Project Management and Infrastructure Specialist

  • Contract
  • Nairobi
  • Posted 1 week ago

UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services

Job categories Programme Management
Vacancy code VA/2024/B5303/28031
Department/office AFR, KEMCO, Kenya MCO
Duty station Nairobi, Kenya
Contract type Local ICA Specialist
Contract level LICA Specialist-10
Duration Open ended subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability
Application period 29-Apr-2024 to 15-May-2024
Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Functional Responsibilities

1. Strategic planning and portfolio support

  • Provide programmatic management and administrative support to the Head of Programme and PMO regarding infrastructure activities, policies, standards, and procedures.

  • Contribute to strategic oversight, advice and direction on infrastructure project management in line with service and project agreements.

  • Support planning, development, implementation and amendment of project budgets and resourcing, to ensure synergies and optimisation across the MCO portfolio.

  • Develop and establish resource monitoring and planning tools and systems for use by the PMO. 

  • Identify potential programme-level  risks and issues and advise on mitigating measures.

  • Lead the production of needs assessments, due diligence assessments and feasibility studies, including the supervision of consultants when necessary. Review assessments and reports with recommendations for follow up actions.

  • Support the review of requests for new construction and rehabilitation works and advise the Partnerships Development Office when required.

2. Delivery support: Set-up and closure

  • Oversee and support the start up of new infrastructure projects. In the absence of a PM, lead the startup of infrastructure projects including the recruitment of the project team and preliminary activities.

  • Contribute to the development of high-level programme and project plans, including the collation of lower-level plans into programme and project-level milestones.

  • Oversee and coordinate closure activities for infrastructure projects, ensuring appropriate disposal of project assets, timely and effective reporting, initiation of financial disbursements as appropriate during Defects Notification Periods (DNPs), updating of information on oUProjects, and effective handover of closed projects to UNOPS HQ for financial closure processes.

  • Facilitate and ensure that all KEMC Infrastructure Projects have a valid (and agreed) DNP Monitoring plan.  In the absence of a PM, coordinate the implementation of DNP monitoring plans and review relevant documents as part of project closure requirements.

3. Delivery Support: Infrastructure project and portfolio performance

  • The PMO Infrastructure Specialist is responsible for overseeing the performance of infrastructure projects in  the KEMC Programme, ensuring projects are delivered on time, to quality and within budget
  • Provide routine monitoring of infrastructure projects’ progress and performance through dashboards

  • Review, assure and provide strategic advice on reports prepared by infrastructure Project Managers in accordance with reporting schedules and KEMC Guidance.

  • Identify potential risks and issues specific to infrastructure project delivery and escalate to the Head of Programme with recommended mitigating measures.

  • Coordinate and oversee the implementation of requests or initiatives relevant to project management from the Regional Office, IPAS, and HQ Teams, as necessary.

  • Take part in surge initiatives for Infrastructure Project Managers and  technical team members as required

  • Support the PMO Specialist with necessary project analysis and information relevant to the PMO (i.e. LMDCs, Procurement Plans, Resources Plans, Forecasts etc.).Support the PMO Specialist with project analysis reports and assemble information relevant to the PMO (i.e. LMDCs, Procurement Plans, Resources Plans, Forecasts etc.).

  • Lead coordination between projects teams and the Technical Services Unit of KEMC to ensure optimal design management and design review processes, and to achieve quality design outputs.

4. Delivery support: HSSE and safeguards

  • Undertake periodic monitoring of the implementation of ESMPs, including missions (as appropriate) and ensure regular reporting is mainstreamed into project progress reports. Take an active role in monitoring the implementation of HSSE plans including requirements and guidelines  at project sites.

  • Take part in periodic HSSE inspections, induction training, incident reporting and investigation as per guidelines

  • Support the Head of Programme to coordinate timely HSSE monthly reporting and handling of HSSE incidents as per guidelines

  • Identify gaps, areas to improve and make recommendations to the Head of Programme on appropriate corrective actions

  • Support the Head of Programme  in periodic risk assessments related to HSSE, recommend preventative measures, and the application of good practises

  • Contribute in the achievement of the goal zero of incidents (injury, disease and fatal). 

  • Provide guidance and support to for the PMs on the development and implementation of QHSSE plans 

  • Ensure Environmental Screening is complete for all Infrastructure projects, provide support and guidance to PMs as required

  • Provide technical assistance in the drafting of ToRs for ESIAs implemented by 3rd Parties

  • Ensure seamless coordination and collaboration with the Safeguards division of the Technical Services Unit and optimise the use of TSU retainers in HSSE during project delivery.

5. Delivery support: Stakeholder engagement

  • Contribute to development of stakeholder identification and facilitate the formulation of engagement strategies related to infrastructure projects

  • Contribute to the formulation of programme and project communications plans; and engage with the KEMC communications team to support infrastructure project level communication activities.

  • Facilitate internal engagement and communication with IPMG and related business units ensuring effective timing and interdependency.

