UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.
Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.
With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.
A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.
Background information - Infrastructure and Project Management Group (IPMG)
UNOPS strategic focus places increased emphasis on national capacity development and sustainable approaches to project management, procurement and infrastructure services. A key objective is to be recognized as an organization that delivers world-class infrastructure and project management, which is both economically and socially sustainable, even in the most challenging environments. To achieve this goal, UNOPS has established the Infrastructure and Project Management Group (IPMG).
Within UNOPS, it is IPMG’s objective to serve the organization’s personnel and partners by broadening their infrastructure and project management capabilities, while disseminating best practices in both of these areas. Through this work, the group helps facilitate the successful delivery of programs and projects around the world.
To achieve its objectives, IPMG has established three interrelated and interdependent technical streams, namely, Strategic Initiatives, Standards, and Engagement Assurance, that are supported by the Portfolio Support team.
The Strategic Initiatives (SI) team works to develop methodologies and tools to improve development outcomes as well as assist in the positioning of UNOPS at the highest levels in related fields, including various global agenda focus areas, such as resilience and sustainability.
In addition, SI hosts the Secretariat for UNOPS Mission Hubs, in which knowledge management plays an important role.
Background Information – Job specific
Since its 2018-2021 Strategic Plan, UNOPS has made knowledge management one of its key priorities and has displayed an ambition to focus knowledge management on efforts to harness expertise for integrated service offerings and specialized solutions.
The current focus of knowledge management at UNOPS is to support strategic direction setting in alignment with UN system priorities as well as internal operations.
Under the guidance and supervision of the Head of Strategic Initiatives, IPMG, the Knowledge Management Specialist will coordinate organizational knowledge management initiatives and will be responsible for the timely implementation of relevant action plans.
A key work package will be the coordination of the UNOPS Mission Hubs Secretariat. The Mission Hubs cover a number of thematic areas ranging from quality healthcare to a just digital transformation. The Mission Hubs support UNOPS efforts to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and contribute to the implementation of UNOPS Strategic Plan 2022-2025. Through the Mission Hubs Secretariat, the Knowledge Management Specialist will deliver knowledge management approaches and implementation to support the achievement of Mission Hub work plans. Work in the Mission Hubs will involve close collaboration with global senior leadership as well as colleagues across Headquarters (HQ) and the field.
Additional work packages may include collaboration with internal transformation initiatives including the Process Innovation and Digitalization Programme (PID Programme), the rethinking of Portfolio, Programme and Project Management (P3M) and Evaluation, Insights and Learning (EIL). The Knowledge Management Specialist will provide advice and implementation support for knowledge management projects within these initiatives.
The Knowledge Management Specialist will also supervise the Knowledge Management Analyst, working closely together to implement the Knowledge Management team’s action plan.
The specific tasks include:
Strategy development/implementation and action planning
Coordination of KM activities
Monitoring and Progress Controls
Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.
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