United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

UNOPS Panama

Background Information – Job-specific

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organisations.

This position’s geographical scope is the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Region and is part of LAC Regional Director`s strategic team.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Regional Director, and in communication with the Partnerships Group, the Head of Partnerships for LAC is responsible for the overall LAC regional partnership strategy as well as leading the partnerships and communications regional network, providing assurance, guidelines and prioritising service lines or country portfolios as required by the regional strategy, this may also include new countries where UNOPS LAC is planning to initiate or broaden operations. Main functions include:

  • Coordination and leadership of strategic partnerships in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Development and follow up of partnership opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Representation and inter-agency collaboration with the United Nations in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Lead the partnerships and communication network of Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Knowledge management, innovation and gender mainstreaming in Latin America and the Caribbean

* For a detailed description of the above please review the attached Terms of Reference

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education

  • A Master’s degree preferably in Business Administration, Public Administration, International Development, Economics, Political Science, Communications or International Relations.
  • 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.

Experience

At least 7 years of experience in partnerships in international development including demonstrated experience in:

  • Leading regional or multi country partnerships strategies;
  • Previous experience establishing sustainable partnerships with international cooperation, governments, UN agencies and/or international financial institutions;
  • Experience leading high-level relations with senior representatives from the public or private sector;

  • Experience in representing an institution/organisation in high-level meetings or forums.

Prior experience working in the public sector, international organisations and international development, contexts would also be an advantage. Languages

  • Full working knowledge of Spanish and English is essential.
  • Fluency in French and Portuguesse is an advantage.

Competencies

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 above)

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.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement Contract Regular monthly: This contract is established in the form of a Regular Monthly Contract, that is, a continuous presentation of the services required during the contract period, making the payments associated with the contract at the end of each calendar month Level of contract: ICS 11, equivalent to LICA 11 in local scale and IICA 3 in the international scale – The salary scale determination wil be based on the nationality and place of residence of the selected candidate. Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance. UNOPS is an inclusive employer, so we invite women and men regardless of ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or gender indentity to apply. We are committed to promoting equitable representation. Work and personal life balance: UNOPS values ​​its staff and recognizes the importance of maintaining a balance between professional and personal responsibilities. We have a personal-work balance policy and offer several flexible schedule possibilities. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel, under any contractual modality. Upon request, UNOPS seeks the possibility of accommodating candidates with special needs. Panama City is a family duty station.

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

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
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • 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.

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 peace and 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 5,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,400 personnel recruited on behalf of our partners, spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced and diverse labour force — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs. We continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage the recruitment of qualified female candidates. Work life harmonization UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

Additional information TOR Head of Partnerships LAC_ICS11.pdf (198 KB)

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