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UN University Volunteer in Civil Engineer


  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Bangkok
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Volunteerism
  • Closing Date: Closed


Mission and objectives

ESCAP’s mission on energy is to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all in Asia and the Pacific; and to enhance energy security and connectivity by promoting regional cooperation, using the means of intergovernmental process, research, and capacity building. ESCAP leads programmes aimed at helping member states to advance energy access, renewable energy, and energy efficiency in line with SDG 7 targets. ESCAP fosters the transition to a sustainable energy system through regional cooperation on energy and promoting enhanced energy connectivity.


The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote regional cooperation for inclusive economic and social development in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP's role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership, through its analytical, normative and technical cooperation, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region. This position is located at the Seismic Mitigation Project (SMP) Project Management Office within Division of Administration (DA) the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Bangkok, Thailand. The UN University Volunteer in Civil Engineer works under the direct supervision of the Project Engineer of the SMP. The Seismic Mitigation Project (SMP) is a multi-dimensional renovation project that will transform the UN ESCAP premises in Bangkok, Thailand, into a safe, accessible, sustainable and modern workplace for all. The scope of the SMP covers seismic reinforcement works in the Secretariat and Service buildings, to ensure life safety and seismic code compliance. The Secretariat building will also undergo the replacement of major building systems that have reached their useful lives, interior renovation works and the removal of any hazardous materials. To deliver the project’s mandate of accessibility, the interiors will be re-designed to create a truly inclusive environment for all, including persons with disabilities. Additionally, the SMP aims for increased sustainability through design and construction elements as well as the use of sustainable materials. The renovation will increase energy efficiency, reduce dependency on artificial cooling and lighting and minimize ESCAP’s environmental impact. The SMP will also transform the existing office spaces into activity-based work environments, supporting the way the UN works, connects and collaborates. The UN General Assembly (in its resolution A/RES/71/272) approved the project in December 2016, with an overall budget of $40.019m. The project consists of 5 phases including the Planning, Design, Tendering, Construction and Close-out Phases. It was officially established on 1 January 2017 and works are expected to be completed by 31 December 2023.

Task description

Under the direct supervision and guidance of (Project Engineer of the SMP), the UN University Volunteer will support in the following tasks: 1. Understand the seismic objectives, new waste-water sewage tanks and new rainwater harvesting system and associated design work; 2. Monitor changes to designs, assess the effects on cost and measure and value variations to designs; 3. Analyze project requirements and prepare required technical papers and recommend modifications and changes if required and participate in various design meetings; 4. Evaluate all civil processes and ensure efficient quality control on all projects and pro-vide support to engineering team at all times to maintain work schedule. 5. Liaise with other engineers and mission specialists responsible for related specialized phases to arrive at mutually satisfactory approaches to problems by exchanging and comparing data. 6. Analyze project proposals to ensure technical feasibility and to ensure that project objectives are attainable within prescribed resources. 7. Conducts research technical systems proposed by contractor’s. 8. Coordinate with the UN stakeholder’s and project Seismic and Structural Engineers. 9. Perform other related duties as required. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to: - Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day); - Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; - Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities; - Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.; - Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers; - Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible. Results/Expected Outputs 1. Review and understand the SMP structural and civil design scope, provide a summary. 2. Review existing building information and extract information requested [as required] 3. Review submittal by the contractor and provide comments [as required] 4. Prepare a quality assurance and control checklist for the structural / civil works. 5. Prepare and provide minutes of meetings [as required] 6. Provide substantive advice [as required] 7. Performs other duties [as required] 8. Exit report detailing knowledge and experience gained from this volunteering experience

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