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Job Title:
Senior Project Management Officer, P5
Department/ Office:
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period:
17 February 2011-18 April 2011
Job Opening number:
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

Umoja is a continuous organizational transformation, enabling high-quality, cost-effective service delivery for evolving United Nations mandates, anywhere in the world. By updating skills, harmonizing practices and applying global technology, Umoja maximizes productivity of the UN’s human, financial and material resources. Umoja transcends organizational, geographical and functional barriers, fostering a culture of transparency, accountability, empowerment, sharing and unity across the United Nations). For more information on Umoja visit: http://www.unumoja.org.

The position is located in Umoja in the Department of Management in New York. The Senior Project Management Officer reports to the Umoja Team Lead for Programme and Project Management.


1. Leads the Project Management team to provide process improvement expertise in the area of formulation of project proposals, project planning, project execution, project performance monitoring, evaluation and reporting, and project closure, with integration to programme planning in a Results-based management framework, and integration with the processes supporting the management of Grants.

2. Participates and leads user groups, working to bring about business transformation in the areas of business processes, policies, procedures and technology; translates business requirements and develops business process models and user cases into detailed functional and technical designs; within that context, provides advice on configuration options and decisions, and leads the configuration of the system to meet business requirements.

3. Reviews and prepares various written outputs, including process design, reporting requirements and business procedure documentation, relating to the following business processes for the United Nations: formulation of project proposals; project planning; project execution; project performance monitoring, evaluation and reporting; and project closure.

4. Acts as a focal point for communication of requirements, expectations and issues between the client and stakeholder communities and the system integrator consultants, throughout all phases of Umoja, with escalation to the Umoja leadership as required;
defines and manages key stakeholder expectations and serves as an effective spokesperson for Umoja with key officials at all levels inside and outside the Organization; ensures timely issue identification, resolution, and appropriate escalation; develops impact assessments on the (functional) area as it relates to any changes, revisions and/or additions.

5. Leads Umoja solution design review sessions and actively participates in ensuring that a robust application framework and roadmap is achieved for the SAP blueprint for the Organization (this may include the development of “buy versus build” business cases); leads the design and development of proof-of-concept prototypes to test and prove designs, as required; additionally, leads and actively contributes to the development of testing scenarios with relevant UN-specific test data, and monitors the completion of all relevant testing phases (unit tests, link tests, integration tests) for the designed business process model.

6. Works closely with the Technical team to ensure alignment with the Organization’s application architecture( this will include functional analysis for data conversions and interfaces to third party and UN existing systems, including other UN Enterprise systems such as ECM2’s Documentum, Siebel’s CRM and PeopleSoft’s Talent Management modules); leads and actively participates in the analysis of scope, and the most suitable methodologies, for the conversion of various types of data in the global secretariat; identifies key issues in preparing data for conversion and actively contributes to strategies and plans to support the preparatory efforts of stakeholders; leads and monitors the collection, development and validation of business rules relating to the data cleansing, data enrichment and/or data transformation processes through establishing effective consultative mechanisms with representatives from the business community, while supporting the identification of available technology support and relevant commercial integration services.

7. Contributes to the development of the training plan and training materials, in coordination with other Umoja functional tracks; leads the roll-out activities for the project management processes, and more broadly supports the roll-out activities for the Umoja solution.

8. Performs other tasks as required.


• Professionalism – a) Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the formulation of project proposals, project planning, project execution, project performance monitoring, evaluation and reporting, and project closure; b) knowledge and understanding of planning, monitoring and reporting with a Results-based management approach, and concepts supporting the management of Grants; c) ability to identify and document issues, and analyze and participate in their resolution; d) ability to lead and manage data collection using various methods; e) conceptual analytical and evaluative skills supporting independent research and analysis, including familiarity with, and experience in, the use of electronic and non-electronic research sources; f) demonstrates pride in work and in achievements, professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

•Communication - a) Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; b) listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; c) asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; d) tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; e) demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

• Planning & Organizing - a) Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; b)identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; c) allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work;
d) foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; e)monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; f) uses time efficiently.

• Leadership - a) Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; b) empowers others to translate vision into results; c)is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; d)establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; e) anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; f)drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo; g) shows the courage to take unpopular stands; h) provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

• Judgement/ Decision-making - a) Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; b) gathers relevant information before making a decision; c) considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; d) takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; e) proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; f) checks assumptions against facts; g)determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; h) makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, social sciences, economics, information systems or related areas. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in project, preferably, or programme management with at least five years of experience at the international level working on business transformation projects is required. Experience within the UN system is required. A minimum of five years of broad experience in an ERP commercial software development project, implementation projects or equivalent experience is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of a second official UN language, preferably French is desirable.

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Assessment Method

Qualified applicants may be invited to take a substantive assessment which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Appointment of the successful candidate on this position will be limited to the initial funding of the post. Further extension is subject to budgetary approval. Appointments of staff members in the United Nations are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General. Staff Members are expected to move periodically to new functions in accordance with established rules and procedures, and may in this context be reassigned by the Secretary-General throughout the Organization based on the changing needs and mandates.

No Fee


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