Resident Engineer

Gaza

Background

In June 2009, the Government of Canada assessed functional space requirements of courthouses in five of the West Bank’s twelve court districts. The assessment found that, with the possible exception of newly constructed courthouses in Nablus, Jericho and Jenin, or the expanded courthouse in Bethlehem, Palestinian courts are located in sub-standard rented facilities. They do not adequately respond to current, let alone future, infrastructure needs. Significant concerns include detention cells that do not meet international norms, and the absence of basic building security.

An Administrative Arrangement (AA) was signed between Government of Canada and UNDP/PAPP covering the Hebron Courthouse Design, Construction and Fixture, Furniture and Equipment (FF&E).

The Hebron Courthouse will house the First Instance, Magistrate court, Public Prosecution Service and the Judicial Police Services in a facility with a gross floor area of approximately 14,100 square meters.

The Project Manager will head a Project Implementation Unit (PIU) which is comprised of several programme and technical personnel including a:  Resident Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Junior Engineer and a Project Assistant.

UNDP/PAPP- is seeking a candidate to fill the position of Resident Engineer, under the overall guidance of the Team Leader and the direct supervision of the Project Manager, and matrix management of the Engineering Analyst.  As this position is related to the Hebron Courthouse Project in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) with an expected duration of 34 months, the Service Contract extension will be conditional to satisfactory performance evaluation, as well as availability of funding under the project.
 

Duties and Responsibilities

1) Function / Expected Results: Engineering Services and construction/upgrading Oversight:

The following represents the duties and responsibilities of the resident engineer throughout the project:

-Project Running Stage

• Together with the Designer Technical team and PIU, review and verify tender documents (design drawings, bill of quantities, technical specifications) for the construction activities, and bring to the attention to the Project Manager any issues that might affect the technical soundness of the works.
• Check and review method statements, shop drawings and as-built drawings submitted by the contractor.
• Provide daily supervision tasks of the construction activities to ensure that works are implemented in accordance with the designs, technical specifications, local/municipal regulations, and other contract documents such the environmental management plans, quality assurance plans and the health and safety plans.
• Supervise contractors’ performance in all matters related to environmental management, health and safety, quality and workmanship at the project site. Notify the Contractor of any environmental and health and safety issues, defects found with regards to the quality of the workmanship, materials and equipment’s incorporated in the project works, including the performance of the required sampling and testing.
• Closely monitor the progress of the construction works to ensure compliance with the construction schedules and, where needed, bring to the attention of the Project Manager as well as the contractor any delays in the schedule.  Put in-place risk mitigation procedures and suggest measures for avoiding delays in implementation. This also includes the supervision of the contractor’s risk mitigation measures and solutions.
• Measure and accurately record the quantities of the executed works, and check interim payment requests submitted by the contractor for completed works. Assist the Project Manager and the Engineering Analyst in conducting regular assessment of contract quantities to ensure compliance with the project budget.
• Verify the contractor’s material and equipment submittals versus the specified ones, and provide feedback to the Project Manager with all information necessary for approval of material and equipment submissions. Request regular testing of different material used in the construction works.
• Participate in bi-weekly and weekly/regular site coordination meetings with all technical project personnel, Designer, counterparts’ engineers, utility companies, municipality, telecommunications, contractors and suppliers to discuss project related matters, as well as attending the bi-monthly Construction Technical Committee (CTC) meetings, and prepare the minutes of such meetings and securing they are signed off officially by the attending members.
• Verify and record the daily site reports submitted by contractors, and prepare monthly progress reports for construction activities.
• Issue site instruction memos to contractors for any technical matter related to the construction works or to any matter related to the safety of the works or personnel at the project site. 
• Assist the Project Manager in the review and evaluation of suggestions made by contractors for modifications/adjustments to the drawings or specifications in coordination with the Designer.
• Upon request, liaise and coordinate with the Hebron Municipality technical personnel and local utility authorities for smooth and timely implementation of the project activities.
• Reporting/Communications:  prepare regular briefings and reports; ensure production of timely reports; participate in regular project and counterparts’ coordination meetings; document lessons learnt, and success stories.  A weekly environmental, health and safety assessment and reports will also be prepared and submitted.
• Upon request from supervisor, study and provide written reports on any claims submitted by the contractor and/or variation orders.
• Ensure proper filing on site for all correspondence, minutes of meetings, equipment and material submissions, site instructions, measured quantities of works, information and drawings issued subsequent to start of contract, as well as clarifications and interpretations of contract documents, progress reports and any other related documents.


-Project Closing Stage

• Participate in the committee for final inspection and handover of the construction works, and prepare snag-lists for final checking prior to project take-over.
• Assists in the performance testing and commissioning of equipment.
• Assist the Project Manager and the Engineer Analyst in checking as-built drawings for completed works, and in the review of preservation, maintenance and operation plans prepared by the contractor.

-Perform any other technical tasks as requested by the Infrastructure Team Leader

Impact of Results
Proper supervision of the project activities has an impact on the quality and implementation of the project. A client-oriented and efficient approach will reflect on the impact of the project and on the image of the UNDP. The key results have an impact on the success of project within specific areas of cooperation. In particular, on achieving the successful implementation of the project sub-component to reach all project goals and objectives.
It is anticipated that the work of the Resident Engineer will have the following impacts:
• The Project is implemented in a timely, efficient and relevant manner to achieve its intended outcome and objectives.
• Health and Safety, Labour Laws, and Quality of the Works are ensured and closely monitored.
• Environmental Management Plan is properly adhered to and implemented.
• Proper reporting and documentation is maintained.

Competencies

Competencies:

1. Corporate Competencies:
• Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards.
• Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP.
• Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
• Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

2. Functional Competencies:

Knowledge Management and Learning
• Shares knowledge and experience.
• In-depth knowledge of development issues.
• Seeks and applies knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside UNDP.
• Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more practice areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.
Development and Operational Effectiveness
• Demonstrates excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to extract, interpret, analyze data and resolve problems.
• Demonstrates excellent presentation skill.
• Uses Information Technology effectively as a tool and resource.
• Good writing skills in both Arabic and English.
Leadership and Self-Management
• Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback.
• Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
• Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure.
Learning Expectations:
• Function and operate in a multicultural setting.
• Promote the achievements of UNDP Development work.
• Partner and network for better results on development cooperation.

3. Technical Competencies:
• Experience in Civil Engineering building construction; good understanding of engineering technical specifications.
• Competency in general conditions of contract for civil works.
• Good Command of MS Office applications (Words, Excel, MS Project, etc.) and other engineering software tools (i.e. AutoCAD or similar).

Required Skills and Experience

Education: 
• MSc. Degree in Civil Engineering from an accredited University; or
• First level university degree in the above and 7 years of related experience in civil works construction may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: 
• With Msc., minimum 5 (five) years practical experience in the supervision of construction projects.
• With BSc., minimum 7 (seven) years practical experience in the supervision of construction projects.
• Knowledge and familiarity with UNDP procedures is desired.

Language Requirements: 
Fluency in English and Arabic languages.

Disclaimer

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UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Gaza
  • Grade: SB-4, Service Contract - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2017-08-27

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