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Quality Engineer , Multiple positions

Kabul (Afghanistan)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Kabul (Afghanistan)
  • Grade: LICA-9, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-31

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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

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 Country Office (AFCO) serves as an organizational mechanism to deliver a range of projects for which UNOPS has been designated as the implementation agency. At present, UNOPS AFCO 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 AFCO is to contribute to the achievement of the development outcomes sought by the Government of Afghanistan. The aim of UNOPS AFCO 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 AFCO’s mission is to exceed the expectations of all stakeholders in the delivery of AFCO’s services, at all times, in all places, in all circumstances, in order to improve significantly the lives of all Afghans in need

Functional Responsibilities

Purpose and Scope of Assignment 

Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager, Infrastructure, the Quality Engineer is expected to perform the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Contribute in the preparation of Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) plans for new construction and rehabilitation works.

  • Contribute in  the establishment of quality procedures including time limits for inspection, sampling and testing of works and other QA/QC requirements.

  • Contribute in the management of  quality assessment of materials through regular and rigid laboratory tests.

  • Conduct all quality inspections and prepare required site instructions and reports. Supervise the quality control functions/activities of the project or its parts, including quality control inspection schedules and the collection of quality records. 

  • Conduct quality control reviews and prepare related reports for design and construction of works, as required, and facilitate the compilation of inputs for monitoring and evaluation.

  • Provide technical input to and assist the procurement team on all contractual matters.

  • Manage contractors' submissions and maintain close coordination with the Lead Quality Engineer in the Core Programme Team (CPT) and the relevant cluster Project Manager about quality issues.

  • Conduct site meetings with contractors, staff, workers and customers, as required, providing necessary instruction regarding work quality management before commencement of each activity.

  • Ensure specific quality standards are constantly met at all levels of construction projects.

  • In consultation with the project staff, review technical specifications and recommend standard construction specifications for all items of work.

  • Review all standard test forms to be used during laboratory tests, QA testing schedules and procedures, and evaluate results as appropriate.

  • Review contractor practices and methodologies and make recommendations where remedial action is required.

  • Work with project engineers and design engineers/consultants for establishing procedures with time limits for the inspection, sampling and testing of works and all other QA/QC requirements.

  • Conduct initial survey queries on sources of materials, ensuring quality and quantity is of economic value to the project.

  • Cooperate with Lead Quality Engineer in the CPT to analyse non-conformities and decide the way forward.

  • Perform daily checks to assure control activities of all ongoing construction activities are in line with contracts documents and QA plans, including testing (FDT, Concrete test, Geotechnical, Site Survey etc.) and confirm their compliance. 

  • Conduct quality audits on site and prepare required reports and documentations 

  • Manage a site sample catalogue for all key submissions and material samples

  • Conduct all completion inspections – punch-out, pre-final and final acceptance. 

  • Check to assure all materials and /equipment have been tested and approved. 

  • Review all submittals to ensure compliance with plans and specifications

  • Inspect all materials delivered at the time of receipt are compliant with submittals and specifications.

  • Ensure compliance with QA/QC requirements in civil works carried out by the contractors. Discuss and solve emerging problems with co-workers, sub-contractors, suppliers and customers 

  • Conduct health and safety audits and support the Health, Safety, Social and Environmental Analysts  in maintaining site safety and preparing required reports.

  • Prepare reports prescribed within the project documents and/or as required by the Project Manager.

  • Perform other duties as may be assigned.

3. Monitoring and Progress Controls

  • Establish procedures with time limits for inspection, sampling and testing of works and all other electrical requirements.

  • Implement and monitor quality assessments, supervise the quality control functions/activities of a project or its parts, including quality control inspection schedules and the collection of quality records. 

  • Review all submittals to insure compliance with the plans and specification

  • Prepare daily/weekly/monthly reports to the Project Manager on project progress activities.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, Physics, or related field

  • Professional Certificate in a relevant field and/or a Master’s Degree will be an advantage;

Work Experience

  • Minimum 4years of progressive experience in construction work with emphasis on materials testing, quality control and assurance, laboratory testing, with a firm understanding of requirements and specifications of testing and materials.

  • Demonstrated experience in security infrastructure enhancement and rehabilitation works of military installations will be an advantage.

  • Experience in quality control, of different classes of civil work, under different conditions of construction procedures.

  • Knowledge of procurement practices an advantage

  • Experience in applying and overseeing workplace health and safety requirements.

  • Proficient in MS Project or similar.

  • Experience in risk management for infrastructure projects.

  • Knowledge of UN/UNOPS rules and regulations is highly advantageous.

       c. Key Competencies 

  • Demonstrated planning and organizational skills and ability to coordinate the work of others, ability to work on tight deadlines, and handle multiple concurrent activities;

  • High degree of personal initiative and willingness to accept wide responsibilities; 

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;

  • Excellent communication skills (spoken, written and presentational), including ability to present sensitive issues/positions and to write reports and technical decisions quantitatively justified;  

  • Proficiency in usage of computers, office software packages and advance design management software.

  • Competent user of project control software, such as MS Project, and AutoCAD.

  • 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: Local ICA
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: 

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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