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United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Background Information – Job-specific

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partner’s peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner. Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations. With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners’ needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.

Background Information – Project

Emergency locust Response Project (ELRP)

On May 20, 2020, the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved the Emergency Locust Response (ELRP) Program (MPA), a regional response to the Desert Locust (DL) crisis in Africa and the Middle East. The ELRP MPA financing envelope is up to US$500 million equivalent from IDA for countries to respond to the challenges posed by the DL invasion. The first phase of the ELRP MPA is financing US$160 million for the Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Republic of Kenya, Republic of Uganda, and Republic of Djibouti. A second phase of US$40 million is financing the Shock Responsive Safety Net for Locust Response Project in the Federal Republic of Somalia.

On 08 June 20, 2021, the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved the ELRP MPA Phase 3 project design for a US$53.7 million investment for South Sudan. After which the project was approved by the Bank Board on 25 October 2021.

The project’s development objective (PDO) is to respond to the threat posed by the locust outbreak and to strengthen systems for preparedness as well as to respond to the threat posed by the locust, protect and restore livelihoods and food security, and strengthen systems for preparedness. And thus this project is an emergency response project.

The project has 5 components, however, UNOPS will be contracted by (Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security) MAFS to implement sub component 2.1.This sub-component will provide emergency direct income support, in the form of unconditional cash transfers, to about 26,000 locust affected households to protect against livelihood and asset loss and meet their urgent food needs, smooth consumption gaps and enhance purchasing power for basic commodities. MAFS is the implementing agency/primary recipient for ERLP and also provides oversight of the safety net system being established under SSSNP, so it can also help coordinate between the two projects along with UNOPS. Thus the ELRP will leverage a lot on the SSSNP.

Functional Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

  • Provision of reliable and secure driving services;
  • Proper use of vehicle;
  • Day-to-day maintenance and cleaning of the assigned vehicle;
  • Availability of documents/ supplies;
  • Immediate action in case of accident.
  • Provides reliable and secure driving services by a) driving office vehicles for the field team b) collecting and delivering mail, documents and other items;
  • Ensures proper use of vehicles through accurate maintenance of daily vehicle logs, provision of inputs to preparation of the vehicle maintenance plans and reports;
  • Ensures the day-to-day maintenance of the assigned vehicle by checking oil, water, battery, brakes, tires, etc.; performing minor repairs and arranging for major repairs; and ensuring that the vehicle is kept clean;
  • Ensures availability of all the required documents/supplies including vehicle insurance, vehicle logs, office directory, map of the city/country, first aid kit, necessary spare parts;
  • Ensures that immediate steps as required by rules and regulations are taken in case of involvement in an accident.

Impact of Results

The key results have an impact on the accurate, safe and timely execution of the UNOPS services.

Competencies

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.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education

  • Completion of secondary school is required;
  • A valid driver’s license is required.

Experience

  • Two years’ work experience as a driver is required;
  • Skills in minor vehicle repairs are an asset;
  • Experience working with NGO and or the UN is an added advantage.

Language

  • Fluency in writing, reading and oral English is required;
  • Local Arabic and local languages are an added advantage.

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.
  • Work life harmonization – UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • 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.

Contract type, level and duration

  • Contract type : Local Individual Contract Agreement
  • Contract level: LICA 2
  • Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: (link)-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx

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.

Background Information -South Sudan

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