UN Project Manager – Bridge Specialist Job Careers – United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Organisation: United
Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Head
of Programmes
Vacancy Notice:
About UNOPS:
United Nations
Office for Project Services (UNOPS)’ 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 Project Manager-Bridge Specialist provides
Technical and Project Management support to the Nyara Bridge Project, ensuring
high quality, accuracy and consistency of work. The Project Manager-Bridge
Specialist promotes a client-oriented approach consistent with UNOPS rules and
regulations. He/she is expected to meet and exceed the organizations
performance and delivery goals.
The overarching role
is to provide technical assistance, guidance, and oversight with implementation
of the Nyara Bridge Project along with supporting Capacity Building and
Institutional strengthening of the MOWT(Ministry of Works and Transport) and
DLG (District Local Government) teams
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Responsible for overseeing, advising and providing technical support
    on the output of the structure design team (Internal or External)
  • Support and advise on the review of designs and estimations of
    bridges and other structures;
  • Support and advise on the calculation of quantities, estimation, and
    preparation of Bill of Quantities for all structures;
  • Review and advise on improving existing practices of local
    contractors and conventional methodology of bridge construction; make
    recommendations that will increase efficiency, safety, and productivity
    through good practices and troubleshooting methods;
  • Ensure the preparation of BoQs and technical documentation is in
    accordance with UNOPS standards.
  • Manage the production of the required products, taking
    responsibility for overall progress and use of resources and initiating
    corrective action where necessary
  • Review technical studies and provide recommendations
  • Review bid documents to contract firms responsible for providing
    technical services (preliminary studies, design services, technical
    supervision of works, construction, procurement etc.)
  • Supervise all steps of evaluation and selection of firms
  • Supervise all procedures related to contract negotiations
  • Supervise and provide contract management activities
  • Oversight QA/QC site visit and materials testing reports to ensure
    sampling, testing and inspection of materials are carried out regularly
    and works are implemented in compliance with design specifications.
  • Support the design company for approval of design changes as deemed
  • Undertake capacity building of MOWT (Ministry of Works and
    Transport) and DLG (District Local Government) Counterpart Engineers in a
    bridge and structural design, construction techniques including good
    practices and troubleshooting methods.
  • Provide technical advice and assistance to contractors to ensure
    that economic and quality materials are purchased.
  • Support monitoring and oversight for implementation of works,
    including site visits as appropriate, providing guidance and developing
    approaches to enhance outputs and quality of works undertaken.
Project Management
  • Advise the Project Board and Head of Programmes of any deviations
    from the plan
  • Identify and manage risks so that maximum benefit to client and
    stakeholders is achieved
  • Manage and review product quality and ensure products are accepted
  • Monitor and evaluate performance of service providers
  • Identify and report potential business opportunities for UNOPS to
  • Identify and report threats to UNOPS internal business case to
  • Ensure technical and administrative coordination of the project
  • Actively work with the PMO in all phases of project cycle,
    specifically in terms of formulation of project methodology, support
    quality development of project documents, following project and budget
    guidelines, work and financial plan, etc.
  • Ensure that contracted services are rendered according to
    contractual agreements Oversee all procurement activities
  • Establish measurable long/short term targets and monitor progress to
    measure performance
  • Support the recruitment, training, supervision, management and deployment
    of international and national personnel in liaison with HR at various
    levels to the project
  • Build strong working relationship with the donors, line ministries
    of the Government of the Uganda and key stakeholders (JICA, MOWT, UNHCR,
    District Local Government, Other Partners)
  • Manage communications and ensure stakeholders are aware of project
    activities, progress, exceptions and are in a position to accept handover
  • Advise the client on issues that may impact the achievement of their
    outcomes (including issues of sustainability and post project requirements
    such as maintenance)
  • Manage the information flows between the Project Board/OC Director
    and the project(s)
Delivery and
  • Develop and Maintain Project Plans and implement approved project
    plans (including the establishment of milestones) within tolerances set by
    the project board
  • Create repository of project documents, progress technical and
    financial reports, audit reports, assessment reports, closing reports,
  • Work with the Project Support Officer and Project Reporting Officer
    to ensure that all narrative and financial reports are created and
    distributed as required.
