Intern – Engineering

Application closing date: 5 April 2019

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

We are currently looking for Afghan nationals with a strong sense of professional and social commitment to join the Kabul Security Infrastructure Project (KSIP) team as Interns. In the Project context, Interns will participate in and contribute to the design, construction and refurbishment of buildings for government counterparts as a part of a team of professional engineers and architects. The Interns will support the experienced professionals by assisting them in various design and construction related tasks, while developing their practical engineering skills to help them in future career development. The Interns will be engaged in activities such as (but not limited to) the following:

  • Site visits with other members of the team to assess the current situation of buildings to be refurbished, taking detailed notes and assist senior team members in preparing reports.
  • Assist in design drawings and other documentation for building refurbishment work.
  • Assist in review of design documentation for building refurbishment and new construction work.
  • Assist in supervision of site work conducted by Contractors.
  • Assist in contract management including taking site measurements, contract variations, QA/QC inspections, keeping site records, Health, safety and environmental inspections.
  • Assist in project procurement matters such as preparing tender documents, tendering, contract negotiations and award.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education and Qualifications

  • Applicants must be (or have been) completing a degree in civil engineering within no more than the last 3 years (before application) from a recognized University in Afghanistan.
  • Preferred ‘major area/fields’ of such degree studies are building design and construction.
  • Proficiency in contemporary computer applications is required, including sound knowledge of Microsoft Office tools / applications.

Experience:

No specific experience is required for this position.

Language requirements

  • Fluency in English – both written and oral
  • Fluency in Dari and Pashtu – written and oral
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Road Engineer

Application closing date: 5 April 2019

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

A. Education

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

B. 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;

C. Languages

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

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QA/QC Engineer

Application closing date: 5 April 2019

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

Reporting directly to the JICA VI Project Manager, the QA/QC Engineer is expected to perform the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Prepare QA/QC plans for new construction and refurbishment work.
  • Ensure the establishment of quality procedures including time limits for inspection, sampling and testing of works and other QA/QC requirements.
  • Oversee and manage quality assessment of materials through regular and rigid laboratory tests.
  • Ensure specific quality standards are constantly met at all levels of construction projects.
  • In consultation with the project staff, review technical specifications and recommend standard construction specifications for all items of works for their effective use in projects’ works.
  • Review all standard test forms to be used during laboratory tests, QA testing schedules and procedures and evaluate results as appropriate.
  • Review contractor practices and conventional methodologies and make recommendations where remedial action is required.
  • Work with project engineers and design consultants for establishing procedures with time limits for the inspection, sampling and testing of works and all other QA/QC requirements.
  • Conduct initial survey queries on sources to materials, ensuring quality and quantity is of economic value to the project.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned.

Monitoring and Progress Controls

  • Establishment of procedures with time limits for inspection, sampling and testing of works and all other QC/QA requirements.
  • Implementation and monitoring of quality assessments.
  • Monthly QA/QC report to the Project Manager on project QA/QC activities.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

a. Education

Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering with an additional 5 years of relevant experience in Engineering & Construction.

b. Work Experience

  • Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible experience in construction work with emphasis on materials testing, quality control and assurance, laboratory testing and a firm understanding of requirements and specifications of testing and materials.
  • Demonstrated experience in pre-stressing works and quality control, and experience in different classes of concrete mix-design, under different condition of construction procedures.
  • Knowledge of procurement practices an advantage.
  • Knowledge of UN/UNOPS rules and regulations highly advantageous.
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Quality Assurance/Quality Control Specialist

Application closing date: 5 April 2019

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.

Background Information – Job-specific

The Ministry of Public Works (MPW) of the Government of Afghanistan, with the support of the World Bank (WB), aims to construct the Trans-Hindukush Road Connectivity Project (THRCP). This includes improving and upgrading the 156km Baghlan to Bamyan Highway, rehabilitation of the 86km Salang Pass and developing new modalities to ensure sustainable future maintenance of this critical infrastructure. This road has a significant role to play, not only for the current traffic movement, including strategic movement of goods and freight between Northern provinces and Capital of the Country; but also as part of a wider regional resource corridor, which is already targeted as a priority to construct.

