Project Manager

United Nations Office for Project Services

Panama City, Panama

Experience: 5 to 10 Years

Skill Required :

The project team is made up of approximately 10 people:  Officer project manager for institutional component,  officer project manager for academic component, officers project managers for infrastructure component,  infrastructure supervisor, project assistants,  infrastructure associate,  administrative assistants. Besides, a roster of specialists such as: architects, HSSE specialist, GD&I specialist, structural engineer, geotechnical engineer, electromechanical engineers, etc.

The interested parties are: INADEH, the Ministry of Labor and the Development Bank of Latin America.

Functional Responsibilities:

Project Delivery and Performance: 

  • Develop, complete and update implementation plans
  • Implement the approved plan (including the establishment of milestones) within tolerances set by the Project Board. 
  • Embed sustainability dimensions including social and gender inclusion, environmental and economic aspects into project life span. 

Procedures :

  • Comply with all organizational policy and specifically the Project Management Manual
  • Prepare/adapt all relevant plans for approval by the Project Board.
  • Manage the reporting obligations defined in the Legal Agreement(s) and in the Implementation Plan

Monitoring and reporting:

  • Prepare and issue regular project and/or financial reports in accordance with Partner and UNOPS requirements for reporting.
  • Regularly review project status, evaluating performance criteria (scope, cost, schedule and quality).
  • Maintain diaries and progress reports as required by the organization’s standard procedures

Stakeholder engagement:

  • Develop stakeholder profiles and facilitate the formulation of stakeholder engagement strategies
  • Establish solid working relationships with the Project Board (Executive, Senior Users and Senior Suppliers), client and key stakeholders
  • Enable the formulation of project communications plans. Coordinate internal project communications. Monitor the effectiveness of project communications

Quality assurance:

  • Work with internal stakeholders to ensure projects comply with audit requirements
  • Work with procurement/purchasing staff to ensure effective interface with suppliers' quality systems
  • Coordinate quality reviews of project documents and deliverables

Knowledge management and innovation:

  • Encourage routine and effective capacity building activities are conducted in order to build the long-term and sustainable capacity of staff.
  • Actively interact with other Project Managers and the wider PM community to share case studies, lessons learned and best practices
  • Personnel Management  
  • Lead and motivate the project management team
  • Ensure that behavioral expectations of team members are established 
  • Ensure that performance reviews are conducted fairly, accurately and timely
  • To access the full list of roles and responsibilities, please download the terms of references attached to the announcement.

Education/Experience/Language requirements:


  • Higher University Degree (Master's degree) preferably in Project Management, Architecture or Civil Engineering, is mandatory.
  • Second University degree (equivalent to a Bachelor's degree) will be accepted preferably in one of the aforementioned areas as long as it accredits a minimum of 7 years of relevant experience.


  • A minimum of seven (7) years of experience (or less based on academic merits) in the area of ​​architecture or engineering in the implementation and management of infrastructure projects, (institutional/educational, logistics or similar buildings) is mandatory.
  • (4) years of previous experience working with UNOPS in the management of similar infrastructure projects is desirable.
  • Significant experience in contract management is desirable.
  • Experience in report writing, data analysis and writing technical documents is desirable
  • Knowledge of quality assurance methodologies is desirable.
  • Experience in leading planning and in applying Health and Safety procedures at project level is desirable.
  • Experience in the development of Acquisitions strategies is desirable.
  • Proficient in MS Project and Programming Analysis is desirable.
  • Experience in risk management for infrastructure implementation projects is desirable.
  • Experience in team management is desirable.
  • Experience in working with multicultural teams is desirable.


  • Full knowledge of English and Spanish is required.