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Architect , Multiple positions

Multiple locations (Multiple locations)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
  • Grade: LICA-9, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Architecture, Building and Property Management
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-26

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Background Information - Myanmar

Myanmar is one of UNOPS leading offices in Asia, acting as a fund manager for three of the largest development programs in the country, namely the Access to Health Fund, the Livelihood and Food Security Fund (LIFT) and the Joint Peace Fund (JPF). In addition, UNOPS Myanmar is Principal Recipient for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in Myanmar and Cambodia, and for the Global Fund Regional Artemisinin-resistance, Initiative targeting drug-resistant malaria in the Greater Mekong sub-region. UNOPS provides procurement, infrastructure, and project management services to a wide range of organizations in the country, including the Government of Myanmar, international development partners, other UN agencies, NGOs, and INGOs. UNOPS Myanmar plays a critical role in ensuring that the quality of services provided to its partners meets stringent requirements of speed, efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

Background Information - Job-specific

UNOPS Myanmar 3PI program pursues infrastructure opportunities and implements infrastructure projects in many regions throughout Myanmar. The Architect will support a project to design and construct health facilities and any other vertical structures as required by the program. 

Functional Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager, the Architect will be responsible for the provision of specialized knowledge and skills related to all aspects of architectural design and construction and equipping of health facilities and other vertical infrastructure works. S/he will be responsible for the following duties and responsibilities.

Technical Assistance:

  • Timely delivery of high-quality architectural designs and documentation in compliance with all relevant design codes and standards.

  • Conceive, design, plan, and construct models for new or modified structures, responsible for using computer equipment to draw layout diagrams. 

  • Coordinate and determine quantities and types of materials to be used in the constructions;

  • In addition to preliminary conceptual plans, prepare detailed designs, floor plans, elevations, dimensions, sections and all installations, including heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, plumbing layout, and electrical wiring, all consistent with UNOPS design requirements and expectations;

  • Undertake site visits/assessments of the project’s elements for constructions and rehabilitation;

  • Plan and oversee all architectural aspects of construction activities, responsible for final specifications and approval of ordered materials;

  • Provide full technical specifications, Bills of Quantities and instructions accompanied by drawings;

  • Ensure designs offer buildings which are aesthetically pleasing as well as safe, sound and functional and according to the national building codes;

  • Perform all other duties and tasks as requested by the PM, specifically regarding the preparation of As-Built Drawings, Maintenance Manuals, Water and Sanitary CAD drawings, and electrical drawings.

Stakeholder Management:

  • Assist the PM and project team in the preparation of regular design progress reports, budgeting and forecasting as required;

  • Handling and responding to the queries raised by the UNOPS Design Review Team during the final review of the completed design package.

Files and Reports:

  • Create and maintain engineering architecture documents including end-to-end design scenarios;

  • Maintain records, compile periodic reports and any specific reports required by UNOPS standard procedures;

The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

Monitoring and Progress Controls

  • Assist in ensuring project design and construction quality is high, observing all local/international and UN standards applicable, and all relevant health and safety procedures are adhered to.

  • Performance Appraisal

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Master´s Degree in Architecture, Architectural Engineering or similar field is required. 

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Architectural Engineering or similar field with an additional 2 years of experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.

  • Relevant professional certification in Architecture, Architectural Engineering would be considered a significant asset.

  • At least 2 years of experience  (or more depending on academic credentials) in architectural works design and consultancy services of buildings construction  is required

  • Comprehensive knowledge in computer software, particularly “AutoCAD” is required.

Language requirement:

  • Fluency in Myanmar and English Language is required


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:          Local Individual Contractor Agreement (LICA)
Contract level:         LICA 9
Contract duration:   On going (possible extension subject to the performance and budget availability)

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:  

This is an internal vacancy announcement and only for Myanmar nationals who currently working at the UNOPS are eligible to apply.  

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
  • 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 - 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.

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