The overall objectives are to improve the Trans-Hindukush road connectivity in order to provide all year-round access and enhance local as well as international trade and regional integration. Furthermore, the improved roads will increase security by reducing the time to respond to local, regional, or national incidents, facilitate access to social services and provide new regional trade opportunities including agriculture and mining.

UNOPS has been selected as the Implementation Consultant (IC) to support the government Project Management Team (PMT) who are tasked with the design, implementation and overall management of the THRCP. This UNOPS IC remit includes technical assistance, capacity building and institutional strengthening of the PMT, along with supporting overarching strategic development needs of the Ministry of Public Works as appropriate.

Purpose and Scope of Assignment

Under the direct supervision, guidance and direction of the International QA/QC Specialist as primary supervisor and to the Capacity Building Specialist as second supervisor and the leadership of the IC Team Leader/Project Manager (PM), the local national QA/QC Specialist will contribute to ensuring that the project is performing at highest quality in all aspects and meeting the agreed standards, achieving the project objectives and are in compliance with UNOPS and up to date. The QA/QC Specialist will responsible to oversee all technical issues, act as a reference person for any engineering issue and provide recommendations to the International QA/QC Specialist/IC Team Leader as appropriate to enable them to take relevant decisions.

The QA/QC Specialist will support implementation of the IC mandate, working as part of the IC Team and contributing to the development of the PMT, CSU and MoPW resources as appropriate. The QA/QC Specialist is expected to have good background experience and working knowledge of developing, implementing and monitoring QA/QC processes to support THRCP needs. They will also support, develop and implement capacity building, training and institutional strengthening activities as part of the IC mandate to support development and future sustainability of the PMT, CSU and MoPW.

Functional Responsibilities

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

  • Support the IC Team Leader in ensuring overall and timely delivery of the UNOPS project implementation
  • Responsible for the timely completion of various QA/QC activities according to approved work plans, specified quality standards and development needs.
  • Control and appraise work progress, review contractors’ work plans and provide recommendations to the Project Manager on ways to overcome issues, challenges and needs.
  • Provide guidance to and mentor as appropriate PMT and CSU colleagues.
  • Conduct quality control reviews and prepare related reports for design and construction of works as required and facilitate the compilation of inputs for monitoring and evaluation.
  • Provide expert advice to PMT, CSU and MoPW as appropriate.
  • Review the existing practices of the PMT, CSU, local contractors and the conventional methodology of construction and make recommendations that will increase the level of QA/QC practices and compliance in line with international best practices.
  • Provide technical input and assist the Procurement Management Section with all contractual matters for the completion of the respective contracts
  • Monitor the implementation of the works by conducting site visits and provide guidance for improvement and good results
  • Provide technical assistance and coaching/guidance of PMT, CSU and MoPW engineers and local Afghan construction companies in terms of Quality Control and Quality Assurance aspects.
  • Support development of Quality System for MoPW, including Quality Plans flow charts and QA specifications and training of staff for use.
  • Support development of quality assurance in investigation, design and documentation with consultation of PMT, CSU and MoPW engineers.
  • Providing technical advice and assistance to CSU and Contractors to ensure that economical and quality materials are purchased, Quality Plans flow charts and QA specifications
  • Create a system for keeping record of all documentation regarding QA/QC, including tracking and reporting all non-conformances.
  • Support development and introduction of data system for QA/QC works for report generation and related activities; development and presentation of training programs.
  • Review all standard test forms to be used during laboratory tests, QA/QC testing schedules and procedures and evaluate results as appropriate.
  • Provide technical expertise for the project implementation ensuring compliance of quality control plans, materials, test procedures, specifications and work methodologies with the American Association of State Highway and
  • Transportation Officials (AASHTO) standards as well as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards, Asphalt Institute and Afghanistan National standards
  • Ensure the establishment of quality procedures including time limits for inspection, sampling and testing of works, materials and other QA/QC requirements
  • Assist and train with the development, and subsequent oversight of project QA/QC plans and protocols for construction, construction equipment and materials for Local Contractor organisations
  • Support development and functioning of QA/QC model/system that reflects the needs of the PMT, CSU and MoPW as appropriate; is user friendly in operation and embeds the ethos of continuous improvement for management of all projects from inception to completion.
  • Support achievement of raised awareness and understanding of QA/QC processes, procedures, systems and benefits for all staff within MoPW.
  • Undertake work to develop a QA manual and its introduction to support work across MoPW.
  • Support training of Local Contractors to use Quality Assured Contract systems.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by the IC Team Leader.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

a) Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Road Construction, Civil Engineering, Quality Management or a relevant field from a recognized university required.
  • Professional Certificate in a relevant field and/ or a Master’s Degree will be a distinct advantage.

b) Work Experience

  • Minimum 4 years of work experience in the field of construction quality, preferably in paved roads construction and vertical structure projects.
  • The candidate MUST have experience in QA / QC construction Management related roles, minimum 2 years.
  • Previous work experience with the UNOPS or any of the United Nations agencies is preferred.
  • Knowledge of UN/UNOPS rules and regulations is a distinct advantage.

C. Languages

Fluency in English both written and verbal is required.

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Traffic Management and Road Safety Officer

Application closing date: 5 April 2019

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

The Ministry of Public Works (MPW) of the Government of Afghanistan, with the support of the World Bank (WB), aims to construct the Trans-Hindukush Road Connectivity Project (THRCP). This includes improving and upgrading the 156km Baghlan to Bamyan Highway, rehabilitation of the 86km Salang Pass and developing new modalities to ensure sustainable future maintenance of this critical infrastructure. This road has a significant role to play, not only for the current traffic movement, including strategic movement of goods and freight between Northern provinces and Capital of the Country, but also as part of a wider regional resource corridor, which is already targeted as a priority to construct.

The overall objectives are to improve the Trans-Hindukush road connectivity in order to provide all year-round access and enhance local as well as international trade and regional integration. Furthermore, the improved roads will increase security by reducing the time to respond to local, regional, or national incidents, facilitate access to social services and provide new regional trade opportunities including agriculture and mining.

UNOPS has been selected as the Implementation Consultant (IC) to support the government Project Management Team (PMT) who are tasked with the design, implementation and overall management of the THRCP. This UNOPS IC remit includes technical assistance, capacity building and institutional strengthening of the PMT, along with supporting overarching strategic development needs of the Ministry of Public Works as appropriate.

Purpose and Scope of Assignment

Under the direct supervision, guidance and direction of the International Traffic Management and Road Safety Specialist and leadership of the IC Team Leader, the Traffic Management and Road Safety Officer will perform the following duties.

Specific responsibilities and duties include but are not limited to:

  • Review existing design of the roads with the specific purpose of detecting and remedying any potential design deficiencies in terms of road safety.
  • Preparation of training material, conduct / assist in conduct of training on road safety and traffic management of engineers at MPW. Provide necessary reports for inclusion in the capacity building component.
  • Design communications and outreach campaign for road safety awareness among road users. This includes studying the effectiveness of various programs, selecting target groups for each program, and selecting of appropriate communication method for the outreach.
  • Provide assistance to Traffic Management and Road Safety Specialist in promotion of road safety in MPW. This includes review of existing policies, legislations, assist in drafting new policies, legislations and curriculum etc.
  • Review and evaluate the traffic management plan during and after the construction of the project in coordination with other team members and contractors.
  • Support Traffic Management and Road Safety Specialist in acquisition and analysis of data on road safety and traffic management and preparation of plans for improvements.
  • Coordinate stakeholders’ consultation activities on the projects. Present relevant information to stakeholders, and respond to their queries, comments and suggestions. Disseminate the outcomes among all the stakeholders.
  • Undertake / assist in the review and design of the traffic control and traffic management devices. Provide technically sound suggestions for optimum utilization of resources for efficient traffic management.
  • Prepare periodic inputs on traffic management and road safety aspects into project progress reports.
  • Furnish fortnightly comprehensive report on all activities pertaining to traffic management and road safety to Traffic Management and Road Safety Specialist.
  • Visit project site for carrying out road safety audit, inspecting implementation of traffic management plan, assessing road safety and traffic management measures, as and when necessary or instructed by Traffic Management and Road
  • Safety Specialist / Team Leader. Prepare comprehensive reports on such visits and disseminate among the concerned stakeholders.
  • Advise site staff on field data collection such as traffic data and inventory of road furniture and road markings that pertain to road safety and traffic management. Analyze such data and provide inputs for improvements to project management team for necessary improvements.
  • To execute any other task related to traffic management and road safety assigned by Traffic Management and Road Safety Specialist or Team Leader.
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships and communication with clients, donors, site staff and other concerned organizations / personnel.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

a. Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering is required.
  • Mater Degree will be an advantage.

b. Work Experience

  • At least 2 years of related experience in design and implementation of road safety and traffic management in projects.
  • Proven experience of project implementation in close collaboration with the Government authorities and community organizations.
  • Previous work experience with the United Nations or any of its agencies, partners and affiliates is desirable but not a requirement;
  • Working knowledge of MS Word and Excel required. Knowledge of GIS and other statistical analysis software such as SPSS is an added advantage.
  • Knowledge of UN/UNOPS rules and regulations is an advantage.

c. Languages

Fluency in English both written and verbal is required.

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Shelter Cluster Coordinator Profile

 

Various Locations

Grade: Mid (P3), Senior (P4) and Management (P5) Level Positions

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect and assist refugees and other persons of concern. It is constantly seeking talented, compassionate candidates with high-integrity to strengthen its capacity to respond urgently to crises with the right skills. Given the nature of UNHCR’s work, it is essential that its workforce has the right mix of skills and qualities to fulfil its mandate.

In complex humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters where UNHCR is designated as the Shelter Cluster (SC) Lead Agency under the Cluster Approach, the Cluster Coordinator performs a dedicated coordination, strategy development and advocacy function. The Senior Cluster Coordinator (Shelter) reports directly to the UNHCR Representative who has final accountability for the performance of UNHCR as Cluster Lead Agency. Also the SC coordinator liaises with the Global Shelter Cluster Coordinator who has global responsibility for the performance of UNHCR as Global Cluster Lead Agency.

The Cluster Coordinator (Shelter) effectuates UNHCR’s commitment to work within the framework of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) and the Cluster Approach. The Cluster Coordinator (Shelter) is expected to perform UNHCR’s lead role in the SC and to impartially represent the interests of the members of the Shelter Cluster, including the provision of active support, as applicable, to sub-national clusters which may be coordinated by other Agencies. As a result, the Cluster Coordinator (Shelter) leads an inter-agency team in an environment that requires high standards of accountability and demonstrable leadership, coordination, negotiation and conflict resolution skills, and in which the principles of partnership and collaboration are essential.

