner Certification – Preferred
·         Complete the UNOPS Project Management Foundation course (within one year after signing this TOR)
·         A relevant combination of academic credentials and/or industry certifications and qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the university education.  
B. Work Experience
·         Seven years of progressive experience in project development and management, with focus on monitoring, reporting, development and coordination in either public or private sector organizations.
·         Previous employment in Vocational Training institution
·         Proven conceptual, analytical, and evaluative skills.
·         Demonstrated proficiency in data processing techniques and tested excellent command of Microsoft word, Excel, Power point
·         Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with other staff, strategic partners, local, national, international and civil society stakeholders
·         Monitoring and evaluation skills experience

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2. Pool of Investigations Consultants- Retainers

Job code VA/2013/B0046/4411

Level ICS-10
Department/office Internal Audit and Investigations Group
Duty station Home based
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-2
Duration 1 year on retainer basis
Location: Abuja
Experience: 5 year(s)
Course of Study: Law

Background Information - Job-specific

The United Nations Office for Project Services is currently seeking consultants with experience as Investigators for inclusion on its roster.

The Internal Audit and Investigations Group (IAIG) reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for internal audit and investigations services to UNOPS and its affiliated entities. IAIG provides independent, objective assurance on the effectiveness of risk management and the effectiveness and adequacy of internal controls. IAIG also responds to allegations of misconduct by conducting and reporting on investigations.

IAIG is responsible for conducting investigations into allegations of misconduct, such as mismanagement, fraud, corruption, retaliation on whistle blowers, workplace harassment, sexual harassment, abuse of authority, violation or wilful disregard of UNOPS regulations, rules, and administrative instructions, that involve UNOPS personnel, contractors and other applicable persons. In addition, IAIG undertakes proactive investigations in high risk areas that are susceptible to wrongdoings, fraud and corruption.

IAIG conducts investigations in accordance with the Uniform Guidelines for Investigations, the UNOPS Legal Framework for Addressing Non-Compliance with UN Standards of Conduct dated May 2008, and the IAIG Investigation Guidelines.

Under the overall supervision of the Lead Investigator, the Consultant is required to assist with various initial reviews, preliminary assessments and/or investigations in IAIG

Functional Responsibilities

For cases assigned to him or her, the consultant will:

Plan, conduct, and manage initial reviews, preliminary assessments and/or investigations of alleged misconduct, mismanagement, fraud, corruption, waste of resources or violation of the Organization's policies and procedures.

Prepare proposed work plans for review and approval by IAIG;

Gather, seize and analyze all relevant evidence (documentary, physical, electronic, etc.), documenting the process in accordance with IAIG’s chain of custody and other requirements. Organize complex and voluminous records and documents.

Conduct interviews of witnesses and subjects, draft records of conversation, which shall be reviewed and signed by the interviewee. Subject and other relevant interviews shall be electronically recorded.

At the completion of the assignment, prepare a detailed report in accordance with IAIG’s Investigation Guidelines. The report comprises the complete administrative record and includes references in footnotes to all supporting information and evidence (documentary and testimonial). The report sets forth the findings, supporting evidence, analysis and evaluation of the evidence, as well as recommendations for next steps.

Where needed, provide post-report support and conduct legal and public sources research.

International travel to UNOPS' offices, including field missions, may be required depending on the case. Such travel could include missions to hardship duty stations. Authorized travel expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with UNOPS official travel policy (AI/CSG/2010/03). Consultant to submit proof of travel to IAIG.

Perform other related duties as required.


Competencies required for the function:

Ability to analyse

Decision Making

Organising and Quality Orientation


Communications skill

Teamwork skills

Competencies required for the function:

Proven ability to gather and analyze evidence, including electronic evidence, and interview suspects and witnesses;

Ability to organize voluminous amounts of documents, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities.

Proven ability to quickly and accurately analyze, assess and summarize investigation findings, observations and recommendations.

Excellent writing and communications skills are required; proven ability to communicate complex concepts in writing, including investigation reports in English.

Expert knowledge, understanding and experience in the field of corruption, fraud, and investigations

Knowledge of UN policies, procedures and operations, desirable

Applicants must be willing to travel internationally

Education/Experience/Language requirements


Master's degree in Law, Accounting or related area required. Candidates with a first level universiy degree and two additional years of experience may be also considered.

Canddates with ad Diploma in Criminal Investigation from a national law enforcement agency or police academy are considered if having a minimum of 9 years of relevant experience.                                                       


At least five years of progressively responsible experience in professional investigatory work, law enforcement, criminal investigations or related fields. Experience at the international level desirable. Knowledge of UN policies, procedures and operations would be an asset, though not compulsory.


