Risk, Quality, and Partnerships Analyst IICA-1 (ICS-9)

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 8 January 2019

Job Description

Functional Responsibilities

RQP’s focuses on the following main areas of work:

(1) Support in the oversight process at portfolio, programme and project level to manage risks (threats and opportunities)

(2) Recommend innovative solutions to improve the quality of PSC’s processes, products and functions in order to increase efficiency and streamline the Cluster’s activities;

(3) Facilitates PSC partnerships to enhance business development and project design.

Reporting to the Project Management and Legal Advisor, the Risk, Quality and Partnerships (RQP) Analyst will to support the Unit’s initiatives under the Risk, Quality and Partnerships work-streams.
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Support the adoption of the corporate risk management framework and the associated platform at the portfolio, programme and project levels, both in PSC New York and field programmes
  • Ensure that the associated risk management standards and best practices are conveyed to personnel and integrated into PSC business processes.


  • Support RQP team members by reviewing and clearing project concept notes and proposals, project agreements, official correspondence and other PSC documents
  • Provide assistance to PSC colleagues through reviewing materials to verify that organizational legal requirements and quality standards, especially in the areas of project design and project/programme management, have been met; support quality assurance
  • Provide routine guidance on approval processes, policies and procedures pursuant to UNOPS legislative framework and PSC’s internal guidance and best practices
  • Contribute to designing coherent PSC business processes to ensure streamlined procedures in compliance with UNOPS internal control framework. This includes the design of tools, drafting of templates and various guidance materials that are conveyed to PSC personnel in a user-friendly, easily understandable and implementable manner
  • Continuously identify learning needs, develop materials, and contribute to various knowledge-building initiatives within PSC, in particular in the areas of project design and project/programme management.
  • Facilitate coordination of PSC audit and donor verification responses and assist with implementing audit/review recommendations.


  • Assist RQP team members with business development and project and programme design improvement initiatives
  • Support the development and implementation of project and programme management best practices and guidance

Perform any other tasks as applicable.

Education/Experience/Language Requirements

Education and Relevant Years of Experience:

  • Advanced university degree (Master degree or equivalent) in Law, Communication, Business Administration, Public Administration, International Relations, Auditing, or other relevant field with two years of relevant experience; OR
  • First level university degree (Bachelor degree or equivalent) in Law, Communication, Business Administration, Public Administration, International Relations, Auditing, or other relevant field with four years of relevant experience

Work Experience:

  • Relevant experience is defined as experience in law, technical writing, or project management
  • Experience in communication and graphic design are desired


  • Fluency in English (reading, speaking, and writing) is required
  • Knowledge of another UN official language is desired

About the Organization

Background Information - UNOPS

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.

Background Information - PSC

The UNOPS Peace and Security Cluster (PSC) is a principal service provider in the field of mine action with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), UNDP, UNICEF, Governments of mine-affected countries and other mine action partners.

The Center is responsible to administer, provide support and oversight of the day-to-day management of the Project Field offices, both according to the client requirements and in line with UNOPS rules and regulations.

It is headed by the Center Director who has the overall authority and accountability for the performance of the Peace and Security Cluster on behalf of its clients.


United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is a division of the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). UNMAS is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly (RES/68/72) to ensure an effective, proactive and coordinated response to the problem posed by a wide range of explosive hazards. Legislative mandates also recognize UNMAS technical expertise in responding to threats posed by unsecured and unsafe conventional weapons and ammunition stockpiles. As an office within DPKO, UNMAS supports peacekeeping and special political missions in accordance with Security Council mandates.

UNMAS as a component of the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) provides explosive hazard management capacities, including mitigation, to AMISOM as part of a logistical support package. Non-lethal tactical advice and analysis is delivered by UNMAS technical advisors located in each AMISOM Sector Headquarters and at AMISOM Force Headquarters, who support AMISOM planning and operations. UNMAS support includes both enabling (“operate in spite of IEDs”) and response (“defeat the device”). As a component of the UN Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) UNMAS also supports the Federal Government of Somalia, including the Somali Police Force, Somali Explosive Management Authority and National Security Advisor.

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