The Cluster Coordinator (Shelter) represents the SC in Inter-Cluster Coordination mechanisms. S/he ensures appropriate cross-sectoral coordination with other related clusters such as WASH, CCCM, Protection and others, advocates for shelter in the humanitarian response, leads the mainstreaming of early recovery activities in the Shelter Cluster, and spearheads the integration of cross-cutting issues into the work of the Shelter Cluster, especially age, gender, diversity, HIV, environment.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop a SC Strategy in a consultative process with SC partners including the local government and ensure that the shelter response is driven by this strategy. Update as appropriate the SC Strategy: ensure proper linkages with disaster risk reduction, relief, and recovery and development efforts. Ensure that appropriate transitional measures are in place for handing over to recovery and development actors.
  • Provide coordination services, including meetings, in line with the Principles of Partnership, ensuring that cluster coordination is inclusive, consultative and resultsoriented.
  • Ensure coordination with government counterparts and other relevant authorities.
  • Ensure that contingency planning and emergency preparedness measures are updated and developed.
  • Ensure the establishment and maintenance of the cluster structure including the cluster core documents as defined by the Global Shelter Cluster guidance: Strategy, Technical Standards, and Factsheet.
  • Lead, coordinate and conduct within the SC or at Inter-Cluster level shelter needs assessments, including participatory assessments.
  • Provide transparent strategic direction to development of common funding criteria, resource mobilisation and prioritization within the SC for inclusion in Humanitarian Response Plans, other appeals and pooled funds processes.
  • Coordinate the delivery of shelter training activities for SC members, other local partners, relevant authorities, and civil society.
  • Ensure that the shelter response is informed by appropriate relevant Technical Standards including among others Sphere, and good practice.
  • Ensure appropriate collaboration with shelter response-related clusters of CCCM, Early Recovery, Education, Health, Logistics, Protection and WASH in the work of the Shelter Cluster.
  • Coordinate the integration of cross-cutting issues in the work of the Shelter Cluster, including age, gender, environment, diversity.
  • Through Cluster-wide consultative processes, provide input into the development of global shelter policy and standards led by the Global Shelter Cluster.
  • Ensure that the SC has a functional information management strategy and mechanism to report and share information within the Shelter Cluster, with the other clusters, with the government, with the overall humanitarian community including donors, with UNHCR internal mechanisms, and with the Global Shelter Cluster.
  • Ensure that the SC produces analytical shelter reports, including the Factsheet; Promote that information on affected population is disaggregated by sex and age.
  • Ensure that the SC maintains an updated website and produces regular updates on the shelter concerns of the affected population, the response by the shelter actors, the gaps, challenges and recommendations.
  • Promote and ensure monitoring and evaluation of the impact of operations carried out by cluster members and the performance of the coordination team.
  • Appraise the performance of any directly supervised personnel of the SC coordination team.
  • Identify core advocacy concerns for the SC through a consultative process: develop joint cluster/ inter-cluster initiatives to ensure regular and consistent advocacy.

Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience Required:

For positions at the P3 level

Education: Degree, preferably in shelter-related sciences (e.g. Civil or Architecture Engineering)

Job experience: Minimum 5 years of relevant (international organization – UN Agencies, INGOs, IOs, Donors, Red Cross Red Crescent) job experience with graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s), 6 years with undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS).

Languages: Proficiency in English is required.

For positions at the P4 level

Education: Degree, preferably in shelter-related sciences (e.g. Civil or Architecture Engineering)

Job experience: Minimum 8 years of relevant (international organization – UN Agencies, INGOs, IOs, Donors, Red Cross Red Crescent) job experience with graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s), 9 years with undergraduate degree (equivalent of BA/BS).

Languages: Proficiency in English and knowledge of a second UN language (Arabic/ Chinese/French/Russian/Spanish) at B21 is required.

For positions at the P5 level

Education: Degree, preferably in shelter-related sciences (e.g. Civil or Architecture Engineering)

Job experience: Minimum 11 years of relevant (international organization – UN Agencies, INGOs, IOs, Donors, Red Cross Red Crescent) job experience with graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s), 12 years with undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS). Management experience in emergency situations.

Languages: Proficiency in English and knowledge of a second UN language (Arabic/ Chinese/French/Russian/Spanish) at B22 is required.

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Shelter Officer Profile

 

Various Locations

Grade: Junior (P2), Mid (P3) and Senior (P4) Level Positions

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect and assist refugees and other persons of concern. It is constantly seeking talented, compassionate candidates with high-integrity to strengthen its capacity to respond urgently to crises with the right skills. Given the nature of UNHCR’s work, it is essential that its workforce has the right mix of skills and qualities to fulfil its mandate.

The Shelter Officer conducts comprehensive sectoral needs assessments in liaison with other relevant sectors such as protection, programme, community services, Public Health, WASH, administration and supply. To ensure the most effective response, both quantitative and qualitative data should be gathered on the profile/needs and living conditions of both the displaced population and host community. In a first instance, the incumbent ensures that UNHCR Field operations are supported in carrying out shelter and settlement needs assessments taking into account the current situation, projected population planning figures and the expected scale of returns.

The Shelter Officer also ensures that the development of shelter strategies take into account the local context, age and gender, culture, climate, environmental protection available resources and skills. In addition, the incumbent ensures that shelter responses evolve according to the changing nature of the situation, progressively working towards more durable solutions and drawing from local building practices and materials.

