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Health, Safety, Social and Environmental Senior Associate


  • Organization: UNOPS
  • Location: Colombo
  • Grade: Administrative support - LICA-7, Local Individual Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Administrative support
    • Environment
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: Closed
Job categories Health, Safety and Environment
Vacancy code VA/2023/B5517/26074
Department/office AR, SAMCO, Sri Lanka MCO
Duty station Colombo, Sri Lanka
Contract type Local ICA Support
Contract level LICA-7
Duration Ongoing
Application period 23-May-2023 to 06-Jun-2023
Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Functional Responsibilities

2.1 Technical tasks:

  • Provide guidance on various safety-related topics (noise levels, use of machinery etc.)
  • Conduct risk assessment and enforce preventative measures under the guidance of project manager/engineer
  • Initiate and organize OHS training for UNOPS project team with the  oversight from project manager/engineer. Inspect premises and the work of personnel to identify issues or non-conformity (e.g. not using protective equipment)
  • Oversee installations, maintenance, disposal of substances etc.
  • Check and stop any unsafe acts or processes that seem dangerous or unhealthy
  • Record and assist in   investigating incidents to determine the cause.
  • Prepare reports on occurrences and provide statistical information to upper management.
  • Support the PM to ensure a safe workplace environment without risk to health. Assist in ensuring that all Health & Safety policies, procedures, rules and regulations are adhered to and are regularly reviewed, updated and communicated. Assist the  Project Manager   in ensuring the contractor meets its statutory obligations in all areas pertaining to health, safety and welfare at work, including statutory training and reporting
  • Assist the office  in ensuring that all accidents are documented, investigated and recommended improvements implemented
  • Ensure that safety inspections are carried out, safety inspections, risk assessments, lone working procedures are managed, and employees are aware of their responsibilities in relation to health and safety issues.
  • Support the  Project Manager  in the development of health & safety policies, systems of work and procedures.
  • Ensure full and accurate health and safety training records are documented.
  • Assist in establishing a full programme of documented health & safety inspections, audits and checks.
  • Provide  support  in establishing a structured programme of health & safety training for project staff.
  • Liaise with external health & safety (contractor H&S) in the provision of training for health and safety services.
  • Support the Project manager to organise & distribute minutes for the Health & Safety Committee meetings.
  • Keep up to date with all aspects of relevant health, safety & welfare at work legislation and communicate relevant changes to the business.
  • Provide regular  assigned reports to the Project Manager on relevant health and safety activities.
  • Participate in monthly project team meetings when required to report on relevant health & safety matters.
  • Ensure all precautionary signs are installed in proper areas.
  • Maintain Site Safety inspection register
  • Under the oversight of the project manager, maintain online reporting platforms in UNOPS for H&S up to date.
 2.2 Administrative tasks:
  • Support the Project Manager in raising awareness on Health and Safety Issues within teams.
  • Perform any other support  tasks relevant to Health and Safety when required.

2.3 Monitoring and Project Controls:

  • Active participation in weekly site progress meetings.
  • Provide needed assistance/ training on Health and Safety under the  project managers guidance.
  • Assist in Implementing UNOPS guidance on IOSH or health and safety standards and procedures to be implemented by all project team members.
  • Prepare a monthly report on issues faced and criteria used to avoid such accidents in the future.
  • Regular  field inspection to make sure all field staff are taking the health and safety measures into consideration.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • A diploma from a recognized institution preferably in Safety Management, Engineering or other relevant field is required.

  • National Certificate in technology in engineering or relevant field with 5 years of construction experience may be accepted in lieu.

  • Certificate in occupational health and safety is desired.

Work Experience:

  • At least 5 years of experience in occupational health and safety is required in the construction sector.

  • At least 5 years of experience working on infrastructure projects;

  • Experience with the design or implementation of environmental safeguards tools is desirable;

  • Experience in Health, Safety & Environment management is an asset;

  • Experience working in an infrastructure project or site management capacity in UNOPS, a UN organization or a similar international organization would be considered a strong asset.

Language requirement:

  • Fluency in English is required.

  • Working knowledge of a local language is highly desirable.

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