Job in Abuja at UNFPA for an International Operations Manager

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the leading UN organization in reproductive health, population and development.

We are recruiting for the position of:

Job Title: International Operations Manager

Location: Abuja
Job ID: 3259

Background Information
The IOM ensures a smooth functioning, well-managed and results-oriented CO and facilitates programme implementation and delivery by providing for the operational needs of programmes and projects managed at the CO. The IOM will ensure the CO is strengthened and supported in its operations, needs and queries by ensuring administrative management policies, regulations, rules and procedures are compatible with CO needs.

Organizational Setting:
The International Operations Manager (IOM) is located in Nigeria, Abuja. Under the direct supervision of the Representative, the IOM provides leadership and advice to the Country Office (CO) on all aspects of office management and operations. The IOM supervises CO staff as assigned by the Representative.

Main Tasks & Responsibilities
Ensure a smooth functioning, well-managed and results-oriented country office:

  • Serving as a member of the country management Team, and providing operational support to the Representative and deputy representative;
  • Overseeing operational and staffing requirements for the country office and its component projects by participating in review meetings and assessing the managerial and operational capacities of implementing partners in collaboration with the programme and technical team.
  • Analyzing operational aspects of project inputs under both UNFPA and partners’ execution in terms of personnel, equipment, subcontracts, procurement, training, etc.
  • Supervising and monitoring implementation of corporate, financial, procurement, and HR policies and systems, and ensuring adequate training of staff and project personnel on these issues. Ensuring a continuous and up-to-date flow of information between the CO and the RO/SRO and HQ.
  • Ensuring strategic and efficient management of office and programme financial resources while exercising proper financial controls and adherence to corporate financial policies, rules and regulations. Reporting both locally and to Headquarters (HQ) in a timely manner on established structures. Seeking advice from HQ when deviation from rules and regulations may be necessary and propose alternative solutions to meet programme and office objectives.
  • Participating actively in inter-agency meetings and working groups to ensure UNFPA interests are reflected in common system activities related to common services and premises, cost recovery and cost sharing arrangements, privileges and immunities, entitlements and salary surveys, security etc.
  • Supervising administrative staff at the CO and ensuring established procedures are being followed.
  • Reviewing and taking corrective action as appropriate on audit findings.
  • Establishing and maintaining a harmonious working environment; seeking to strengthen team-building by encouraging active participation and interaction at all levels; fostering staff development and empowerment.
  • Maintaining optimal staffing of office and projects through timely provision and training of human resources (HR) applying HR tools and mechanisms and advising on appropriate contractual modalities. Monitoring implementation by service providers of entitlements (salaries and benefits).
  • Maintaining oversight of the timely provision of goods and services for the CO and projects following established corporate procedures regarding sub-contract review and awarding of contracts, evaluating cost effectiveness and managing the negotiations in connection with eventual agreements.
  • Managing CO assets and liabilities and ensuring proper inventory control.

Qualifications and Experience
Advanced university degree in business administration, public administration, finance, human resources, information technology or any related field.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Five years of progressively responsible professional experience in administration, finance or office management;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in current office software applications and corporate IT systems;
  • Initiative; strong conceptual abilities; sound judgment; strong interest in development work, especially the mission of UNFPA; and dedication to the principles of the United Nations.
  • Thorough knowledge of the UN Staff Rules and Regulations, HR management policies, financial rules and regulations and procurement;
  • Strong analytical and leadership skills.


  • Fluency in English. Depending on the duty station, another UN language such as French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese or Russian may be required.

Required Competencies


  • Exemplifying integrity.
  • Embracing cultural diversity.
  • Embracing change.
  • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system.

Core Competencies:

  • Achieving results.
  • Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships.
  • Communicating for impact.
  • Being accountable.
  • Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen.
  • Thinking analytically and strategically.

Managerial Competencies:

  • Providing strategic focus.
  • Engaging in internal/external partners and stakeholders.
  • Leading, developing and empowering people, creating a culture of performance.
  • Making decisions and exercising judgment.

Required Skillset:

  • Facilitating quality programmatic results.
  • Managing the organization’s financial resources.
  • Ensure facilities and assets management;
  • Align human resources management with the organizations strategic direction;
  • Attract and develop the regional/country workforce.
  • Ensuring compliance with ICT standards and applications
  • Ensuring compliance with Organization’s Policies and procedures;
  • Provide procurement services;

Notice to Applicants
In accordance with the rules of the United Nations, persons applying to posts in the international Professional category, who hold permanent resident status in a country other than their country of nationality, are required to renounce such status upon their appointment. Exceptions to this rule are very limited and can be made only for:

  • Stateless persons;
  • Newly appointed staff members who have applied for citizenship by naturalization, when such citizenship will be granted imminently.
  • Staff members appointed under a temporary appointment. Please understand that UNFPA is not in a position to provide advice on or assistance in applying for any citizenship.
  • staff members in the General Service and related categories with permanent residency status, on promotion to the Professional category.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Application Deadline  21st December, 2015.

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