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Electrical Engineer

Herat (Afghanistan)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Herat (Afghanistan)
  • Grade: LICA-9, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Mechanics and Electronics (Engineering)
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
  • Closing Date: 2020-11-30

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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.

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.


Background Information - Afghanistan

Afghanistan

With more than 20 years of experience in the country, UNOPS Afghanistan focuses on providing maximum support to the Government and people of Afghanistan through delivery of projects and services in line with the government’s national priorities. The UNOPS Afghanistan Operations Centre (AFOC) serves as an organizational mechanism to deliver a range of projects for which UNOPS has been designated as the implementation agency. At present, UNOPS AFOC is implementing a number of projects in a range of sectors including infrastructure (roads, bridges, justice and security, health, and water supply) development, procurement services, HR services, capacity building, and humanitarian protection, amongst others, on behalf of the Government of Afghanistan, the international donor community, and other UN agencies.
The functional objective of UNOPS AFOC is to contribute to the achievement of the development outcomes sought by the Government of Afghanistan. The aim of UNOPS AFOC is to provide efficient and cost-effective implementation services on behalf of all our partners to support the reconstruction and development of the country. UNOPS AFOC’s mission is to exceed the expectations of all stakeholders in the delivery of AFOC’s services, at all times, in all places, in all circumstances, in order to improve significantly the lives of all Afghans in need.

Programme 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

Under the overall guidance and direction of the Project Manager (PM), and in close coordination with the Construction Engineer, Architect, Mechanical Engineer and other project staff, the Electrical Engineer will provide electrical engineering expertise to the project by contributing to ensure the electrical systems are designed and constructed in accordance with local and international policies, guidelines, standards and specifications applicable, for the new building to be constructed and the old buildings to be rehabilitated under the project.  The Electrical Engineer will carry out electrical designs and supervise construction work in accordance with industry acceptable and applicable energy efficiency principles, policies and standards.  Specific responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Determine, review and establish the local and international policies, standards and specifications required for electrical engineering work related to building construction and refurbishment in Afghanistan.

  • Liaise with the stakeholders to identify their needs so that the design will incorporate their requirements to the extent it is feasible and practicable.

  • Provide input and review electrical designs carried out by external consultants/contractor for the new building to be constructed under the project working with the teams of Architects and designers.

  • Carry out inspections of the buildings to be refurbished, assess the current situation with the electrical systems, and design suitable upgrades/replacement of existing electrical systems to meet the local and international standards and specifications applicable, and in consultation with all stakeholders.

  • Prepare detailed electrical engineering design documentation including drawings, specifications and scope of work reports to be included in construction tender documents.

  • Prepare quality control and quality assurance documentation related to electrical engineering work for new buildings and buildings to be refurbished.

  • Assist the Construction Engineer and the Project Manager in the preparation of bidding documents for the new building as well as the buildings to be refurbished.

  • Supervise on-site work carried out by contractors closely on a day to day basis to ensure quality of the work is monitored and controlled as per specification requirements.

  • Prepare and submit professionally prepared periodic progress reports to the Project Manager at intervals agreed upon. 

  • Ensure safety and health of everyone involved in the project and general public by identifying risks and threats, planning, implementing and maintaining internationally acceptable safety standards in all aspects, at all stages of the project.

  • Ensure all design and construction of electrical work is carried out in accordance with and in compliance with industry standards and international best practice energy efficiency principles, standards, guidelines and specification.

  • Assist the Project Manager in the preparation of various project reports where necessary.

  • Provide expert advice to all stakeholders including contractors, Project Manager, project staff, clients and donor agencies on electrical engineering related work where required.

  • Perform any other tasks as may be assigned.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

A.  Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering or equivalent professional qualification. 

B. Work Experience 

  • At least 4 years experience in design and construction of electrical systems.

  • Ability to produce electrical drawings and design documentation using AutoCAD or similar software.

  • Ability to use G-Suit packages (Google Sheets, Google Docs, and Google Presentation) and experience in handling web-based management systems is preferred. 

  • Knowledge of UNOPS/UN rules and regulations preferred.

C.  Languages

  • Excellent knowledge of both written and oral English required.

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.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Local Specialist Contract level: LICA-9
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:
https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx 

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.

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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