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Supervising Engineer


  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Iraq
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
  • Closing Date: 2022-08-21


Mission and objectives



The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the United Nations agency for cities and human settlements. UN-Habitat’s humanitarian work is guided by its Strategic Policy on Human Settlements in Crisis and the agency is a member of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC). At the core of UN- Habitat’s work is UN-Habitat People’s Process and New Urban Agenda, which places participatory urban analysis, and planning as a central pillar of humanitarian response, recovery and the rehabilitation of fragile cities. UN-Habitat has been active in Iraq since 1996. After 2003, UN-Habitat was largely engaged in early recovery efforts, particularly supporting internally displaced persons (IDPs) through the provision of shelter and reconstruction solutions. Since then, UN-Habitat Iraq’s portfolio has expanded beyond emergency response to include both humanitarian programmes, such as providing IDPs and returnees with shelter and water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure, and promoting urban recovery of areas affected by conflict, and developmental programmes that delivers technical support to address durable solutions for IDPs and informal settlers as well as essential capacity building for relevant government institutions. UN-Habitat Iraq follows a multi-dimensional and coherent approach in tackling diverse urban issues. These range from emergency response such as providing safe and basic shelter for IDPs and returnees, to projects that aim to build and develop the capacities of local and national governments in planning and managing urbanization, to more theoretical endeavours including research and analysis on the dynamics of urbanization and the impacts of armed conflict. The objective of this assignment is to provide technical supervision and inputs in project development and management, coordinate and support ongoing projects in monitoring and reporting, and oversight of field staff in project locations.

Task description

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of Head of UN- Habitat Kurdistan Region of Iraq Office, and/or his/her designate, the Supervising Engineer will be responsible for the following duties: • Provide technical and management support in projects related to shelter, WASH, public facilities, open spaces and informal settlements. • Provide technical guidance and line supervision of field engineers to assure quality and timely implementation of ongoing and upcoming activities in coordination with relevant colleagues; • Support relevant project managers to develop and monitor project work plan and budget plan, and to prepare and finalize progress reports; • Provide technical supervision and inputs to bidding process, including preparation of the bid documents and Bill of Quantities as well as bid evaluations; • Conduct frequent field missions to supervise field activities and construction/rehabilitation works in liaison with UN-Habitat Field Engineers; • Ensure effective and efficient execution of urban recovery and human settlements programmes within the limits of the allocated resources, by providing appropriate technical support through field visits, coordination and monitoring activities; • Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects; • Monitor and analyze programme/project development and implementation. • Review relevant documents and reports; • Identify problems and issues to be addressed and initiate corrective actions; • Liaise with relevant parties and ensure follow-up actions are undertaken where necessary; • Research, analyze and present information gathered from diverse sources; • Assist in policy and programme development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies; • Organize and prepare written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.; • Provide substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.; • Develop and maintain partnerships and regular communication with project stakeholders such as local authorities, counterparts, implementing partners, contractors, beneficiaries and relevant UN agencies; • Initiate and coordinate outreach activities; conduct training workshops, seminars, etc. and deliver presentations on assigned topics/activities; • Participate in or lead field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc; • Assist in facilitating partnerships with relevant cluster coordinators and partners such as Shelter/NFI, WASH and CCCM; • Coordinate activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and sub-missions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepare related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.); • Assist in responding to the Clusters' needs for information collection and sharing; and • Perform other duties as required.

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