Project Manager

Job categories Project Management
Vacancy code VA/2022/B5521/24456
Level ICS-10
Department/office AR, EAPMCO, Pacific Operations Cluster
Duty station Pohnpei, Micronesia (Federated States of)
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-2
Duration Ongoing
Application period 18-Aug-2022 to 15-Sep-2022

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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UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, Governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner. Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations. With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it. A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.

The Thailand Multi Country Office (THMCO) is a UNOPS business unit under the UNOPS Asia Regional Office. The Hub was established to better support, develop and oversee the UNOPS portfolio of projects in South East Asia and the Pacific. 

The Thailand Multi Country Office (THMCO), established in 2017, supports, develops and oversees the UNOPS portfolio of projects in South East Asia and Pacific. With its head office in Bangkok, the Multi-Country Office comprises five main business units: THMCO Thailand, THMCO Indonesia,  THMCO Pacific Operations Cluster, THMCO Papua New Guinea and, THMCO China and provides a wide range of services including Project Management, Transactional HR, Financial, and Procurement to clients that include other UN entities, INGOs and governments/government agencies donors.

Programme Initiative Background: 

The two UN joint programmes (North Pacific and South Pacific) support the integration of digital solutions to the Pacific to assist the region’s socio economic recovery post COVID19. ‘Smart Islands’ introduces innovative approaches to deliver connectivity along with an integrated suite of scalable and sustainable services to disadvantaged island communities that leverages interoperability, multi-functionality and reuse of ICT infrastructure. Smart Islands can improve the provision of digital services across various sectors: health, education, agriculture, multi hazard warning, employment (e-commerce), digital financial services, tourism and fishing. 

Micronesia SDG Fund - Accelerating SDG achievement through digital transformation to strengthen community resilience in Micronesia

Aim of the initiative is to accelerate SDG achievement through digital transformation to strengthen community resilience in Micronesia. ITU as the lead UN agency for the SDG Fund Joint Programme“ Accelerating SDG achievement through digital transformation to strengthen community resilience in Micronesia” will be responsible for coordination with all participating and technical UN organizations (PUNOs) under the overall leadership of United Nations Resident Coordinator (UNRC), and  governments in the beneficiary countries to achieve the outputs and outcomes of this programme.  The UNRCOs will lead the strategic coordination with the national governments of the target countries. ITU will lead the Smart Islands project on all technical modules of the project, including the creation of training materials, identification of appropriate ICT solutions, deploying necessary toolkits, digital strategy, policy and regulatory reform, capacity building, and digital inclusion activities for beneficiaries. UNOPS will lead the procurement of all ICT solutions. 

Reporting to the UNOPS Senior Programme Manager who provides general guidance and supervision, the incumbent is responsible for programme development planning and preparation, and for managing all stages of programming to achieve results in the area/s of responsibility under the assigned programme. The incumbent will closely work with the designated ITU contact person, who provides guidance and advice on the technical aspect of the programme activities. 

Programme Overview:

Digital technology, as experienced worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic, serves as a powerful tool to facilitate the much needed social and economic transformations towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Pacific Islands countries. An integrated approach embracing digital transformation across multiple sectors and customized to local needs and priorities can address multiple high priority challenges expressed by the citizens.

This Joint Programme (JP) aims to leverage digital transformation to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs in the Micronesian countries and strengthen community resilience in the countries. Digital transformation is not just about the technology adoption, but on how digital connectivity, services and applications will change and "transform" citizen's experience and way of day-to-day business in a way that will lead to improvement in quality of life and wellbeing. It will accelerate the path to SDG attainment while leaving no one behind.

While digital technology contributes towards all the six UN Pacific Strategy (UNPS) outcomes (Climate Change, Disaster Resilience and Environmental Protection, Gender Equality, Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Empowerment, Equitable Basic Services, Governance and Community Engagement and Human Rights), the primary UNPS outcomes targeted include:

  • Outcome 3: By 2022, people in the Pacific, in particular youth, women, and vulnerable groups, will benefit from inclusive and sustainable economic development that creates decent jobs, reduces multi–dimensional poverty and inequalities, and promotes economic empowerment.

  • Outcome 4: By 2022, more people in the Pacific, particularly the most vulnerable, have increased equitable access to and utilization of inclusive, resilient, and quality basic services. 

Using an integrated planning approach this JP aims to meet the above outcomes by:

  • Accelerating the adoption of digital transformation related enabling policies, legislation and strategies across the various sectors (education, agriculture, health, employment, commerce, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) amongst others) that benefit communities and vulnerable groups in particular by advocating whole-of-government approach at national and community levels;

  • Piloting smart islands approach at least five remote islands and villages in the Micronesian countries (one each in the five countries). The smart islands approach will accelerate digital transformation at community level with access to a range of digitally enabled services, prioritized in consultation with the community, along with the required awareness and digital skills to harness its potential in a meaningful and safe way. The programme intervention is expected to meaningfully improve livelihoods; healthcare; enjoyment of human rights; skills in harnessing the digitally enabled services; education and job opportunities, food availability and nutrition; digital finance and information; response to natural disasters; and maritime security, which are identified as priority areas among the target Pacific countries.

At the end of the programme, it is envisioned that: 

  1. the sectoral policy and strategy frameworks in early childhood development, nutrition and food-based diets, employment, shock responsive social protection and safety nets for children and vulnerable groups are enhanced to embrace digital solutions,

  2. there will be greater coherence amongst digital policy, legislative and strategy frameworks supportive of cross-sectoral digital transformation, and the target population in each of the five villages/islands will have the necessary knowledge of, access to, and skills for use of digital services in a safe and meaningful manner that improves quality of life and livelihood.

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