Project Portfolio Manager

United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)


Job Information

Activity Rate: 100 % (37.5 hours/week)

Salary Grade: Level D on the MSF Canada Salary Grid, $86,079 per year

Status: Must be legally authorized to work in Canada; MSF Canada is not in the position to support a work permit process for any applicant outside of Canada.

Benefits: Health Spending Account, Lifestyle Spending Account, group insurance (Life, Dependent Life, AD&D), Peace of Mind plan (i.e. prescription drugs, accidental dental, hospital care, etc.), 5% RRSP contributions (no matching required), starting 4 weeks’ Vacation/year, flexible work hours, annual professional development budget, Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP), and a positive and innovative office culture grounded in our core values of humanity, integrity and results.

Impact Statement

The Project Portfolio Manager heads the Project Management Office (PMO), contributing to MSF Canada’s goal of ensuring that by 2024, through robust project and change management support and via structures that promote cross-departmental collaboration, staff will feel empowered, inspired, supported, and resourced to translate ideas into projects and to work collectively to improve MSF Canada’s impact on our social mission.

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee the implementation of MSF Canada’s portfolio of projects to ensure successful execution of individual project plans and concurrent achievement of project related organizational objectives across the project portfolio
  • Advise MSF Canada, within its organizational performance management system, on how to optimize investments in projects as a means to achieving annual targets and Strategic Plan goals
  • Establish and monitor project management standards, best practices, governance and KPIs, to produce consistent processes, efficient workflows, and optimal project results

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Technical Competencies

  • Data gathering and analysis (required): Knowledge of data gathering and analysis tools, techniques and processes; ability to use these to gather and analyze data on the learning needs of a target population
  • Business Analytics (would be considered an asset): Knowledge of technologies, techniques and practices for the evaluation of business performance data; ability to advise others on the relationship between financial, performance and operational data used in business analytics to justify and drive future business planning decisions
  • Business Process Design (would be considered an asset): Knowledge of business process design techniques that encourage a critical, fresh look at key processes and focus on optimizing organizational performance; ability to apply this knowledge appropriately to diverse situations.

Core Competencies

  • A Commitment to MSF’s Principles; Proficiency Level 1: Acts towards the fulfilment of MSF’s Social Mission
  • Cross-cultural Awareness; Proficiency Level 3: Demonstrates an integrating attitude
  • Analytical Thinking; Proficiency Level 3: Identifies Complex Relationships
  • Results and Quality Orientation: Proficiency Level 3: Improves performance and sets ambitious goals
  • Initiative and Innovation; Proficiency Level 3: Looks ahead and creates opportunities for improvement within the MSF frame

Knowledge and Experience

  • Experience in project management leadership across multiple projects
  • Experience training, coaching, and developing staff in project management methodology and best practices
  • Experience in data collection and analysis
  • Ability to use data analytics to optimize strategic planning, resource planning, resource allocation, workflows, efficiency, etc., across projects, and predict organizational outcomes
  • Organizational change management experience is an asset

Education, Certifications, and Languages

  • English fluency is required
  • Project Management certification is a strong asset


Interested candidates are invited to apply by providing their resume and responding to the questions (in lieu of providing a cover letter). The deadline for applications is Tuesday, 27 June 2023, 9:00am, EDT. Only electronic applications will be accepted.

NOTE: Any questions or concerns regarding accommodation and accessibility may be addressed to [email protected]

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