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Civil Engineering Intern

Colombo (Sri Lanka)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Colombo (Sri Lanka)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-26

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Background Information - Job-specific

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world.  Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations.  

The UNOPS Sri Lanka under the Bangladesh Multi Country Office (BDMCO) 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, the office runs operations including procurement, project development and technical management, and provides financial, human resources and infrastructure-related services. The functional objective of UNOPS Sri Lanka is to deliver its projects in an efficient and effective manner and in line with the principles, rules and regulations of UNOPS, so as to achieve the outcomes sought by the clients.

Within this context, UNOPS is looking for Intern with a primary reporting line to the Project Manager / Senior Associate Civil Engineer in Sri Lanka, except when assigned to a practice area in which case s/he will report to the relevant technical team lead.
Background Information - Job-specific

The internship is a learning and working opportunity that targets fresh graduates. The intern will assist the Project Manager and Engineer in the Infrastructure team  to efficiently and effectively manage Infrastructure projects  and support to the Sri Lanka Country Office . The intern will be exposed to practical learning and working experiences that foster development of his /her path. The Intern will work full time and follow the same working hours as UNOPS employees under the direct supervision of the Senior Associate Civil Engineer.

Functional Responsibilities

  • Assist with implementation of infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka by providing project teams with advice and technical support (AutoCAD and technical drawings, quantities calculations, cost estimates, etc).

  • Assist the project managers in the production of the tender documents for construction projects.

  • Help project managers in the analysis and the technical evaluation of bids.

  • Assist project managers to manage the design plan ensuring deliverables are available on time, and to the required quality.

  • Help project managers to manage ongoing projects (progress meeting organization, schedule updates, reporting).

  • Assist the supervisor by ensuring that work required from infrastructure/works engineers are completed in a timely manner, including identification and addressing of potential delays, quality matters, and cost overruns.

  • Assist the Infrastructure Team Leader with coming up with recommendations to overcome issues and risks relating to infrastructure projects.

  • Work with project managers and Procurement unit to provide supervision of project work progress and quality for on-time project delivery through various national & international suppliers. Ensure quantity/quality control and time schedule consistency.

  • Support the supervisor by verifying that works are consistent with the project technical specifications and inform promptly of eventual deviations. Help monitor contractor activities in the project site, including bill of quantities (BoQ), is in line with the approved contract and design documents.

  • Support review of requests for new construction and rehabilitation works. Help conduct needs assessments; organize preliminary and feasibility studies, required for finalization/launch of projects.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the senior programme manager.

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

Education
  • A Bachelor degree in Civil engineering is a minimum requirement. Applicants who have graduated from such studies within the last three years will also be considered eligible for the position.

  • Autocad 3D Civils software knowledge would be an asset.


Experience:

  • While no professional experience is required for an internship, experience in the construction industry will be an added advantage.


Language 
  • Fluency in written and oral English is required.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Internship Contract level: N/A
Contract duration: One year 


This internship is not designed to lead to a staff position with UNOPS. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of the internship.

Interns may be eligible for a monthly stipend from UNOPS provided that they do not receive funds from other institutions. Interns are responsible for their own arrangements for accommodation, travel, and necessary visa arrangements.

For more details about UNOPS internships please follow this link:
https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Internships-and-volunteering.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.

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.


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