UN Project Manager Job Careers – United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Job Title:        Project

Organization: United
Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Duty Station: Kampala,

Grade: P4

About US:

The United Nations
Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is mandated by the UN general assembly to advocate for
the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and expand
their opportunities to reach their full potential. Together with our partners,
we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into
practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and
excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

Job Summary:  The Project Manager will function as a focal
point for both UNICEF and WFP in the management and coordination of the
project. In this regard the incumbent will gather inputs from all resources
within the office and external and represent UNICEF and WFP in all major
negotiations and dealings regarding all technical aspects of the project.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Provide engineering and project management services for the project;
  • Ensure compliance with UNICEF and WFP’s policies, criteria and
    procedures in the planning, design, procurement and execution of the  project;
  • Prepare a Preliminary Project Schedule to coordinate and integrate
    activities that will be undertaken by all parties, including the Design
    Consultancy firm, the Contractor and UNICEF/WFP. After discussions with
    all concerned parties this will be updated incorporating a Detailed
    Schedule for all project activities, including realistic sequences,
    duration, responsible entity etc;
  • Incorporate country-specific technical requirements into planning,
    design and construction phases of the project, and ensure the
    implementation of green building technologies where appropriate and
  • Oversee the development of 
    additional plans, including functional and technical design
    requirements for the purpose of design reporting and site lay-outs;
  • Conduct design review and recommend changes or alterations to
    designs as deemed necessary, specifically imploring value engineering to
    maintain functionality and quality, while reducing costs for specialized
    building components.
  • Manage procurement processes for selection of suitable consultancies
    for support of the delivery of the projects for conducting studies,
    investigations, design, contract documents, site supervision, material
    testing etc;
  • Prepare detailed tender packages for consultants, designers,
    specialists and the contractor as necessary;
  • Oversee technical aspects of the procurement process through all
    stages including evaluation and award;
  • Participate and provide advice in Evaluation Panels for procurement
  • Prepare reports, including technical appraisals, contract
    documentation, reviews on the contractor’s proposals and any other
    relevant reports;
  • Provide technical review and comment on project studies conducted by
    consultancy firms including site verification of geotechnical,
    topographical, environmental, ecological and other studies as required;
  • Ensure that the security provisions employed on various projects are
    sufficient and consistent with the requirements of UN security;
  • Act as the Construction Project Manager in construction phase of the
    project by providing oversight of technical quality, schedules, and
    budget, as required;
  • Monitor safety performance of construction contractor, address contractual
    issues, and maintain a comprehensive system of site records related to
    construction project;
  • Raise issues impacting budget and make recommendations;
  • Ensure that the construction methods and equipment used are in
    compliance with the international standards and requirements on quality,
    health and safety;
  • Lead the day by day discussions with all project actors and be
    directly responsible for contract management and technical matters visavi
    the Engineering and Design Consultancy firm(s) as well as with the
    contractor(s), unless otherwise indicated by the Steering Committee.
  • Supervise and manage staff and/or the consultants team both in terms
    of effective management of work time and distribution and prioritization
    of tasks, as well as overseeing the quality and conformance of the work
  • Contribute to business continuity, contingency planning and make the
    necessary recommendations;
  • Periodically monitor risks in relation to project management and
    report on any actions taken;
  • Review, evaluate and approve the planned construction methodologies
    by contractors;
  • Establish and maintain project performance monitoring, evaluation
    and reporting up to project completion;
  • Establish a comprehensive system for maintaining records including
    correspondence, survey data, inspection records, test data, site diaries,
    records of meetings, financial records, progress records, etc.
  • Prepare and issue weekly and/or monthly reports, project completion
    reports and full report on final completion;
  • Liaise with government bodies, public groups, UN agencies and any
    others in order to coordinate with the multiple stakeholders;
  • Liaise with local authorities to obtain necessary clearance for the
    implementation of the projects and to ensure co-ordination of activities
    throughout the project duration;
  • Inform the steering committee in advance of any deviation from the
    original work-plan of the Design consultancy firm and the contractor. In
    particular variations which might impact on quality, cost and completion
    date. When variations to the project scope are requested by the client,
    the contractor or the consultancy firm, the Project Manager (PM) shall
    identify the time, cost, and quality risk implications of the requested
    change and provide advice on the most cost effective option. No financial
    Delegation of authority for variations will be given to the Project
    Manager. All variations to the contracts will be managed in accordance
    with agreed instructions from the steering committee.
  • Manage and maintain cash flow programmes, contract documents and
    payment process for contractors’ services;
  • Ensure that the engineering and design consultancy firms  and the contractor(s) are held
    accountable for the structure till the end of Defect Liability Period.
  • Organize final inspection of the premises and instruct the
    contractor(s) of any repair works to be done. Draft Final Completion
    Certificate based on satisfactory achievement of works. Ensure adequate
    procedure for closure of contracts with consultants and contractors.
  • Produce a project closure report and evaluation of the construction
    company and the engineering firm.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNICEF Project Manager
    job opportunity should hold a University degree, preferably at the
    advanced level, in Civil, Structural Engineering or Architecture;
  • Professional or Chartered accreditation by an appropriate national
    or international regulatory authority for Engineers is highly desirable
  • At least 10 years of postgraduate progressively responsible
    professional experience in civil or structural engineering with solid
    experience in the overall management of engineering projects and
    activities as well as high independence and decision-making authority;
  • Experience in technical supervision of Commercial/ Large office
    building/Large residential Building works is highly desirable
  • Experience of working in difficult security environments;
  • Experience in engineering/construction with focus on ‘health and
    safety’ is an asset;
  • Good knowledge of engineering design, in particular to the civil and
    structural fields;
  • Proficiency in developing master plans for renovation and
    construction projects and site lay-outs;
  • Familiarity with public procurement procedures, international contract
    formats and construction management procedures;
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Project, Excel, Power point,
    Outlook) and other standard office software packages and systems;
  • Advanced knowledge of AutoCAD and other project management software;
  • General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and
    procedures governing administration is considered a plus.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN
    language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language
    is an asset.

Commitment, Diversity
and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and
Drive for Results.


  • Leading and Supervising, especially relating to sound programme
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts
  • Analyzing
  • Relating and Networking and Negotiation
  • Deciding and Initiating Action
  • Applying Technical Expertise

The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment
process (Application, interview meeting, processing, or training). The United
Nations does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

How to Apply:

All suitably
qualified and interested candidates desiring to serve the United Nations in the
aforementioned capacity should express their interest by visiting the UN
recruitment website and clicking Apply Now.

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Deadline: 24th July 2019

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