Within an urban context, it is essential that shelter responses take into consideration urban planning strategies, including an analysis or residential areas, housing affordability and availability. In addition, regardless of the context, shelter assistance should at all times minimize the risk of eviction, exploitation and abuse, overcrowded living conditions, limited access to services and unhygienic conditions.

Specialized functions to be dealt with by the incumbent in this post include shelter planning/design and construction monitoring, which imply that the person should have a strong academic qualification in civil engineering or architecture

Responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring that UNHCR Field operations are supported in carrying out shelter needs assessments taking into account the current situation, projected population planning figures and the expected scale of returns.
  • Development of country level shelter strategies which are framed by UNHCR’s Global Strategy for Settlement and Shelter (2014-2018) and take into consideration the local context, age and gender, culture, climate, environmental protection and the availability of local resources, including materials, capacities and existing infrastructure.
  • Provide clear guidance on standards for shelter, including minimum emergency standards to meet basic and essential needs as well as guidance for phased improvement of shelter conditions that will be necessary as the duration of the displacement prolongs.
  • Together with UNHCR’s implementing partners, compiling, analysing and mapping available information on shelter options in country taking into account relevant policies adopted by the Government. When planning shelter works, ensuring that the technical component reflects UNHCR minimum standards for the provision of emergency and other types of shelter assistance and is within the budgetary requirements. Due consideration should be given to standards in other relevant sectors such as water and sanitation.
  • Ensuring the shelter strategy is periodically reviewed to reflect the evolving situation in country and progressively transitioning to more sustainable shelter solutions. This process should be done in close collaboration with the beneficiaries and the host Government while bearing in mind the shelter needs of people upon their eventual return to their country of origin.
  • Ensuring that specifications, bills of quantities and drawings are produced in a technically sound and standardised manner. Establish monitoring and evaluation tools to ensure that works are implemented according to plans and completed within the designated timeframe.
  • Promoting the sustainability of technical interventions through local capacity building and self-help in collaboration with local partners in the field. Ensure that local communities have been consulted on all activities so as not to create unnecessary tension between the displaced and host populations.
  • Monitor all shelter and infrastructure activities through Implementing Partners and ensure compliance with strategies and guidance provided and agreed.
  • In consultation with UNHCR’s implementing partners and local communities themselves, identifying the need for community based Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) that can benefit the local and displaced communities.
  • When identifying beneficiaries, ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable population of concern (POC) and host families are addressed. UNHCR’s vulnerability indicators should be applied in a participatory manner during the beneficiary selection.
  • When planning shelter works, ensure that the technical component reflects UNHCR minimum standards for the provision of emergency and other types of shelter assistance and is within the budgetary requirements. Standards for other sectors such as water and sanitation should be taken into consideration also.
  • The position requires regular contact with programme, protection and field staff in country in order to ensure technical support related to shelter and construction activities.
  • Close and regular contact with technical and non-technical staff of UN Agencies, Implementing Partners, National and International NGOs and Government Authorities, is essential to discuss matters relating to shelter and infrastructure coordination and provision.
  • Maintaining regular contact with the Shelter and Settlement Section in Geneva regarding all technical matters.

Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience Required:

For positions at the P2 level

Education: Degree in Architecture or Civil-Engineering

Job experience: Minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience with graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s), 3 years with undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS).

Languages: Proficiency in English is required.

For positions at the P3 level

Education: Degree in Architecture or Civil-Engineering

Job experience: Minimum 5 years of relevant (international) experience with graduate degree (equivalent of Master’s), 6 years with undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) of which a minimum of 2 years of international field experience.

Languages: Proficiency in English is required.

For positions at the P4 level

Education: Degree in Architecture or Civil-Engineering.

Job experience: Minimum 8 years of relevant (international) experience with graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s), 9 years with undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) of which a minimum of 4 years of international field experience.

Languages: Proficiency in English and knowledge of a second UN language (Arabic/ Chinese/French/Russian/Spanish) at B21 is required.

