NATIONAL POST, Operations Manager, Colombo, Sri Lanka, NOB

Level: NOB
Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
Closing date: 18 March 2019 - 5:00pm(Colombo time)
Duty station: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Job ID: 21670


The Position:

Under the guidance of the Representative the Operations Manager (OM) supports planning for UNFPA Country Office (CO) operations, supporting management targets and outsourced services, ensuring timely implementation, monitoring and reporting, addressing risks, promoting efficiency and effectiveness for the accomplishment of desired results. 

The Operations Manager, leads the operations team in supporting a smooth functioning of financial and budget management, procurement and vendor management, administration and asset management, ICT, travel and logistics management, and human resources and premises management.

You will report to the Representative and be part of the Programme Management Team.

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.  UNFPA’s new strategic plan (2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

Job Purpose:

The Operations Manager ensures a fully accountable, well-managed and results-oriented Country Office (CO).  You will contribute your operational expertise to facilitate effective delivery of UNFPA country programme, which aims to realize 2030 Development Agenda in order to make a positive difference in lives of millions of people.  Participating in inter-agency coordination, you will foster a collaborative, client-oriented approach towards the UNFPA CO team, UNFPA Implementing Partners and UN community, supporting effective communication and cooperation with Regional Office (RO) and Headquarters (HQ).


Qualifications and Experience


Advanced university (Master) degree in business administration, public administration, finance, accounting, social science or a related discipline.

Knowledge and Experience:

Minimum of two years of relevant experience in providing management advisory services and managing staff and operations (administration, finance, human resources, procurement, ICT, premises) in public or private sector.

Progressively responsible experience in operations with UN or International NGO is desirable.  

Ability to supervise and lead.

Ability to work in a multicultural environment, strong inter-personal, coordination and communications skills. Ability to build effective relationships.

High integrity standards, strong capacity for sound judgement and capability to work with limited supervision.

Proficiency in current office software applications, ERP and corporate ICT systems.


Fluency in English and one of the local languages (Sinhala or Tamil).


We are no longer accepting applications for this position.

Sri Lanka
Population : 21 mil
Fertility rate
Maternal Mortality Ratio
Contraceptives prevalence rate
Population aged 10-24
Youth secondary school enrollment
Boys 87%
Girls 90%