Project Management Support – Associate, Multiple positions

  • Contract
  • Kyiv Ukraine
  • TBD USD / Year
  • Salary: TBD


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. UNOPS supports partners to build a better future by providing services that increase the efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability of peacebuilding, humanitarian, and development projects. 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.

In Ukraine, UNOPS’ support to the partners in their reform agenda since 2017 spans the rule of law, social protection, demining, emergency response, and security. The projects are funded by the EU, the Governments of Japan, and Canada.

All projects have gender equality as a transversal theme and have been contextualized within the broader Sustainable Development Goals frameworks and objectives.

Following the increased militarisation around Ukraine’s borders and the recognition of the so-called Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics by the Russian Federation, the security situation in Ukraine deteriorated rapidly, with the launch of a military offensive by the Russian Federation on 24 February 2022. Armed violence escalated in at least eight oblasts (regions), including Kyivska oblast and the capital city of Kyiv, as well as in the eastern oblasts of Donetsk and Luhanska which were already affected by conflict. The towns of Mariupol, Kharkiv, and Irpin were strongly affected, so resident civilians fled their homes en masse.

Martial law and a state of war were introduced in Ukraine on 24 February 2022, and the general mobilization of all Ukrainian males between 18 and 60 years old was ordered, while the Ukrainian airspace was closed to civilian users.

The UNOPS immediately launched its Emergency Procurement Procedure (EPP) to enable a faster response to requirements related to the crisis. The EPP provided flexibility in procurement procedures while still ensuring adherence to essential public procurement principles.

Functional Responsibilities

This is a local position, it is therefore open to Nationals of Ukraine and to individuals who have a valid residence/work permit.

Under the supervision and guidance of the Project Manager, the Project Management Support Associate works closely with Project Managers to implement and deliver activities in line with approved action plans. She/he provides support to the effective and efficient implementation of the Programme through a range of actions contributing to the planning, management, and monitoring of project activities. The Project Management Associate provides services to donors, partners, suppliers, and beneficiaries, and is expected to contribute strongly to the projects’ performance and delivery goals.

In performing her/his work, the Project Management Support Associate promotes a client, quality, and results-oriented approach, and works closely with the Support Services and projects personnel to exchange information and ensure consistent service delivery.

The Project Management Support Associate will undertake the following activities/responsibilities:

1. Stakeholder Management:

  1. Establish positive and fruitful working relationships with all members of the Programme Team, Beneficiaries, and Clients, as appropriate, providing support and guidance on specific and general administrative and project undertakings at the appropriate level.

2. Delivery and Performance:

  1. Support the Project in administrative proceedings, contract management, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of activities, preparation and follow-up of procurement plans, and budget/expenditures-related inputs.
  2. Organize and provide logistical support for events, meetings, training, workshops, and study trips.
  3. Carry out administrative duties by collecting data, sorting, filing, and sending out project files, record keeping and archiving of project-related activities, and distributing and circulating working documents to stakeholders in electronic and hardcopy versions.
  4. Provide technical assistance to Project beneficiaries in order to ensure fulfillment of products’ quality criteria, enhance outcomes, and address sustainability.
  5. In close collaboration with Project Managers, contribute to the coordination of the work of retainers and service providers needed for implementation of the activities
  6. Provide support to the Programme communication and visibility activities

3. Operations and Procedures:

  1. Follow the Project Management Manual Instructions and ensure awareness of and relevant respect of the organizational policy compliance (Organisational Directives and Administrative Instructions).
  2. Contribute to the development of Programme reports and plans as envisaged by the Programme’s Description of Action, while in particular considering progress against the indicators in the Result’s framework matrix.
  3. Contribute to the identification and assessment of risks and issues. Implement mitigation measures in accordance with the Risk Management Strategy. Contribute to the identification and sharing of the Programme’s lessons learned and best practices.
  4. Contribute to efficient and effective use of Programme and UNOPS tools for monitoring project performance, outputs, and benefits.
  5. Support operations tasks including screening, indexing, classifying, storing and disseminating information and/or reports and material ensuring conformity with relevant procedures and integrity.
  6. Organize and provide support for the procurement processes including preparation of RFQs, ITBs or RFPs documents for travel + related services + office equipment, receipt of quotations, bids or proposals, and their preliminary evaluation. Preparation of POs.
  7. Perform other duties as may be reasonably required and in line with the incumbent’s scope of services above.

a. Education

  • Secondary education is required.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in economics, social sciences, development studies or a related field is desirable and may substitute for some of the required years of experience.
  • A Master’s Degree in economics, social sciences, development studies or a related field is considered an asset and/or industry certification and may substitute for some of the required years of experience.

b. Certification

  • Projects in Controlled Environments (PRINCE2) Foundation Certification is desirable.

c. Work Experience

  • Six (6) years of relevant experience in general administrative OR project implementation OR procurement, OR operations support services in national and/or international public or corporate organizations is required.
  • Experience with the EU or the UN, or another international organization is desirable
  • Proficiency in computers and office software packages and experience in handling web-based management systems is required.

This is a local position, it is therefore open to Nationals of Ukraine and to individuals who have a valid residence/work permit.

Contract type: ICA
Contract level: Local ICA Support- LICA 6 (ICS6)
Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and/or to satisfactory performance

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How to apply

Closing date: 20 Jan 2023