Pool of Capacity Building Officers (Urban Development Strategic Planning) (four retainer positions)

  • Anywhere
Organization: UNOPS
Closing date: 26 Jan 2022

Background Information

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, 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.

The UNOPS Republic of Serbia Multi Country Office (RSMCO) is implementing 13 projects in Serbia, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Ukraine.

In Serbia, where UNOPS has been active since 2000, and North Macedonia and Montenegro where UNOPS works since 2017, the organisation provides support in demanding socio-economic reforms and facilitating accession to the European Union. The projects focus on sustainable socio-economic development, good governance, social cohesion, environment and emergency response. The projects are implemented with the funding from the European Union (EU), Kingdom of Norway, Governments of Switzerland, Sweden and North Macedonia.

In Ukraine, UNOPS support to the partners in their reform agenda since 2017 spans the rule of law, social protection, demining, emergency response and security. The projects are funded by the EU, UNHCR, the Governments of Japan and Canada.

All projects have gender equality as a transversal theme, and have been contextualised within the broader Sustainable Development Goals frameworks and objectives.

EU PRO Plus Programme background

The European Union for Local Development Programme – EU PRO Plus will contribute to more balanced socio-economic development in Serbia by enhancing territorial development management, supporting economic growth, and improving social infrastructure and social cohesion of 99 local self-governments in two regions: Šumadija and Western Serbia and South and Eastern Serbia. The European Union (EU) has allocated 30 million Euros through the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) 2020 to fund the Programme which will be led by the Ministry of European Integration and implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) over a period of 36 months.

There are three results that the Programme will achieve in targeted municipalities:

  • Result 1: Improved development planning and introduction of the Integrated Territorial Investments (ITI) concept

  • Result 2: Enhanced economic growth

  • Result 3: Improved social infrastructure and social cohesion

While building on the momentum created by its three predecessors, the Programme also focuses on four cross cutting aspects: good governance, digitalization and innovations, environmental and climate change aspects and gender equality. In addition, EU PRO Plus will, through its activities, where relevant and feasible, strive to remedy some of the negative COVID-19 effects.

The direct beneficiaries of the EU PRO Plus are the Ministry of European Integration, 99 local self-governments, local administration structures, regional development agencies (RDA), other business support organisations, local SMEs, and civil society organisations (CSOs). The final beneficiaries are the inhabitants of 99 municipalities.

All programme activities will be undertaken in partnership with the Government of Serbia, while respecting the national policies and priorities, in order to ensure national ownership and help develop national capacities. The EU PRO Plus is based on the National Priorities for International Assistance in the Republic of Serbia until 2025 (NAD), crucial for economic and social development and the EU integration process, while particularly contributing to preparation for the fulfilment of the requirements under Chapter 22 of the EU acquis – Regional Policy and Coordination of Structural Instruments.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Officer for Capacity Building Sector, coordination of the Capacity Building Adviser for ISTD and the guidance of the Capacity Building Senior Officer (Urban Development Strategic Planning), the Capacity Building Officer (Urban Development Strategic Planning) will be responsible for the provision of technical assistance to the Programme in developing Sustainable Urban Development (SUD) strategies and designing and delivering activities aiming to support the strategic planning process and the preparation and implementation of projects derived from territorial strategies.

In order to support the introduction of the National Model for Integrated Sustainable Territorial Development (ISTD) and to enhance capacities of the regional and local level to introduce concepts of integrated territorial planning, the Programme is recruiting a pool of Capacity Building Officers (Urban Development Strategic Planning) with specialised professional backgrounds. The Programme will form multiple teams from the pool to support interdisciplinary working groups in their development of Sustainable Urban Development (SUD) strategies, for the territories previously selected through a transparent process.

Therefore, the consultants should cover the following specialisations:

  • Sustainable integrated urban development
  • Strategic planning
  • Project preparation and implementation
  • Trainings preparation and delivery

More specifically, the Capacity Building Officer (Urban Development Strategic Planning) will undertake the following activities/ responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the presentation of the methodology for SUD strategies to the stakeholders within selected territories and other relevant regional and national stakeholders
  • Facilitate the work of working groups for development of SUD strategies
  • Contribute to consolidation of the material produced through the strategic planning process
  • Participate in preparation and delivery of trainings related to sustainable and integrated urban development and strategic planning
  • Facilitate identification of priority projects derived from priority areas of intervention within SUD strategies
  • Provide on the job support to the awarded territories/grantees during implementation of integrated pilot projects
  • Contribute to identification and sharing of Programme’s lessons learned and best practices in the area of SUD
  • Collaborate with other teams engaged in the development of SUD strategies and harmonization and standardisation of products
  • Produce monthly progress reports, training evaluation reports and additional reports on the progress of activities on as needed basis
  • Perform other duties as may be reasonably required and in line with the incumbent’s scope of services above.

Required Selection Criteria


  • Bachelor Degree in Economy, Management, Urban/Spatial/Municipal Planning, Urban Development, Architecture or related field is required

Work Experience

  • Minimum two years of experience in strategic planning in at least one of the areas of specialisation listed in Functional Responsibilities section is required

  • Experience in applying integrated approaches and in conducting extensive participatory processes is required

  • Experience in using tools for the preparation and design of thematics maps is an asset

  • Experience in working under the framework of EU Cohesion Policy, EU negotiation process and relevant national documents and Laws is an asset

Language Skills

  • Fluency in Serbian and English languages is required

Driving license

  • Driving license and ability to travel independently is an asset

Core Competencies

  • Strategic Perspective – 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)

  • Integrity & Inclusion – 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.

  • Leading Self and Others – 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.

  • Partnering – 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).

  • Results Orientation – 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.

  • Agility – 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 behaviour. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

  • Solution Focused – 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.

  • Effective Communication – 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

This is a local position, it is therefore open to Nationals of the Republic of Serbia and to individuals who have a valid residence/work permit.

Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement (ICA) – Retainer position
Contract level: Local ICA 8
Contract duration: Up to 100 w/days in period of one year

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:

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.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • 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.

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.

For more information on UNOPS, please visit the UNOPS website at www.unops.org

How to apply:

Qualified candidates may submit their application, including a Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letter to UNOPS via UNOPS Jobs.