Project Manager – Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Oxygen Plant Installation - Tenders Global

Project Manager – Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Oxygen Plant Installation

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with the Global Fund to Fight with AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund), under the Framework Agreement, signed on October 13, 2016, is providing procurement and technical support to the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Angola through the “Supporting of the National Response to HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Angola” Program, Project/Grant name: AGO-Z-UNDP (July 2021 – June 2024) and COVID19 Response Mechanism grant (July 2021– December 2024).

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted critical gaps in the availability of medical Oxygen and oxygen  equipment in Angola to treat patients with severe disease. WHO guidelines recommend an oxygen saturation of 92 to 96% in adults with COVID-19 or other severe respiratory distress syndromes, administering supplemental oxygen as needed. Oxygen can be administered in different ways, the most common options, in addition to the administration of supplemental oxygen, include the use of high-flow nasal cannulas, noninvasive positive pressure ventilation.

Provision of Oxygen for strengthening health systems is vital for COVID-19 as well as pneumonia, anemia, obstetric and surgical emergencies, and other respiratory diseases. Oxygen access requires quality oxygen to be available and affordable to those who need it, when they need it, and used in a safe and rational way ¹. The main barriers to access oxygen are the absence of an enabling environment in terms of coordinated policies and regulations as well as fragmented supply and distribution systems for oxygen and facility-level barriers to oxygen access for patients. Ministry of Health and WHO conducted an evaluation of the oxygen needs in Angola in 2020. Based on the MOH plan for the COVID-19 Emergency Response, the program aims to support the Government of the Angola to address inadequate medical oxygen supply by procuring and installing 9 PSA oxygen plans in Luanda, Benguela and Kwanza Sul.

Duties and Responsibilities

The overall objective of this Project is to strengthen the preparedness and response capacity of the Angola Health System regarding prevention, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 and its impact on the overall Angola Health System, and specifically on HIV, TB and malaria, and in the longer term to become more cost-effective and sustainable.

The provision of key equipment and the incorporation of new infrastructure to the health network of the MOH will strengthen the capacity of the health system in Angola to effectively provide high-quality medical oxygen when necessary.

The expected output of this project is to procure and supervise the installation, commissioning and training of medical gases sources  – PSA plants  – (Oxygen, medical air and vacuum), medical gases network in Luanda, Benguela, and Kwanza Sul. The role of the project manager will be to oversee the successful installation of those PSA oxygen plants on before December 2024.

The main goal of the project manager will be to ensure the project is delivered on time according to requirements and without exceeding budget. Other responsibilities will include:

  1. To manage relationships with key stakeholders, create benchmarks for success and deliverables;
  2. Collaborate with the vendor, engineers, Ministry of Health etc. to determine the specifications of the project, timelines, and deliverables;
  3. Coordinate with the Ministry of Health to obtain permits and licenses from appropriate authorities;
  4. Collaborate with project stakeholders to determine needed resources (manpower, equipment, and materials) from start to finish with attention to budgetary limitations;
  5. Coordinate with all project stakeholders all construction operations and schedule intermediate phases to ensure deadlines will be met;
  6. Supervise the work of the stakeholders under the project and give them guidance when needed;
  7. Ensure adherence to all health and safety standards and report issues.
Institutional Arrangement

The Project Manager will report directly to the Deputy Programme Coordinator in the PMU.

Competencies
CORE
  • Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact
  • Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems
  • Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences
  • Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands
  • Act with Determination: LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
  • Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies 
Business Management: Project Management

  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals

Business Direction & Strategy: Negotiation and Influence

  • Ability to reach an understanding, persuade others, resolve points of difference, gain advantage in the outcome of dialogue, negotiates mutually acceptable solutions through compromise and creates win-win situations

Audit & Investigation – General  Financial and Managerial Accounting and Finance key concepts

  • Key concepts and principles of financial accounting, interpret financial analysis, managerial accounting, etc.

Audit & Investigation – Investigation Procurement concepts, processes, and management

  • Knowledge of procurement processes and management

General (across the functions)   Public relations

  • Ability to build and maintain an overall positive public image for the organization, its mandate and its brand, while ensuring that individual campaigns and other communications and advocacy initiatives are supported in reaching the public

Business Direction & Strategy: System Thinking

  • Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system

Partnership management: Relationship management

  • Ability to engage with a wide range of public and private partners, build, sustain and/or strengthen working relations, trust and mutual understanding
Required Skills and Experience
Education:
  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in civil engineering, biomedical, mechanical engineering or relevant related field  is required, OR
  • A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree) in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience:
  • Minimum of 5 years (with Master’s degree) or 7 years (with Bachelor’s degree) of professional work experience in providing project management and engineering technical supervision for construction works related to medical oxygen installation in the health sector is required;
  • Specific experience in oxygen-related construction in Angola or any other developing country context;
  • Experience in Project management;
  • Experience in Team-building activities;
  • Experience in project management in risk management is desired;
  • Experience in Communication.
Language Requirement
  • Fluency both in Portuguese and English.

Professional Certificates

Candidates having professional certificates below will have a distinct advantage:

  1. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Certificate
  2. Certified Construction Manager (CCM);
  3. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP);
  4. Building Design + Construction or related.
Disclaimer
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Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.
Non-discrimination
UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.
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