Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
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 organizations. With over 6,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, where they need it. By implementing around 1,000 projects for our partners at any given time, UNOPS makes significant contributions to results on the ground, other in the most challenging environments.
In line with the framework agreement signed with the Government of Mexico, UNOPS supports the different collaboration initiatives by the government that are aimed at the fight against corruption and transparency in the public management; as well as in the exercises aimed at the strengthening government actions in the areas of acquisitions, infrastructure and management of high impact projects in Mexico.
UNOPS work in Mexico is aligned to the needs of partners which require strategic and operational perspectives, and effective and efficient management of resources to ensure transparency while promoting the continuous development and strengthening of internal processes to achieve high-quality results.
Specific Project Information (PharmaMX)
The objective of the project is to support the Government of Mexico in its effort to guarantee the right to health to the largest number of inhabitants through the planning and management of the consolidated purchase of medicines (period 2021-2024), as well as assistance in the profiling of the system and model of consolidated purchase of medicines for the health sector of the Government of Mexico. This project has 2 main components:
COMPONENT 1 (Transparent Procurement of Pharmaceuticals) -Management of multi-year consolidated purchase of medicines and medical supplies (supply of needs during the period 2022-2024) for an estimated amount of US$ 6 billion.
COMPONENT 2 (Strengthening of national capacities) - Strengthening and capacity building to the consolidated purchase mode of medicines for the health sector of the Government of Mexico.
The Project Management Support Officer (PMSO) reports to the Deputy Project Manager and its primary role is to support the Senior Project Manager and the project management team with the effective application of project management policies, processes and systems, while identifying probable issues that may need attention, contributing in problem analysis and solution identification as necessary. The Project Management Support Officer also works in close collaboration with the PMO Specialist in the Mexico Country Office with regards to support the development of appropriate reporting formats and content to meet all reporting requirements of the project, adapting to different reporting target audiences (senior leadership, partner, project team, etc).
The PMSO directly impacts the achievement of project results by assisting the Deputy Project Manager to implement effective project, stakeholder management, communication and reporting practices, reducing risks and improving success rates. This consequently reinforces the visibility and image of UNOPS as an effective service provided in project services and management and strengthens its competitive position as a partner of choice in sustainable development and transparent procurement project services.
Summary of Functions