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  • Posted: Feb 23, 2021
    Deadline: Mar 17, 2021
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    The United Nations Office for Project Services is an operational arm of the United Nations, dedicated to implementing projects for the United Nations System, international financial institutions, governments and other partners in the aid world.
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    Head of Programme Talent Bench & Global Roster

    Application Deadline: 17-Mar-2021

    Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Talent Benches and Global Rosters are designed to further strengthen UNOPS capacity to identify talent and to enable succession planning for business critical roles. Where a Talent Benches or a Global Roster has been established for a particular role, any future vacancy will be filled from the Talent Benches and the Global Roster, unless there is a need for a specific skill or expertise that members of the Talent Benches  and Global Roster do not have.

    Persons who apply to be included in the Talent Benches and the Global Roster will undergo a rigorous assessment. This assessment will serve as a pre-qualification exercise, and those who successfully complete the assessment will be members of the Talent Benches or the Global Roster for the coming 3 years, during which they will have the priority of being selected for Head of Programme roles in UNOPS. Also, part of the evaluation for this role is a Virtual assessment and development center, where the candidates will benefit from personal feedback sessions to discuss their performance throughout the process.


    Summary of key responsibilities:

    1. Programme governance, implementation and monitoring
    2. Programme development and planning
    3. Manage programme resources
    4. Partnership networking and advocacy 
    5. Knowledge management and innovation

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    • A Master’s degree in engineering, project management, public administration, social science or other relevant related field is required. 
    • A combination of Bachelor’s degree with an additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the education requirements outlined above.


    • PRINCE2® Foundation/Practitioner an asset, but required completion within the first 6 months of onboarding.
    • Programme/Project Management Professional (MSP® or PMI-PgMP/PMI-PMP) an asset.


    • A minimum of 7 years of experience that combines strategic and managerial leadership in engineering infrastructure, social development, business development, executive management and/or programme management planning and operations in an international context within either the private or public sector or international organisation.
    • A minimum of 3 years of experience managing large teams and operational systems, including management of senior professional staff is considered as a distinctive advantage.
    • Some experience in UN system organizations preferably in a developing country is desirable.
    • Experience in collaborating with senior stakeholders either at the private or public sector is a distinctive advantage.
    • Experience managing multiple projects simultaneously or a programme is a distinctive advantage.

    Language Requirements:

    • Full working knowledge of English or French or Spanish is essential.
    • Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

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