Senior Project Manager

Job categories Project Management, Programme Management
Vacancy code VA/2023/B5314/26947
Department/office AFR, GHMCO, Ghana
Duty station Accra, Ghana
Contract type Local ICA Specialist
Contract level LICA Specialist-11
Duration Open-ended
Application period 26-Oct-2023 to 09-Nov-2023

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Please note that UNOPS will at no stage of the recruitment process request candidates to make payments of any kind.

This vacancy is closed.

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Organizational Context

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world.  Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations.  


With over 5,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Ghana Multi-Country Office (GHMCO)

Established in 2015, Ghana Multi-Country Office (GHMCO) is based in Accra, and spans across West Africa, covering Ghana, The Gambia, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, supporting partners in achieving their development objectives through three main service lines: infrastructure, procurement, and project management.

The Multi Country Office head office in Accra provides strategic direction, operational support, delivery oversight and assurance of the excellence of business processes and quality standards across all the entire Multi Country Office locations. It is also responsible for developing, delivering, and managing the portfolio of engagements in the country of the MCO location itself.

 Information about the Projects: 

Yobe Project 
The decade long insurgency in North East Nigeria has affected many local government areas (LGAs) in Yobe State. This has resulted in destruction of healthcare infrastructure, hospital equipment (e.g. x-ray machines, laboratory equipment, theater equipment, hospital furniture/beddings), ambulances etc. Recent attacks in June 2022 included burning of ambulances, vandalization of medical equipment and theft of essential drugs and medical equipment. The attacks in June 2022 led to disruptions in maternal and emergency healthcare services and hospital delivery has dropped to near zero in some communities with its attendant’s consequences of increased maternal, neonatal and perinatal mortality. Routine care for other diseases such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, heart diseases, kidney diseases, routine surgeries etc. are also disrupted. The Yobe State Government has already provided the infrastructure through reconstruction of the destroyed buildings, enhanced security arrangements to prevent future attacks on health facilities, and continuous routine integrated supervision of all healthcare facilities. Therefore urgent equipping of these facilities would help in restoring health care service delivery within the six local government areas.

With funding from the Government of Japan, UNOPS is supporting the Yobe State Ministry of Health to equip these facilities. Restoring Emergency, Maternal and Child Health Services in Yobe State Project seeks to restore emergency, maternal and child healthcare services in affected communities which were disrupted by insurgency activities. Specifically, this project will achieve the following objectives;

  • Equip primary healthcare facilities with medical equipment to deliver effective maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH) services

  • Equip General Hospitals with medical equipment to improve emergency services and routine care for patients with diseases including hypertension, diabetes mellitus, heart diseases, kidney diseases etc.

The key activities are

1.1. Assessments and prioritization of medical equipment

1.2. Development of specification for medical equipment

1.3. Tender, selection and award of suppliers

1.4. Procurement, shipment and handover of equipment to the Yobe State Ministry of Health

2.1. Assessments and prioritization of medical equipment

2.2. Development of specifications for medical equipment

2.3 Assessment of Infrastructure (i.e. assessment electrical installations and buildings to house complex equipment)

2.4. Assessment & design for refurbishment (if needed)

2.5. Procurement of works, construction and construction supervision 

2.6. Procurement, installation and handover  of medical equipment (if needed)

2.7. Training in operations and maintenance (including security) of the equipment

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) Project:

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) of the Ministry of Health faces an imminent stock-out of essential HIV rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs). The country has an urgent need to fill a gap in supply in order to avert morbidity and mortality of key and general populations. To achieve this objective, products are required to be procured and delivered in-country at the earliest possible.

To fill the emergency gap in supply, the Principle Recipients (PRs) namely Ghana Health Service (GHS), West Africa Program to Combat AIDS and STIs (WAPCAS) and Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) have requested UNOPS to procure the test kits and other HIV prevention commodities. Funding has been secured within the Global Fund's Funding Model III (TGF NFM III – 2021-2023) in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Grant Agreement between Global Fund and the PRs.

Job Specific:

The Senior Project Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the project(s) and manages relationships with the donor, partners and beneficiaries. 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. 

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

She/He 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.

He/she is expected to meet the organization’s performance and delivery goals.

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