08 August 2017

Fresher UN Associate Project Engineer Job Opportunities - United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Job Title:      Associate Project Engineer
Organisation: United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Procurement and Project Support Officer

About UNOPS:
United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)’ mission is to expand the capacity of the UN system and its partners to implement peace building, humanitarian and development operations that matter for people in need. Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, UNOPS vision is to always satisfy partners with management services that meet world-class standards of quality, speed and cost effectiveness. By assisting UN organizations, international financial institutions, governments and other development partners, UNOPS makes significant, tangible contributions to results on the ground.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  The Associate Project Engineer (National) will be responsible for the following but not limited to:
Support in Construction Management:
  • Tasked with checking setting out of the works by the contractor’s staff and report any inconsistency to the Procurement and Project Support Officer
  • Day-to-day supervision of the works in accordance with the drawings, technical specifications and instructions of the Procurement and Project Support Officer ;
  • Monitor and inspect the construction activities performed by the Contractor;
  • Responsible for collecting material samples and witnessing quality control Study and verify extent of works done;
  • Monitor and report site safety and environmental impacts of construction;
  • Assist the discussions with contractor’s staff and workers;
  • Assist in taking joint measurement of work done with the contractor’s representative at periodic intervals;
  • Assist to keep site records relating to materials, labor and plants and equipment at sites;
  • The incumbent will collect data and photograph from the field as well as generate graphs and charts Coordinate with IDB management and obtain approval to carry out the works
  • Coordinate with UNOPS team/ Contractor and hub staff to manage the work
  • Certify bills taking actual measurement of works
  • Support Procurement and Project Support Officer to conduct Procurement in entire procurement cycle
  • Draft Solicitation documents
  • Carry out market surveys
  • Manage clarifications
  • Coordinate with suppliers
  • Facilitate evaluation process
  • Manage logistics arrangement including Handing over of goods
  • Certify payments
Support to Procurement and Project Support Officer in Stakeholder Management:
  • Support the Procurement and Project Support Officer to maintain a working relationship with the project neighbours;
  • Provide the visitors to the site with project related information as instructed by the Project Engineer;
  • Immediately report the any comments and observation by the visitors.
Delivery and Performance:
  • With guidance from Procurement and Project Support Officer , implement approved work packages (including the establishment of milestones) within tolerances set by the Project Manager;
  • Ensure proper construction management, monitor progress of construction activities, quality, materials, and construction schedule;
  • Monitor the construction to compliance with specifications, contracts, and other regulations;
  • Interpret and explain plans, contract terms, work plans to contractor’s technical staff;
  • Inform any deviations from the plan;
  • Maintain diaries and progress reports as required by UNOPS standard procedures;
  • Review existing practice by contractors and make recommendations as instructed by the Procurement and Project Support Officer , where remedial action is required, that will increase safety and quality of work (taking budget constraints into account) in all new and reconstruction programs undertaken by UNOPS;
  • Perform any other duties deemed necessary by the Procurement and Project Support Officer.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Associate Project Engineer job placement should hold a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or other relevant field is required. Technical/Professional Diploma in Civil Engineering or equivalent, with additional two years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of a Bachelors Degree
  • At least two years of experience in building construction and site supervision is required. A focus on progress and quality controlling of building construction, monitoring, reporting, development and coordination in either public or private sector organizations is desired.
  • Previous exposure and experience in contract management  is an advantage.
  • Languages: Excellent written and oral command of English is required. Knowledge of Luganda language is highly desirable.

Personal Competencies:
Behavioral Competencies:
  • 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.
Functional Competencies:
  • Supervising construction activities (2 years)
  • Experience in Construction (optional)
  • Coordination (optional)
  • Managing construction activity (optional)
  • Communications and contract management (optional)
  • Quality control (optional)

How to Apply:
If interested in joining the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in the aforementioned capacity, please click on link below to visit website and create profile or express interest if you already have a profile on the UN system.

Deadline: 14th August 2017

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