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Electrical Engineer (Retainer)


  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Beirut
  • Grade: Junior level - LICA-8, Local Individual Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
    • Mechanics and Electronics (Engineering)
    • Documentation and Information Management
  • Closing Date: Closed

Background Information - Job-specific

The UNOPS Hub in Amman 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 large-scale procurement, project development and technical management, and provides financial, human resources and infrastructure-related services. 

The functional objective of UNOPS Hub in Amman is to deliver its projects in an efficient and effective manner and in line with the principles, rules and regulations of UNOPS, to achieve the outcomes sought by the clients.

UNOPS has been active in Lebanon since 2015, delivering projects in support of the Government of Lebanon and partners. Since the explosion at the Beirut Port on 4 August 2020, UNOPS has significantly scaled up its presence in the country to support the humanitarian response and both its presence and portfolio have undergone expansion.

The Electrical Engineer is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS. 

UNOPS is committed to achieving a fully diverse workforce.

Background Information - Project-specific

The project aims to strengthen the operational capacity of critical public services in Lebanon to provide essential health, water services and other services in support of vulnerable populations through the provision of critical equipment and rehabilitation of facilities with access to renewable energy solutions.

Functional Responsibilities

The Electrical Engineer shall be responsible for ensuring optimized designs of Electrical/ Solar Systems and supervision and related documentation of projects that are to be carried out on time as per the assigned tasks. The Electrical Engineer will report directly to the Project Manager or the Head of Program.

The functions/duties/key results of the assignment:

The Electrical Engineer shall coordinate any support to the tasks assigned to him/her (designs, supervision, commissioning and related documentation works, etc..).

The Electrical Engineer shall provide his/her technical expertise as required to perform and coordinate any pertinent electrical, solar and renewable energy systems designs assigned to him/her.

He/she is responsible for ensuring high quality design documentation, effectiveness, transparency, and integrity and assisting in ensuring that the site works are carried out on time and within the allocated budget.  The tasks would involve, but not limited to, the following: 

  • Participate in the design of electrical, solar and renewable energy systems;

  • Assist in producing Terms of References for Consultancy Services; designs, Electrical Drawings, Technical Specifications, Scope of Works, Bills of Quantities, Cost Estimations, Design Calculations, related reports for Works and Supply of Goods Contracts;

  • Assist the Project Manager in the preparation of Tender Documents (Concerned with Consultancies, Supply of Goods, and Works) and participate in the evaluation of Proposals;

  • participate, through the Project Manager, and/or Head of Program, with other Project Team members (Architects, Engineers, Draftsperson and Quantity Surveyors, etc..) in the planning of projects, scheduling of tasks and developing integrated designs;

  • Assist in monitoring and supervising and execution of contracts to ensure adherence with the signed contracts, high international quality standards and UNOPS requirements; and

  • Any other relevant task that might be assigned to the Electrical/ Solar Energy Engineer.

Specifically, the Electrical Engineer will be responsible for the following substantive tasks:

Technical tasks:

  • Assist in conducting needs assessment activities to identify and select beneficiaries of the project;

  • Assist in the preparation of design briefs, design reports, documentations, calculations, drawings, specifications, schedules and other project documents of solar/ electrical engineering systems for projects in accordance with the pertinent  international standards and codes and good engineering practices;

  • Perform the tasks in accordance with the applicable Quality Assurance (QA)/Quality Control (QC) protocols and regulations and requirements;

  • Produce high quality Auto CAD drawings;

  • Assist in keeping files for all site memos and instructions, measuring quantities of work and material on site;

  • Provide the Project Manager and Project team with all information to execute the project in a timely manner, highlight possible late delivery prior to the event and within the budget allocated;

  • Assist in the preparation of Project Schedules (utilizing Primavera, MS Project, etc.,), and assist in performing periodic updates and revisions of the schedules to meet the targets;
  • Assist in preparing daily, weekly, monthly reports;

