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Senior River Engineer - Adviser (Home-based Retainer) (open for national and international applicants)

Remote | Home Based - May require travel

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Remote | Home Based - May require travel
  • Grade: Mid level - IICA-3, International Individual Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Documentation and Information Management
  • Closing Date: 2024-05-23

Job categories Engineering
Vacancy code VA/2024/B5101/28154
Level ICS-11
Department/office AR, AFCO, Afghanistan
Duty station Home based
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-3
Duration Short term
Application period 16-May-2024 to 23-May-2024
Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Functional Responsibilities

Specific responsibilities and duties include but are not limited to:

  • Advise and guide the technical team on actions, analysis and inputs required for the feasibility assessment of specific project sites.

  • Advise the team on hydraulics and hydrology issues, including the concept design of extraction works at specific sites.

  • Review the data provided by the technical team and provide the technical assessment recommendations for the project sites with respect to the river capacity and works (hydrology and hydraulics), typically considering technologies such as gabions or similar appropriate structures.

  • Review and provide feedback and recommendations on the technical outputs from the technical team.

  • Provide advice and recommendations on river hydraulics and hydrology components of the feasibility report.

  • Support Development of typical designs with notes on site-specific aspects adaptations

  • Support site-specific design development by UNOPS AFCO team.

  • Support review of designs.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

a. Education
  • Advanced University Degree (Master's) in civil, environmental or water resource engineering is required.

  • A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. 

b. Professional Registration
  • Professional license or registration from a recognised professional body or institution is required.

c. Work Experience 


  • Minimum 7 years of progressively practical and responsible experience in the planning, investigation and design of river water abstraction sites.

  • Flood hydrology experience. 

  • Experience in hydraulic design of river pump stations.

  • Experience in design of river off-take works, fluvial processes and sedimentation mitigation measures.

  • Exposure to appropriate technology in terms of water supply for small scale irrigation systems.


  • Knowledge of the UN system and familiarity with UNOPS procedures is a distinct advantage.

  • Demonstrated experience working with UN agencies, international development organizations, governments, NGOs or private sector organizations is desirable.

  • Experience in design review and advisory capacity.

  • Experience working in Afghanistan, Pakistan or a country with similar river systems to Afghanistan.

  • Climate change adaptation in terms of river systems.

d. Language Requirements:                    

  • Fluency (oral and written) in English is required.

  • Working knowledge of Dari and or Pashto is an asset.

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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.