Job Opening

Posting Title: PROJECT MANAGER, P4
Job Code Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT
Duty Station: LUANDA
Posting Period: 06 January 2017 - 04 February 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Programme Management-TD-71687-R-Luanda (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

This post is financed by project funds. Extension of the appointment is subject to the extension of the mandate, job performance, and/or the availability of the funds.
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is situated in the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) Programme in the Division on Technology and Logistics of UNCTAD. The Project Manager reports directly to the ASYCUDA Regional Coordinator for East and Southern Africa.

Responsibilities

The incumbent shall be responsible for the following main tasks:

• Project management/ project strategy and planning, by:
(a) exercising overall responsibility for planning, implementation, management and coordination of the project operations and personnel in accordance with the project agreement;
(b) defining and orienting main strategy lines for implementation in consultation with the National Project Director; overseeing preparation and updating of the project work plan, as required;
(c) advising on the recruitment/appointment of the national project team, and managing the recruitment of local consultants and support staff;
(d) coordinating and supervising activities of the project staff, experts and consultants working as part of the technical assistance team.

• Overall management of the project for the implementation of the UNCTAD ASYCUDA system at the National Beneficiary Government Agency (NBGA), by:
(a) leading and effectively managing the project team, ensuring proper training, guidance and coaching opportunities for all personnel;
(b) implementing the project activities in accordance with United Nations Financial Rules and Regulations and with national requirements, international standards and best practice in the trade facilitation and transport sector;
(c) organising and providing expertise and assistance in the delivery of training, workshops, conferences, exhibitions and outreach activities;
(d) advocating and promoting ASYCUDA awareness sessions for National Customs Service (NCS), other relevant governmental agencies and for the trade community; participating in communication and media activities, as appropriate.

• Liaison with other United Nations agencies and other governmental agencies' (OGA) / organizations by:
(a) providing advice to stakeholders on functional and/ or technical aspects of the ASYCUDA system and on project implementation aspects, with the view to ensuring their full integration into the overall operational ASYCUDA environment.
(b) participating in meetings of United Nations multi-agency nature, such as those involving the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) and/or other international organizations on matters such as security, safety, or implementation of inter-agency frameworks, as appropriate.

• Project reporting and monitoring by:
(a) ensuring timely production and submission of all partial and/or progress reports by all members of the project team, consultants and project partners including elements relating to the logical framework and monitoring plan;
(b) monitoring project inventory, attendance records, and the filing/archiving system;
(c) participating in the Project Steering Committee (PSC) or similar body, organizing project review and/or evaluation meetings; preparing background documents, briefs, issue papers, progress reports for the PSC meetings and for donor reporting; following up of PSC decisions and recommendations.

Competencies

• Professionalism: Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of approaches, tools and methodologies related to planning, executing and monitoring the implementation of technical assistance projects; Proven ability to supervise technical teams of different cultural/ethnic backgrounds; 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.

• Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

• Planning& 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in economics, law, business administration/ public administration, computer science or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in dealing with the automation of customs procedures is required. Experience with customs business process reengineering, delivering of Customs and Trade Facilitation awareness sessions and customs training courses in developing countries is desirable. Participation in the project management/implementation of an ICT system for customs automation at national level is also desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required, knowledge of Portuguese would be an advantage.

Assessment

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

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

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