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Architect/ Engineer


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


Mission and objectives

UNAMA was established in 2002 as a Political/ Peacebuilding Mission, exceptionally) directed and supported by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO).


UNAMA is a political mission that provides political good offices in Afghanistan; works with and supports the government; supports the process of peace and reconciliation; monitors and promotes human rights and the protection of civilians in armed conflict; promotes good governance; and encourages regional cooperation. UNAMA was established by the UN Security Council Resolution 1401 in March 2002 at the request of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Its mandate is reviewed annually with the latest mandate renewal being on 17 September 2019 when the Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2489 Resolution 2489 (2019) calls for UNAMA and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, within their mandate and in a manner consistent with Afghan sovereignty, leadership and ownership, to continue to lead and coordinate international civilian efforts in full cooperation with the Government of Afghanistan. UNAMA maintains a permanent and extensive field presence across Afghanistan, as well as liaison offices in Pakistan and Iran. The Mission has more than 1, 211 staff - comprised of 833 Afghan nationals, 310 international staff and 68 UNVs. (Figures from December 2018.)

Task description

Under the direct supervision of Engineering Officer, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: Apply complex principles, practices and precedents for initiating and completing project design, drawings and specifications related to new construction or repair of buildings, prefabricated structures, other infrastructure, including production of Bill of Quantities in the UNAMA mission area; Conduct preliminary site investigations to obtain field data such as site orientation, climatic conditions, soil characteristics, drainage and other data required for selection of sites within the field mission; Prepare detailed architectural drawings, designs and specifications for accommodation structures (office & residential) and other infrastructure for UNAMA. Plan and prepare layouts of camps, building clusters, for mission headquarters, regional and provincial locations; Maintain the drawing and design records and the drawing/specification library for the UNAMA Drawing and Design Office; Estimate cost of new construction projects, estimate for repairs to damaged buildings, facilities and systems Prepare detailed scopes of work of agreed technical options, technical specifications, Bill of Quantities, cost estimates, and bid documents; Furnish the detailed construction drawings during continuance of the Contract; Supervise and monitor construction work for achieving the expected outputs of the project; Record the work measurement and certify the contractor’s interim and final bill of payment; Undertake research to gather information related to engineering projects; Prepare engineering presentation using up to date technologies; Perform site visits to supervise contractors, prepare progress reports and verify works. Perform other related duties as assigned by the supervisor.

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