Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is a United Nations body responsible for infrastructure, procurement and project management (General Assembly Resolution 65/176 of 2010). Our mission is to help people improve their living conditions and countries to achieve peace and sustainable development. The three priority areas of UNOPS correspond to:
Sustainable Infrastructure: UNOPS designs, builds, repairs and maintains infrastructure in some of the most challenging environments in the world. Its activities are focused on the development of transport, education and health infrastructure, among other areas.
Public procurement: UNOPS is a central procurement resource for the United Nations system and governments. It emphasizes an efficient, transparent and sustainable delivery of goods and services.
Project management: UNOPS manages more than a thousand humanitarian, development and peacebuilding projects per year for different partners, ensuring quality, effectiveness and results that meet the highest standards.
The work of UNOPS seeks environmental, social and economic sustainability, which contributes to the progress of equity and the common good of the countries in which it operates, thus promoting the improvement of the living conditions of those most in need. UNOPS has a presence in 23 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The services, products and technical assistance comply with the principles of the public administration of transparency, equity, integrity, free competition, impartiality, morality, effectiveness, efficiency and respect for national institutions.
In the country, UNOPS has been providing technical assistance in the implementation of health infrastructure projects with the Government of Nicaragua and various International Development Banks. The assistance will include, among others, the strengthening of capacities and implementation of investment programs and projects, development and / or review of investment studies, definitive designs and studies, procurement strategies, bidding and contracting processes, as well as infrastructure works management and supervision of works.
For the purposes of efficiently and pertinently fulfilling the commitments acquired in the framework of this technical assistance, UNOPS has structured a Technical Unit to implement products for the elaboration of designs, implementation of works and procurement of medical equipment and furniture, which must generate documents that compile terms of reference, bidding rules and procurement strategies for a group of projects. At the same time, UNOPS will implement procurement processes for goods and services and will manage the construction process through quality assurance.
In this context, the Project Manager must support the Director of UNOPS in the country to coordinate and direct the operations of the health sector in the aspects of technical planning and preparation of implementation conditions of each of the investments included in this portfolio. . He / she is expected to contribute to achieving and exceeding the organization's performance and service objectives.
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