  • Assist in reviewing progress and financial reports (invoices) submitted by consultant/ suppliers/ contractors and recommend to the Project Manager the release of payments after performing technical assessment and verification and quantity surveying;

  • Assist in: carrying out technical reviews (of the Consultants’, Suppliers’, or Contractors’ Technical Submittals, Materials catalog sheets, Shop Drawings, As-Built Drawings, reports, deliverables, etc..), site inspections, assessments, quantity surveying and preparing reports as required and providing advice on suitable alterations,  and guiding contractors on all related issues, and ensuring that they meet the high standards expected by UNOPS, while delivering the projects within the set time and budget constraints; and

  • Assist in coordinating and planning of testing, commissioning, training and handover of systems deliverables to clients and beneficiaries.

Administrative tasks:

  • Assist in archiving and documenting Electrical/solar Energy design and engineering related material archiving; and

  • Assist in performing scheduling requested tasks related to the projects.

Final Product

Deliver delegated tasks by the supervisor on time and as per the required cost and quality parameters. Ensure that projects design and construction are prepared and performed with high quality, while observing the applicable local, international and UN standards and ensure adherence to relevant Health, Safety, Security and Environmental procedures.


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

  • Bachelor's Degree, preferably in Electrical Engineering or similar field (e.g. Electromechanical, Electronics), is required. 

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited university is an asset.

  • Membership of the Lebanese Order of Engineers (Beirut or Tripoli) is required.

  • Possession of Project Management Certificates is an asset.

  • Certified Solar Energy Engineer is an asset.

  • General professional experience: At least 2 (two) years in Power Generation (Conventional Technologies); or Low Voltage and Medium Voltage Networks is required.

  • Within these 2 years, professional experience in the preparation of design documents (Drawings, Technical Specification, Bills of Quantities, Cost Estimations, etc.); and/or implementation supervision of grid connected and/or Hybrid Solar PV Projects (minimum capacity of 100KWp), preferably with Storage Systems, is required.

  • Experience in computer design software, particularly “AutoCAD” (latest Version) or equivalent is required.

  • Experience in Lebanon or Developing countries in the field of Hybrid Solar PV Projects is an asset.

  • Experience in computer scheduling software, particularly Primavera and/or MS Projects is an asset.

  • Experience in Solar PV Software (PV-Sol / PVSYS) is an asset.

  • Demonstrated computer ability in using Electrical Engineering design software and Applications is an asset.

  • Demonstrated computer ability in using Google Suite applications is an asset.

  • Work experience with an international organization and/or UN Agencies is an asset.

Language Requirement:
  • Fluency in English and Arabic are required. 
  • Working knowledge of the French Language is an asset.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Local Individual Contractor Agreement (LICA) Contract level: LICA-8
Contract duration: Retainer for 12 months with possibility of extension

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 

Additional Information

  • Please note that UNOPS does not accept unsolicited resumes.

  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

  • Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.

  • UNOPS embraces diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity. Our workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures,  languages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities. UNOPS seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. 

  • Qualified women and candidates from groups which are underrepresented in the UNOPS workforce are encouraged to apply. These include in particular candidates from racialized and/or indigenous groups, members of minority gender identities and sexual orientations, and people with disabilities.

  • We would like to ensure all candidates perform at their best during the assessment process.  If you are shortlisted and require additional assistance to complete any assessment, including reasonable accommodation, please inform our human resources team when you receive an invitation.

  • This position is stationed in Beirut, Lebanon which is a family duty station.

Terms and Conditions 

  • 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 (they take around 4 hours to complete) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS. For more information on a retainer contract here.

  • All UNOPS personnel are responsible for performing their duties in accordance with the UN Charter and UNOPS Policies and Instructions, as well as other relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, all personnel must demonstrate an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a manner consistent with UN core values and the UN Common Agenda.

  • It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential personnel. Recruitment in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

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