6. Best practice support: Quality Assurance and Management

  • On behalf of the PMO, provide quality assurance through periodic monitoring and site inspections to verify the implementation of quality management approaches: 
  • Appraise and facilitate compliance with UNOPS defined standards and international best practice for infrastructure project management including QHSSE.

  • Coordinate quality reviews of programme and infrastructure project documents and deliverables, including design review submissions through the platform

  • Provide quality control for management products (project documents, reports, etc.).

  • Represent the Head of Programme in supporting key stakeholders to continuously identify and improve operational processes relevant to infrastructure projects implementation.

  • Support the PMO in promoting a culture of compliance on Quality Management policies, guidance, tools and templates

  • Provide guidance and support to PMs in the development of Quality Management Plans (QMPs) in line with UNOPS Operational Instruction Ref.OI.IPS.2021.02 – Quality Management and Good Practises. Review and provide assurance of QMPs on behalf of the PMO

  • Ensure all Infrastructure projects have a valid Construction Quality Assurance Plan (QAP) which is aligned with the contract requirements.

  • Identify issues or non-conformity, and recommend necessary actions to enforce where unsafe acts or processes that seem dangerous or unhealthy are detected

  • Undertake reviews to ensure infrastructure projects document records are complete and up to date: Design brief, Design Review Certificates, Substantial Completion Certificates, Final Completion Certificates, Contractor Notices, Materials Testing reports, Non-Conformity Registers, DNP monitoring plans, Defects Registers, As-Built Drawings etc.

  • Provide advice to PMs in the application of Contracts for Works Guidance Material

  • Develop tools to track compliance of infrastructure products with relevant policies, guidelines and tools, and undertake assurance over their practises for all Infrastructure projects

  • Escalate issues and risks related to infrastructure compliance to the Project Executive as they arise

7. Best practice support: Knowledge management and innovation

  • Act as a focal point for the KEMC Infrastructure maturity enhancement initiatives.

  • Facilitate training on UNOPS QHSSE policies, tools and instruments including Construction Supervision Guidance, 

  • Ensure routine and effective capacity building activities are conducted in order to build the long-term and sustainable capacity of project staff.

  • Participate in, and advocate Infrastructure practitioners membership in relevant Communities of Practice.

  • Lead the establishment of and curate relevant KEMC knowledge networks in infrastructure related disciplines

  • Actively interact with PMs and the wider UNOPS Infrastructure community to share case studies, lessons learned and best practises in the Knowledge System.

  • Provide feedback on policy and supporting guidance related to QHSSE and infrastructure practice.

  • Contribute to ensuring that lessons learnt are shared in a timely and appropriate manner.

8. Personnel management

  • Lead the performance, resource and talent management of Infrastructure and HSSE practitioners in KEMC 

  • Actively promote a culture of continuous improvement and lessons learning in infrastructure related disciplines

  • Take the lead in recruiting quality technical resources internally and externally to UNOPS in the absence of PMs.  Actively support PMs in doing so where already in place.

  • Lead on-boarding Infrastructure and HSSE practitioners and provide guidance on performance setting and reviews within the practise.

  • Promote and support a learning culture by empowering individuals and teams to identify critical learning needs and plan/provide easy access to learning opportunities to maintain personnel competency and flexibility.

  • Foster a positive work environment, respectful of both men and women, and ensure that the highest standards of conduct are observed.

Impact of Results 

The Project Management Office (PMO) – Infrastructure Specialist, directly impacts on achievement of project results by assisting the Head of Programme to implement effective project management methods and strategies, reduce risks, cut costs and improve success rates.  This reinforces the visibility and image of the UNOPS as an effective service provider in project services and management and strengthens its competitive position as a partner of choice in sustainable development and project Services

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • A Master’s degree in Architecture, Urban Planning, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or other related technical discipline with a Master in either a related engineering based discipline is required;
  • A combination of a Bachelor’s degree with an additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the education requirements outlined above.

Work Experience: 

  • A minimum of at least 5 years of experience in the field of Infrastructure Project Management is required;

  • Within these 5 years, at least 2 years experience with the design, procurement stages of the infrastructure life cycle is required;

  • Experience working in middle income countries and developing countries, and with multicultural teams is an asset;

  • Experience delivering training/ capacity building workshops in infrastructure related topics is a distinct advantage;

  • Experience managing/overseeing a programme of multiple projects simultaneously is an advantage;

  • Experience working with Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on Donor funded projects is an asset;

  • Knowledge of the UN system and familiarity with UNOPS procedures is a distinct advantage;

  • Experience in works contract management preferably FIDIC contracting is desired. 

  • Good knowledge of internationally recognized building codes and standards is desired;

  • Experience implementing infrastructure projects in post-conflict, post-disaster environments will be an advantage;

  • Experience managing projects with multiple sites and complex logistical dimensions in remote locations is an asset;


  • Fluency in English is required;

  • Intermediate level in Portuguese is a distinct advantage


  • PRINCE2 Foundation or Practitioner Certification or related certification (MSP/PMP or others) is an advantage.

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