Project Management Specialist

Copenhagen, Denmark | Copenhagen, Denmark
Apply by 27 August 2018
Mid-level , Long-term consulting assignment
Posted on 7 August 2018

Job Description

Functional Responsibilities

Under the guidance and supervision of the Risk-based Performance Assessment Team Lead, the PM Specialist will undertake the specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Undertake preparatory analysis to understand the context of Country Offices, projects and programmes, supporting the definition of the scope and the preparation of capacity assessments;
  • Carried out analysis of data/information and desk reviews for projects and programmes, providing support on assessments of capabilities within established framework/Standards and on classifying the assessed gaps by level of risk and the quantification of resultant exposure.
  • Support the analysis on the assimilation and application of organizational of Policies and Standards in UNOPS Country Offices.
  • Provision of support on mission preparation and coordination.
  • Participate on missions to different UNOPS Country Offices and Project Sites to undertake Risk Based Performance Assessments (RBPA). The Incumbent will be responsible for data/information collection and analysis and provide contributions for mission reports and any other support documentation.
  • Carry out post mission’s activities, such as: support on mission follow-up activities, inputs collection/analysis for UNOPS Enterprise Risk Management, provision of inputs to Country Offices/Regions and to Shared Service Centre for their Risk Management activity follow up and support.
  • Support the development and participation on trainings.
  • Participation on the review of internal technical documents and the Standard Management Framework.
  • Perform other related duties as required by the supervisor or IPMG management.
Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Master’s degree in Engineering or Project Management field is required;
  • A Bachelor degree combined with 2 years additional relevant work experience can be accepted in lieu of the Master’s degree.

Work Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years of combined experience working in Infrastructure and Project Management is required, when combined with a Master’s Degree. Minimum of 7 years of combined experience working in Infrastructure and Project Management is required, when combined with a Bachelor’s Degree
  • A minimum of 3 years of previous experience in civil engineering or working within an infrastructure project team is required
  • Previous experience in developing context, as well as, in multicultural environment is desired
  • Consulting background dealing with data/information analysis and report drafting is an asset
  • Previous experience a on Portfolio/Programme/Project Management maturity is an asset
  • Risk Management experience in infrastructure environment is an asset
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel is an asset


  • Fluency in English is required
  • A basic understanding of French is preferred
  • Fluency in Spanish and/or Arabic is an asset


  • PRINCE2® Foundation Certification is required
  • PMI Project Management Professional Certification is desired
  • PRINCE2® Practitioner Certification is desired
  • MSP® Foundation Certification is desired

The successful incumbent will be required to complete, PRINCE2® Practitioner within the first 6 months of start date and MSP® Foundation within the first 9 months, if they do not already have the aforementioned certifications.

Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: ICA
Contract level: I-ICA2
Contract duration:open-ended, subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability

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

About the Organization

Within UNOPS, IPMG’s objectives are to serve the organization’s personnel and partners by broadening their infrastructure and project management capabilities, while disseminating best-practices in both of these areas. Through this work, the group helps facilitate the successful delivery of programmes and projects around the world.

To achieve its objectives, IPMG has established three interrelated and interdependent work streams, namely, Strategic Initiatives, Standards, and Engagement Assurance. IPMG is managed overall by the Director of IPMG and supported by a Programme Support Unit.

Engagement Assurance, managed by the Head of Engagement Assurance includes the following units: Organizational Project and Programme Management Office (OPMO), Risk-based Performance Assessment (RBPA), Infrastructure Design Review (Infra DR) and Engagement Acceptance (EA).

The Engagement Assurance team supports the successful development, design and delivery of engagements through a robust system that promotes excellence, consistency and sustainability. The range of expertise in Engagement Assurance includes inter alia Capacity Assessments on Infrastructure and Project Management, Quality Assurance on infrastructure designs, provision of a decision-enabling structure supporting the oversight and management of UNOPS portfolio and implementation of policies and the management of Engagement Assurance processes for all ongoing and closing engagements.

The engagement assurance team works across the aforementioned areas to help reduce organizational risk and improve project performance.

Working within the Infrastructure and Project Management Group (IPMG), the successful incumbent will be responsible for providing technical support to Engagement Assurance and IPMG, with a focus on Risk-based Performance Assessment. The aim is to provide support on information analysis/desk reviews, preparation/participation on associated field missions and support the corresponding post-missions follow up activities.

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