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Health, Safety, Social and Environmental Senior Analyst - Analysis and Reporting

Kabul (Afghanistan)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Kabul (Afghanistan)
  • Grade: IICA-1, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Security and Safety
    • Documentation and Information Management
    • Environment
  • Closing Date: 2020-09-21

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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.


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.

Background Information - Afghanistan

UNOPS strategy for Afghanistan is aimed at providing maximum support to the Government and people of Afghanistan though the delivery of projects and services in line with the government’s own priorities. The UNOPS Afghanistan has been established as an organizational mechanism to deliver a range of projects for which UNOPS has been designated as the implementation agency. At present, UNOPS AFGHANISTAN is implementing a number of projects in a range of sectors including infrastructure (roads and schools) development, capacity building to various ministries, and environmental protection, among others, on behalf of the Government of Afghanistan and the donor community.

The functional objective of UNOPS Afghanistan is to deliver projects in an efficient and effective manner, to achieve the development outcomes sought by the Government of Afghanistan and the donor community, where capacity building is always considered and encouraged. The aim of UNOPS Afghanistan is to provide implementation services to the Government of Afghanistan, the donor community and partner agencies in the reconstruction and development of the country. In doing so, UNOPS aims to exceed client expectations in the delivery of quality services throughout the country.

In order to ensure sound projects and financial management of bilaterally funded projects in AFOC, and support the development of further projects in the portfolio, UNOPS is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Programme Manager, RSHQ.

Established in 2015, Resolute Support (RS) is a NATO-led, non-combat mission with a mandate to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF), who assumed nationwide responsibility for Afghanistan’s security following the conclusion of the previous NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission.  

The purpose of RSHQ is to help the Afghan security forces and institutions develop the capacity to protect its citizens in a sustainable manner and to manage/improve security enhancements with Kabul city.  The purpose of the UNOPS/RSHQ engagement is to support NATO for both the ANA Trust Fund and Kabul Security Force funding streams; for procurement of goods and services, contract management, maintenance of equipment(s), physical security enhancements, construction projects and construction work packages, as well as coordination and facilitation of RSHQ operations, programs and activities (non-kinetic only).

The UNOPS/RSHQ engagement is a complex and challenging programme which is set to expand significantly during 2020 and beyond.

Functional Responsibilities

Purpose and Scope of Assignment

Reporting to the Senior Programme Manager and as a sub-set of the AFOC QA/QC unit, the Health, Safety, Social and Environmental Senior Analyst will ensure full coordination within the RSHQ programme team and the different RSHQ project teams (Senior Programme Manager/Project Managers, Site Engineers and others). 

In general, the main duties of the Health, Safety, Social and Environmental Senior Analyst include ensuring compliance with local regulations and UNOPS rules as it relates to occupational health and safety, social and environmental management, and to provide advice, training on measures needed to minimize hazards and social/environmental impacts in construction sites. The Health, Safety, Social and Environmental Senior Analyst needs to establish a safe workplace according to legal standards and foster a culture of attention to health, safety, social and environment management in all work sites throughout the RSHQ Programme’s life cycle. The Health, Safety, Social and Environmental Senior Analyst shall focus primarily on prevention of accidents and is expected to be detail-oriented and ready to act in emergencies. The Health, Safety, Social and Environmental Senior Analyst will be expected to work closely with the AFOC Head of QA/QC to ensure compliance with AFOC and UNOPS policies.

More specifically, the Health, Safety, Social and Environmental Senior Analyst will be responsible for the following substantive tasks:

●      Provide technical advice to the RSHQ Senior Programme Manager and project developers on what needs to be included in project proposals to embed HSSE management into new projects.

●      Support the production and review health, safety, social and environmental management plans, on a regular basis and ensure these are up to date at all times.

●      Advise project staff, contractors, consultants, implementing partners and other stakeholders on various safety, health, social and environmental related matters related to project implementation.

●      Support the RSHQ Programme, and RSHQ Project teams in raising awareness on health and safety issues among project staff, consultants, contractors, implementing partners and other stakeholders and within UNOPS in general, working closely with the UNOPS Regional and Head Quarter HSSE Unit.

●      Conduct risk assessment and enforce preventative measures on HSSE.

●      Initiate, organize and conduct HSSE training for RSHQ project teams, contractors, consultants, implementing partners and other stakeholders.

●      Inspect work sites and the work of personnel on a regular basis to identify issues or non-conformity, and enforce necessary actions where unsafe acts or processes that seem dangerous or unhealthy are detected.

●      Oversee installations, maintenance and disposal of substances, plant and equipment etc. to ensure they are done in conformity with applicable laws and industry best practice.

●      Oversee the recording and investigate incidents (including near misses) to determine the cause and to propose improvements to processes in the future.

●      Prepare reports on incidents (including near misses) and compile statistical information to present to management on HSSE matters.

●      Ensure a safe workplace environment is maintained at all times without risk to health and safety of everyone including workers, UNOPS staff, other stakeholders and general public.

●      Ensure that all Health & Safety policies, procedures, rules and regulations are adhered to and are regularly reviewed, updated and communicated.

●      Ensure the contractors meet their statutory obligations in all areas pertaining to health, safety and welfare at work, including statutory training and reporting.

●      Ensure that safety inspections, risk assessments, working procedures are managed, and contractors and employees are aware of their responsibilities in relation to health and safety issues.

●      Co-ordinate the development of HSSE guidelines and operating procedures in collaboration with the AFOC QA/QC team.

●      Ensure full and accurate health and safety training records are documented.

●      Establish a full programme of documented HSSE inspections, audits and checks.

●      Establish and conduct a structured programme of health & safety training (including a well-developed induction program) for project staff, contractors, implementing partners, consultants and other stakeholders.

●      Keep up to date with all aspects of relevant health, safety & welfare at work legislation and communicate relevant changes to the stakeholders.

●      Provide regular reports to the RSHQ Senior Programme Manager on relevant HSSE activities.

●      Participate in regular site meetings to report on relevant HSSE matters and to provide necessary advice.

●      Assist the RSHQ programme and projects in meeting UNOPS HSSE standards and prepare for and meet the requirements of external audits for ISO 14 001 and OHSAS 18 001.

Any other related tasks assigned.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


●      Advanced-level university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Health and Safety Management, Environmental Management, Civil Engineering, Natural Sciences or other relevant discipline is required. A Bachelor’s Degree with two additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of a Master’s degree.

●      A formal qualification in Health and Safety is essential.

●      Additional qualification in Environmental studies or other social safeguards such as gender equality, child protection, disability inclusiveness will be an advantage.


●      At least 2 years of experience in the infrastructure sector.

●      A proven track record experience managing health and safety in construction, manufacturing, mining or similar production environments is an asset.

●      Experience of third party certification audits for health & safety and environment management is an asset.

Language Requirement

Excellent knowledge of both written and oral English is required.


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.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: International ICA Contract level: IICA-1
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: 

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
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • 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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