Fresher UN Jobs – Project Management Support, Senior Officer – United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Job Title:   Project Management Support, Senior Officer (UN Jobs)

Organisation: United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Duty Station:  Arua and Koboko, Uganda

Vacancy code: VA/2024/B5007/28046


About US:

United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)’s mission is to expand the capacity of the UN system and its partners to implement peace building, humanitarian and development operations that matter for people in need. Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, UNOPS vision is to always satisfy partners with management services that meet world-class standards of quality, speed and cost effectiveness. By assisting UN organizations, international financial institutions, governments and other development partners, UNOPS makes significant, tangible contributions to results on the ground.


Job Summary:  The key responsibility of the Local Advisor is the successful delivery of the SUIDAC Program in Arua and Koboko, Uganda. Working under the supervision of the Uganda Technical Officer, the Local Advisor is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the SUIDAC Program and the implementation of SUIDAC in Arua and Koboko. Under the guidance of the Technical Officer, the Local Advisor will support the implementation of the project, assisting the implementing partners on an ongoing basis during the Initiation and Implementation Stage, ensuring that the project outputs are delivered by the grantees within the specified project tolerances of time, cost, quality, scope, risk, and benefits. He/she is expected to meet the organization’s performance and delivery goals. This position may involve regular travel.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Under the oversight from the Technical Officer, develop, complete, and update the implementation plan of SUIDAC in Arua and Koboko.
  • Support the implementation of the approved plan for SUIDAC in Arua and Koboko.
  • Assist the selected grantees in Arua and Koboko to meet their objectives.
  • Ensure regular and successful communication between all project stakeholders in Arua and Koboko.
  • Act as a liaison person between Arua and Koboko project grantees and SUIDAC project team.
  • Support project synchronization with the Arua and Koboko Municipalities, ensuring that the project deliverables are included in the Municipality Plans.
  • Support liaison and mapping of all activities, authorities, and partners implementing similar activities in the region, participate in key events, make presentations when required, and report to the Technical Officer.
  • Ensure regular reporting of project-related activities to the Technical Officer, the Program Coordinator, the MEAL Specialist, and the Comms Specialist.
  • In coordination with the Technical Officer, manage the SUIDAC grants in Arua and Koboko. Support successful development, implementation, and supervision of assigned grants and work packages.
  • Embed sustainability dimensions including social and gender inclusion, environmental, and economic aspects into the project lifespan.
  • When required, with support from the Technical Officer, assist with the implementation of all HSSE requirements in the activities located in Arua and Koboko and ensure follow-up.
  • Support the SUIDAC project team with the organization of national and regional dialogues, ensure the participation of Arua and Koboko’s key stakeholders in the national and regional dialogues, and assist with the production of all supporting documents including event reports.
  • Help with the organization of field missions in West Nile, preparation, and reporting for Cities Alliance staff, consultants, donors, and partners.
  • When required, provide administrative support in all aspects of project implementation such as organizing workshops, operational support for the Secretariat and partners’ mission in the city.
  • Comply with all organizational policies and donor policies and assist grantees to comply with all organizational policies and donor policies.

Monitoring and Reporting

  • Liaise with the Technical Officer and the grantees on the timely and adequate preparation of regular project and/or financial reports in accordance with Partner and UNOPS requirements for reporting.
  • In coordination with the Technical Officer, regularly review project status of grantees, evaluating performance criteria (scope, cost, schedule and quality).
  • Regular reports evaluation to the Technical Officer.
  • Track and regularly update milestones and targets for the duration of project’s life span

Stakeholder engagement

  • Under the leadership of the Technical Officer, establish solid working relationships with the local stakeholders in Arua and Koboko including local authorities, as well as donors, national authorities and key stakeholders.
  • Support regular liaison with the Arua and Koboko’s local and regional authorities, identify their challenges and needs and when required help to address them.
  • Support regular internal coordination with the SUIDAC Comms and M&E Specialists as well as with the SUIDAC local advisors. Provide effective communications from the project in Arua and Koboko.
  • Assist in making sure stakeholders are aware of project activities in Arua and Koboko.

Quality assurance

  • Work with internal stakeholders to ensure projects comply with audit requirements

Knowledge management and innovation

  • Under the guidance of the SUIDAC Technical Officer, support the conduct of effective capacity building activities for the grantees and the local teams in order to build the long-term and sustainable capacity of staff and program stakeholders.
  • Actively interact with the other SUIDAC Local Advisors and the wider Project Team to share case studies, lessons learned and best practices.
  • In collaboration with SUIDAC Comms and MEAL Specialists, contribute to the dissemination and sharing of best practices and lessons learned for corporate, regional and national development planning and knowledge building.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant for the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Project Management Support, Senior Officer must hold an Advanced University Degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) preferably in migration studies, urban development, urban planning, public policy, and administration, or related fields is required.
  • A First-level University degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) preferably in migration studies, urban development, urban planning, public policy, and administration or related fields, combined with two additional years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of a Master’s degree


  • A minimum of two (2) years of demonstrated expertise working in the field of migration and/or urban development is required.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of working experience in Uganda and/or South Sudan is required.
  • Previous experience with grant management is considered as an asset.
  • Strong knowledge of sustainable urban growth in secondary cities in the Horn of Africa is an asset.
  • An in-depth understanding of gender equality and women’s empowerment in the field of migration and urban development in the Horn of Africa is a distinctive advantage.
  • Language Requirement: Fluency in written and English is required.



  • 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.


How to Apply:

All interested Ugandan nationals who wish to join the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) are encouraged to click on the link below and follow the application instructions after reviewing the job details.


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Deadline: 29th June 2024


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Date Posted 2024-05-26T08:07
Valid Through 2024-06-30T00:00
Employment Type FULL_TIME
Hiring Organization UNOPS Uganda
Job Location Arua, Arua, Arua, 0256, Uganda

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