Organizational Portfolio Management Office (OPMO) Manager based in Denmark

Job description

Duty station: Copenhagen, Nigeria

Application deadline: 27/05/2019

Background Information – Job-specific

In 2018, IPMG established the Organizational Portfolio Management Office (OPMO) to assist the organization identify and recommend solutions to the root cause of portfolio, programme and project level risks and issues. The OPMO operates under the IPMG Engagement Assurance team unit and works closely with the UNOPS HQ Groups and Regions in providing analysis and recommendations to enhance organizational risk management at the engagement, country, regional and organization level. 

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Functional Responsibilities
1.Team Management

  • Management and leadership of the personnel under the OPMO sub-work stream, including personnel performance evaluation.
  • Manage the development of tasks for the OPMO’s annual work plan, ensure timely delivery of tasks and report on progress against the work plan.
  • Lead the development of the OPMO and Engagement Assurance team unit best practices, ensuring alignment with UNOPS corporate standard policies and practices.
  • Provision of management reports to the Head of Engagement Assurance as required.

2.Technical Leadership

  • In close coordination with the Head of Engagement Assurance, conduct system analysis on the health of Country Office (CO) projects and programmes, highlighting key management risks, issues, best practices and lessons learned.
  • Leading the development of appropriate risk based approaches to the collation, analysis and subsequent diagnosis of data associated with the functional performance of projects, programmes and portfolios within UNOPS.
  • Provide reporting on the analysis and diagnosis at the project, programme, portfolio level as required to assist the organization address risks and issues at the appropriate level.  
  • Engage with country offices and other UNOPS business units as appropriate to develop and adjust standards, approaches and where appropriate policy needed to mitigate risk specific to the elements of analysis undertaken.
  • Lead the development of dashboards, suggest process and system improvement recommendations.
  • Liaison and support to UNOPS ERP implementation, specific to Infrastructure and Project Management functionality (including Enterprise Project Management).
  • Lead social and gender inclusion assessment through the OPMO sub stream through the use of tools and guidance, with particular focus on the integration within UNOPS projects.
  • Liaison and support to audit resolution and any associated content development specific to Infrastructure and Project Management activities.
  • Develop and manage a functional Project Management Office capacity for IPMG, ensuring that requisite information is available to the IPMG Management team for the assurance of ongoing workstream activities.
  • In consultation with the Head of Engagement Assurance, coordinate with IPMG’s Standards unit, ensuring continuous improvement of practices and processes.
  • In close consultation with the Head of Engagement Assurance, lead IPMG in its responsibilities as the Secretariat of the Engagement Acceptance Committee (EAC) and assurance processes if and when necessary.

Perform other duties as and when assigned.

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3. Monitoring and Progress Controls

  • Setting standard, personal and development objectives (PER) for self and direct reports. Ongoing assessment of task completion, which meets quality expectations;
  • Achievement of the targets on IPMG Balance Score Card and workplan assigned to the OPMO Manager;
  • Successfully meeting time, cost and quality expectations of the team work plan; escalate issues to Head of Engagement Assurance when applicable;
  • Completing progress reports as required.

Education/Experience/Language requirementsEDUCATION:

  • An Advanced University degree (Master’s or equivalent) in Development Studies, Project Management, International Relations/Development, Business Administration, Risk Management or other relevant discipline is required
  • A Bachelor’s Degree with two additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of a Master’s degree (total 9 years of experience)


  • A minimum of 7 years of experience in project management or relevant field out of which 3 years in the UN system is required;
  • Minimum of 1 year in leadership role is required;
  • Experience in managing technical teams is an asset;
  • Experience in development and/or post-conflict related infrastructure and/or project management is an asset;
  • In-depth knowledge of Gender Mainstreaming, Knowledge Management is highly desired;
  • Relevant experience working in developing countries is an asset.


  • Full working knowledge of English, including excellent drafting and editing skills;
  • Knowledge of French or Spanish is an asset.


  • PRINCE2® Foundation and Practitioner highly desired
  • PMP Certification highly desired
  • Completion of PRINCE2® Foundation Certification within first 3 months of onboarding
  • Completion of PRINCE2® Practitioner Certification within first 6 months of onboarding

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