Infrastructure / Quality Control Specialist

Job categories Engineering

Vacancy code VA/2019/B5301/17255

Level ICS-10

Department/office AFR, CDOH, DR Cong

o Duty station Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Contract type International ICA

Contract level IICA-2

Duration Ongoing ICA – ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance

Application period 01-Feb-2019 to 14-Feb-2019

Infrastructure / Quality Control Specialist  

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.
 Background Information – Job-specic
The Infrastructure Specialist will report to the Head of Programme.   
 Background information – DR Congo
The Infrastructure Specialist will be part of the UNOPS Programme/ PMO team and will provide advice and support to all infrastructure projects across the Hub.
Located in Kinshasa, DRC the UNOPS Hub in Central Africa covers eleven countries, including DRC, and has an active portfolio of over $180m, mostly related infrastructure projects. The oce has developed strong working relations with the international partners, UN agencies including UN Missions and Governments across Central Africa over the years. It provides technical support and capacity building in strategic development areas including infrastructure rehabilitation and development across health, education, public works, governance/public administration sectors; procurement, project management and sectoral advisory services; peace and security, environmental preservation and protection among others.
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 Functional Responsibilities
Support infrastructure Project managers plan and coordinate work activities. Review Bill of Quantities (BoQ) prior to procurement actions, when needed Support Project managers develop and monitor their respective Quality, Health and Safety, Environment plans. Provide monthly report to the HoP/PMO summarizing problems related to quality, health and safety, environmental issues  and other issues relating to possible delays, cost overruns, variations and any other matter related to infrastructure projects following discussions with PMs.
Support PMs complete needs assessment, organize preliminary studies and monitor/supervising consultants. Support the review of requests for new construction and rehabilitation works. Review assessments and reports with recommendations for follow up actions. Assist the Project Manager in redacting the tender dossier, with particular focus to the technical documents (drawings, BoQ, technical specication and standards).
Assist the Project managers to outline design requirements (e.g. timeline) to procure design services, including concept, preliminary and nal stages where applicable. Assist the Project managers to manage the design plan ensuring deliverables are available on time, and to the required quality. Support all infrastructure Project managers with their design review submissions to HQ. Assist the procurement team with technical assistance in preparation of tender documentation and bid analysis where required.
 Ensure all infrastructure projects have eective quality control systems in place. Support PMs, if needed, that the overall management of works implementation to ensure constructions works are completed on time, within budget and to quality standards. Provide spot checks of supervision of the project work progress and quality for on time delivery. Assist the Project manager  in the preparation of project/contracts related documentations such as periodic progress reports, site monitoring reports, stake holder meeting minutes, engineer’s instructions and variation orders, contractor’s bills review reports, certications, client hand-over documents and contracts close-out reports.
Assist in providing training and technology transfer to national personnel and contractor’s personnel and advice on good construction practices, good environmental management practices, and appropriate health and safety standards during construction Contribute to the dissemination and sharing of best practices and lessons learned for development planning and knowledge building.
1.      General construction
2.      Feasibility study/needs assessment
3.      Design Management
4.      Construction supervision
5.      Knowledge management

Ensure accurate and timely reporting (monthly, quarterly, annual) Prepare and submit to the Head of Programme (or as requested) report within 5 days of month-end, summarizing progress quality control issues, resourcing and scheduling issues, and any other pertinent facts as required. Produce any appropriate documentation identied by the Head of Programme in a professional and accurate manner.
Impact of Results: 
The eective and successful achievement of results by the Infrastructure Specialist directly impacts on achievement of the projects and consequently reinforces the visibility and image of UNOPS as an eective service provider in project services and management and strengthens its competitive position as a partner of choice in sustainable development and project services.   
 Education
 Certications
Project Management certication (for example PRINCE2® Foundation) is desirable. 
 Experience
Some experience in the UN system organizations and/or a developing country is desirable. 
 Languages
Fluency in English and intermediate French are required. 
6.     Reporting
Advanced University degree (Master’s or equivalent) in Civil Engineering or related eld is required.
First level University degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in Civil Engineering or related eld in combination with 2 additional years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree
AutoCAD certication is desirable.
A minimum of 5 years of experience, in civil engineering construction management is required.
Work experience in post-conict/ fragile environments is desirable.

 Competencies
Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to dierences 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 beneciary rst. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Eciently 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 beneciaries.
Open to change and exible in a fast paced environment. Eectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reects on experiences and modies 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 conict eectively, by overcoming dierences of opinion and nding common ground.
 Contract type, level and duration

1. Contract type: International Individual Contract Agreement (I-ICA) 
2. Contract level:  I-ICA 2, ICS-10 
3. Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.’ 
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 Additional Considerations
Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notied. Qualied female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Work life harmonization – UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and oer several exible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types For sta positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.   I t is t h e p olicy o f U N O P S t o co n d u ct b a ckg r o u n d ch e cks o n all p o t e n tial r e cr uit s /in t e r n s. R e cr uit m e n t /in t e r n s hip in U N O P S is co n tin g e n t o n t h e r e s ult s o f s u ch ch e cks.
 Background Information – UNOPS
UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.
UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, nancial management and human resources.
Working with us
UNOPS oers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.
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With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualied female candidates.
Work life harmonization
UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.
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