Head of Project Unit (Roster)

  • Contract


Background Information – Peace and Security Cluster

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. It is led by the Director, who has overall authority and accountability for the performance PSC on behalf of its clients. The Director is responsible for administering and providing 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.

Background Information – PSC Project Units

PSC Project Units operate as an integral part of Peace and Security Cluster structure. The Head of the PSC Project Unit reports to the PSC Director who provides direction and guidance. S/he is responsible for planning, implementing, monitoring, supervising and closing all projects in the country in order to support substantive partners in delivering its mandate.

PSC’s partner is the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), and UNMAS’ representative in-country is the Chief of Mine Action Programme (CMAP). The CMAP is therefore the HPU’s primary stakeholder. UNOPS PSC and UNMAS have developed a delineation of responsibilities, using a RACI responsibility matrix to define who is Responsible, Accountable, Consulted and Informed. The HPU is expected to work in close cooperation with the CMAP, ensuring that, in substance, the mine action programme operates as one integrated team.

Functional Responsibilities

**This is a roster, a pool of assessed candidates to be recruited and deployed to any of our duty stations once a vacancy arises.**

The Head of the PSC Project Unit will report to the PSC Director and perform the following functional responsibilities:

1. Project implementation planning

  • From the standpoint of being accountable and responsible on UNOPS’ behalf to implement project(s) for UNMAS, provide input to the CMAP on programme and project design documents such as:
    • Programme Strategy (e.g. vision, mission, strategic results framework, stakeholder analysis, risk analysis, resource mobilization strategy, etc.)
    • Programme Workplan and Budget (e.g. nature of threat, logical framework, required personnel and equipment, risk management, etc.)
    • Resource mobilization Strategy (e.g. monitor trends humanitarian and development needs to identify potential areas of intervention within UN mandates and existing capacity)
    • Project proposals to donors
  • Support the CMAP in applications of policies, practices and procedures associated with the overall implementation of the Humanitarian Programme Cycle and associated funding and monitoring mechanisms, where relevant, in collaboration with the UNMAS Geneva office.
  • Ensure that implementation plans have viable timelines, are assigned appropriate resources, and that implementation options reflect the knowledge of the context, as well as UNOPS’ mechanisms and policies. Key implementation documents include:
    • UNMAS/UNOPS Project Agreements
    • Solicitation documents used to contract third-parties (i.e. contractors and grantees)
    • Human resources plans

2. Project implementation delivery

  • In accordance with project agreements with UNMAS, establish and maintain appropriate arrangements and plans for delivery of the Project Unit projects, including leveraging regional or corporate support facilities whenever available.
  • Oversee project implementation (including implementation through third-party contractors and grantees), review progress, assess constraints and take corrective action, ensuring early warning of risks to the PSC New York Office, for action and/or intervention.
  • Ensure projects are implemented in accordance with UNOPS policies and standards, such as:
    • Financial and procurement rules
    • Contract and grant management policies
    • Project management standards
    • Health, safety, social and environmental standards
    • Gender parity and mainstreaming policies
    • Information management systems and standards
    • Organizational design standards and human resources policies
    • Mine action technical standards (with support from the Head of Operations)
  • Depending on the circumstance, either in support of CMAP or as part of UNOPS obligations, draft high quality reports including, but not limited to, project reports, annual reports, situation reports, briefing notes, code cables, and UN reports. Prepare written summaries of meetings/visits and ensure relevant team members implement follow-up actions, as appropriate. Research and prepare analytical, and sometimes sensitive, documents.
  • Take responsibility for financial decisions. Exercise financial control to ensure the financial health/sustainability of the Project Unit.

3. Project Unit leadership and management

  • Build and strengthen strategic partnership with CMAP through active networking, advocacy and effective communication of UNOPS competencies in project service delivery and management, to maintain and enhance project engagements.
  • Keep the PSC New York Director informed/advised on opportunities and/or challenges to strengthen UNOPS capacity for programme/project management.
  • Plan, recruit, manage and develop a flexible Project Unit workforce with the skills and competencies needed to ensure optimum performance, and ensure gender and geographical diversity.
  • Promote teamwork, collaboration and diversity by providing timely guidance and supervision to the team to enable them to perform their duties responsibly, effectively and efficiently.
  • Foster a positive work environment, respectful of both men and women, and ensure that the highest standards of conduct are observed.
  • Create, foster and role-model a culture of respect and zero tolerance for discrimination, abuse of authority, harrasment, sexual harrassment 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.
  • Oversee, monitor and direct appropriate measures to maintain the safety and security of UNOPS assets, property, information and personnel and their eligible dependents within the respective area of responsibility.
  • In consultation with the UNOPS Chief of Security, act as the UNOPS Security Focal Point (SFP) within the country of operation including participating actively in the Security Management Team (SMT) and perform duties on security as outlined in the Framework of Accountability in the UN Security Management System Policy manual.
  • In support of the CMAP, support the design, coordination and dissemination of public information products and communication activities as well as gather and draft content for communications products and platforms.
  • Support CMAP preparations for official meetings, events, briefings, and field visits, and prepare talking points, briefing notes, presentations and speeches for the management team and senior UN officials.
  • Act as CMAP OIC upon request of UNMAS and concurrence from PSC Director.

4. Stakeholder management

  • Support the CMAP in managing relationships with: National authorities, UN peace and political missions, UN country teams and donors, including reporting to donors and intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance and programmatic/substantive issues.
  • Participate in any UN mission/country team meetings to contribute to discussions and initiatives to strengthen coherence, inclusiveness, aid effectiveness and security measures.
  • Keep the UN Mission leadership/Resident Coordinator informed of UNOPS activities within the country through regular communication and formal reporting on implementation of activities led by UNOPS as part of the UNDAF or equivalent.
  • Manage relationships with the CMAP and other direct UNOPS stakeholders.

5. Knowledge management and innovation

  • Keep abreast of and incorporate best practices, approaches and technology to enhance the project delivery and results. Continuously review approaches/methodology to ensure relevance or enact new ones.
  • Initiate and undertake lessons learned exercises, including the sharing, effective filing, and incorporation into future plans of the lessons learned by the project(s) and others to improve future delivery and quality, and to strengthen knowledge and information sharing mechanisms internally, as well as with clients and other key stakeholders.


  • Advanced University Degree (master degree or equivalent) with seven years of relevant experience


  • First Level University Degree (bachelor degree or equivalent) with nine years of relevant experience


  • Relevant experience is defined as project management experience in military, humanitarian, conflict, post-conflict, or development contexts
  • A minimum of two years of leadership experience, including supervising teams, managing complex projects, and budgets is required
  • Experience in writing and reviewing reports is required
  • Experience working in a developing country is desired
  • Experience working in mine action is desired


  • Fluency in English is required (read, write, speak)


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Contract type, level and duration

  • Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment (FTA) / Temporary Appointment (TA) / International Individual Contractor Agreement (I-ICA)
  • Contract level: ICS-11: P4 FTA / P4 TA / I-ICA 3
  • Contract duration: Length of contract will depend on contract modality and funding availability.

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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
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request
  • 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.

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.

Diversity – 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.

How to apply

Interested candidates can apply here.

How to apply

Interested candidates can apply here.

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