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Civil Engineer

Erbil (Iraq)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Erbil (Iraq)
  • Grade: LICA-8, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
  • Closing Date: 2021-03-25

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Background Information - Job-specific

The UNOPS Hub in Amman implements projects on behalf of UN agencies and bilateral donors and in close coordination with the Government and national authorities. With an established presence across the region, the office runs operations including large-scale procurement, project development and technical management, and provides financial, human resources and infrastructure-related services. 

The functional objective of UNOPS Hub in Amman is to deliver its projects in an efficient and effective manner and in line with the principles, rules and regulations of UNOPS, to achieve the outcomes sought by the clients.

The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS. 

UNOPS is committed to achieving a fully diverse workforce.

Project Background

UNOPS is undertaking a project to enhance access to basic water services among Sinjar residents in Iraq, through rehabilitation of damaged water facilities, such as potable and /or storm water pumps, generators, and parts of water treatment units. The project also entails procurement of equipment and tools such as hybrid water pumps, screen water filters or any needed equipment. The procurement will be based on incorporating innovative technologies and  renewable and hybrid systems where applicable.

The final scope of work and targeted locations will be further determined after conducting in-depth technical as well as community assessments, in coordination with the government authorities at the planning stage of this project.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the Head of Programme and the direct supervision of the Project Manager, the Civil Engineer is required to perform the following specific duties and responsibilities ensuring their effectiveness, transparency and integrity:

Coordination, Delivery, and Performance:

  • Responsible for day-to-day coordination with the contractors and suppliers according to the needs and requirements on site;

  • Inspects and report on contractor’s works in progress ensuring that the contractor meets UNOPS quality standards;

  • Provide support and guidance to the contractor and assists in resolving site problems, as necessary;

  • Responsible for supervision of technical staff and consultants assigned to the project, and the assignment and monitoring of duties during the progress of works;

  • Embed sustainability dimensions including social and gender inclusion, as well as Health, Safety, Security, and Environmental (HSSE) aspects into the project during the design and construction phases;

  • Ensure PSEA measures are implemented throughout the project implementation, as per the country PSEA action plan;

  • Perform other related duties as required from Project Manager.

Governance, Monitoring and Reporting: 

  • Check contractors’ and suppliers set out and works, including compliance with contracts specifications and ensures that contractors and suppliers comply with their work plans to complete work with specified scope of work, time frame, and budget;

  • Attend daily the project site(s) in order to monitor progress of works, identify the existing problems and provide appropriate solutions through application of sound engineering standards in consultation with the Project Manager;

  • Responsible for preparation of progress reports on construction activities, according to the agreed timeframe of works and submission of such on a weekly basis to the Project Manager;

  • Assess and report on the project closing plans, archiving of cost and progress report and hand over all related reports to the Project Manager;

  • Evaluate and assess works schedules and programmes, including the comparison with the schedule baselines and reports to the Project Manager accordingly;

  • Check all laboratory reports, operation and maintenance manuals, and keep records and report to the Project Manager accordingly;

  • Assess the work activities of contractor/s, measure completed work and make recommendations to the Project Manager for progress payments to contractors.

Administrative Tasks: 

  • Maintain records, compile periodic reports and any specific reports required by UNOPS standard procedures;

  • Responsible for the preparation and verification of a database for the available materials shipped to the project, schedules of labor force, and monitoring of quality of such during the progress of works;

  • Check, verify and approve the interim payments submitted by the Contractor/s and submit detailed reports to the Project Manager.


Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education: A Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University in Civil or Environmental Engineering or Construction Management is required. A Master’s degree from a recognized University is desired.

Experience

  • At least 2 years of experience in Water & Sanitation projects including assessment, design, supervision and implementation of WASH rehabilitation projects in Iraq and/or the Middle East region is required.

  • Comprehensive knowledge in computer software, particularly “AutoCAD” (latest Versions – 2009 and higher) is required.

  • Work Experience with an international Organization and/or UN Agencies is an asset.

  • High proficiency with computers, and other software/ platforms related to the positions field of expertise. Good experience in working with the G-Suite platform including, Google Drive, Google Calendar, Gmail, Google Sheets, Docs, and Slides is desired. 

Professional Certifications

  • Membership of the Iraqi Engineers Association 

  • Prince2, PMP or similar project management certification is an asset      

Language

  • Fluency in English and Arabic

Competencies

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: ICA
Contract level: Local ICA 8
Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.’


For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx 

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • This position is open to Iraqi Nationals ONLY.
  • Erbil is not a UN family duty station
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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