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Senior Project Manager (Drug Procurement)


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7 Year
Female, Both
Master Degree

Senior Project Manager (Drug Procurement)

  • Job categoriesProject Management, Leadership
  • Vacancy codeVA/2023/B5425/26739
  • LevelICS-11
  • Department/officeLCR, HNMCO, Honduras MCO
  • Duty stationTegucigalpa, Francisco Morazan (Family Duty Station), Honduras
  • Contract typeInternational ICA
  • Contract levelIICA-3
  • DurationOpen contract, subject to availability of funds, organizational requirements and satisfactory performance
  • Application period18-Sep-2023 to 02-Oct-2023
Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Please note that UNOPS will at no stage of the recruitment process request candidates to make payments of any kind.

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting its partners around the world in the successful implementation of peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects. Mandated to be a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations.

UNOPS in Honduras is a Multi-Country Office made up of the countries of Honduras and El Salvador. UNOPS in Honduras with its partners has 8 projects underway in the areas of:

  • Public procurement and technical assistance in the information and communications technology sector Public procurement and technical assistance in the sector of medicines, medical equipment, supplies and medical services for the Health sector.
  • Technical assistance in financing development alliances.

UNOPS has been working in Honduras since 2014. The main operating sectors in the country are specialized in the acquisition of medicines; medical equipment; ambulances and information technology equipment; institutional strengthening and sustainable infrastructure. In addition, UNOPS has provided technical assistance in financing development initiatives for infrastructure investment projects in the country. The Honduras Office is responsible for managing strategic and operational risks associated with the portfolio of engagements, developing and delivering cost-effective services that contribute to sustainable partner results and achievement of UNOPS management results.

In 2021, UNOPS has signed a collaboration agreement with the IHSS for the acquisition of medicines and medical supplies, for which a project execution unit has been formed with managerial, administrative and technical personnel. This position will be inserted in this executing unit, which will also manage the IHSS project portfolio.

The purpose of this project focuses on guaranteeing access to safe, effective medicines and medical supplies at reasonable costs for the beneficiaries of the Honduran Social Security Institute (IHSS), promoting the right to health as the maximum premise of public management in the country and the entities providing health services. Concomitantly, the purpose of the project is the efficient use and management of resources intended for the supply of medicines and medical supplies for the IHSS, based on transparency and sustainability in procurement processes and institutional strengthening for the optimization of chains. of supply of these goods.

 This project will impact increasing trust with the IHSS and other institutions in the health sector in Honduras to find solutions to the different challenges that arise in this issue. At the same time, the main beneficiary is the Honduran population as they have access to free medicines.

The Senior Project Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the projects, providing services to the different donors, partners and beneficiaries. The Senior Project Manager acts on behalf of the Project Board to manage the project on an ongoing basis during the Implementation Stage. The primary responsibility of the Project Manager is to ensure that Project results are delivered within the project’s specified tolerances in terms of time, cost, quality, scope, risk and benefits. The Project Manager is expected to meet the organization’s performance and delivery objectives.

The Senior Project Manager has the authority to assign, in accordance with the Project Plan, work packages to the Team Leaders and approve the deliverables produced by them. The main functions include

  1. Project Results and Performance
  2. Procedures
  3. Monitoring and reporting 
  4. Stakeholder Management 
  5. Quality assurance 
  6. Knowledge management and innovation  
  7. Personnel management 

For more detailed information about the duties of the position, please check the attached terms of reference (TOR).

 Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Advanced University Degree (Master/PHD) is required preferably in Administration, Finance, Economics, Procurement, Supply Chain, Project Management
  • A first-level university degree (Bachelor Degree) may be accepted with two years of relevant experience in addition to those required.


  • Project Management Certification (PRINCE2, PMI, etc.) desirable
  • Completion of UNOPS project management training within 6 months of starting work is a requirement for this position.


