Application closing date: 28 May 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.
Background Information – Job-specific
The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Afghanistan is responsible for implementing a number of projects on behalf of the Government of Afghanistan and the aid donor community.
The Afghanistan Operational Centre (AFOC) has been set up as an organizational mechanism to deliver a range of projects for which UNOPS has been designated as the Implementing Agency/Consultant. The Ministry of Public Works (MPW) of the Government of Afghanistan aims to construct the Trans-Hindukush Road Connectivity Project (THRCP) which has strategic importance for the movement of goods and freight between the Northern provinces and Capital of the Country. This road has a significant role not only for the current traffic movement but also as part of a reginal resource corridor which is already targeted as a priority to construct. The Government of Afghanistan intends to improve and upgrade the Bamyan to Baghlan (B2B) Road, rehabilitate the Salang Pass Highway and Tunnel and implement a sustainable future maintenance regime for these critical routes. The objectives are to improve the Trans-Hindukush road connectivity, 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.
The THRCP project is being delivered under the MPW by a government led Project Management Team (PMT) and a new Construction Supervision Unit (CSU) has been set up to undertake site supervision of all associated contracts. In parallel, the client has also appointed an international Implementation Consultant (IC) team through UNOPS to support development, delivery and oversight of the project.
THRCP IC is seeking a qualified International Tunnel Specialist to support delivery of THRCP.
The Tunnel Specialist will report directly to the Senior Highway Engineer and will be responsible of the review of all aspects related with the design of Salang pass tunnel, including preliminary investigations works, assessment of the data, structural design, drainage, safety and all facilities involved in a tunnel design. Specific responsibilities and duties include but are not limited to:
- Advise and support the Consultant responsible to perform the tunnel design.
- Review all design reports issued by the Consultant and propose modifications and/or improvements if needed.
- Review the tunnel design to ensure it is accordance with international standards.
- Review and develop take-off quantities, estimation, and advise in preparation of Bill of Quantities for tunnel works.
- Review the assumptions, data and other technical issues used for design including calculations.
- Undertake a comprehensive review of the tunnel design to ensure that the design is compliant and robust.
- Review existing practices of local contractors and conventional methodology of road construction; make recommendations that will increase efficiency, safety, and productivity through good practices and troubleshooting methods.
- Advise on the development and implementation of standard QA/QC systems for the project and provide guidelines to the field implementation teams to review and implement contractors’ QA/QC plans.
- Review design changes as deemed necessary.
- Provide capacity building to MPW counterpart engineers in tunnel design and construction techniques including construction planning.
- Provide technical advice and guidance to MoPW to ensure that economic and good quality materials are purchased
- Develop and submit weekly and monthly progress reports.
- Assist MoPW in the preparation of tunnel’s maintenance manuals.
- Assist MoPW in the preparation of tunnel’s operation manuals.
- Master’s degree in civil engineering or similar field required.
- A bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, or related, with an additional two years of relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of the master’s degree requirement.
- A Minimum 7 years in substantive roles with projects constructing road or railway tunnels.
- At least 5 years designing major road or railway tunnels using international standards.
- Previous experience working in post conflict countries will be an advantage.
- Experience in mentoring, training and conducting capacity-building activities both in team and counterpart scenarios.
- Excellent English skills, both written and spoken.
Emergency Infrastructure Advisor
With the aim to increase its surge capacity and provide enhanced support to its humanitarian programs, PIN operates a dedicated Rapid Deployment Unit (Radu). RaDU’s focus is mainly on setting up the humanitarian response in (new) sudden onset disasters and conflicts, as well as providing technical support for ongoing or new humanitarian programs and related consultancy work. The team consists of up to 5 members usually home or HQ based and with flexible 50% to 100% work assignments (Part-time agreements may be negotiated). Up to 2/3rd of the worktime is expected to be spent on PIN’s country programs abroad, with individual assignments up to 3 months. PIN is currently looking for a new colleague with solid expertize in infrastructure/construction.
Member of : Rapid Deployment Unit (RaDU)
Refers to: Head of emergency programs, Prague, Czech Republic
Location: home based with frequent field assignments
Distribution of work: up to 2/3rd of the worktime expected on assignment abroad (individual assignments up to 3 months each) + consultancy work from home as required + occasional stays at PIN head office (Prague)
Salary: as per PIN’s salary scale.
Ensure quality of PIN humanitarian programs and technical interventions
- Coordinate or participate in the conduct and analysis of needs, markets and technical assessments
- Coordinate or participate in the preparation of concepts notes, project proposals, assessments and baseline studies, lead or control technical designs including BoQs
- Conduct quality controls on relevant interventions/constructions. Evaluate the ongoing and completed interventions and share the results, highlighting good practices and lessons learned
- Provide technical advisory services to field teams remotely and in country. Communicate and coordinate tightly with technical teams in relevant country programmes, to ensure knowhow is maintained in country programmes
- Ensure that PIN responses are in line with existing international, national and other relevant guidelines, technical standards, and other relevant requirements.
- Supervise and control logistic and procurement processes on the relevant interventions
Strengthen PIN’s technical expertise and knowhow
- Follow global trends, identify effective approaches, track international technical best practice, guidelines, standards and other useful resources in relevant fields. Make sure relevant PIN staff are aware of them and use them
- Mentor and develop the technical skills of PIN’s relevant staff including conducting trainings, on-the-job training, and regular coaching support via skype calls.
- Develop tools and resources and promote existing standards to assist with intervention design, implementation and M&E (including standardising the tools and indicators being used to monitor capacity building interventions across the country programs, utilising PIN’s IndiKit and results-based M&E framework)
- Network with other actors working in relevant fields and pursue partnership opportunities
- Coordinate with PIN’s Technical Advisors, particularly Advisors focusing on Agriculture, Nutrition security, Education, Sustainable Water Services, and Market development.
Support the set-up of responses to sudden onset emergencies
- Initiate the emergency response in countries without PIN field offices particularly in case of large sudden onset disasters, conflicts and other situations requiring humanitarian assistance. In severe crises, deployment may be requested within 48h. Responsibilities might include field assessments, designing programmatic strategies and approaches, coordination & fundraising activities, setting up offices, recruiting national teams, setting up M&E systems and kick-starting program activities
- MSc or BSc degree in civil engineering, construction management, water engineering and/or other related fields, or solid and demonstrated practical experience in relevant fields
- At least 5 years of humanitarian experience, in multiple countries, in civil engineering, construction management, water engineering and/or other related fields
- Experience with and ability to use cutting-edge technologies such as Auto CAD, Civil 3D, Archi CAD, etc
- Knowledge of and experience with current humanitarian best practices, technical guidelines, and standards in the relevant fields
- Experience with relevant coordination and funding mechanism
- Familiarity with the PCM and field data collection
- ability and willingness to travel in arid and sometimes volatile contexts
- reliable & problem-solving personality
- excellent spoken and written English, other languages an advantage
- excellent written and oral communication skills
- flexibility and ability to respond quickly to requests for field deployment (in case of sudden onset disasters within 48 hours)
People in Need offers:
- Environment of well-established and growing organization
- Being part of a committed, professional and friendly team with an informal atmosphere
- Salary according to PIN salary scale
- 25 days of paid leave annually
- Working from home or being based in Prague or London offices (with frequent travels as described above)
- PIN covers all costs related to the country programme visits such as vaccination, flights, visas and accommodation