Project Management

United Nations Office for Project Services

Copenhagen, Denmark

Background Information - Job-specific

  • UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ 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.
  • Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.
  • Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations.
  • We employ more than 7,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.

Internal Audit and Investigations Group

  • The purpose of the Internal Audit and Investigations Group is to provide independent and impartial assurance and advice to improve UNOPS operations.  The IAIG reports on the use of resources administered by UNOPS and the effectiveness of internal control systems; and enhances the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes. Furthermore, the IAIG leads the Executive Director’s investigations into alleged fraud, corruption, waste of resources, abuse of authority or other misconduct and violations of UNOPS regulations, rules and administrative instructions.
  • Under the over-all guidance and supervision of the Director, IAIG, the Internal Auditor shall report to the Manager of the Internal Audit Section of IAIG and is required to support all audit staff within IAIG as deemed appropriate. He/She shall contribute to the implementation of the annual internal audit work plan and the Group’s initiatives as well as provide administrative assistance ensuring high quality, efficient and effective execution of internal audit and advisory services. The Internal Auditor promotes a client-oriented approach consistent with UNOPS financial rules and regulations. Travel requirements are estimated at approximately 30% of the time with field missions lasting from 2-3 weeks;

Functional Responsibilities

  • Under the general supervision of the Manager of the Internal Audit section, and the general guidance of the Director, IAIG, the individual will conduct internal audits to evaluate the adequacy and effectiveness of internal controls in accordance with IIA Standards and UNOPS policies and procedures. This involves financial, operational, performance and compliance audits, as well as the following related activities:
  • Internal Audit work on organizational units/or processes:
  • Contributing to the annual risk assessment for the audit of UNOPS business units.
  • Developing risk based audit work plans, conducting audit field work and preparing reports for issue to management which are clear, concise and as per IIA Standards.
  • Preparing working papers, documenting adequately work performed and, where appropriate, review those of other team members to ensure that the work performed supports the conclusions reached.
  • Communicating orally and in writing audit results to management and making presentations to management. 
  • Undertaking frequent, and at times extended, missions to UNOPS offices, including to areas with hazardous working conditions. Performing advisory engagement across UNOPS.

Project Audit work:

  • Reviewing project agreements with regards to the consistency of the wording of audit clauses contained therein.
  • Reviewing the terms of reference as well as reports received from outsourced auditors for quality assurance.
  • Perform duties as appropriate for managing the long term agreements with audit firms for outsourced project audits. 
  • Undertaking quality assurance of IAIG audit reports to ensure that the final audit reports adhere to editorial requirements.

General contributions and responsibilities:

  • Monitoring the status of agreed actions plan and assess the adequacy of the actions taken by management prior to closure of audit observations.
  • Identifying recurring and systemic issues in audit reports, as well as lessons learned for inclusion in corporate reports. 
  • Contributing to the professional development of other personnel within the unit.
  • Performing other related duties as required, such as forensic and special audits etc.
  • Contributing to the ongoing development of professional practices and knowledge management within IAIG and for oneself, including internal and external quality assessments of the internal audit function.
  • Support preparation of reports to audit committees and other bodies.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • An advanced / Master's degree in combination with 5 additional years of qualifying experience is required.
  • A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in combination with 7 additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Professional Certifications:

  • A Project Management certification is required.


  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in project or programme management. Candidates with a Bachelor's degree should have two more years of relevant experience. Experience in procurement is desirable.


  • Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of a second UN language is desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to use the following tools is desirable;
  • Google workspace - (documents, spreadsheets, slides)
  • Enterprise Resource Planning systems (e.g. Agresso);
  • Project management tools (e.g. Wrike);