Job Opening

Posting Title: HD, Strategic Project Management Office, P4
Job Code Title: HD, Strategic Project Management Office
Department/Office: United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
Duty Station: HQ Amman
Posting Period: 16 November 2021 - 06 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UNRWA-158098-R- (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Head, Strategic Project Management Office reports to the Deputy Director of Planning and receives overall guidance from Director of Planning.


Is responsible for the consistent implementation of Project and Portfolio methodology in managing the Agency’s Strategic Project Portfolio, which includes all Agency reform initiatives that are to be projectised, and ensures its alignment with the Agency’s Strategic vision and objectives:

Ensures the Agency’s Project Governance Architecture is enhanced, maintained, and operates in accordance with relevant Organisational Directives;

Manages the optimisation of project performance across all Agency projects to ensure the timely delivery of projects including the oversight of the project management lifecycle and managing the resource pool of project managers in coordination with their direct supervisors;

Oversees the Agency’s Strategic Project Portfolio through the process of balancing the portfolio to meet organisational outcomes, ensuring project approval gates are observed and enforced, conducting project quality assurance assessments, advising on project and portfolio accountability practices, and managing post project reviews;

Provides assessments and reports on project performance including forecast scenario development, portfolio reporting, new reform initiative and project progress reporting, project tolerance assessments, identification of constraints and risks and enforcing project escalation points;

Is responsible for the continued efforts of Department of Planning (DoP) to institutionalise Project Management and improve its services Agency-wide through training development and implementation, periodic standards’ reviews, development and deployment of appropriate project management tools, development and management of a project management community of practice, research on project management best practice and actively applying lessons learnt;

Interacts with stakeholders outside and inside the Agency across organizational levels including the management of HQ Departments and Fields Offices as well as the Executive Office; represents DoP in relevant meetings and committees and coordinates closely with External Relations and Communications Department and Finance Department to ensure the effective and efficient attainment of set objectives;


UN Core Values of Professionalism, Integrity and Respect for Diversity and Core Competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results apply by default. Default managerial competencies may apply.

- Deciding and Initiating Action
- Applying Technical Expertise
- Analyzing
- Creating and Innovating
- Planning and Organizing

For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews:


- An advanced university degree from an accredited educational institution in management, business administration, or project management.

- PRINCE2 Practitioner.

Work Experience

A minimum of eight years project management experience in large international settings/organisations.
Demonstrated experience in programme, portfolio, project management methodologies and practices including development of project management training materials and delivery of project management training.
A minimum of 2 continuous years of relevant international experience outside UNRWA, and outside the country(s) of which the candidate is a national or holds citizenship, a passport or a national identity number.


Excellent command of spoken and written English


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

- This JO is re-opened to expand the pool. Candidates who originally applied need not re-apply.

- Type of Contract and duration: 2 years, with the possibility of further extension.

- The incumbent is required to travel regularly inside and outside the Agency's area of operations.

-A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

- A roster may be created from the selection exercise, and successful candidates may become eligible for appointment to the same post or a similar post.

- Applicants have to complete the Personal History Profile (PHP) in inspira in order to be considered. The PHP should be completed with full relevant work experience as per the requirements in the Job Opening, in order to be considered.

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United Nations Considerations

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA and to assignment by him or her.

UNRWA is committed to achieving gender parity at all levels of staffing under the current UN-wide gender agenda and strongly encourages applications from qualified applicants from under-represented groups.

At UNRWA, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. UNRWA is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

UNRWA Considerations
UNRWA staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of efficiency, competence, neutrality, impartiality and integrity. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. Candidates will not be considered for employment with UNRWA if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. The Agency may disqualify applicants who have separated for reason of misconduct, who left a UN Agency while misconduct processes were pending, or who appear on the UN Sanctions List.
UNRWA is a non-smoking work environment.

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The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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