Job Opening

Posting Title: PROJECT MANAGER, P5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei
Duty Station: ABYEI
Posting Period: 14 November 2022 - 21 November 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Programme Management-UNISFA-195271-J-Abyei (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the Chief of Mission Support of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), duty station Abyei. The incumbent will report directly to the Chief of Mission Support or their designate.

This position is located within the Camp Replacement project (Smart Camp) project, a multi-year project for the replacement and upgrading of existing UNISFA facilities across the mission’s area of responsibility. The Project Manager will oversee and coordinate all aspects of the project, under the guidance of the Chief of Mission Support.


Within delegated authority, the Project Manager will be responsible for the following duties:

1. Takes the lead in developing, managing, coordinating and evaluating the project in coordination with the Supply Chain Management Section, FTS and Service Delivery Section by:

• Ensuring progress on time and budget while mitigating key project risks by applying relevant expert knowledge of design, construction and project management methodologies.

• Ensure that all camps are built to design agreed by the Force and other stakeholders as well as ensuring that the design is standardized across all camps. This includes the IoT platform, FRIM, accommodation, ancillary buildings, defensive works and ground works – particularly internal roads, helipads and hardstands.

• Create master BOQ and sub-master BOQs for each site. Ensure that material flows to sites during the construction through close coordination with Supply Chain Section.

• Oversee the management of the project, reviewing and approving related design and construction activities, programming, acquisitioning, contracting, scheduling, cost estimation, quality control and contract administration, while ensuring business continuity of operations at affected sites throughout the construction.

• Oversee the work carried out by the project team and administrative tasks necessary for implementation of the project and functioning of the project team.

• Provides expert technical advice on activities and matters related to the project work programme, including the management of project costs, such as bill of quantities and time control procedures, as well as the validation of any change orders to contracts.

• Coordinates with the Facilities and Environmental Management Unit (FEMU), Engineering Unit, and Field Technology Services Unit (FTS) to ensure activities are not interrupted by other activities by liaising with all parties, contractors, and UN staff on activities related to major structures, waste disposal systems, water supply and treatment facilities, electrical power generation and distribution systems, environmental control systems, information technology systems, security and related structures and activities in the logistics and operational support of UNISFA.

• Coordinates activities related to all budget and funding (project preparation/reports that includes work programme and programme budget)

• Leads problem resolution and disputes by identifying priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions.

• Coordinates with FEMU on specification, detailing and installation of major building systems/services and ensuring seamless integration and training with regards to mechanical and general maintenance of systems/services introduced as a result of the project.

2. Directs, coordinates and supervises all written outputs to the Project Owner by:

• Provides costs estimates, cost reports, cost analysis worksheets, owners’ reports from project consultants
• Analyses and prepares periodic project progress reports to the Chief of Mission Support, and other entities, as required.

3. Develops and provides expert advice on the establishment and implementation of the project management plan in all phases, and the review and recommendations of all design and construction contractual arrangements related to engineering support requirements and other project related aspects, including site operations, project guidelines, policies, procedures and performance standards

4. Ensure effective utilization, management, guidance and development of staff under their supervision

5. Performs other related work as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrated project management skills, knowledge of the latest environmental considerations, technology and materials and systems used for construction in the field. Ability to implement major capital or other complex projects effectively, on time and budget. Ability to produce reports and papers on programme and technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to identify and analyze project management data of significant depth and complexity. Ability to negotiate and reconcile differences. Ability to manage financial resources and materials, coordinate and monitor project budget and funds. Experience with varied project governance structures, coordinating with management, stakeholders and end users. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to clients.

PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

TECHNOLOGICAL AWARENESS: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in project management, engineering and/or architecture or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Job - Specific Qualification

PRINCE II certification for project management and/or professional certification/membership of chartered institutes such as the Project Management Institute (PMI) and Professional Engineering or Architectural Institute is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in planning, implementing and managing of large-scale architectural, engineering, construction or other complex projects, is required.

Senior level responsibility for the management of large-scale construction, major renovation or other complex projects on time and budget, is required.

Related experience at the international level and/or additional experience with project scheduling, cost control, monitoring and/or reporting of construction, major renovation or other complex
projects, is desirable.

Proficiency/experience in MS Project, or equivalent project management tools, is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and oral English is required. Knowledge of other UN official languages is an advantage.


Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available for a period of 364 days. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations 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. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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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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