Kabul, Afghanistan
Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
Type of contract:

Road Engineer

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Application closing date: 20 November 2018

Background Information – Afghanistan

UNOPS strategy for Afghanistan is aimed at providing maximum support to the Government and people of Afghanistan though the delivery of projects and services in line with the government’s own priorities. The UNOPS Afghanistan Operation Center (AFOC) has been established as an organizational mechanism to deliver a range of projects for which UNOPS has been designated as the implementation agency. At present, UNOPS AFOC is implementing a number of projects in a range of sectors including infrastructure (roads and schools) development, capacity building to various ministries, and environmental protection, among others, on behalf of the Government of Afghanistan and the donor community.

The functional objective of UNOPS AFOC is to deliver projects in an efficient and effective manner, to achieve the development outcomes sought by the Government of Afghanistan and the donor community, where capacity building is always considered and encouraged. The aim of UNOPS AFOC is to provide implementation services to the Government of Afghanistan, the donor community and partner agencies in the reconstruction and development of the country. In doing so, UNOPS aims to exceed client expectations in the delivery of quality services throughout the country.

Functional Responsibilities

Purpose and Scope of Assignment

Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Project Manager, the Road Engineer will assist the Project Manager with technical documentation produced by engineers and the Contractor, and specifically work with the Project Manager/Deputy Project Manager to review drawings, assessment of structures, quantity of work, daily progress and assist in the daily activities based on the specifications and work methodologies according to the National and International Standards.

Specific responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Supporting the Project Manager/Deputy Project Manager to ensure the overall and timely delivery of UNOPS-JICA VI Project in Kabul Province;
  • The preparation of BoQs and technical documentation in accordance with UNOPS standards;
  • In collaboration with the Surveyor and JICA VI Project Team, advice on the appropriate location and alignment of the roads to be constructed;
  • Provide advice and coordination of the construction of the roads in conjunction with the Contract Management Section and the Contractor;
  • Assist the QA/QC, Monitor Engineers and Bridge Engineer on monitoring the works of the Contractor;
  • Checking and reviewing the contractors’ drawings and other design documentations as per specifications to ensure adherence to AASHTO, MoPW standards and National Rural Access new standards;
  • Assisting to ensure all designs and construction works are completed to the highest standards;
  • Assist the Procurement Management Section with all contractual matters in the completion of the respective Contracts;
  • Provide technical advice and assistance to the Contractor to ensure that quality materials are used;
  • Monitor the implementation of the works by conducting site visits and provide guidance for improvement and good results;
  • Review QA/QC site visit and materials testing reports to ensure sampling, testing and inspection of materials are carried out regularly and works are implemented in compliance with design specifications;
  • Providing advice and direction on ensuring good environmental practices and control during construction and mitigate environmental impacts of the works;
  • Assisting to establish and ensure adherence to regular communication protocols between project engineers and the Contractor;
  • Assisting to ensure the timely submission of reporting and input to the Project Manager and facilitating the collection of inputs for monitoring and evaluation systems;
  • Preparing and checking timely submission of payment requests by the contractors;
  • Providing advice and coordination of the construction of the roads in conjunction with the JICA VI Project Engineering teams and the Contractor;
  • Assisting the JICA VI Project Engineering teams with monitoring the works of the contractor.
  • Reviewing the existing practice of local contractors and conventional methodology of road construction; making recommendations that will increase safety in the construction of roads undertaken by UNOPS-JICA VI;
  • Reviewing the construction programme and ensuring that the work plan is implemented accordingly;
  • Reviewing and endorsing any design changes;
  • Assisting the contractors’ surveyors and ensuring that road alignments and elevations are according to the designs provided;
  • Assist with building the capacity UNOPS-JICA VI Engineers in road construction techniques including good practices and troubleshooting methods;
  • Assisting with building the capacity Kabul Municipality Project Engineering teams in construction techniques including good practices and troubleshooting methods;
  • Attending and supporting weekly progress meetings between UNOPS and the Contractor;
  • Assisting in the submission of daily progress reports and records;
  • Assisting in the submission of weekly progress reports;
  • Assisting in the delivery of field visit reports to the Project Manager;
  • Supporting to ensure technical specifications are adhered to by Contractors
  • Performing any other duties requested by the Project Manager

Education/Experience/Language requirements


Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering is required. Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering or similar field would be an asset;

Work Experience

  • At least 4 years’ experience as a supervisory Road Engineer or equivalent position required;
  • Experience in a large scale road construction project(s) preferred;
  • Previous experience working with the UN/UNOPS or International organization on road project(s) preferred;
  • Previous experience in supervising a team of Engineers preferred;
  • Previous experience in mentoring and training counterparts is seen as an asset;
  • Proficient in the use of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and experience in handling web-based management systems;
  • Proven experience of project implementation in close collaboration with the Government authorities and community organizations required;
  • Knowledge of UNOPS/UN rules and regulations preferred;


Excellent knowledge of both written and oral English and Dari is required;

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