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Engineering Specialist (non-key expert) - 2 positions, duty stations in Kramatorsk and Severodonetsk

Kramatorsk (Ukraine)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Kramatorsk (Ukraine)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
  • Closing Date: 2021-08-11

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UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Please note that the person selected for this position will be offered a contract with UNDP under its National Personnel Services Agreement modality (N-PSA 8); the UNDP Service Contract modality is phasing out over the coming year. More information about the N-PSA is available here.

 
The ongoing armed conflict in eastern Ukraine has had a direct and highly negative impact on social cohesion, resilience, livelihoods, community security, and the rule of law. Recognising the need to urgently address reconstruction, economic recovery and peacebuilding needs in areas affected both directly and indirectly by the armed conflict, in late 2014 the Government of Ukraine requested technical assistance and financial support from the international community to assess priority recovery needs. In late 2014, the United Nations (UN), the World Bank (WB) and the European Union (EU) conducted a Recovery and Peacebuilding Assessment, which was endorsed by the Cabinet of Ministers in mid-2015.
 
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been active and present in eastern Ukraine for the past decade, prior to the conflict, with a focus on community development, civil society development, and environmental protection. Work on addressing the specific conflict-related development challenges discussed above built on this earlier engagement, established partnerships, and started in 2015 through the UN Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme (UN RPP). The UN RPP is a multi-donor funded framework programme jointly implemented by four partnering agencies (UNDP, UN Women, UNFPA, FAO) in collaboration with the Government of Ukraine. 
 
The UN RPP was designed to respond to, and mitigate, the causes and effects of the armed conflict. It is based on findings of the Recovery and Peacebuilding Assessment (RPA) and is aligned to the State Target Programme for Recovery as well as to the two Oblast development strategies up to 2020. 
 
The European Investment Bank (EIB) entered into a Loan Agreement with the Government of Ukraine on the 22nd of December 2014 and has provided, through the Ukraine Early Recovery Programme (UERP), a multi-sector framework loan with a total amount of EUR 200 million in the government-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts and the neighbouring oblasts of Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhzhia. The agreement supports re-establishing and improving public service delivery (water and sanitation, electricity, district heating), repairing connection roads, refurbishment of damaged public buildings, including administrative buildings, schools and pre-school facilities, health centres and hospitals and other social infrastructure. The project also focuses on specific municipalities in other oblasts that are hosting significant influxes of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to help addressing the increased pressure on social infrastructure and sheltering. The ultimate goal of the Programme is to ensure decent living conditions for displaced people and host communities in these areas. In 2019 UERP implementation has been expanded into four additional oblasts of Ukraine – Odesa, Kherson, Poltava and Kyiv (except city of Kyiv). 
 
The final beneficiaries (FBs) of the EIB UERP framework loan are regional and municipal administrations, self-government bodies and publicly owned enterprises (with the exclusion of private beneficiaries such as private-owned utilities services) operating in the affected areas.
 
The EIB also signed a Technical Assistance Cooperation Agreement with the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing, and Communal Services (MRD) on the 16th of December 2016. Under this agreement, the UNDP will help monitor the implementation of projects (further referred to as sub-projects) selected for financing under UERP, at different stages of their project cycle. UNDP will also help to develop capacities for planning, contracting, procurement, social mitigation and local governance of FBs of the UERP.
 
The UERP loan framework is being implemented through separate tranches for which the specific sub-projects are being selected by the MRD and EIB and financed after proper tender procedures. For the current period 5 UERP sub-projects have been fully completed, more than 70 sub-projects are in active construction phase and more than 300 sub-projects will be implemented till March 2021 in nine target regions.
 

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Engineering Specialist (key expert), as well as overall supervision of the Project Manager (EIB Technical Assistance Project/Team Leader), the Engineering Specialist (non-key expert) will provide assistance in technical support on various aspects of engineering and related technical issues to regional and local government clients: 

