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Head of Programme (P5) at United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

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Job Description

Summary of key results:

  • Programme governance, implementation and monitoring
  • Programme development and planning
  • Manage programme resources
  • Partnership networking and advocacy
  • Knowledge management and innovation

Programme governance, implementation and monitoring:

  • Accept responsibility for project portfolio oversight as delegated by the Kenya Multi Country Office Director and through the role of Project Executive on Project Boards.
  • Establish and execute the programme implementation plans in collaboration with the team and partners, including setting objectives, performance measurements, standards and results expected to ensure timely and client-oriented services.

Programme development and planning:

  • Support the KEMC Director in ensuring the financial sustainability of the programme and delivery of desired results, compliance with organisational strategies, rules, regulations and standards of performance.
  • Submit mandated reports and critical issues to the KEMC Director and clients, to drive future process improvement and business development planning.

Manage programme resources:

  • Plan and propose to the KEMC Director, required programme resources (human and financial).
  • Submit revenue and expenditure forecasts based on UNOPS and KEMC financial goals.
  • Determine pricing strategies based on UNOPS pricing policy and models to ensure an appropriate balance between revenue and development capacity within UN mandate and spirit.

Partnership, networking and advocacy:

  • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships through active networking, advocacy and effective communication of UNOPS competencies in project service delivery and management.
  • Support the business development function by identifying and developing new business and partnership/customer opportunities.

Knowledge management and innovation:

  • Keep abreast of and incorporate latest/best practices, approaches and technology to enhance the programme delivery and results.
  • Institutionalise and share best practices and lessons learned for corporate development planning and knowledge building.

The effective and successful performance by the Head of Programme directly impacts on achievement of programme results and consequently 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 engineering, project management, public administration, social science or other relevant related field is required.
  • A combination of Bachelor’s degree with an additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the education requirements required above


  • A minimum of ten (10) years of cumulative experience in Project Management, including managing diverse portfolios including engineering, or humanitarian or development projects is required;
  • Strategic and managerial leadership in social development, business development, executive management and/or programme management planning and operations in a large international and/or corporate organization is required.
  • Experience in UN system organizations preferably in a developing country is desirable.
  • At least three (3) years progressive leadership experience including supervising teams and managing budgets is required.
  • Experience in fragile and/or complex operational environments is desired.
  • Civil/Infrastructure engineering background is highly desired.


  • Programme/Project Management Professional (MSP® or PMI-PgMP/PMI-PMP)


  • Fluency in written and oral English is required. Knowledge of second UN working language desirable.

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