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Lead Electrical Engineer

Chimanimani (Zimbabwe)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Chimanimani (Zimbabwe)
  • Grade: LICA-10, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Mechanics and Electronics (Engineering)
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-03-29

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Background Information - Job-specific

Following the devastation caused to life, livelihoods and property by Cyclone Idai in March 2019, the World Bank (WB) has allocated up to US$ 72 million to finance a recovery project for Zimbabwe and the African Development Bank (AfDB) has allocated US$ 25 million to finance socioeconomic recovery in Zimbabwe. These projects address both early and mid-term recovery needs in multiple sectors (livelihoods, health, education, agriculture and infrastructure). UNOPS has been requested to establish multiple projects in Zimbabwe to assist with the recovery of the selected areas in Zimbabwe that were most affected by the cyclone.

The particular project that these terms of reference is in respect to is the AfDB funded Post Cyclone Idai and Kenneth Emergency Recovery and Resilience Programme (PCIREP) for Zimbabwe. 

A Lead Electrical Engineer will be required for the above mentioned AfDB project (based in Chimanimani).

The Lead Electrical Engineer is responsible for all aspects of the project life cycle. S/he must be able to apply with direction, the duties and responsibilities of the project success criteria, given below.

The incumbent will be based in Chimanimani with possible requirements for travel to other Districts of Manicaland Province (Chipinge) and will work in close collaboration with the respective Project Manager and the KEMC Technical Services Unit.

The Lead Electrical Engineer will work under the guidance and supervision of and report to the respective Project Manager to monitor the design development and construction work implemented by design consultants and contractors and also by the Zimbabwe Electrical Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC).

Functional Responsibilities

1.      Stakeholder Management

  • Manage communications and ensure stakeholders are aware of project activities, progress, exceptions and that stakeholders are able to accept the handover of the project outputs;
  • Manage design consultants and their performance/delivery during the design development phase for MV electrical distribution systems;
  • Manage the performance and delivery of works being conducted by both contractors and ZETDC to ensure compliance with designs, codes, regulations and standards;
  • Advise the Project Manager regarding issues that may impact the achievement of the project outputs, including issues of sustainability, resilience and post project requirements such as maintenance;
  • Manage project information flows between the various assigned work packages and the rest of the project team;

2.      Operations

  • Implement approved work packages (including the establishment of milestones) within tolerances set by the Project Board;
  • Lead in the management of the delivery of effective designs which conform to all codes of practice and industry standards in Electrical Distribution Systems, Substation Design and Build projects up to 33kV;
  • Manage the production of the required project products, taking responsibility for the overall progress and effective use of resources and initiating corrective actions where necessary;
  • Ensure compliance with UNOPS and Zimbabwe National Health & Safety and Electrical Distribution Systems Regulations and Construction Quality Assurance;
  • Lead the preparation of tender and contract documentation including specifications, bills of quantities, drawings and engineer estimates where required;
  • Liaise with external equipment and services suppliers and/or account managers;
  • Advise the Project Manager of any deviations from the project plan;
  • Identify and manage risks so that maximum benefits to the project are achieved. Review and manage project products quality and ensure that completed outputs are accepted by the relevant stakeholders;
  • Monitor and evaluate the performance and delivery of service providers;
  • Identify and report potential business opportunities for UNOPS to UNOPS Management. Identify and report threats to the UNOPS internal project business case to the Project Manager;
  • Daily coordination with relevant stakeholders such as other UN agencies, NGOs, Community and government counterparts and contractors;
  • Quality Control of all matters pertaining to the delivery of the project;
  • Daily coordination with relevant stakeholders such as other UN agencies, NGOs, Community and government counterparts and contractors;
  • Schedule and time management;
  • Provision of relevant information to enable reporting in line with the provisions of design documentation and contractual requirements;
  • Assist with the final closure of the project upon completion, delivery and acceptance of all project outputs;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the respective Project Manager;

