ONU - Director del Proyecto de renovación del Palacio de las Naciones en Ginebra

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Special Notice

This post is funded for a period of at least one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to availability of the funds and budgetary approval.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

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An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. 

Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located at the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG). The Director reports to the project owner, the Director-General, UNOG, or his designated representative.

Posting Title:                       PROJECT DIRECTOR, STRATEGIC HERITAGE PLAN

Job Code Title:                     DIRECTOR, ADMINISTRATION

Department/Office:             UNITED NATIONS OFFICE AT GENEVA

Duty Station:                        GENEVA

Posting Period:                    25 April 2016 - 24 May 2016

Job Opening Number:        59481

Staffing Exercise                 N/A


Within delegated authority, the Project Director will be responsible for the planning and execution of the Strategic Heritage Plan (SHP) project entailing the renovation of the historic Palais des Nations in Geneva over a seven-year period in line with the established project scope and key performance indicators, which includes large-scale relocation of business functions of the organization and reallocation and reorganization of office space, while ensuring business continuity of operations at the Palais throughout the project period. The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties: 

•Formulates and implement the substantive work programme of the SHP Project team under his/her supervision, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery throughout all phases of the project.

•Oversees the management of activities undertaken by the SHP Project Team, ensuring that programmed activities are carried out effectively, and on budget and schedule; and co-ordinates work in the different areas both within the team, within UNOG and with all client entities and stakeholders as appropriate.
•Co-ordinates and oversees the preparation of reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such as the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budget Questions, Committee for Programme Coordination, the General Assembly and other policy-making organs, as appropriate.

•Supports the project owner or his designated representative in reporting to intergovernmental bodies on the SHP Project and on related budgetary, programmatic and substantive issues, as appropriate.

•Ensures that the outputs produced by the SHP Project team maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the office/division under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.

•Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the SHP Project team, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates.

•Oversees the recruitment of staff for the SHP project taking due account of geographical and gender balance and other institutional values.

•Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision; fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the office/Division and across organizational boundaries. 

•Chairs meetings, seminars, etc., on substantive issues; at the request of senior management, represents the Organization at international, regional, inter-agency meetings, seminars and conferences; provides programmatic/substantive expertise on an issue, or holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.

•Performs other related duties as requested by the senior management of the Organization.



Knowledge of contracting and construction management issues, particularly codes and legal requirements, preferably in the Host Country or in a European environment. Ability to direct large, professionally diverse teams of people from various cultures. Proven capacity to apply strategic thinking. Demonstrates ability to implement major capital projects effectively, on time and on budget. Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals, has good inter-personal skills; solicits inputs by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise. Shows ability to produce reports and papers on project and related administrative and technical issues, to review and edit the work of others, and; to effectively brief a broad range of stakeholder groups and legislative bodies on complex issues. Shows ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. 

Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.



Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in engineering, architecture or related area. A first-level university degree in the above areas in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


Work Experience

Over fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in, and successful implementation of, complex, large-scale, multi-year construction or renovation projects is required, including at least five years at the senior level. Experience in directing large, professionally diverse teams preferably with people from various cultures is required. Experience in overseeing large-scale business or office relocation projects is highly desirable. Experience in working with legislative bodies, boards, public sector and external audiences is desirable. Experience in real estate matters is desirable. Experience in fund raising is also desirable.



English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required and knowledge of French is highly desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.



Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.


United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. 

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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