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Bangladesh: Head of Office

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: UNOPS
Country: Bangladesh
Closing date: 28 Jul 2017

The UNOPS Bangladesh office has an ongoing portfolio of approximately 25 Mil USD and 15 personnel. There are significant opportunities for growth and contribution to the achieving SDGs in country. To date, UNOPS has not had a resident Country Manager and thus has not fully capitalized on our positioning and partnerships. This position will play a key role in achieving this objective. The Head of Office represents UNOPS on behalf of the OSAC Manager in the country of his/her responsibilities. The OSAC Manager provides general direction and guidance for the role. The Head of Office will lead all project and business development activities, while representing UNOPS with government, non-government and UN stakeholders. The Head of office will also ensure the timely and effective delivery of programmes and projects in Bangladesh.
Summary of key results:

  1. Alliance building, networking, business development and advocacy
  2. Representation on behalf of the OSAC Manager and inter-agency coordination
  3. Office management, delivery and quality assurance
  4. Knowledge management and innovation

1. Portfolio and Business Development, alliance building, networking and advocacy

  • Lead the review and analysis of country needs relevant to UNOPS areas of expertise, and engage/network with all relevant stakeholders incl. government, UN and development partners – in close consultation with the hub director;
  • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships in the country through active networking, advocacy and effective communication of UNOPS competencies in project service delivery and management to develop opportunities and engagements with new partners;
  • Keep the OSAC Manager informed/advised on opportunities and/or challenges to strengthen UNOPS capacity for programme management and business development in the country;
  • Establish priorities, in consultation with the OSAC Manager for targeted investments in growth and innovation and as a member of the UNOPS global management team, contribute to identification and implementation of innovation and continuous improvement in support of organizational excellence and world-class performance.
  • Advocate on behalf of UNOPS around key topics relevant to UNOPS expertise, and ensure that UNOPS positioning is aligned with the SDG framework.
  • Provide advice to the OSAC Manager and peers on opportunities to further enhance UNOPS’ sustainable contribution to the achievement of results in the country.
  • Be accountable for the close monitoring and fiscal prudence related to the Management Budget.
  • Be accountable to the OSAC Manager to achieve annual targets agreed with ARO for the country in terms of delivery, net engagement revenue, net revenue, engagement acquisition and engagement revenue addition.

2. Representation on behalf of the OSAC Manager and inter-agency coordination

  • On behalf of the OSAC Manager represent UNOPS in relevant inter-agency and external meetings/bodies to promote the organization, influence policy discussion and identify potential areas for UNOPS partnership and engagement.
  • On behalf of the OSAC Manager represent UNOPS in the UN Country Team (UNCT), and supports the UNCT programming and advocacy activities.
  • Participate actively and effectively in UNCT meetings, and contributes to the formulation and implementation of United Nations Development Assistance Framework/One Programme, Integrated Strategic Framework, and Delivering as One within the country.
  • Actively represent UNOPS' role and participation in UN common engagement tools.

  • Is accountable to the Resident Coordinator for actions as part of the UNCT, makes substantial contribution to UNCT's work, and assumes a leadership role as relates to UNOPS' mandate.

  • Participate in UNCT initiatives to strengthen UN coherence, inclusiveness, and aid effectiveness, including playing an active role in the Operations Management Teams (OMTs) and other senior management group of the country team.

  • Keep UN Resident Coordinator abreast of UNOPS activities within the country through regular communication, including a formal regular reporting on business acquisition and implementation of activities led by UNOPS as part of the UNDAF.

3. Office Management

  • Contribute to the development of the Office strategy in collaboration with the OSAC Manager and head of support services
  • Recommend and/or determine priorities and supervise the implementation of work plans to manage the strategic and operational risks associated with the Office programme of engagements.
  • Disseminate all relevant information and knowledge to the team in relation to UNOPS, UN issues and other strategic issues.
  • In collaboration with the team and partners, establish annual objectives and targets, performance measurements, standards and results expected to ensure timely and partner oriented services.
  • Monitor implementation, oversee progress toward annual objectives and take decisions to ensure the delivery of results as planned.
  • Plan and propose to the OSAC Manager required resources (human, financial and administrative) to ensure financial sustainability in accordance with UNOPS standards of ethics and integrity.
  • Foster a positive work environment, respectful of both men and women, and ensure that the highest standards of conduct are observed.
  • Oversee, monitor and direct appropriate measures to maintain the safety and security of UNOPS personnel, assets, property and information within the respective area of responsibility.
  • In consultation with the UNOPS Chief of Security act as the UNOPS Security Focal Point (SFP) within the country of operation including participating actively in the Security Management Team (SMT) and perform duties on security as outlined in the Framework of Accountability in the UN Security Management System Policy manual.

4. Service delivery and quality assurance

  • Monitor and supervise the overall timely and cost-effective delivery of country office programmes according to partner expectations, approved budgets and full cost recovery.
  • Evaluate performance to measure efficacy and alignment of the Office with the organizational/regional/country strategies and compliance with UNOPS standards of accuracy, transparency and accountability and to ensure that service delivery reinforces business development objectives.

5. Knowledge management and innovation

  • Contribute to the development and introduction of innovation to ensure UNOPS is continually incorporating best practices approaches in the delivery of regional portfolio.
  • Contribute to the dissemination and sharing of best practices and lessons learned for corporate development planning and knowledge building.
  • Contribute to the planning, implementation and organization of strategic capacity building of personnel, partners and stakeholders.
  • Network and liaise with relevant departments at UNOPS regional and HQ offices for knowledge sharing

How to apply:

For information about this vacancy and application details, please visit the UNOPS Global Personnel Recruitment System via UNOPS Jobs