Project Management Support Officer

United Nations Office for Project Services

Kabul, Afghanistan

With more than 20 years of experience in the country, UNOPS Afghanistan focuses on providing maximum support to the people of Afghanistan through the delivery of projects and services that improve the lives of people in need. The UNOPS Afghanistan Country Office (AFCO) serves as an organizational mechanism to deliver a range of projects for which UNOPS has been designated as the implementation agency.  At present, UNOPS AFCO activities cover a range of sectors including humanitarian, basic human needs, cash for work, infrastructure, development, procurement and HR services. 

The functional objective of UNOPS AFCO is to contribute to improving the lives of girls, boys, men and women living in Afghanistan. The aim of UNOPS AFCO is to provide efficient and cost-effective implementation services on behalf of all our partners to support the humanitarian response and development of the country. UNOPS AFCO’s mission is to exceed the expectations of all stakeholders in the delivery of AFCO services, at all times, in all places, in all circumstances, in order to improve the lives of Afghans in need.

Background Information

Under the overall guidance and direction of the Project Manager, and in close coordination with the Programme Management Office, the Project Management Support Officer (PMSO) will contribute to ensuring that the project activities are in compliance and up to date, and that reporting requirements to stakeholders are in line with defined project objectives. The PMSO will be responsible for monitoring specific administrative and financial transactions, preparing and updating financial reports, providing information and bringing to attention issues related to the project’s support operations. Specific responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to:

Functional Responsibilities

  • Provide support to the overall aspects of project operations related to finance, human resources, procurement and logistics, among others.
  • In consultation with the Project Manager, provide support on all matters relating to financial management and administration in compliance with established procedures, SOPs and the UNOPS Financial Regulations and Rules (FRR).
  • Provide effective support and accurate guidance to the PM on all issues relating to UNOPS support-service functions.
  • Ensure accuracy, consistency and applicability of supporting documents (project document, budget, awards, contract validity, No Objection Letters as required, among others). 
  • Prepare payment requests and necessary supporting documents (financial forecasts and/or Project Delivery Reports) for submittal in accordance with project agreements.
  • Prepare and maintain the operational budget according to UNOPS financial management systems and ensure completeness of required supporting documents. 
  • Liaise with UNOPS support service offices for project-related administrative and operational matters such as payments, contract management, recruitment of personnel, procurement of goods and services and assets management.
  • Ensure all business processes are backed up by required supporting documents and maintain an effective records system.
  • Ensure conformity of project disbursement requests with UNOPS FRR, work plans and availability of resources/funds for disbursement.
  • Receive, review and process recruitment requests, certification of payments and other forms of requisitions from the project office, project team or through designated recipients.
  • Raise requisitions for procurement, and facilitate requests for issuance of contracts and/or amendments on documents. 
  • Commit funds through purchase orders (PO) in the financial system in accordance with SOPs.
  • Prepare updated financial reports in compliance with reporting requirements to donors, or as specified in the agreement (i.e. Project Delivery Reports; Financial Monitoring Reports, progress Reports, etc).
  • Prepare budget revisions in the system in consultation with the PM and Finance Section.
  • Provide input for the narrative progress reports and other reporting requirements as requested by the PM. 
  • Prepare the project’s operational and financial completion requirements – e.g. financial and narrative completion reports, settlement of any pending contractual and financial obligations/commitments, full receipt of donor/client contributions, assets disposition, personnel separation, among others. 
  • Support the effective delivery and implementation of procurement services in coordination with the PM and the Procurement Office and ensure that administration of logistics and assets management are in compliance with established rules and regulations.
  • Perform any other tasks as may be assigned.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Commerce, Finance, Management, Economics, Accounting, Public Administration or a relevant field. Professional Certificate in a relevant field and/or a Master’s Degree would be an asset.

Work Experience 

  • At least 2 years of progressively responsible experience in providing administrative and project operational support in the areas of finance, human resources, procurement, logistics and assets management, among others.
  • Knowledge of UNOPS/UN rules and regulations preferred.
  • Prior experience in multi-stage reporting and project support is desirable.
  • Proficiency in using Google Suite Package (Google Sheets, Google Docs, and Google Presentation) is preferred.  


  • Excellent knowledge of both written and oral English is required.
  • Knowledge of Dari/Pashto is desirable.