Position: Field Coordinator
Job categories:Project Management
Department/office:AR, NPOH, Nepal
Duty station: Nuwakot, Nepal
Contract type:International ICA
Application period:17-May-2019 to 31-May-2019
Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.
Background Information – UNOPS
UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peace building, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.
UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.
Working with us
UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.
With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.
Work life harmonization
UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.
Background Information – Job-specific
1. General Background of Project / Assignment
UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peace building, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Its 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.
Following the devastating earthquakes of 2015, UNOPS has been deeply engaged in various activities supporting the government of Nepal in the assessment of damaged buildings and enrollment of beneficiaries into housing grant schemes. UNOPS is expanding its footprint in post-earthquake reconstruction and aims to support homeowners engaged in the reconstruction process in Nuwakot District. The project aims to provide Socio-Technical Assistance to over 23,000 individual households. The project is recruiting Area Focal Point who will be based in different parts of Nuwakot District.
The Government of India (GoI) funded Socio-Technical Facilitation Consultancy (STFC) support for housing reconstruction in Nuwakot has been implemented by UNOPS from March 8, 2018. This support reaches 2 Municipalities (Bidur and Belkotgadhi) and 8 Rural Municipalities (Kakni, Meghang Tarkeshwar, Suryaghari, Dupcheshwar, Kispang, Likhu and Tadi) targeting a total of 23,088 house owners, identified by the Government of Nepal (GoN) and GoI.
To deliver high-quality socio-technical facilitation, UNOPS partnered with Build Change (BC). For the provision of socio-technical
facilitation, the main project interventions include:
• Increasing awareness of earthquake-related disaster risk and understanding of earthquake-resistant construction principles;
• Conducting on-the-job training and assessments for skilled and unskilled labour;
• Offering on-site technical advice and guidance on construction technology, design options, disaster-resilient features, government norms, material procurement and construction management to homeowners;
• Supporting homeowners in applying for and receiving National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) reconstruction tranches;
• Providing monitoring and quality assurance of the project through technology;
• Providing NRA approved drawings and support in obtaining a building permit
2. Purpose and Scope of Assignment
Based in Nuwakot, Nepal, the Field Coordinator, will work directly under Project Manager’s supervision to effectively manage the project implementation team and the different field operations. S/he will be expected to maintain and strengthen relationships with key donor and government counterparts, as well as relevant UN agencies and other actors including from the private sector in Nuwakot.
3. Monitoring and Progress Controls
The Field Coordinator be reviewed by the Project Manager.
• Provide the Project Manager (PM), with coherent work plans (weekly, monthly and semester wise) for each Technical Service Center (TSC).
• At the field level, review progress with the field teams and adjust activity plans to mitigate delays and changes.
• Assist the Project Manager in including the implementing Technical Partner in work plans through the organization of regular periodic meetings at the field level.
• Report to the Project Manager any issues on the established work plans.
• Assure work plans are followed at the field level. Set up management system within the TSCs for tracking performance and making staff accountable for their outputs.
• Alongside the PM and the Field Team, the Field Coordinator will ensure that the planned activities are conducted in time.
• The Field Coordinator will assure the timely execution of project and milestone by organizing and following up on the progress of the TSCs activities.
• The Field Coordinator will escalate to the PM any risks, issues and provide solutions from the ground.
• The Field Coordinator will be solution focused and team oriented in order to rally both the project management team (UNOPS) with the Technical Implementation Team.
• Tasks, objectives, and work plans will be made clear to the field team. It is the Field Coordinator’s responsibility to assure that the field team follows their work plans and deliver accordingly.
• Ensure that the human resources needed for project implementation in the TSCs are identified, recruited and managed in accordance with the project staffing requirements and UNOPS Rules and Regulations;
• Monitor all project activities in relation to the respective project work plans and take corrective action, when necessary, to ensure the timely and cost-effective delivery of project outputs.
• Maintain and improve the project communication system to facilitate the dissemination of information and reports to all key stakeholders.
• Participate in the preparation and monitoring project progress and other reports.
• Support operational closure processes including drafting of final narrative report.
• Participate in conducting lessons learned workshop to identify learning and disseminate them widely.
• Undertake occasional mission travel in and outside the country when required.
• Represent the PM and UNOPS at Inter-Agency forums, donor meetings, community groups and meetings as delegated, especially in partner meetings in Nuwakot.
Monitoring and Progress Controls
The Field Coordinator be reviewed by the Project Manager
• A Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Project Management, or related fields is required.
b. Work Experience
• At least 5 years of working experience in team management in remote areas is required.
• This position is a field based position and requires a dynamic approach to work, the candidate must be outgoing and ready to tackle challenges on the field.
• Experience coordinating work between different sectors and stakeholders, particularly with civil society and government networks is required.
• At least 1 year experience in logistic, organization, project support role is required.
• Previous experience with UN/UNOPS is an advantage.
• Solution focused and communicative approach is essential.
• Fluency in English language required.
• Fluency in Nepali is an advantage.
Last date to apply: 31 May 2019