  • A minimum of 7 years of progressive experience in project management, including counterpart management and project human and financial resource management.
  • Previous experience working in the management or implementation of similar projects is required.
  • Experience in conducting data analysis, writing reports, and documents both internally and for counterparties.
  • Experience working in multicultural environments.
  • Experience supervising teams.

It would be desirable or valued to contribute:

  • Experience in health area projects is desirable.
  • Relevant UNOPS experience will be an advantage.


  • Spanish language proficiency required 
  • English at an intermediate level is required

Develops and implements sustainable operational strategies, thinks long term and takes into account the external context with the objective of shaping the structure of the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future activities and decisions on other parts of the organization.
Demonstrates an understanding of the impact his role has on all associates and always puts the beneficiary first. Develops and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner to others (if applicable).
Evaluates the data and procedures that must be followed to achieve logical and pragmatic decisions. Take a fair and rational approach with calculated risks. Apply innovation and creativity to the problem-solving process.
Effectively establishes a line of action for oneself and/or for others with the objective of achieving a goal. The actions lead to the correct achievement of the task with special attention to quality in all areas. Identify opportunities and take the initiative to act. Understand that the responsible use of resources maximizes the impact we can have on our beneficiaries.
Treat all individuals with respect, respond tactfully to differences, and encourage others to do the same. Defends ethical and organizational standards. Maintains high standards of trust. It is a model for diversity and inclusion.
You are open to change and flexible in a fast-paced environment. Adapts your perspective to changing circumstances or requirements. Reflect on past experiences and modify your own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursue continuous improvements.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listen and proactively share knowledge. Manage conflicts effectively by overcoming differences of opinion and finding a common denominator.
Acts as a positive role model that contributes to team spirit. Collaborate and support the development of others. For People Managers Only: By using appropriate leadership styles, model positive leadership, motivate, direct, and inspire others to succeed.
 Contract type, level and duration

1. Type of Contract:  IICA – International Individual Contract Agreement

2. Regular Monthly Contract:  This contract is established in the form of a regular monthly contract, that is, a continuous presentation of services is required during the duration of the contract, making the associated payments. to the contract at the end of each calendar month.

3. Contract Level:  IICA 3 

4. Duty Station:  Tegucigalpa, Honduras (Family Duty Station)

5. Contract Duration:  Indefinite, subject to good performance, availability of funds and duration of the project.

For more information on the ICA contract you can enter the following link: https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx

Additional Information
  • Unsolicited applications will not be accepted.
  • Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
  • Only selected candidates will be contacted and will be invited to the next phase of the selection process, which consists of several evaluations.
  • UNOPS celebrates diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunities. The UNOPS workforce is made up of people of diverse nationalities, cultures, languages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations and abilities. UNOPS aims to maintain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive work environment for its entire workforce.
  • UNOPS encourages qualified female candidates, as well as qualified candidates from groups underrepresented in the UNOPS workforce, to apply. These groups include people from racialized or indigenous groups, members of minority gender identities and sexual orientations, as well as people with disabilities.
  • UNOPS would like to ensure that all candidates are able to perform to the best of their ability during the assessment process. If you are selected and require additional assistance in completing an assessment test, such as reasonable accommodations, please inform the person responsible for human resources when you receive the invitation. 

Terms and Conditions

  • For civil servant positions, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than that published in the vacancy announcement.
  • Retainer contract holders must complete a series of mandatory courses before beginning to provide services to UNOPS. These courses must be completed outside of UNOPS working hours and the total approximate duration is approximately four hours. For more information about retainer contracts, see this page .
  • All UNOPS personnel are responsible for performing their duties in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and UNOPS policies and instructions, as well as relevant accountability frameworks. Additionally, all staff must demonstrate their understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals in line with the core values ​​of the United Nations and Our Common Agenda.
  • As part of its policies, UNOPS conducts background checks on all potential candidates. Recruitment at UNOPS is subject to the results of these verifications.


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