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Lead Civil Engineer

Baghdad (Iraq)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Baghdad (Iraq)
  • Grade: LICA-10, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2021-01-28

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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 - Job-specific

Background Information – UNOPS Hub in Amman 

The UNOPS Hub in Amman implements projects on behalf of UN agencies and bilateral donors and in close coordination with the Government and national authorities. With an established presence across the region (Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, and Turkey), the office runs operations including large-scale procurement, project development and technical management, and provides financial, human resources and infrastructure-related services. 

The functional objective of UNOPS Hub in Amman is to deliver its projects in an efficient and effective manner and in line with the principles, rules and regulations of UNOPS, to achieve the outcomes sought by the clients.

UNOPS has been active in Iraq since 2004, delivering close to 50 projects worth over USD 260 million. UNOPS has a very strong relationship with the key counterparts at both central and regional government levels in Iraq. UNOPS operates from its Operational Hub in Amman, and supports its country office in Baghdad and its sub-office in Erbil.

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

UNOPS is committed to achieving a fully diverse workforce.

Background Information - Project Specific

UNOPS is undertaking a three-year project that aims to improve basic living conditions for returnees in the liberated rural areas of Al-Anbar governorate through the rehabilitation of up to 1,000 housing units and restoration of decentralized services. The decentralized services component will entail the provision of solar street lighting, the rehabilitation of selected community roads, and of water and sanitation networks and/or stations. When feasible, the rehabilitated housing units will be connected to the restored decentralized services taking into consideration the whole neighborhood. The rehabilitation of housing and basic services will be guided by a needs-based approach.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the Head of Programme and the direct supervision of the Project Manager, the Lead Civil Engineer is required to perform the following specific duties and responsibilities ensuring their effectiveness, transparency and integrity:


Coordination, Delivery, and Performance:

  • Undertake a thorough on-site technical assessment of the targeted locations and decentralized services to confirm the selection and to define the detailed scope of works;

  • Provide advice on feasibility, costings, timelines and requirements;

  • Responsible for day-to-day coordination with the contractors and suppliers according to the needs and requirements on site;

  • Inspects and report on contractor’s works in progress ensuring that the contractor meets UNOPS quality standards;

  • Provide support and guidance to the contractor and assists in resolving site problems, as necessary;

  • Responsible for supervision of technical staff and consultants assigned to the project, and the assignment and monitoring of duties during the progress of works;

  • Embed sustainability dimensions including social and gender inclusion, as well as Health, Safety, Security, and Environmental (HSSE) aspects into the project during the design and construction/rehabilitation phases;

  • Ensure PSEA measures are implemented throughout the project implementation, as per the country PSEA action plan;

  • Perform other related duties as required from Project Manager.


Governance, Monitoring and Reporting: 

  • Monitor contractors’ and suppliers set out and works, including compliance with contracts specifications and ensures that contractors and suppliers comply with their work plans to complete work with specified scope of work, time frame, and budget;

  • Attend daily the project site(s) in order to monitor and supervise the progress of works in the targeted facilities, identify any existing problems,  provide technical assistance and appropriate solutions through application of sound engineering standards in consultation with the Project Manager;

  • Responsible for preparation of progress reports on rehabilitation and infrastructure activities, according to the agreed timeframe of works and submission of such on a weekly basis to the Project Manager;

  • Review and/or develop written Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for all aspects and stages of the project;

  • Implement quality controls (QC) procedures, to ensure all infrastructure -activities are correctly initiated, managed, monitored, reported and closed in accordance with UNOPS policies and procedures;

  • Assess and report on the project closing plans, archiving of cost and progress report and hand over all related reports to the Project Manager;

  • Evaluate and assess works schedules and programmes, including the comparison with the schedule baselines and reports to the Project Manager accordingly;

  • Check all laboratory reports, operation and maintenance manuals, and keep records and report to the Project Manager accordingly;

  • Assess the work activities of contractor/s, measure completed work and make recommendations to the Project Manager for progress payments to contractors.



Documents Control and Management: 

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

  • Responsible for the preparation and verification of a database for the available materials shipped to the project, schedules of labor force, and monitoring of quality of such during the progress of works;

  • Check, verify and approve the interim payments submitted by the Contractor/s and submit detailed reports to the Project Manager.


Knowledge Management and Sharing:

  • Ensure that lessons learned and challenges are documented throughout the project implementation and shared with the project team;

  • Participate in the relevant UNOPS Currents.


Monitoring and Progress Controls

  • Number of on-site technical assessment conducted and reports compiled;

  • Number of site inspection and progress monitoring visits conducted;

  • Number of community engagement activities undertaken and implemented

  • Number of project reports/ documents drafted;

  • Number of stakeholder coordination meetings conducted. 

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.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

a. Education

  • Advanced University Degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in Engineering in a relevant subject matter such as Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, or Construction Management with five (5) years of relevant experience is required. 
  • First level University degree (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent) in Engineering in the above-mentioned field with an additional two (2) years of relevant experience may be considered.

b. Work Experience 

  • At least 5 years of experience in civil works design, planning, supervision or implementation of infrastructure (construction and/or rehabilitation) projects in Iraq and/or the Middle East region is required.

  • Experience in supporting the supervision and/or implementation of multi-sector infrastructure rehabilitation projects is highly desired.

  • Comprehensive knowledge in engineering software applications (i.e: AutoCAD, SAP2000, Prokon, ETABs) is desired.

  • Work Experience with an international Organization and/or UN Agencies is required.

  • High proficiency with computers, and other software/ platforms related to the positions field of expertise. Good experience in working with the G-Suite platform including, Google Drive, Google Calendar, Gmail, Google Sheets, Docs, and Slides. 

  • Excellent communication skills, including fluency in spoken and written Arabic and English languages, are required; 

Contract type, level and duration

  1. Contract type: ICA
  2. Contract level: Local ICA Specialist level 10
  3. 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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