Project Management and Infrastructure Specialist

Job categories Programme Management
Vacancy code VA/2024/B5303/28031
Department/office AFR, KEMCO, Kenya MCO
Duty station Nairobi, Kenya
Contract type Local ICA Specialist
Contract level LICA Specialist-10
Duration Open ended subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability
Application period 29-Apr-2024 to 15-May-2024

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.

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Kenya Multi Country Office (KEMC)

Located in Nairobi, Kenya, the Kenya Multi Country Office manages a growing portfolio of engagements, including associated strategic and operational risks. The KEMCO sub-region currently consists of a portfolio of engagements in multiple countries in East and Southern Africa. This includes transactional projects in partnership with the Nairobi based UN Agencies, UN-Habitat and UNEP, and a portfolio of  infrastructure and development projects in Mozambique, Somalia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania and several island states.

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonisation and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types

Purpose and Scope of Assignment:

The Project Management Office (PMO) - Infrastructure Specialist, is part of the broader KEMC PMO.  The role of the PMO is to provide projects with the structures, tools and techniques needed to ensure proper implementation that it has the right programmes and projects in place, that operational and change priorities are balanced, the governance and decision making is facilitated and it has the resources and capability to deliver them consistently well. The functional areas covered by the PMO, include:

  • Strategic planning and portfolio support for ‘doing the right projects’: Ensuring UNOPS is focused on doing the right projects by supporting management decision-making with good data, knowledge and advice about infrastructure delivery in the MCO countries; and ensuring that lessons from infrastructure project delivery are integrated into partnerships and business development processes.

  • Delivery support for ‘doing projects right’: Ensuring UNOPS project management and delivery practice is supported. The purpose is to enable project teams to achieve effective delivery of the infrastructure programme and projects and comply with (a) UNOPS project management and operational policies, and (b) project management and infrastructure standards.

  • Best practise support for ‘doing projects better’: Applying UNOPS standards in project management and infrastructure to encourage consistent working practices and ensuring constant learning and improvement. Developing MCO level initiatives to ensure that UNOPS priorities (including Health, Safety, Society and Environment (HSSE); Gender Diversity and Inclusion; Sustainable Procurement; and achievement of the SDGs) are applied in project delivery. Maturing the project management practices (such as risk management, quality management, benefits management, monitoring and evaluation and others) to ensure that project teams can optimise the impact and benefits the projects are intended to achieve.

The KEMC Programme is composed of a wide variety of project categories and service lines.  The oversight and assurance of the programme is distributed within the PMO team according to the categories of projects.

The  Project Management Office (PMO) - Infrastructure Specialist will be responsible for supporting and overseeing all infrastructure projects (Category 3) within the KEMC Programme.  The responsibilities of the PMO Infrastructure Specialist will cover all functional areas of the PMO, with specific emphasis on streamlining best practises in Quality, Health, Safety, Social and Environmental Management (QHSSE).  

The primary role of a PMO - Infrastructure Specialist is to ensure that project management policies, processes and methods are followed and practised according to the organisation’s standards, while acting as the overall Project Assurance capacity within the business unit on behalf of the Director and Representative (Executive). The PMO strongly contributes to moving the KEMC toward achieving its mission-focused goals and objectives.  

The position is based in Nairobi, Kenya - Family duty station. 

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