Senior Programme Manager (Maritime Expert) at UNOPS

Background Information – Job-specific

General Background

UNOPS supports partners to build a better future by providing services that increase the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of peace building, humanitarian and development projects. Mandated as 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.

New York Service Cluster (NYSC) supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as other New York – based United Nations organizations, bilateral and multilateral partners in the delivery of UNOPS mandate in project management, infrastructure management, and procurement management.

Sustainable Development Cluster (SDC) supports diverse partners with their peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. It was formed by combining the following portfolios: Grants Management Services (GMS), UN Technology Support Services (UNTSS), Development and Special Initiatives Portfolio (DSIP) It provides Services to partners’ programmes that are designed, structured, and managed with a global perspective and primarily serving partners that are headquartered in New York. The SDC has a footprint of approximately 125 countries.

UNOPS has signed an agreement with the United Nations Office of Counter Terrorism (UNOCT) to implement the project activities for UNOCT Special Projects and Innovation Branch (SPIB).

The United Nations Countering Terrorist Travel Programme (CTTP) is an initiative of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) and is implemented through an ‘All-of-UN’ approach in partnership with the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the United Nations Office of Information and Communication Technology (OICT), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL).

The CTTP seeks to assist Member States to build their capacities to prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute terrorist offences and other serious crimes, including their related travel, by collecting and analysing passenger data, both API and PNR, making better use of existing international databases and enhancing information exchange, in accordance with Security Council resolution 2178 (2014), 2396 (2017), 2482 (2019), ICAO Annex 9 SARPs and other international law obligations.

The Programme was launched on 7 May 2019 in New York in the presence of the United Nations Secretary-General, following the transfer of an analytical software system to the United Nations Office of Counter Terrorism by the Government of the Netherlands at the margins of the High-Level Segment of the 73rd Session of the General Assembly, on 26 September 2018.

Since the launch, CTTP has been supporting Member States using the following methodology. After determining a State’s existing level of implementation, the Programme produces a “roadmap” for the Member State that identifies subsequent steps for implementation across four pillars:

  1. Pillar I involves the provision of legislative assistance to establish a legal framework or update existing legislation governing the Passenger Information Unit (PIU).
  2. Pillar II involves institutional set-up of Passenger Information Units (PIU) and capacity-building support, including training, drafting standard operating procedures, and sharing expertise among countries on the use of travel data to stem the flow of FTFs and serious criminals.
  3. Pillar III involves supporting beneficiary member states in setting up carrier engagement and connectivity, by actively coordinating with the carriers in beneficiary countries.
  4. Pillar IV involves the provision of technical support and expertise, in the deployment, installation, enhancement and maintenance support of ‘goTravel’, the UN configured version of the system donated by the Kingdom of Netherlands, as an effective software solution for countries to collect and process API/PNR data.

The incumbent of this position will be a personnel of UNOPS under its full responsibility.

Functional Responsibilities

Purpose and Scope of Assignment

Under the supervision of the Senior Portfolio Manager, the Programme Management Specialist (Maritime Expert) will perform the following responsibilities:

  • To advise the CTTP when working directly with beneficiary Member States in supporting them in collecting maritime passenger and crew, and voyage related data.
  • Provide support to the CTTP partner in charge of Pillar 1 in adapting legal provisions for the collection of traveler data from maritime operators in line with the existing standards and requirements based on the Facilitation Convention from the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
  • Work with colleagues in Pillar 2 to develop risk indicators and analysis models specifically adapted to the maritime domain and develop specific awareness and training material for PIU in handling maritime information (including maritime situational awareness elements). Develop operational models suited to Member States’ capabilities to allow appropriate action to be taken by front line officers at ports and elsewhere.
  • Liaise with IMO, the World Customs Organization (WCO) and other relevant international organizations to support the engagement of maritime industry stakeholders in the implementation of the CTTP in Member States.
  • Assist the CTTP Programme in collecting best practices and contribute to the development of international standards and best practices, in particular in liaising closely with IMO and WCO working groups.
  • To provide expertise and substantive support to the OICT team in following-up the recommendations on how to incorporate a maritime module within the goTravel system that is capable of ingesting maritime passenger, crew and voyage data and analyzing it alongside API/PNR data provided by airlines.

Monitoring and Progress Controls:

The consultant will deliver the following outputs/products by the completion of the contract:

  • Support beneficiary Member States in engaging with maritime vessels, their agents and operators and with port authorities in collecting maritime data and in connecting to the goTravel system.
  • Provide operational expertise to facilitate the expansion of the Programme to maritime based on the operational needs of a PIU
  • Advise on the design and development of the UN goTravel maritime module to enable a fully functional maritime targeting and watchlisting functionality for all vessels and to enable the ingest of data from all maritime sectors and to lead on the implementation of this in industry and government partners.

Education/Experience/Language requirements



  • Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in relevant fields to the position is required, or
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree, or
  • Technical certificates in military, security or law enforcement with nine (9) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience Required experience:

  • A minimum of ten (10) years of work experience in the maritime industry, with a focus on security, law enforcement, or crime prevention at the national or international level or related fields is required.
  • Work experience with passenger data is required.

Desired experience (the following experience is optional, candidates who do not have it are welcome to apply):

  • Proven experience in the analysis of information collected through different sources, drafting policy papers and action-oriented recommendations is an advantage.


  • Fluency in English (write, read, speak) is required.


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.

Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).

Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.

Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.

Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

  1. Contract type: I-ICA International Individual Contractor Agreement
  2. Contract level: I-ICA 3 – ICSC 11
  3. Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance. This contract has an expected duration up to 31 October 2023, if the services are no longer required by the project the contract will be terminated.

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Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • UNOPS embraces diversity and it is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, or disability.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization – UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
  • All UNOPS personnel are responsible for performing their duties in accordance with the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNOPS Policies and Instructions, as well as other relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, all personnel must demonstrate an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a manner consistent with UN core values and the UN Common Agenda.
  • It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information – UNOPS

UNOPS – an operational arm of the United Nations – supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by successfully implementing its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian, and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management, and human resources.

Working with us

We are proud of our people. With a wealth of knowledge and skills in various disciplines – engineering, finance, human resources, ICT, leadership, project management, procurement, and more – they help tackle some of the biggest challenges of our time. Their work around the world supports progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

At UNOPS, we offer a range of short- and long-term opportunities in various environments and duty stations – from Denmark and Kenya to Mexico, Switzerland, Myanmar, Senegal, Uganda, and many more.


With over 5,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,400 personnel recruited on behalf of our partners, spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced and diverse labor force — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs. We continually strive to maintain our gender-balanced workplace. We encourage qualified underrepresented groups as per UNOPS Gender, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategy to apply for our vacancies.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

Background Information – Sustainable Development Cluster

New York Service Cluster (NYSC) supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as other New York-based United Nations organizations, bilateral and multilateral partners in the delivery of UNOPS mandate in project management, infrastructure management, and procurement management.

Based in New York, the Sustainable Development Cluster (SDC) supports diverse partners with their peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations.

The SDC’s services include grants management, development and special initiatives support, and technology support to the UN and UN agencies.

The SDC is part of the New York Service Cluster that supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as a broadening community of other New York-based United Nations organizations, bilateral and multilateral partners in the delivery of UNOPS mandate in project management, infrastructure management, and procurement management.


The screening of your application will be conducted based on the information in your profile. Before applying, we strongly suggest that you review your UNOPS Jobs profile to ensure completeness, especially the education and experience sections.

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