Job Vacancies United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Position: Project Manager – Inspira Talent Management
Closing Date: Monday, 07 February 2011
Location: United States of America (The), New York
UNOPS helps its partners in the United Nations system meet the world’s needs for building peace, recovering from disaster, and creating sustainable development. UNOPS is known for its ability to implement complex projects in all types of environments around the globe. In an effort to promote organizational excellence, UNOPS seeks highly qualified individuals for the following position: Vacancy Details Vacancy Code Post Title Post Level Position status Project Title Org Unit Duty Station Duration Closing Date VA/2011/NAO/DFS/NY/PM-ITM/P4/17-01 Project Manager – Inspira Talent Management P4 (Temporary Appointment) Non-rotational Configuration/Deployment of Talent Management System NAO/DG/UNDFS/ICTD New York 6 Months 7 February 2011
Background Inspira is the new Talent Management System at the United Nations covering hundreds of thousands of job applicants and over 40.000 staff in head quarters and field missions. The first phase of the project was launched in April 2010 with the recruitment module replacing the legacy system (Galaxy). During 2011-12 we plan to implement learning management, full performance management, reporting and position management. UNOPS has been requested to assist in the implementation of this activity.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Project Manager will be responsible for the implementation of project(s) within the Inspira (Talent Management) programme. The Inspira programme consists of multiple projects within defined business areas (e.g. recruiting, learning management) each owned by a business owner. The project manager reports directly to a business owner and reports indirectly to the overall Inspira programme coordinator. The project manager will be responsible for the following duties: Facilitates the definition of project scope and requirements together with business owners in liaison with the Inspira programme coordinator. Develops project plans in liaison with the Inspira Programme Coordinator including definition of project tasks, resource requirements, goals and deliverables.
Tracks and monitors project progress against plan, requirements, quality measures and standard processes. Reports on project status, including project progress, problems and solutions, to all stakeholders. Manages project resources and provides leadership and direction to project teams. Follows up continuously on task progress and quality of deliverables. Complies with Inspira project management standards in project planning and reporting. Implements and manages project changes and interventions to achieve project outputs. Evaluates project progress and works for continuous improvement in project delivery. Prepares inputs for and collaborates with the Inspira programme coordinator for the overall Inspira workplan. Manages all aspects of the project including requirements definition, development, user acceptance testing, training and deployment. Conducts administrative functions as required including writing job descriptions and general resource management The [incumbent/personnel] is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
Required Selection Criteria
- Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of Project Management methodologies, standards and tools. Knowledge of IT implementations in large international environment. Thinks logically and analytically in a problem-solving environment. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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. Self-reliant and able to work independently as well as in a team. Knowledge of human resources functions and talent management, preferred. Ability to work collaboratively with all parties.
Planning and Organizing
– Ability to organize, plan and implement work assignments, manage competing demands and work under pressure of frequent and tight deadlines. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural environment. Communication – Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability to convey complex concepts both orally and in writing, in a clear concise style. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively at all levels, especially in technical support functions, training activities and seminars/demonstrations to executive and senior staff. Client Orientation – Ability to identify and analyze clients’ needs and propose appropriate solution to meet business requirements.
Education/Experience/Language Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Project Management, Business Administration, Information Systems, Information Management, Computer Science, or related field. A first level university degree with a combination of relevant academic qualifications and extensive experience in information systems or human resources may be accepted in lieu of an advance university degree; Minimum seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in IT systems project management. Experience in managing Enterprise projects is required. Experience in Human Capital/Talent Management systems is preferred. Experience in managing global teams preferred International or multi-cultural organization work experience preferred; Fluency in written and spoken English.
Submission of Applications Qualified candidates may submit their application, including a letter of interest, complete Curriculum Vitae and an updated United Nations Personal History Form (P.11) English version (available on our website), via e-mail to DFSJobs@unops.org. Kindly indicate the vacancy number and the post title in the subject line when applying by email. Additional Considerations Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified. Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level below the advertised level of the post.
For more information on UNOPS, please visit the UNOPS website at www.unops.org.
UNOPS North America Regional Office
The Chrysler Building
405 Lexington Avenue, 5th Floor
Tel: +1 212 457-4000
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