• Executive-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 23 July 2020
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Job Description

The Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECR) supports UNOPS offices from Geneva, providing management and financial/programmatic oversight of Global and Country specific Portfolios. The regional office oversees operation centres that provide project management, fund management, management advisory services, hosting services, sustainable procurement and infrastructure services and management of human resources.

ECR ensures that projects are executed to the highest standards, providing a shared knowledge base and ensuring that best practices and lessons learned are disseminated between business units and projects across the entire region.

ECR operates its Global Portfolios from Geneva and Copenhagen while the country-specific programmes from its Operational and Project Centres located in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

The Management and Oversight Senior Advisor reports to the Regional Director (RD) who provides broad supervision and guidance. The role is responsible for providing strategic advice to the Regional Director, with particular focus on business performance, portfolio analysis and corporate results reporting.

The role acts as Officer in Charge in the case of absence of the Regional Director.

Functional Responsibilities

The role is responsible for, amongst others:

  • Providing strategic advice to the RD, with particular focus on financial stewardship, operational excellence, effective and productive workforce management and delivery of results across the region;
  • Providing advice to the RD related to regional performance improvement and knowledge sharing across the region;
  • Coordinating and monitoring of implementation progress for the strategic corporate initiatives across the region;
  • Supporting the RD to monitor and update the regional business plan;
  • Leading the regional operations management group and Coordinating improvement and knowledge sharing initiatives and overseeing their implementation.

Functions / Key Results Expected

1. Strategic advisory

2. Operational performance oversight and coordination

3. Performance improvement

4. Knowledge management and innovation


About the Organization

About us

UNOPS 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 more than 80 countries, UNOPS supports partners in the implementation of approximately 1,000 projects, which range from managing the construction of roads in South Sudan to building shelters in Haiti to procuring educational computers in Argentina. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects it supports.

Working with UNOPS

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We’re looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in many disciplines, from project management, to procurement, infrastructure, finance and human resources. The work we do is fulfilling and offers opportunities for professional and personal development.

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With over 6,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce as a means of better understanding and addressing the needs of our partners, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage the recruitment of qualified female candidates. Moreover, the vast majority of our personnel are nationals, working in their own country and developing local capacity.

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, such as flexi-time, compressed work schedules and telecommuting. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types across the globe.

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