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Physical Site Planner Officer Profile

 

Various Locations

Grade: Junior (P2), Mid (P3) and Senior (P4) Level Positions

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect and assist refugees and other persons of concern. It is constantly seeking talented, compassionate candidates with high-integrity to strengthen its capacity to respond urgently to crises with the right skills. Given the nature of UNHCR’s work, it is essential that its workforce has the right mix of skills and qualities to fulfil its mandate.

The Physical Site Planner provides specialised support to emergency operations in designing and developing sustainable settlements to host people of concern to UNHCR. Within the context of UNHCR’s Global Strategy for Settlement and Shelter (2014-18), a settlement should take into consideration the spatial allocation of functions while addressing the needs of the population, the availability of resources, the amelioration of living conditions, the provision of services, enhancing transportation networks as well as recreational spaces.

In the past, the functions of the physical site planner were largely limited to designing new and isolated settlements in rural environments. Nevertheless, largely due to the global trend of increasing urbanization, the majority of the world’s refugees now live outside of camps. Consequently, many refugees share accommodation, live in non-functional public buildings, collective centres, in slums and informal types of settlements. The incumbent will therefore be expected to analyse the variety of settlement options available to accommodate the population of concern, be it in a rural or urban context. Settlement solutions may range from the development of a planned settlement, hosting arrangements, collective centres or rental accommodation. Taking into account factors such as the population size/profile, local context, culture, available resources, absorption capacity and skills, the physical site planner will advise and subsequently support the implementation of the most suitable settlement option.

The incumbent for this position should possess a strong academic qualification in architecture or civil engineering, demonstrated professional experience of physical site planning and knowledge of the variety of settlement options available within the specific context.

Responsibilities include: 

  • UNHCR’s country operation is technically sound in the field of site planning and thus better able to meet the needs of persons of concern.
  • Ensure that selection of sites for refugees and other persons of concern (POC) are based on approved technical guidelines, giving full consideration to relevant factors like land availability, accessibility, security, water resources and absorption capacity.
  • Conduct technical feasibility studies (site assessments) for identification of adequate sites in close coordination with Local Authorities at Provincial, District and Divisional levels, as well as with the concerned line Ministries and implementing partners.
  • Ensure that basic technical criteria of land availability/property, accessibility, security, topography, water resources, absorption capacity, and adequate terrain for proper sanitation facilities are taken into consideration while selecting potential sites. Other factors such as national reserves, migration corridor, and flooding, possible conflict with local population (grazing land) have also to be taken into consideration when identifying potential settlement solutions.
  • Within an urban context, assess the structural safety of public buildings, measure the absorption capacity within a community for host arrangements while ensuring that humanitarian standards are met to ensure dignified living conditions.
  • Develop, in close coordination with implementing partners and other concerned parties, settlement plans and their implementation modalities, including construction/rehabilitation of communal infrastructures (latrines, water points, etc.), taking into account the overall needs of target groups, their cultural preferences and the concerns of the local communities.
  • Ensure that settlement designs take into consideration protection oriented issues such as sexual and gender based violence and the specific needs of women, men, girls and boys. The security and privacy of all people of concern, the adequate location of sanitary/health/education facilities, communal services and distribution areas should also be addressed.
  • Coordinate with the affected committees, Local Authorities and other partners the identification of potential needs related to shelter and NFIs and ensure that NFI identification/distribution is coordinated among all the actors.
  • Advise on matters related to the procurement of sector related materials or equipment, including the development of technical specifications for bid documents, technical evaluation of bids, review/inspection of the quality of products/works.
  • Assist Programme colleagues in analysing budgetary implications of technical components, as well as ensuring the technical integrity of all sectoral interventions.
  • Work in close coordination with all functional Units in UNHCR (Protection, Programme, Community Services, Field, Administration, and Supply) for all issues related to protection, population of concern figures and assistance.
  • Maintain regular contact with the Shelter and Settlement Section in Geneva regarding all technical matters.

Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience Required:

For positions at the P2 level

Education: Degree in Architecture or Civil-Engineering

Job experience: Minimum 2 years of relevant experience with graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s), 3 years with undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS).

Languages: Proficiency in English is required.

For positions at the P3 level

Education: Degree in Architecture or Civil-Engineering.