  • Manage the provision of the required products, taking responsibility
    for overall progress and use of resources and initiating corrective action
    where necessary
  • Embed sustainability dimensions including social and gender
    inclusion, environmental and economic aspects into project life cycle.
  • Monitor performance of suppliers and support on the procurement
  • Manage and review product quality and ensure products are accepted
  • Contribute to high national and international visibility of UNOPS,
    donors and other stakeholders involved in the Project
  • Follow the Project Management Cycle Instructions and ensure that all
    organizational policy is complied with (Organizational Directives and
    Administrative Instructions)
  • Prepare/adapt the following plans for approval by the Project
    Board:  I. Project Initiation
    Documentation; II. Stage/Exception Plans and relevant Product Descriptions
  • Prepare the following reports:
    • Highlight Reports
    • End Stage Reports
    • Operational Closure Checklist
    • End Project Report
    • Handover Report
  • Maintain the following: i. Electronic Blue File; ii. Procurement, HR
    and Finance files as required by those practices as per OD12.
  • Ensure that all expenditure comply with UNOPS Financial Rules and
    Regulations (FRR).
  • Manage budgets, cash flow and obligations to ensure that
    deliverables are met and payments to contractors and personnel are received
    on time.
  • Understand and manage UNOPS overheads, allocable charges, and
    related corporate charges as they apply to the project
  • Understand the unique structures of the UN and budget appropriately
    for personnel
  • Manage and remain accountable for expenditures against the budget
    (based on accurate financial reports)
  • Where the Project Manager has no delegation as a committing officer,
    s/he retains these responsibilities and will monitor and instruct/request
    others to carry out the relevant commitments and disbursements.
  • Participate in the relevant UNOPS’ Communities of Practice
  • Provide feedback to Practice Leads on policy, supporting guidance
    with an aim towards continuous improvement of UNOPS policies
  • Complete lessons learned as per reporting format
  • Incorporate lessons learned from others as per planning format
  • Perform other duties as may be reasonably required and in line with
    the incumbent’s scope of services above.
  • Lead and motivate the project management team
  • Ensure that behavioural expectations of team members are established
  • Ensure that performance reviews are conducted
  • Identify outstanding staff and bring them to the attention of the OC
  • Have a thorough understanding of UNOPS personnel contract modalities
    (including ICA and Staff)
  • Select, recruit and train team as required by project plans
  • Perform the Team Manager role, unless appointed to another person(s)
  • Perform Project Support role, unless appointed to another person or
    corporate/programme function
  • Ensure safety and security for all personnel and comply with UNDSS
  • Monitoring and Progress Controls
  • Ensure that the project(s) produces the required products within the
    specified tolerance of time, cost, quality, scope, risk and benefits. The
    Project Manager- Bridge Specialist is also responsible for the project
    producing a result capable of achieving the benefits defined in the
    Business Case. Contribute to the overall business targets and needs.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations Office for Project
    Services (UNOPS) Project Manager job opportunity should hold an advanced
    University  (Master ́s) Degree in
    Civil Engineering or other relevant discipline.
  • University Degree (bachelor’s degree / first level) with a
    combination of 2 additional years of relevant professional experience  in Civil engineering or other relevant
    discipline, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree
  • At least 5 years’ experience as a Bridge Engineer
  • At least 2 years’ experience as a Project Manager
  • Previous experience working with the UN, particularly UNOPS, is
  • Experience mentoring and providing capacity building in technical
    aspects of bridge design and construction will be an added advantage
  • Previous experience working in East Africa will be an advantage.
    Excellent English skills, both written and verbal.
  • Prince 2 certification will be an added advantage
  • 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.(for levels IICA-2,
    IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and
  • 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:
If interested in
joining the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in the
aforementioned capacity, please click on link below to visit website and create
profile or express interest if you already have a profile on the UN system.
Deadline: 4th June 2019
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