  • Support regions and final beneficiaries (municipalities, other public bodies) to fine-tune needs assessment, establish priorities and identify specific early recovery projects, and defining plans for renovation;
  • Under Engineering Specialist’s (key-expert) guidance establish an infrastructure reconstruction plan in close cooperation with the local authorities and local business;
  • Review, check and appraise the engineering design, cost estimates and drawings of social and economic infrastructure facilities which will be prepared by qualified and competitive local engineering design companies;
  • Ensure adherence to selected direct administration procedures and verify compliance with standard costs;
  • Ensure control for carrying on construct/renovation of social and economic infrastructure facilities such as energy and water supply system, road, bridge and transportation system, supply chain, equipment and other production capacity in targeted areas;
  • Contribute to preparation guidelines for implementation of supported projects;
  • Provide advisory support to final beneficiaries and assess adequacy of operations;
  • Ensure identification and screening of community-based projects, provision of support to local communities for the preparation of related documentation, collaborate with local authorities in view of projects’ implementation
  • Collaborate with the Programme Implementation Unit (PIU) and PIU consultants in:
    • identifying unit costs and standard costs for typical and concrete sub-projects, and assess for each sub-project any cost deviations;
    • assessing for each sub-project any indicators of acquisition of sub-standard services  and/or sub-standard equipment  that could indicate mal-practices, promptly informing the Engineering Speciliast (key expert) and Project Manager (EIB-Technical Assistance Project )/Team Leader. 
  • Ensure efficient and effective delivery of the Project activities:
    • contribute to preparation of Project implementation plans, and other related documents for timely commencement and implementation of the activities;
    • contribute to preparation of supporting documents in line with Project objectives and tasks;
    • liaise with respective governmental organizations to ensure the component activities are implemented in a timely and efficient manner;
    • ensure coordination/partnership with relevant governmental, non-governmental and international organizations, including UN agencies and projects at national level and regional level for mutually reinforcing impact;
    • take measures to prevent and eliminate defects and make propositions on optimization;
    • provide project monitoring through regular visits to the project sites, reviewing implementation progress against agreed plans and milestones;
    • maintain close liaison with regional and local project partners, ensuring optimum participation and promoting ownership of authorities in the implementation of the Project;
    • ensure handover of the renovated infrastructure to the relevant authorities for operation and maintenance;
    • participate in relevant working group meetings and share information with partners and UN agencies;
    • contribute to preparation and implementation of the Project communications strategy and plan;
  • Prepare sections of the project reports, including progress and annual reports, as well as ad-hoc technical reports;
  • Review norms and normatives, certification and other requirements (esp., environmental, energy efficiency) and provide technical advice in case selected projects require permissions and construction certificates, other permitting documentation, as required;
  • Contribute to the preparation of manuals and instructions/procedures documents for rayon-, city- and/or oblast authorities to follow, in support for implementation of the the EIB Technical Assistance Project (TA) under Component 1 of the RPP ;
  • Ensure preparation of necessary technical documentation;
  • Ensure mainstreaming of gender equality considerations in the field of expertise, promotion of a safe and enabling environment free of any kind of discrimination and abusive behaviour, and gender-responsive communications based on corporate principles;
  • Perform other activities as requested by the Engineering Specialist (key-expert)
Measurable outputs of the work assignment:
  • Full and appropriate implementation of the TA Project Activities using UNDP Financial Operational Policies and Procedures and UNDP Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Reporting, quality monitoring and closure activities completed.
Performance indicators for evaluation of results:
  • Annual work plan for the TA is fully and timely implemented;
  • Funds delivery for TA within RPP reached 100%;
  • RPP operational requirements are carried out in strict accordance with UNDP rules and procedures.

Competencies

Corporate Competencies:
  • Leadership
  • People Management
  • Communication
  • Delivery
  • Innovation
  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
Functional Competencies:
  • Knowledge Management and Learning
  • Development and Operational Effectiveness
  • Conflict Management
  • Result orientation
  • Teamwork
  • Self –management and emotional intelligence
  • Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing:
    • Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things
    • Documents and analyses innovative strategies and new approaches
  • Client Orientation:
    • Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion
    • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines
  • Innovation and Marketing New Approaches:
    • Generates new ideas and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things
    • Documents and analyses innovative strategies/best practices/new approaches
  • Gender mainstreaming:
    • Knowledge of gender equality and women’s empowerment issues and ability to apply it to strategic and/or practical situations, e.g. integrating into the project/programme cycle, including design, planning, and implementation 
Other:
  • Ability to manage project for results, including the ability to translate strategic aims into achievable annual work plans; and prepare reports in a timely manner
  • Ability to handle politically sensitive issues and contacts within government authorities and CSO’s community and within UNDP
  • Sound judgment and maturity to foster a positive work environment
  • Good coordination and facilitation skills
  • Excellent knowledge of regulations and requirements in the field of design, construction, natural environment protection, safety protection and fire safety
  • Sound knowledge of civil engineering and modern construction technology
  • Excellent knowledge of technical specifications and performance schedules of construction and installation works
  • Knowledge of procedures for acceptance of completed construction facilities, quality control procedures
  • Familiarity with national legislation in the area of IDPs and early recovery, norms and standards of construction works, including critical social infrastructures
  • Excellent usage of computers and office software packages, including engineering design software

Required Skills and Experience

Education
  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Civil Engineering, Engineering, Architecture, Construction or related field.
  • Relevant Bachelor’s degree with additional two years of extensive progressively responsible relevant experience is accepted in lieu of Master’s degree.
Experience
  • Candidates in possession of a relevant Master’s degree or equivalent require up to 2 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in designing and/or managing civil engineering projects, reconstruction/construction of economic and social infrastructures or in other related fields.
  • Candidates in possession of a relevant Bachelor’s degree require minimum 2 years of relevant work experience.
  • Experience in the field of technical supervision with valid certification will be considered as advantage.
  • Experience of working with relevant stakeholders from the governmental and non-governmental institutions involved into recovery and IDPs as well as economic and social development issues at the national and sub-national levels will be a strong advantage.
  • Familiarity with UNDP bidding procedures for procurement of civil works and services will be considered as advantage.
Language Requirements
  • Fluent Ukrainian, Russian and English languages.

 

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