Change Management and Coordination Officer

UNOPS , New York, United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
13th August, 2019

Job Description

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.


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.

Functional Responsibilities:

This position is in the Office of Supply Chain Management (OSCM) within the Department of Operational Support (DOS). The Change Management and Coordination Officer for SCM Category Management will perform the following duties:

  • Establish a collaborative forum for development of Category specific strategies through developing strong working relationships with all stakeholders within OSCM and DOS, with all clients, and external organizations;
  • Partner with business to build influence, evaluate and challenge the status quo to identify and obtain buy-in for the category strategies;
  • Help develop category strategies based on rigorous analysis of spend data, supply market dynamics, category intelligence and business requirements;
  • Maintain the Category Management Operating Model defined for the Secretariat, making updates to templates as required;
  • Develop procedures and tools to assist with market analysis, demand analysis, category strategies and sourcing strategies that support multiple solutions for each category;
  • Expand the Secretariat Category Management rollout plan to include other UN Agencies, Funds, and Programmes to build toward a vision of a single Category Management framework for the entire UN Family;
  • Facilitate category strategy development according to the established operating model with category teams; Proactively evaluate progress, build contingency plans, and monitor issue resolution and mitigates risks;
  • Manage, maintain, and update the rollout plan for all Secretariat Category Strategy Development processes;
  • Develop timely project status reports and provide Quality Assurance for all project deliverables;
  • Devise and implement plans to re-profile existing Secretariat staff into Category Teams in coordination with the Learning Management Framework;

Education/Experience/Language requirements:

Education: Advanced University Degree (Masters or equivalent) Business Administration; Social Science, Marketing, Management, and Supply Chain Management or related field. A first level university degree and extensive professional experience maybe accepted in lieu of the Advanced Degree.

Work Experience:

  • A minimum of 7 years of experience with progressively increasing responsibility in the area of change management and coordination for multi-national organizations in the public and/or private sector is required;
  • At least 7 years of experience in category management or management consulting related to development of category strategies and sourcing plans is required;
  • Experience in strategic sourcing, contract management and vendor negotiations is required;
  • Ability to develop business cases, should-cost models/perform complex data analysis and build decision matrix is required;
  • Demonstrated strong prioritization skills and ability to manage senior stakeholders, including stakeholder timelines and meeting management skills is desirable;
  • Ability to clearly and effectively present to senior leaderships and to drive decision making with senior management is desirable;
  • Experience in purchasing systems and supplier management tools is desirable;
  • Advance proficiency in Microsoft applications: Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

Language: Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Fluency in one or more official UN languages is desirable.


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