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The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world.  UNOPS supports partners to build a better future by providing services that increase the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of peace building, humanitarian and development projects.  Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations.

Background Information – Afghanistan

Established in 1995, UNOPS has been working in Afghanistan to build better lives for girls, boys, men and women living in the country. By offering efficient, professional, and agile services, UNOPS Afghanistan Country Office (AFCO) supports partners’ contribution to the humanitarian response and development of the country.

Prior to August 2021, UNOPS AFCO was implementing projects in a range of sectors, including infrastructure, procurement, capacity building to ministries, and environmental protection, among others, on behalf of the Government of Afghanistan and the donor community.

Today, in response to the increased humanitarian needs and partner requests, the UNOPS AFCO portfolio supports humanitarian initiatives and basic human needs, including managing cash for work projects, supporting humanitarian actors, procuring emergency supplies, and administering inter-agency communications and accountability centre for all humanitarian actors in the country.

Job Description:

2. Summary of Key Functions 

  1. Coordination, Delivery and Performance
  2. Monitoring and Reporting
  3. Personnel management
  4. Knowledge Building and Sharing

1. Coordination, Delivery and performance

  • Provide support and guidance to the contractor and assists in resolving site problems, as necessary.
  • Assist with the development, and subsequent oversight, of AFOC QA/QC plans and protocols
  • for construction, construction equipment and materials
  • Conduct initial survey queries on sources to materials, ensuring quality and quantity is of economical value to the project.
  • Essential knowledge of basic health and safety procedures in the workplace.  Carrying out safety tool box meetings, safety inspections and risk assessments.  Perform other duties as may be assigned
  • Coordinate with the Contractors and suppliers and Inspect all materials delivered to site to ensure they meet the requirements of the specifications. Take corrective actions where the quality of materials delivered to site do not meet the specification requirements. Prepare detailed reports on deliveries made to sites.
  • Check, verify and approve the interim payments submitted by the Contractors and submit detailed reports to the line supervisor.
  • Perform any other tasks given by the line supervisor.

2. Monitoring and Reporting

  • Daily coordination of site work with the contractors and suppliers according to the needs and requirements on site.
  • Inspect and report on Contractor’s works in progress ensuring that the Contractor meets the high quality standards expected by UNOPS as per the Contract.
  • Check contractors’ and suppliers set out and work, including compliance with Contract specifications and ensure that contractors and suppliers comply with their work plans to complete work within a specified time frame.
  • Ensure specific quality standards are constantly met at all levels of construction projects.
  • Work with various engineers and design experts for establishing procedures with time limits for the inspection, sampling and testing of works and all other QC/QA requirements
  • Essential knowledge of basic health and safety procedures in the workplace.  Carrying out safety tool box meetings, safety inspections and risk assessments.  Perform other duties as may be assigned
  • Attend the project site(s) daily in order to monitor progress of works, identify issues and problems and to provide appropriate solutions through application of sound engineering standards, in consultation with the line supervisor.
  • Check all laboratory reports, operation and maintenance manuals, and keep records and report to the Senior Project Manager accordingly.
  • Assess and report on the project closing plans, as-built drawings, archiving of cost and progress reports and hand over all related reports to the line supervisor.

3. Personnel Management

  • Ensure the establishment of quality procedures including time limits for inspection, sampling

and testing of works and other QC/QA requirements

  • Review all standard test forms to be used during laboratory tests, QA testing schedules and procedures and evaluate results as appropriate
  • Oversee and manage quality assessment of materials through regular and rigid laboratory


  • Review contractor practices and conventional methodologies and make recommendations where remedial action is required
  • Prepare progress reports on construction activities, according to the agreed timeframe of works and submit them to the line supervisor.
  • Assess the work activities of contractors, measure completed work and make recommendations to the line supervisor  for progress payments to contractors.
  • Maintain records systematically, compile periodic reports and any specific reports required by UNOPS standard procedures.
  • Evaluate and assess works schedules, programmes, site plans including Construction Environmental Management Plan, Health and Safety Management Plan, Procurement Plan and any other relevant plans in comparison with the schedule baselines and report to the Senior Project Manager accordingly.
  • Provide information and assistance to the preparation of high level Technical Reports for projects.

4. Knowledge Building and Sharing

  • In consultation with project managers, review technical specifications and recommend
  • standard construction specifications for all items of works for their effective use in projects’
  • Contribute to the project evaluation process, highlighting challenges associated with the project and feedback into a continuous improvement cycle.
  • Provide training and knowledge transfer to national/contractor personnel, including advice on good construction and engineering practices, 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.
  • Participate in the relevant Communities of Practice, actively interact with other PMs and the PM community to share case studies, lessons learned, and best practices
  • Provide feedback to Practice Leads on policy and supporting guidance, with an aim towards continuous improvement of UNOPS policies

3.  Impact and Results

The effective and successful achievement of results by the Construction Management Engineer directly impacts on the development and performance of the project. It confirms UNOPS’ role as a key and trusted partner to the World Bank, and UNOPS’ position as a critical service provider, in all challenging work environments. Given the current political and humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, this project would support the urgent repositioning of AFCO and strengthen UNOPS’ presence and visibility in Afghanistan, raising the profile of UNOPS  in the global humanitarian context.

The monitoring and progress controls will be in accordance with work plans that the Supervisor and incumbent will prepare at the beginning of the assignment.

Job Requirements:

  1. Education

A first level university degree (e.g. bachelor) in Building/Civil Engineering, or related discipline is required (Master degree is an advantage) .

  1. Work Experience
  • A minimum of 4 years of progressively responsible experience as a Building/Civil Engineer is required.
  • Knowledge and skills in using AutoCAD, MS Project/Primavera, (structure design software if any- preferred and is an advantage   )
  • Knowledge of UNOPS/UN rules and regulations is an advantage.
  1. Languages

Proficiency in English and Dari/Pashto are required.

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  • Vacancy Reference NO. on website: VAC-11410

Note: Due to the high volume of applications received, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Please ensure that the e-mail address that you will indicate in your application is accurat

Note: this vacancy is for different  regions (Badakhshan Badghis Baghlan Balkh Bamian Daikondi Farah Faryab Ghazni Ghowr Helmand Herat Jawzjan Kabul Kandahar Kapisa Khost Kunar Kunduz Laghman Logar Nangarhar Nimruz Nuristan Oruzgan Paktia Panjshir Parwan Samangan Sar-e Pol Takhar Maidan Wardak Zabul Paktika) as indicated above, please while applying for this vacancy do specify the region name you are interested in as otherwise, we are afraid that your application will not be considered for the next stages

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