Programme Advisor

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 5 August 2018

Job Description

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Functional Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Programme, and secondary supervision of the Partnerships Advisor, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:

  • Provide on a regular basis comprehensive analysis on the current situation in Yemen, including political and socio-economic developments;
  • Keep abreast of the relevant developments in Yemen including information on the key actors, events and stakeholders;
  • Support project teams in strengthening relationship with local entities for effective project implementation;
  • Contribute to ensuring technical coordination between all projects and relevant UN and non-UN entities;
  • Engage with relevant UN and non-UN coordination mechanisms and represent UNOPS, as and when needed;
  • Provide support to knowledge building and knowledge sharing, focusing on achievement of the programme and partnership goals and objectives
  • Ensure compliance with UNOPS Organizational Directives, Administrative Instructions and Project Management Manual during the development of new projects in Yemen including the drafting of project documents at opportunity /pre-egngngment and initiation stages;
  • Ensure proper handover of finalized engagement(s) to project manager(s) in full coordination with Head of Programme and PMO.
  • Maintain close interaction with Programme/Project staff to share information and knowledge; and to provide proactive support and follow-up in building and maintaining effective partnership;
  • Review and provide inputs into strategic-level, inter-agency, humanitarian, and national planning processes, as pertaining to UNOPS programming in Yemen;
  • Support the Regional Director/ Director Amman Operational Hub on strategic matters relating to UNOPS positioning and/ or programming in Yemen;
  • Provide direct support to the Partnership team in maintaining donor and other stakeholder relationships in Yemen;
  • Produce periodic reports, briefing papers, and talking points for meetings of the senior management as related to Yemen;
  • Undertake other programme-related functions, as needed.

Under the guidance of the Head of Programme and the Partnerships Advisor, the Programme Advisor will

  • Develop a forward-looking strategy for UNOPS activities in Yemen, incorporating a number of alternative scenarios and lesson learned, and in full engagement with the project teams in Yemen;
  • Develop an understanding of the operational context in Yemen and identify opportunities for UNOPS support to the stakeholders in Yemen;
  • Maintain a good local network and relationships with key donors, partners, and stakeholders, as relevant to the situation in Yemen;
  • Support project development, including drafting of concept notes, project proposals, and negotiating legal agreements.


Strategic perspective: Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)

Integrity: Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Leading self and others: Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.

Partnering: Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).

Results Orientation: Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.

Agility: Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Solution Focused: Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.

Effective Communication: Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Functional competencies

  • Communication: Strong interpersonal and communication skills (spoken/written), including the ability to listen to and incorporate the views of stakeholders; Ability to communicate clearly and effectively (both verbally and in written); ability to tailor language, tone, style and format to match the audience.
  • Teamwork: Proven ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Client orientation: Ability to identify clients’ needs and suggest appropriate solutions; ability to establish and maintain productive partnerships with clients.
  • Planning and Organizing: Ability to develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; ability to foresee risks and allow for contingencies when planning; and, ability to identify priority activities and adjust them as required.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • An advanced university degree (Master degree or equivalent) in business and political science, social science, international relations or related fields with progressively responsible experience in development and strategic analysis, strategic planning and client/stakeholder management is required.
  • At least 10 years of progressive experience required in programme/ project management, programming and partnership development;
  • At least one year of experience with the UN and/ or multilateral and/ or bilateral funding source is required;
  • Experience of implementation requirements for the World Bank funded projects in Yemen is highly desirable;
  • Experience with bilateral and/or multilateral partners including at least one year with the UN is required;
  • Experience in conducting assessments, planning and/ or implementing humanitarian and/or development projects in Yemen is required
  • Certification in Project Management such as Prince 2 or PMP is desired
  • Computer literate, in particular MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint is required
  • Fluency in both English and Arabic languages is required.

Contract type, level and duration

  1. Contract type: Local ICA Specialist
  2. Contract level: LICA 11
  3. Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.’

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

About the Organization

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Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 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.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

Background Information - Job-specific

The ongoing conflict has caused significant disruptions to the supply chain and to the overall availability of services. In light of the reduced or even absent provision of public services, communities have been affected by disease and environmental degradation. Physical damage to infrastructure including roads, municipal services, water and sanitation and energy. The lack of functionality in one sector often spills over into other sectors with significant consequences on both the access to, and quality of services, that are often interrelated.

UNOPS is undertaking a number of multi-sectorial engagements in Yemen including projects aimed at restoring urban services mainly in energy, urban roads, water and sanitation (WASH), municipality services in targeted cities in Yemen using an integrated approach; provision of access to solar energy in rural and peri-urban areas, and interventions under the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan.

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