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# Job Description

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 , procurement and infrastructure services to a
wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organisations. With over
6,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the
logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, where they need it.
By implementing around 1,000 projects for our partners at any given time,
UNOPS makes significant contributions to results on the ground, often in the
most challenging environments.Senior Project Manager is responsible for the
day-to-day operations of the projects and provides services to the different
donors, partners and beneficiaries. Senior 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 Senior Project Manager is
to ensure that the project outputs are delivered within the specified project
tolerances of time, cost, quality, scope, risk and benefits. He/she is
expected to meet the organization’s performance and delivery goals.

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

The Senior Project Manager 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 projects
outputs are capable of meeting the business cases for both UNOPS and the
partners. Success of the projects and hence of the Project Manager/Senior
Project Manager will be based on the defined Success Criteria.

Project Information: UNOPS has been engaged by the Ministry of Agriculture
in the Government of the Republic of Zambia GRZ to assist in offering a
turnkey solution to remediate 10 dams Chibalashi, Chikowa, Kanyika,
Katembula, Kawiko, Makaba, Nabowa, Nachibanga, Ndondi and Ngolongozya dams in

UNOPS will carry out activities in the execution of the restructured
Irrigation Development Support Project IDSP phase 1. These dams formed part
of a previous project under Water Resources Development Project WRDP and
were unsatisfactorily completed. They now present risks to the local
communities and the Government and the World Bank WB want to have these dams
secured and retrofitted. The remediation works will be financed by the WB
through an existing IDSP, which is part of the Ministry of Agriculture of the
Republic of Zambia. UNOPS services include planning emergency preparedness
and design for 10 Dams, updating of safeguards documentation to comply with WB
social and environmental policies for 10 Dams and tendering of the works.

In Phase 2, UNOPS will be implementing the identified solutions and lead on
the remedial and rehabilitation works on the 10 dams. This will include the
management of progress and quality of works execution by contractors on site,
ensuring the implementation measures of all environmental and social risk
mitigation measures as laid out in the Environmental and Social Management
Plans ESMPs, which were prepared for each dam in Phase 1. Furthermore, UNOPS
will ensure that the works are accompanied by strong stakeholder engagement
and a solid Grievance Redress Mechanism GRM available for local communities
to provide feedback and register their grievances in relation to the project.

Local Context:

The project is the only operational project in Zambia at this time and
therefore the project team size is envisioned to contain approximately 30 team
members of both Technical and Support backgrounds and functions. An office has
already been established in Lusaka, however site offices will need to be
established in the geographical locations that the overall scope has been
clustered into.

Functional Responsibilities

Summary of functions:
1\. Project Delivery and Performance
2\. Procedures
3\. Monitoring and reporting
4\. Stakeholder engagement
5\. Quality assurance
6\. Knowledge management and innovation
7\. Personnel management Project Delivery and Performance

–>Develop, complete and update implementation plans
–>Implement the approved plan including the establishment of milestones within tolerances set by the Project Board.
–>Embed sustainability dimensions including social and gender inclusion, environmental and economic aspects into project life span.
–>Manage the production of the required outputs, taking responsibility for overall progress and use of resources and initiating corrective action where necessary.
–>Ensure that quality of work packages and deliverables complies with the quality requirements defined in the Implementation Plan.
–>Liaise with any external suppliers or account managers
–>Manage acceptance and delivery of work packages
–>Monitor project progress ensuring that work packages are being executed properly
–>Control project and work packages changes
–>Accept goods, services or works delivered by suppliers.
–>Lead contract management duties including supplier performance evaluation.
–>Act as the Employer’s Representative within the FIDIC works contracts.
–>Identify, and anticipate in a timely manner, potential risks and issues and advises mitigating measures to senior management/ Project Board so that maximum benefit to partners and other stakeholders is achieved
–>Identify and report to the supervisor potential business opportunities for UNOPS


–>Comply with all organizational policy and specifically the Project Management Manual
–>Prepare/adapt all relevant plans for approval by the Project Board.
–>Manage the reporting obligations defined in the Legal Agreements and in the Implementation Plan
–>Draft the requirements definitions for procurement processes. Approving requisitions and requests for non-purchase order payments; Evaluating submissions received, if appointed to the evaluation team.
–>Ensure maintenance of the project files and lessons learned are recorded
–>Ensure the development and implementation of project financial management guidelines and control mechanisms, in conformity with UNOPS rules and regulations.
–>Manage budgets, cash flow and obligations to ensure that deliverables are met and payments to contractors and personnel are received on time.
–>Understand and manage UNOPS overheads, allocable charges, and related corporate charges as they apply to the project
–>Understand the unique structures of the UN and budget appropriately for personnel
–>Manage expenditures against the budget based on accurate financial reports
–>Where the Project Manager has no delegation as a committing officer, s/he retains these responsibilities and will monitor and instruct/request others to carry out the relevant commitments and disbursements.
–>For project closure purposes, provide a formal handover of the project to the closure manager
–>Support project audit activities, including planning, preparation and coordination during the audits and follow up on audit observations/recommendations

