Lead Quality Engineer
Juba (South Sudan)
Background Information - Job-specific
UNOPS will be leading the implementation of a three-year World bank funded multi million USD Project “Enhancing Community Resilience and Local Governance (ECRP)' in South Sudan starting in August 2020 with the Objective is to improve access to basic services and strengthen community institutions in South Sudan.
The ECRP is a follow on Project to the Local Governance and Service Delivery Project (LGSDP) that was implemented in South Sudan from 2014 and involved the transfer of block grants from the national government directly to county government with the Objective of helping develop an annual intergovernmental fiscal transfer system for local development.
The ECRP Project will be implemented by UNOPS and the International Organisation for Migration, with UNOPS being the primary grant recipient and responsible authority for the establishment and implementation of the Project Management Unit (PMU) whose primary tasks will include: project management, stakeholder and communication management, fiduciary and procurement management, community engagement, results management and risk management. UNOPS will be the grant recipient and will be directly accountable to the World Bank in all aspects related project delivery (Project Management - Social and Environmental Safeguards, Fiduciary Oversight and Procurement Planning, Infrastructure Quality and Standards; Project Implementation – of community infrastructure as per agreed scope; as well as directly liaising with the Government of South Sudan).
The ECRP comprises the following four components:-
Component 1: Community Infrastructure and Services This component will provide block grants to boma-level communities to fund infrastructure and service delivery initiatives based on the priorities established by Boma Development Councils (BDCs). Other than a short negative menu of projects that the program cannot fund, communities are free to identify a wide variety of other types of initiatives to meet their needs.
Component 2: Local Institution Strengthening. This component will provide support and capacity building assistance to boma and payam level institutions as well as county governments. The primary focus of ECRP’s capacity-building will be among boma level counterparts, followed by payam and county level institutions.
Component 3: Project Management and Learning. This component will support (a) project management including technical planning, financial management (FM), procurement, social and environment risk management, and communications; (b) project monitoring which includes a geo-enabled monitoring system and beneficiary feedback/grievance redress mechanism (GRM); (c) continuous data collection on beneficiary impacts and social dynamics; and (d) just-in-time studies as and when needs arise. Such studies may include O&M study, technical assessment of the subprojects, GBV assessment, and so on.
Component 4: Contingency emergency response. A contingency emergency response component (CERC), initially without a budget allocation, will allow for the rapid reallocation of project funds in the event of natural or man-made crisis and major disease outbreaks of public health importance during the implementation of the project,
The ECRP will be implemented throughout the country’s 10 states and select target counties. The community infrastructure sub-projects are divided by area and implemented by IOM and UNOPS separately. While the two UN-agencies will implement their respective projects, a harmonized approach will be managed and governed by UNOPS through the Infrastructure Compliance Guidelines and the Project Implementation Manual. The anticipated sectors for sub-projects will include water supply and sanitation; rural roads; primary health facilities; primary schools; small scale irrigation schemes and community markets. UNOPS will be responsible for quality assurance of all sub-projects during the planning, design and construction stages, through a monitoring plan. IOM will be responsible for community mobilization and capacity support envisioned in Component 2.
The Lead Quality Engineer will be part of the ECRP Project Management Unit and will provide advice, oversight and support to all infrastructure projects across the project. The Lead Quality Engineer will report to the PMU Senior Project Manager
S/he must be able to apply, independently, the below duties and responsibilities of the project success criteria:
- Support community infrastructure Project managers and engineers to plan and coordinate work activities.
- Review Bill of Quantities (BoQ) prior to procurement actions, when needed
- Support Project managers develop and monitor their respective Quality, Health and Safety, Environment plans.
- Provide monthly reports to the PMU Senior Project Manager summarizing problems related to quality, health and safety, environmental issues and other issues relating to possible delays, cost overruns, variations and any other matter related to infrastructure projects following discussions with PMs.
Feasibility study/needs assessment
- Support PMs complete construction needs assessment, organize preliminary studies
- Support the review of requests for new construction and/or rehabilitation works.
- Review assessments and reports with recommendations for follow up actions.
- Assist the Project Managers in redacting the tender dossier, with particular focus to the technical documents (drawings, BoQ, technical specification and standards).
- Assist the Project managers to outline design requirements (e.g. timeline) to procure design services, including concept, preliminary and final stages where applicable.
- Assist the Project managers to manage the design plan ensuring deliverables are available on time, and to the required quality.
- Support all infrastructure Project managers across all Components with their design review submissions to HQ.
- Assist the procurement team with technical assistance in preparation of tender documentation and bid analysis where required.
Construction supervision and oversight
- Ensure all infrastructure projects have effective quality control systems in place.
- Support PMs, if needed, that the overall management of works implementation to ensure construction works are completed on time, within budget and to quality standards.
- Provide spot checks of supervision of the project work progress and quality for on time delivery.
- Assist the Project manager in the preparation of project/contracts related documentations such as periodic progress reports, site monitoring reports, stakeholder meeting minutes, engineer’s instructions and variation orders, contractor’s bills review reports, certifications, client hand-over documents and contracts close-out reports.
- Assist in providing training and technology transfer to project personnel and contractor’s personnel and advice on good construction practices, good environmental management practices, and appropriate health and safety standards during construction.
- Contribute to the dissemination and sharing of best practices and lessons learned for development planning and knowledge building.
- Ensure accurate and timely reporting (monthly, quarterly, annual) and as required internally and externally
- Prepare and submit to the PMU Senior Project manager reports of the month-end, summarizing progress quality control issues, resourcing and scheduling issues, and any other pertinent facts as required.
- Produce any appropriate documentation identified by the PMU Senior Project Manager in a professional and accurate manner.
Monitoring and Progress Controls
- Ensure that the project(s) produces the required products within the specified tolerance of time, cost, quality, scope, risk and benefits.
- The Lead Quality Engineer is also responsible for the project producing good quality construction results capable of achieving the benefits defined in the ECRP Business Case.
- Contribute to the overall business targets and needs of the Project
- Masters Degree in Engineering, or Construction or Project Management or other relevant disciplines in infrastructure is required
- Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Construction or Project Management or other relevant discipline in infrastructure combined with 2 additional years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of a Masters degree
PRINCE2® Foundation is an added advantage
PRINCE2® Practitioners is an added advantage
AutoCAD certification is desirable
Minimum 5 years work experience in Engineering, or construction management is required.
Experience in monitoring and evaluation, reporting and coordination in either UN, International NGOs, Public or Private sector organizations is desirable.
Experience in implementation of community public works is desired
Experience in post- conflict or conflict situations is desirable.
Previous experience working in South Sudan is an added advantage
Working knowledge of the UN is desirable
Fluency in written and oral English is required
UN language proficiency certificate in English would be an advantage
|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.|
|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 Individual Contractor Agreement
Contract level: IICA-2
Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance
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- 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
- This position is based in Juba, which is a non-family duty station
- For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
- 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.
Background Information -South Sudan
The UNOPS South Sudan office helps a wide range of local and international partners improve the lives of the South Sudanese people by implementing infrastructure and procurement projects. All UNOPS operations have an increasing emphasis on developing national capacities and considering gender, environmental and community concerns. UNOPS is working in a range of sectors in South Sudan including: transport, education, health, post-conflict stabilization and emergency response.
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.