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About 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, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers 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.


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 qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

Job Description:

  1. Purpose and Scope of Assignment


Under the overall supervision of the Project Manager, Kabul Security Cluster and Lead Quality Engineer for RSHQ,  the Associate Quality Assurance Engineer  will assist with the technical oversight of all projects under the cluster. S/He is expected to perform the following, but not limited to, duties and responsibilities:


  • Assist with the preparation of Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) plans for new construction and rehabilitation works.
  • Monitor the implementation of the works by conducting site visits and provide guidance for improvement and good results.
  • Conduct all quality inspections and prepare required site instructions and reports. Supervise the quality control functions/activities of the project or its parts, including quality control inspection schedules and the collection of quality records.
  • Assist with the Control and appraise work progress, review contractors’ work plans and provide recommendations to the KSF Project Manager on ways to overcome issues, challenges and needs.
  • Conduct quality control reviews and prepare related reports for design and construction of works as required and facilitate the compilation of inputs for monitoring and evaluation.
  • Assist with guidance on project QA/QC plans and protocols for construction, construction equipment and materials.
  • Assist in the establishment of quality procedures including time limits for inspection, sampling and testing of works and materials.
  • Recommend specific quality standards and construction schedules, which are appropriate to all levels of RSHQ construction projects.
  • Provide technical input and assist Procurement with all contractual matters for the completion of the respective contracts.
  • Review all standards to be used during laboratory tests, QA/QC testing schedules and procedures.
  • Review contractor practices and conventional methodologies and make recommendations where remedial action is required.
  • Check accuracy of outputs produced in compliance with established quality standards.
  • Recommend assistance to contractors to ensure that the most economical and appropriate quality materials and methods are utilized.
  • Recommend solutions to quality issues and identify where improvements or rectification is warranted.
  • Plan for health and safety and environmental management in coordination with the programme and Country Office teams.
  • Ensure UNOPS standards of Health and Safety, and environmental management across all project locations are systematically applied at all times.
  • Conduct other tasks as assigned by the Project Manager.


Monitoring and Progress Controls

  • Establish procedures with time limits for inspection, sampling and testing of works and all other QC/QA requirements of KSF Projects and Tasks.
  • Implement and monitor quality assessments.
  •  Prepare monthly/weekly QA/QC reports

Job Requirements:


  • A high school diploma is the minimum academic requirement required for this role, plus 6 years of relevant professional experience.
  • Masters  Degree in Engineering, or construction or Project Management or other relevant disciplines in infrastructure.
  • Bachelor’s degree with a combination of 2 additional years of relevant professional experience in Engineering, or construction or Project Management or other relevant disciplines in infrastructure.



⦁ PRINCE2® Foundation is an added advantage

⦁ PRINCE2® Practitioners is an added advantage

⦁ AutoCAD certification is desirable.


Work Experience

  • Minimum 6 years of progressively responsible experience in construction activities with emphasis on materials testing, quality control and assurance, laboratory testing and a firm understanding of requirements and specifications of testing and materials
  • A minimum of two years’ experience mentoring and providing capacity building in the normative and procedural aspects of QA/QC in construction.
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation, reporting and coordination in either UN, International NGOs, Public or Private sector organizations is desirable.
  • Previous experience in mentoring and training counterparts is desired.



⦁ Fluency in English (reading, writing, speaking) is required.

⦁ Ability to speak/read/write Dari and/or Pashto would be advantageous


Key Competencies


  • Proficiency in design software such as Sketchup, AutoCAD, Autodesk Structural Bridge Design, and or other structural design software would be advantageous.
  • Proven organisational, negotiation and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent computer skills and knowledge of MS Office and a Google suite  are required.
  • Knowledge, understanding and experience of operational support needs is required.
  • Working knowledge of English, both written and spoken. Able to communicate fluently and effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including patience, diplomacy, willingness to listen and respect colleagues must be capable of working as part of a team.
  • Able to work under pressure.

Submission Guideline:

Submission Guidelines: ACBAR

Please click on the below link for actual vacancy announcement to see the complete details and submission guideline as this is only an attempt for attracting female applicants for gender parity in organization. Please make sure you fill your profile/application properly with all relevant details in order to be considered for the next stage of recruitment/selection.

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