Monitoring and reporting

–>Prepare and issue regular project and/or financial reports in accordance with Partner and UNOPS requirements for reporting.
–>Regularly review project status, evaluating performance criteria scope, cost, schedule and quality.
–>Maintain diaries and progress reports as required by the organization’s standard procedures.
–>Provide routine oversight and analysis of delivery data within the dashboard system.
–>Ensure all project team members track and regularly update milestones and targets for the duration of projects’ life span

Stakeholder engagement

–>Develop stakeholder profiles and facilitate the formulation of stakeholder engagement strategies
–>Establish solid working relationships with the Project Board Executive, Senior Users and Senior Suppliers, client and key stakeholders
–>Enable the formulation of project communications plans. Coordinate internal project communications. Monitor the effectiveness of project communications
–>Coordinate stakeholder engagement and communication, ensuring effective timing and interdependency management of communications. Ensure stakeholders are aware of project activities, progress, exceptions and are in a position to accept handover outputs

Quality assurance

–>Work with internal stakeholders to ensure projects comply with audit requirements
–>Work with procurement/purchasing staff to ensure effective interface with suppliers’ quality systems
–>Coordinate quality reviews of project documents and deliverables
–>Provide quality control for management outputs project documents, reports, etc.

Knowledge management and innovation

–>Encourage routine and effective capacity building activities are conducted in order to build the long-term and sustainable capacity of staff.
–>Actively interact with other Project Managers and the wider PM community to share case studies, lessons learned and best practices
–>Contribute to the oversight of lessons learned procedures, ensuring that lessons learnt are shared in a timely and appropriate manner. Participate in the relevant Communities of Practice
–>Research and logging of lessons learned throughout the project life span.
–>Provide feedback to Practice Groups on policy, supporting guidance with an aim towards continuous improvement of UNOPS policies

Personnel Management

–>Lead and motivate the project management team
–>Ensure that behavioural expectations of team members are established
–>Ensure that performance reviews are conducted fairly, accurately and timely
–>Select, recruit and train the team as required and take into account gender parity and diversity objectives.
–>Ensure safety and security for all project personnel and comply with UNDSS standards
–>Create, foster and role model a culture of respect and zero tolerance for discrimination, abuse of authority, harrasement, sexual harrasement and sexual exploitation and abuse. Ensure accountability for actions and perform duties in accordance with protection mechanisms and action plans, as expected by UNOPS policies, standards and commitments.

Impact of Results
Senior Project Manager directly impacts on achievement of project results by
adhering to project management methods and strategies, reducing risks, cutting
costs and improving success rates. This consequently reinforces the visibility
and image of UNOPS as an effective service provider in project services and
management and strengthens its competitive position as a partner of choice in
sustainable development and project services.

–>An advanced University Degree in Civil Engineering, Water Engineering, Irrigation Engineering or other relevant discipline is required.
–>A Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Water Engineering, Irrigation Engineering or other relevant discipline with an additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
–>Professional certification from an accredited institution PEng., CEng. , etc is an asset


–>Certification in Project Management PRINCE2 Foundation, PMP, PMI, etc. is an asset
–>Completion of the UNOPS PMM, UNOPS PMM Infra Perspective and oneUNOPS Projects training within 3 months after signing this TOR is required.


–>A minimum of seven 7 years of experience in managing civil works / civil engineering projects involving management is required.
–>At least two 2 years of experience managing multi-disciplinary teams is required.
–>Experience with the construction of Dams or large scale irrigation infrastructure is a distinct advantage.
–>At least one 1 year of knowledge and experience in implementing international standards in Health and Safety in construction projects is required.
–>Experience working in developing countries including in Africa is desirable.
–>Vast experience in risk management for infrastructure development projects is highly desirable.
–>Strong experience in contract management, especially FIDIC contracts is highly desirable.
–>Knowledge of the UN system and familiarity with UNOPS procedures is an advantage.
–>Experience working with Government Ministries, Departments, Agencies on donor-funded projects is an asset.
–>Experience in planning for infrastructure projects with proficiency in MS Project and Schedule Analysis is desirable.


–>Fluency in English is required
–>Knowledge of another official UNOPS language is an asset

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