For the post advertised, fluency in English both oral and written is required.

Knowledge of other official United Nations language, particularly French or Spanish, is an advantage.

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3. ICT Associate

Job code VA/2014/B5302/4459

Department/office AFO, CIOH, Cote d'Ivoire
Duty station Abuja, Nigeria
Contract type  Local ICA Support
Contract level LICA-4
Duration 6 months
Location: Abuja
Experience: 5 year(s)
Course of Study: Computer Science

Functional Responsibilities

1.       Provides effective ICT management, focusing on achievement of the following results:

Assessment and evaluation of information technology capacity and requirements of the office in terms of updating hardware and software to acceptable global levels.  Identification and prioritization of areas where improvements need to be addressed to be able to effectively support the organization in achieving its goals and priorities.  Provision of cost implications and benefits of recommendation for budget consideration.
Contribution to the planning of global IT strategies and policies by representing the office and providing feedback on local IT requirements, technical capacity in terms of web technology, support and skills available.
Conduct of ongoing proactive evaluation of system performance, identifying areas of inefficiencies and potential problems.  Collaboration with management for corrective actions to achieve improved and uninterrupted services.  Recommendation of back-up options in potential problem areas that are beyond one’s control.
Ensuring security of information technology operation at all times.  Development of back-up programmes and ensuring strict implementation.
Establishment of control systems to ensure that all information technology equipment is maintained regularly and in proper working condition.
Interaction with HQ and IT staff in other UN agencies in the area and participation in information exchange meetings for systems co-ordination, consistency in direction, policy and standards; also for knowledge sharing on software expertise
2.      Identifies, introduces and maintains software applications, focusing on achievement of the following results:

Identification of new areas where computerization is advantageous and applicable.  Recommendation of applicable software packages to use, understanding user/clients specification, needs and requirements to achieve client satisfaction.
Maintenance of application systems and in collaboration with clients/users mutual agreement on changes/modifications to existing programmes and reports generated to ensure continued system effectiveness and relevance.  Provision of reports, ad hoc or otherwise, required for management information and as tool for decision-making.
3.  Provides efficient network administration, focusing on  achievement of the following  results:

Up to date with changes in the technology and availability in the area.
Implementation of corporate information technology policy changes applicable to the office, if any, to be compatible and up to par with other offices and achieve global IT plan.  
4.       Provides efficient telecommunications service, focusing on achievement of the following results:

Recommendation of strategies to ensure and improve global connectivity and telecommunication facilities.
Proactive maintenance of telecommunications equipment to avoid interruption of service.
5.       Undertakes supervisory responsibilities (applicable if supervising staff), focusing on achievement of the following results:

Establishment of work plans, standards for performance evaluation, indicators for work progress and achievements, together with supervisee.  Timely corrective actions to achieve objectives and deadlines.
Technical guidance and on-the-job training to ensure work standards are achieved in line with work objectives.
Assessment and recommendation of training needs to ensure skills are updated in accordance with relevant state of the art technology.
6.    Provides support to knowledge building and knowledge sharing, focusing on achievement of the following results:

Organization of training for the operations/ projects staff on HR-related topics.
Advice to management, clients and colleagues on subject matter expertise
Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
Synthesis of lessons learnt and best practices in human resources

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Higher education degree/Bachelors degree preferably in Information Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering or any science/logic related discipline.
Professional qualification in relevant ICT areas would be an asset.   
Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in the field of information technology and/or telecommunication and systems, preferably in an international development environment.
Advanced knowledge in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Office 2003 and/or newer versions) and experience in handling of web-based management systems.
Fluency in written and oral English is required.

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4. Analyse institutionnelle et contextuelle pour le programme REDD+ en Côte d’Ivoire

Job code VA/2014/B5004/4542
Level ICS-10
Department/office GPSO, Development Group
Duty station Home based
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-2
Duration Analyse institutionnelle et contextuelle (ICA) pour le programme REDD+ en Côte d’Ivoire
Location: Abuja
Experience: 5 year(s)
Course of Study: Economics

