Senior Project Manager Health and Medicines

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Last update: Feb 21, 2024 Last update: Feb 21, 2024


Deadline: Feb 25, 2024 Deadline for applications has passed
Location: Guatemala
Organization: UNOPS
Job type:Contract, 12 months +
English, SpanishEnglish, Spanish
Work experience: Min 7 years
Date posted:Feb 20, 2024


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UNOPS Guatemala is looking for a senior professional for the position: Senior Project Manager Health and Medicines.

The overarching goal of the project is to contribute to the Guatemalan government in the actions aimed at achieving Goal 3.8 of Sustainable Development Goal 3 “Health and well-being”, which establishes that, by 2030, universal health coverage must be “achieved, including protection against financial risks, access to quality essential health services and access to safe, effective, affordable and quality medicines and vaccines for all.

With a specific focus on the Ministry of Health and Social Assistance of Guatemala (MSPAS), the project aims to collaborate with the enhancement of the various mechanisms of access to medicines, medical equipment, and supplies by implementing alternative procurement channels following the best practices in public acquisitions and strengthening institutional capabilities. Actions will be implemented to enhance access to medications and public pharmacies through a direct procurement mechanism and a state medicine acquisition system, aiming for affordable prices.

In parallel, to support the strategy of the Government Plan 2024-2028 with the implementation of institutional strengthening efforts leading to the adoption of a management model for the acquisition of medicines and other health supplies, that allows the transition towards the modernization of the country's medicine acquisition system.

The functions, challenges and responsibilities of the position are in the following areas:

1.Project Delivery and Performance

  • Develop, complete and update implementation plan(s) 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.


  • Comply with all organizational policy and specifically the Project Management Manual and local PMO Guidelines.
  • Draft the requirements definitions for procurement processes. Approving requisitions and requests for non-purchase order payments; Evaluating submissions received, if appointed to the evaluation team.Ensure maintenance of the project files and lessons learned are recorded

3.Monitoring and reporting

  • Prepare and issue regular project and/or financial reports in accordance with Partner and UNOPS requirements for reporting.

4.Stakeholder engagement

  • Establish solid working relationships with the Project Board (Executive, Senior Users and Senior Suppliers), client and key stakeholders

5.Quality assurance

  • Work with internal stakeholders to ensure projects comply with audit requirements

6.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

7.Personnel management

  • Ensure that performance reviews are conducted fairly, accurately and timely
  • Select, recruit and train a team as required and take into account gender parity and diversity objectives.



  • Advanced University Degree (equivalent to a Master or PhD Degree) preferably in Public Health, Public Procurement, Business, Economics, Supply Chain, Project Management, or other relevant discipline related to the nature of the project.
  • The master's degree may be replaced by professional studies in the mentioned areas preferably (equivalent to a "Bachelor's degree") and two additional years of relevant experience


  • Certification in Project Management PRINCE2, PMI, etc.) is an asset.


  • A minimum of 7 to 9 years experience (depending on the academic degrees) in implementing complex projects/programmes with governments and /or international organizations in Latin American or Caribbean countries.
  • Solid procurement experience with exposure to public procurement processes managing multiple stakeholders.
  • Proven track record of successfully creating and implementing plans and projects and quality assurance methodologies.

Is an asset

  • Have relevant experience in supervision, coordination or direction of projects in the public health sector (procurement, supply chain, advisory)
  • Proven experience in risk management.
  • Experience working and managing multicultural teams.
  • Previous experience working with UN System and / or International cooperation organizations.


  • Fluency in Spanish and English is required

UNOPS Guatemala works to strengthen Fair and Equitable Public Management (GPJE), a comprehensive approach that allows governments to implement actions that increase efficiency, effectiveness, sustainable value, justice, integrity and transparency, including public scrutiny and social audit in the provision of public goods and services.

We work to maintain a gender and culturally sensitive work environment, and respect the dignity of all our colleagues, regardless of sex and gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnicity, marital status, sexual orientation, age, physical disability or political conviction.

+++For detailed information on position functions, please go to the UNOPS JOBS page and read the TOR attached to the vacancy publication.+++

We encourage qualified candidates and diverse groups to apply.

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