Management/Project Management Officer

UNOPS, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
28th February, 2019

Job Description

Background Information - Job-specific

UNOPS’ work in the South Asia region focuses on the construction and operation of high quality sustainable infrastructure and sustainable procurement, project management, timely provision of services, and the use of most relevant technologies. One of the main focuses on UNOPS work in South Asia is to reduce the vulnerability of population to unsafe infrastructure, maximize the impact of public investments in infrastructure, and improve the effectiveness and financial viability of the public services delivered out of key public infrastructures. Such projects provide social and economic benefits to vulnerable populations across the region, and contribute to poverty eradication. Projects target a range of sectors such as education, health, urban development, environmental services, climate change mitigation, as well as a range of “soft” support in Capacity Building, operations and maintenance of public assets, local governance, etc.

UNOPS Bangladesh has received an invitation from the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) to submit proposal for the Establishment of a Climate Resilient Local Infrastructure Centre (CReLIC). The Centre is intended to fill up the gap between the increasingly diverse and competent landscape of think tanks and scientific institutions that provide policy advice and scientific data in Bangladesh and best practices generated within the LGED on the other side. CReLIC is one of the three components of the Climate Resilient Infrastructure Mainstreaming (CRIM) Project funded by KFW Development Bank and Green Climate Fund. The other two components are: Climate Resilient Rural Infrastructure and Climate Resilient Urban Infrastructure.

In particular, the services to be provided include technical and management support to LGED in the following areas:

  • Establishment of a knowledge management system within the LGED to facilitate climate proofing in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of all local infrastructure on a sustainable basis.
  • Adjustment of standards, procedures and guidelines of LGED accordingly.
  • Mainstreaming climate proofing throughout the LGED organization and their local partners.
  • Set-up and development of the Climate Resilient Local Infrastructure Centre (CReLIC) as a staff unit under the LGED top management and initiate the permanent institutionalization structure of CReLIC.

This project has four work packages: 1) Knowledge Management; 2) Guidelines, Standards and Procedures; 3) Communication, Consultation and Training; and 4) Institutional Development.

This 5 year project will lead to the institutionalization of the Centre as a staff unit under the LGED top management which will be responsible for: establishment of the knowledge management system for climate proofing in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of all local infrastructure; and setting of standards, procedures and guidelines for ensuring climate proofing.

Overall, the services will require designing and steering a comprehensive change process in a large organization and establishing a sustainable cooperation network on the national and international level.

Functional Responsibilities

Purpose and Scope of Assignment

The overall purpose of the assignment is to contribute to a strong technical leadership, guidance, capacity building and improved organizational effectiveness of LGED in the establishment of the Climate Resilient Local Infrastructure Centre. The post will require specialist capacity and local context on management and project management. The objective is to work closely with LGED counterparts for transfer of capacity as well as with other experts in the team to ensure effective delivery of services and assistance to LGED.

The Management/Project Management Officer will contribute to the implementation of defined fields in Work Package 4: Institutional Development.

Functional Responsibilities

The Management/Project Management Officer will undertake the following primary tasks relative to Institutional Development:

  • Contribution to the development of the charter and business plan of CReLIC
  • Contribution to the development of services for CReLIC to be rendered to LGED and other clients
  • Contribution to the development of a sustainable finance plan
  • Setup of a system for continuously screening relevant funding opportunities for CReLIC
  • Setup and management of a project management and information system within CReLIC
  • Preparation of project funding proposals for CReLIC in accordance with LGED and in cooperation with local and/or regional / international partners
  • Organisation and follow up of the meetings of the Project Coordination Committee (PCC), Project Steering Committee (PSC) and Consultative Advisory Group (CAG)

This position is prospective in nature. Candidates will be assessed and selected. However, contract offer is contingent upon successful outcome of UNOPS’ bid submission on the project.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education: University degree in economics, business administration, geography / urban planning & management or related fields

Work Experience

  • At least 4 years of professional experience in project management measures
  • Professional experience in Bangladesh
  • Experience working for international development agencies is an asset
  • Knowledge on infrastructure, construction and/or climate change impacts and adaptation strategies and measures is an asset
  • Proficiency in using ICT

Languages: Proficient English skills (at least C1-level according to the Common European Framework of References for Languages). Fluent in oral and written Bengali.


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