3.      Procedures

  • Follow the Project Management Cycle Instructions and ensure that all UNOPS organizational policy is complied with (Organizational Directives and Administrative Instructions);
  • Prepare and provide contributions to Checkpoint Reports and Monthly Project Highlight Reports;
  • Ensure that all expenditures comply with UNOPS Financial Rules and Regulations (FRR);
  • Manage budgets, cash flow and obligations to ensure that deliverables are achieved and payments to consultants and contractors are received in accordance with contractual requirements;
  • Understand and manage UNOPS overheads, allocable charges and related corporate charges as they apply to the project;
  • Understand the unique structures of the United Nations (UN) and budget appropriately for assigned posts;
  • Manage and remain responsible for expenditures against the project budget, based upon accurate financial reporting and records;

4.      Knowledge Building and Knowledge Sharing

  • Participate in the relevant UNOPS Communities of Practice;
  • Actively interact with other members of the project management team, engineers, health, safety and environment etc;
  • Complete lessons learned as per UNOPS reporting format and incorporate into the UNOPS Knowledge Management;

5.    Personnel Management

  • Lead and motivate the design and construction teams;
  • Ensure that the behavioral expectations of the United Nations are established and met by all members of the electrical distribution systems team;
  • Ensure that performance reviews are conducted and recorded in the relevant UNOPS systems;
  • Identify assigned staff performance issues both positive and negative, and bring to the attention of the Project Manager for the appropriate performance related actions;
  • Have a thorough understanding of all UNOPS personnel contract modalities;
  • Ensure compliance by assigned staff with all National and UNOPS safety and security requirements. To include the full compliance with UNDSS systems and requirements;

6.    Core Values

  • Understand and Respect National ownership and capacity;
  • Seek opportunities to identify and recruit qualified staff;
  • Identify opportunities to build the capacity of project stakeholders;

7.    Accountability for Results and Use of Resources

  • The project management processes are designed to deliver maximum accountability, transparency and results. If a project output or process is not in line with this intent, it is the responsibility of the Lead Electrical Engineer to raise the issue to the Project Manager and/or supervisor;
  • Ensure that the project work packages deliver the required project products within the specified tolerances for time, cost, quality, scope, risk and benefits;
  • Maintain formal records and files in accordance with UNOPS policies and procedures;
  • Under the guidance of the Project Manager, prepare and circulate periodic reports on all aspects of the progress of design development and construction activities;
  • Be present at all times during the course of construction and installation activities;
  • Notify the Project Manager promptly with respect to all matters that require immediate and/or urgent decision making/action, to include those affecting health and safety and environmental issues;
  • The Electrical Distribution Engineer shall be responsible for the progress and quality of the delivery of design development and construction. S/he will be responsible for the daily on-site supervision of all works being conducted by contractors and/or ZETDC to thereby ensure the on-site quality control and compliance with design requirements is met;
Impact of Results
  • All project activities are successfully supervised and monitored against UNOPS Project Management Policies and Procedures, including understanding of the risks and impacts and implementation of mitigation measures;
  • Successful corrective measures to ensure quality delivery are undertaken by UNOPS and all project partners where mitigation measures have failed;
  • All reporting, is developed with appropriate levels of quality and delivered as defined in the UNOPS PMM;

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering or related field is required;
  • Postgraduate qualifications will be an added advantage.

Experience

  • Minimum of seven (7) years of relevant experience in the management and supervision of the design development ( of medium voltage (12kV – 34.5kV) overhead electrical distribution systems and low voltage electrical systems (12kV, 4.16kV, 480V & 208V electrical systems) as well as construction/installation of electrical distribution systems is required;
  • Use of project planning and drafting software such as MS Project and AutoCAD is required;
  • Experience of the Zimbabwe National Electrical Code, and other international electrical codes and standards is an added advantage;
  • Experience of working on international/local projects in conflict/disaster prone regions is an added advantage;

Languages

  • Excellent written and spoken English required;
  • Knowledge of another official UNOPS official language is an asset;

Certifications

  • PRINCE2 Foundation Certification is an added advantage;
  • Membership of a related professional association is an added advantage;

Competencies

Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
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.

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.
  • 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
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • 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.

The position is based in a family duty station

This is a local post and it is only open to Zimbabwe Nationals or persons with valid residence permits

Contract type, level and duration

  1. Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement
  2. Contract level : LICA Specialist 10
  3. Contract duration: ‘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 

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.

Diversity

With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.


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