Job experience: Minimum 5 years of relevant (international) job experience with graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s), 6 years with undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) of which a minimum of 2 years of international field experience.

Languages: Proficiency in English is required.

For positions at the P4 level 

Education: Degree in Architecture or Civil-Engineering.

Job experience: Minimum 8 years of relevant (international) job experience with graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s), 9 years with undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) of which a minimum of 4 years of international field experience.

Languages: Proficiency in English and knowledge of a second UN language (Arabic/ Chinese/French/Russian/Spanish) at B21 is required.

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Project Engineer – Generic Profile

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Post Information

Supervisor/ Grade: Senior Project Engineer/Project Manager

Level: ICS- 10

Functions / Key Results Expected

  1. General construction
  2. Feasibility study/needs assessment
  3. Design Management
  4. Construction supervision
  5. Knowledge management

1. General Construction

  • Plan and coordinate work activities with the Project Manager /Programme Manager.
  • Take timely action to prevent potential delays and/or cost overruns that can be avoided.
  • Report and recommend remedial actions regarding potential delays and/or cost overruns to the Project Manager/ Programme Manager.
  • Provide supervision of project work progress and quality for on-time project delivery.
  • Prepare project related documentations such as periodic progress reports, site monitoring reports, stakeholder meeting minutes, engineer’s instructions and variation orders, contractor’s bills review reports, certifications, client hand-over documents and contracts close-out reports.
  • Manage final hand over and acceptance report based on technical specifications against the approved project.
  • Provide data and information about project work to Project Manager/ Programme Manager for reporting purposes.
  • Ensure UNOPS FIDIC contracts are administered appropriately.
  • Ensure proper liaison, coordination and exchange of information with the Municipal Authority
  • Accompany all site visits by any Authority and Donor representatives.
  • Provide a monthly report to the Project Manager/ Programme Manager, detailing all project matters including quality, health and safety, environmental and financial, as well as any issues relating to possible delays, cost overruns, variations and any other matter as agreed with the Project Manager.

2. Feasibility/ needs assessment 

  • Complete needs assessment, organize preliminary studies and monitor/supervising consultants.
  • Support the review of requests for new construction and rehabilitation works.
  • Carry out assessments and prepare reports with recommendations for follow up actions.
  • Assist the Project Manager/ Programme Manager in redacting the tender dossier, with particular focus to the technical documents (drawings, BoQ, technical specification and standards).

3. Design Management

  • Outline design requirements (e.g. timeline) to procure design services, including concept, preliminary and final stages where applicable.
  • Manage the design plan ensuring deliverables are available on time, and to the required quality.
  • Review and approve the BoQ.
  • Assist the procurement team with technical assistance in preparation of tender documentation and bid analysis where required.

4. Construction Supervision

  • Supervise construction works and administer works execution as per the contractual provisions and the design specifications.
  • Ensure quantity/quality control and time schedule consistency.
  • Verify that works are consistent with the project technical specifications and inform promptly of eventual deviations.
  • Ensure constructions works are completed on time, within budget and to quality standards.
  • Provide regular supervision of the project work progress and quality for on time delivery.

5. Knowledge Management

  • Provide training and technology transfer to national personnel and contractor’s personnel and advice on good construction practices, good environmental management practices, and appropriate health and safety standards during construction
  • Contribute to the dissemination and sharing of best practices and lessons learned for development planning and knowledge building.

Recruitment Qualifications 

Education:

  • A Master’s degree in Civil Engineering or related field is required.
  • A combination of Bachelor’s degree with an additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the education requirements outlined above.

Certification:

  • AutoCAD certification is desirable.
  • Project Management certification (for example PRINCE2® Foundation is desirable)

Experience:

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience, related to the project requirements, in civil engineering construction management is required.
  • Work experience in post-conflict/ fragile environments is desirable.
  • Some experience in the UN system organizations and/or a developing country is desirable.
  • It is expected that the Project Engineer is an active member in a professional engineering body

Language Requirements:

  • Full working knowledge of English/French/Spanish/Arabic is essential.
  • Knowledge of another official UNOPS language is desirable.

Please note: This is a job profile, not a live vacancy