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Electrical Engineer Specialist



In mid-2014 the short-term improvements in stability achieved in Iraq were shattered by the rapid advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leading to the occupation of several cities in the Governorates of Anbar, Salah al-din, Diyala, Kirkuk, and Nineveh, most notably Mosul. An estimated 5.8 million Iraqis were displaced leading to the declaration of a Level III humanitarian emergency in Iraq. Since 2015, over two dozen cities have been liberated, including ISIL’s Iraqi capital, Mosul, and approximately 2.5 million IDPs have since returned home.  
In June 2015, the Government of Iraq and UNDP, under the strategic guidance of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIL, established the Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization. The Funding Facility, later amended to include an expanded stabilization channel under the overall Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS), supports returnees in liberated areas by rehabilitating key public infrastructure such as water and electricity networks, and jump-starting local economies. FFS is governed by the Steering Committee, co-chaired by the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator (DSRSG RC/HC) and the Prime Minister’s office, with donors to FFS as sitting members. FFS is working in 23 cities across five governorates, and is an essential tool of the Government of Iraq in its effort to stabilize areas retaken by the Iraqi Security Forces. 
Given the increasing number and complexity of electrical projects under FFS, UNDP requires an Electrical Engineer to support the design, planning, implementation and monitoring of electrical components of FFS projects.

Duties and Responsibilities

Support project assessments, designs, tendering and contract management 
  • Support the assessment of projects in liberated areas that have an electrical component including physical assessment and/or desk-review of reports of conducted assessments.
  • Review the BOQs, specifications received from the local authorities and follow up finalisation of specifications with the respective authorities through verification.
  • Support the preparation and/or finalization of site-assessment reports that inform further procurement activities.
  • Execute the planning, design and implementation of electrical components of projects in accordance with FFS processes ensuring adherence to UNDP policies and procedures.
  • Undertake site visits to project sites within the country, and conduct data collection, technical assessments of electrical components of projects, according to specific requirements and identified needs.
  • Support the development of feasibility studies, analyzing pros and cons, benefits, budgets, risks and constraints, recommending best options and solutions.
  • Support the development of concept, preliminary or detailed designs (preparing, writing and assembling drawings, layouts, masterplans, design calculations and technical specifications) requiring a detailed knowledge of the international (and local) standards and codes.
  • Support the development of budgets or preliminary and detailed costs estimations to implement electrical components within the projects. 
  • Support the preparation of Specification documents, Project Proposal Documents, Scope of Works, and any similar documents.
  • Provide technical guidance to engineers under supervision. 
  • Respond to queries arising from the procurement unit and review committees related to BoQs and technical specifications.
  • Participate in Technical Review meetings and review bids against the advertised evaluation criteria and submitted technical specifications.  
Project implementation management, monitoring, oversight and reporting
  • Follow-up with contractors and national engineers overseeing the rehabilitation of electrical works at site, ensuring that the preparation and execution of the works are in accordance with the approved bill(s) of quantities and within the established time frame.
  • Conduct regular site visits in conjunction with line directorates and end-users to identify any issues and take corrective action where necessary.
  • Support FFS project team in developing and verifying the Variation Orders VO (if any).
  • Conduct inspection, including inspection of material and equipment to be installed ensuring that the materials/equipment provided by the Contractor meets the agreed specifications and standards.
  • Prepare project bi-weekly reporting on activities and provide outcome-level inputs to programme quarterly reports.
  • Check and certify substantial progress/completion and the corresponding payments presented by the contractor. Advise UNDP to withhold payment for any work which has been rejected or any work which is not in compliance with the contract documents.
Facilitate knowledge building and knowledge sharing on engineering monitoring and evaluation focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Undertake field visits to ensure compliance and timely execution of the planned projects.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with other UN agencies, government agencies, NGOs, and other organizations on engineering issues.
  • Participate in the professional engineering community remaining abreast of latest development and professional norms, standards, tools and methodologies;
  • Contribute to capacity development to enhance the enabling environment for greater national ownership of stabilization activities.


  • Innovation: Ability to make new and useful ideas work
  • Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow
  • People Management: Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
  • Communication: Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
  • Delivery: Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
  • Anti-corruption: Knowledge of anti-corruption concepts, principles and policies and the ability to apply in strategic and/or practical situations
  • Knowledge Management: Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge
  • Project Management: Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals
  • Relationship Management: Ability to engage and foster strategic partnerships with other parties, Inter-Agency Coordination and forge productive working relationships
  • Strategic Sourcing: Knowledge of strategic sourcing concepts, principles and methods, and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations

Required Skills and Experience

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in electrical engineering that is internationally recognized; or a bachelor degree with 2 additional qualifying years may be accepted in lieu of a Master’s degree
  • 5 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in electrical engineering including supervision experience of installation of heavy electrical equipment such as Generators
  • Experience in handling of tender documents for sizeable electrical engineering works, including technical inputs/specifications for the procurement of services using the conditions of international lending/funding agencies
  • Experience with UN or international organization working in crisis-affected countries will be an asset
  • Experience in project management is an asset
Language Requirements
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Knowledge of Arabic an asset


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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: erbil
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
    • Mechanics and Electronics (Engineering)
  • Closing Date: 2018-07-26

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