Functional Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Regional Technical Advisor of UN-REDD, advised by the Oslo Governance Centre (OGC) and with the help of a focal point designated by the UNDP Country Office, the consultant will conduct institutional and contextual analysis based on the methodology developed by the OGC, including a brief historical analysis of the sector forest management, analysis of the relevant legislation and cultural factors, stakeholder analysis, identification risks and possible strategies to mitigate, suggesting different forms of engagement with stakeholders and identification based on the analysis.   analysis will be done through i) preliminary research in the country of residence of the consultant, ii) a maximum of two weeks of mission in Côte d'Ivoire with an oral report (and writing) at the end of mission and meet representatives from government, private sector and civil society, iii ) the transmission of the results of the analysis to interested parties in Côte d'Ivoire, and iv) written notice to the UN-REDD report. The following work will be required:

A brief note detailing the work plan according to the CIA guide (pages 1-2) - one week before the mission
Report the results of the analysis (written and oral) - the last day of the mission
A draft report - 10 days after the mission
Final report (maximum 40 pages, including appendices and summary) - 30 days after the mission.


Ethics and Values ​​: Demonstrating integrity and protect the values ​​of the United Nations and ethical standards;
Knowledge of the organization : Demonstrate an understanding of the organization and good judgment;
Professionalism : Demonstrates skills and expertise of professional knowledge in the areas of work of the program;
Teamwork : Ability to work in team formation ethnic, cultural and professional diversity, self-management and emotional intelligence: how to manage conflicts and implement everything that is favorable for others and for the institution; Possibility to receive comments and integrate and adapt to change; Conflict Management: manage conflicts proactively recognizing the different feelings and opinions and use conducive to a mutually acceptable solution energy;
Communication and information management : facilitate and promote an open and transparent communication; Excellent communication and negotiation, capacity analysis and synthesis; Excellent writing skills;
Leadership qualities : Take appropriate and transparent decisions: demonstrate the ability to make decisions in an informed and transparent; Ability to develop and implement detailed work plans;

Education / Experience / Language requirements

Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in economics, political science, sociology, development studies, international relations, policy analysis, public policy or other relevant field;
 5 or more years of professional experience, with experience in analytical tasks for bilateral and multilateral donors, preferably in the context of Central and West Africa;
Knowledge of natural resource governance, forests and / or indigenous peoples;
Knowledge of UN REDD + work program, and preferably democratic governance mandate and / or REDD, human rights and civil society and the process of planning and analytical frameworks;
Extensive experience in the implementation of qualitative and quantitative social research methods;
Experience in project preparation products easy to use knowledge, such as books, articles, essays and research papers, teaching materials, analytical papers, documents, program or project, documentary analysis, comparative studies, etc..;
Knowledge and experience in performance management development programs based on human rights, including civil society, gender mainstreaming in all activities of the program and the different techniques;
Experience in planning, programming, monitoring and evaluation of programs and projects;
Experience and use of ICT.
Knowledge and experience of Côte d'Ivoire;

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5. Driver

Job code VA/2014/B5302/4457

Department/officeAFO, CIOH, Cote d'Ivoire
Duty station Abuja, Nigeria
Contract type  Local ICA Support
Contract levelLICA-1
Duration6 months
Location: Abuja
Experience: 2 year(s)

To achieve its objectives, UNOPS Nigeria is seeking to recruit suitably qualified drivers.

Functional Responsibilities

The Driver will provide transport services, drive all types of vehicles and perform various office errands in an efficient manner. The incumbent is expected to perform the following duties and responsibilities including, but not limited to:

Provide reliable and secure driving services and ensure the proper use of vehicles;
Drive UNOPSvehicles for all transportation requirements of personnel and visitors, as well as meeting official personnel at the airport as required;
Ensure proper use of vehicles through accurate maintenance of daily vehicle logs;
Ensure daily maintenance checks of the assigned vehicle by checking oil and water levels, battery, breaks and tyres, among others, and perform engine troubleshooting when necessary;
Ensure that the assigned vehicle is clean at all times;
Keep records and availability of required documents inside the assigned vehicle including registration documents, insurance, vehicle logs, city destination maps, first aid kits, personal protection equipment and spare parts;
Immediately report incidents in case of traffic accidents in accordance with policies and procedures;
Deliver and collect letters, mail, documents and other items between offices as required;
Log daily trips and fuel consumptions;
Responsible for the safety of on-board passengers by adhering to security and transport procedures;
Ensure that proper radio communication procedures are conducted for each journey and coordinate with security radio room as required;
Perform other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor;

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Secondary Diploma desirable
Minimum 2 years of driving experience
Possession of a valid driver's license essential
Excellent knowledge of Nigerian roads and traffic rules essential
Previous relevant experience with UN/UNOPS, local or international organizations or diplomatic missions is an asset
Fluent in the local language of the duty station
Intermediate English skills (speaking, reading and writing) a must

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Deadline: 7th February, 2014

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