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Mechanical Engineer

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
    • Mechanics and Electronics (Engineering)
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-30

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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.


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.

Background Information - Job-specific

The Mechanical Engineer will report to the Senior Civil Engineer as her/his primary supervisor. Working as part of the AFCO Design Management Unit (DMU), the Mechanical Engineer will provide mechanical engineering support to the AFCO projects – in close coordination with the engineering team - by contributing to ensure the HVAC, water supply facilities mechanical systems are designed and constructed in accordance with local and international policies, guidelines, standards and specifications applicable, for the new water supply facilities to be constructed under the project.  

The Mechanical Engineer will carry out mechanical designs and support the supervision of  the construction works in accordance with industry acceptable and applicable energy efficiency principles, policies and standards.  Specific responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to:

Reporting directly to the Senior Civil Engineer, the mechanical Engineer is expected to perform the following duties and responsibilities:

Functional competencies


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

  • Prepare and/or review detailed mechanical engineering design documentation including drawings, specifications and scope of work reports to be included in water supply facilities construction tender documents.


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

  • Prepare quality control and quality assurance documentation related to mechanical engineering work for new water supply facilities.

  • Assist the engineering team in the preparation of bidding documents for the new water supply facilities.

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

  • Prepare and submit professional progress reports to the Sr. Design Engineer 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 water supply facilities mechanical works 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 Sr. Design Engineer in the preparation of various project reports where necessary.

  • Provide advice to all stakeholders including contractors, AFCO projects staff, clients and donor agencies on Mechanical engineering related water supply facilities works where required.

  • Preparing Mechanical drawing package including (HVAC plan and details, plumbing plan and details and fire protection system including as built drawings for multi propose buildings.

  • Designing HVAC (Heating ventilation and air conditioning) of facilities, and buildings according IMC (international Mechanical code) and

  • Designing fire protection system of multi propose buildings according to IFC (international fire code) and NFPA (National fire protection Association) standards.

  • Preparing Mechanical SOW (scope of work) with technical specification including HVAC, plumbing and fire protection systems.

  • Create and review technical drawings, plans, and specifications using computer software and prepare design packages in line with UNOPS design planning manual and design reviewers instructions.

  • Coordinate the review process while required, with design reviewers and incorporate their comments if any.

  • Perform detailed documentation to track project development and design process

  • Ensure project timeline is met and project stays within budget

  • Support the AFCO projects teams in the evaluation and endorsement of objectives and goals of contractor plans, including staffing and budgeting, milestone descriptions, risk management strategies, detailed schedules and scope descriptions, and work breakdown structures

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

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

  •  Inspect all material delivered, at the time of receipt, to ensure compliance with submittals, and specifications.

  • Resolve technical problems at site and the certification of construction work at site.

  • Recommend design changes, cost reductions, warranty improvements, and manufacturing issues.

  • Perform other duties as may be assigned.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

a. Education

  • Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical Engineering, Physics, or related field is required. Professional Certificate in a relevant field and/or a Master’s Degree will be an advantage;

b. Work Experience

  • Minimum 4 years of progressively responsible experience in design of mechanical systems (HVAC, fire protection systems, pumping, etc..) according to local and international standards is required.

  • Demonstrated experience in mechanical design on civil buildings as well as in government and military facilities.

  • Quality control, and experience in different classes of mechanical design, under different conditions of construction procedures are required.

  • Knowledge of procurement practices an advantage

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

  • Proficient in MS Project or similar.

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

  • Experience in project control software, such as MS Project, and AutoCAD will be an advantage;

  • Experience in risk management for infrastructure projects will be an advantage.

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

c. Language 

  • Excellent knowledge of both written and oral English 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: 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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