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Lead Biomedical Engineer (Technical Lead)

Manila (Philippines)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Manila (Philippines)
  • Grade: IICA-2, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Managerial positions
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Biology and Chemistry
  • Closing Date: 2022-01-20

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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.

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.

Background Information – Philippines Established in 2016, UNOPS Philippines provides expert support to ensure sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure activities in projects. With funds from the European Union (EU), UNOPS supports the Supreme Court, the Department of Justice, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government under the Governance in Justice (GOJUST) Programme (GOJUST2) through procurement, logistics, and grants management to push forward the justice reform agenda of the Philippine government through innovations and interventions; as well as providing grants to civil society organisations to improve access to justice of marginalised groups. In the Support to the Bangsamoro Transition (SUBATRA) Programme, UNOPS is working with the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Government strengthening capacities of the executive, legislative and judicial branches to ensure a smooth transition, also with funds from the EU.

In the health sector, UNOPS works with the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) for the construction of health facilities in Eastern Samar, and with the DOH / ADB in the HEAL project (Health System Enhancement to Address and Limit COVID-19).

The UNOPS Philippines Office is part of the UNOPS Cambodia Multi-Country Officer (KHMCO), which provides oversight, support and services to UNOPS operations in the country offices.

UNOPS Philippines is in the process of expanding its area of engagement in cooperation with its development partners, focusing mainly on a portfolio of projects and programs in the infrastructure, logistics management, procurement in health, rule of law,  and governance sectors and subsequently is looking for qualified and committed experts.

Project Background Information – ADB HEAL

The Health System Enhancement to Address and Limit (HEAL) COVID-19 project  (2020 - mid 2022) funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) aims to assist in scaling-up the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) emergency response of the Philippines Government while strengthening the Philippine Health System to become more cost-effective and sustainable.
Through this project, the Department of Health (DOH) will procure through UNOPS emergency medical supplies, laboratory equipment and consumables, and fully outfitted laboratories and isolation wards for the targeted molecular laboratories and hospitals.

The objective of the project is to provide the DOH medical equipment and in turn health facilities across the Philippines with emergency medical supplies, laboratory equipment and consumables, as well as fully outfitted newly constructed laboratories and isolation wards for the targeted molecular laboratories and hospitals to reduce the spread of the virus. 

The availability of the key equipment and new infrastructure will strengthen the ability of the health system in the Philippines to effectively treat COVID-19 cases.

The expected outcomes of the project are:

  1. Strengthened preparedness and response capacity of the Philippines health system in regard to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19; 
  2. Reduced COVID-19 transmission and increased safety of the local populations.

Functional Responsibilities

Under supervision of the Senior Project Manager, the Biomedical Engineer will be responsible for the following tasks: Provide prompt, high quality and professional engineering support in all activities related to the research, commission and installation of medical equipment such as:
  • Participate in the review and analysis of existing health equipment and installations (field assessments) in various sites.
  • Review the medical equipment specifications and requirements under design, in terms of accuracy, suitability and context.
  • Participate in meetings and work closely with other respective medical experts to identify exact Locations and dimensions for equipment to facilitate better and efficient patient and process flows.
  • Assess the probabilities for integration of the new equipment into existing medical systems.
  • Prepare drawings to show proposed  locations and installation for the medical equipment
  • Develop the schedule of the requirements, conditions, evaluation criteria and exact submission needed from the bidders before the bid solicitation.
  • Produce  bills of quantities for tender purposes in terms of accuracy and content.
  • Prepare technical specifications for medical systems including components, products, apparatus, and services together with the expected quality of workmanship, in close coordination with the Procurement team.
  • Preparation of estimates of prices for all medical equipment.
  • Participate as technical evaluator of proposals for the supply of medical equipment.
  • Participate in scheduled site visits for inspection during implementation.
  • Witness the testing, commissioning of the installed equipment, the training of end-users and review shop drawings from contractors and issue a take-over certificate of the installed equipment.
  • Development of a comprehensive maintenance plan for the installed equipment.
  • Keep files and records of the design processes and decisions.
  • Scheduling requested tasks related to medical works.
  • Maintain accurate, current, comprehensive documentation for each area of responsibility.
Monitoring and Progress Controls
  • Prepare weekly & monthly progress reports: progress of works based on the established schedules and plans, encountered problems, solutions, planning of activities for the following week, etc.
  • Consolidated monthly/quarterly progress reports
  • Prepare and maintain an inventory list of medical equipment
  • Prepare operational and maintenance plans for all medical equipment
Stakeholder Management
  • Establish solid working relationship with the government
  • Manage communications and ensure stakeholders are aware of project activities, progress, exceptions and are in a position to accept handover products
  • Advise the client on issues that may impact the achievement of their outcomes (including issues of sustainability and post project requirements such as maintenance)
  • Manage the information flows between the project(s) and the government
  • Liaise with technical committee and end users.
Final Product
  • Prepare an accurate inventory list of all medical equipment
  • Complete operational and maintenance plans for all medical equipment.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in biomedical engineering, project management, or in any relevant area is required.
  • A university degree (Bachelor's degree level) with a combination of 2 years of relevant professional experience as a biomedical engineer may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Experience

  • A minimum of 5  years of progressively responsible experience in medical equipment management, purchase and/or installation and maintenance is required.
  • Working experience in developing countries will be an asset.
  • Experience in the maintenance and the acquisition of health biomedical equipment is an asset
  • Experience of successfully working with a variety of health sector stakeholders, particularly governments and development partners is an asset.
  • Proficiency with computers in particular AutoCAD, and other related software related to the positions field of expertise is highly desirable.
  • Experience working with developing nations and/or large global donors such as Global Fund, USAID, World Bank, etc. is an advantage.

Languages

Fluency in both written and spoken English is required.

Contract type, level and duration

  • Contract type: International Individual Contract Agreement (IICA)
  • Contract level: IICA 2
  • Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.
  • Duty Station: Manila, Philippines. Manila is a family duty station.
For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:

https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.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
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • 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.


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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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