Construction Specialist

Full Time NGO Job

UNICEF

  • UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, defend their rights, and help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.

At UNICEF, we are committed, passionate, and proud of what we do. Promoting the rights of every child is not just a job – it is a calling.

UNICEF is a place where careers are built: we offer our staff diverse opportunities for personal and professional development that will help them develop a fulfilling career while delivering on a rewarding mission. We pride ourselves on a culture that helps staff thrive, coupled with an attractive compensation and benefits package.

For every child, Education

Ethiopia is situated in the Horn of Africa and is the second most populous country on the continent with an estimated population of 115 million. It borders six African countries: Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, and Sudan, and covers 1,104,300 square kilometers. Approximately 85 percent of the population lives in rural areas. Ethiopia represents a melting pot of ancient cultures with Middle Eastern and African cultures evident in the religious, ethnic, and language composition of its people.

Over the past two years, children and their families across Ethiopia faced multiple and complex emergencies, such as the conflict in northern Ethiopia and the drought, which resulted in millions of people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. UNICEF has programs in Child Protection, WASH, Health, Nutrition, Social Policy, and Education and serves over 15 million children in Ethiopia. Join UNICEF Ethiopia to contribute to improving the lives of children and women.

How can you make a difference? 

Purpose

Under the direct supervision and guidance of UNICEF Construction Manager, with oversight from the GPE Programme Manager of STEP for Girls and Learning Programme Management Office (STEP PMO), the incumbent will be responsible for planning, managing, monitoring, reporting and quality assuring all re/construction related activities supported by GPE funded STEP for Girls and Learning Programme and providing technical support to UNICEF Programmes/Operations on construction and rehabilitation activities.

Key Functions and Accountabilities

1. Preparation of construction annual work plans for STEP for Girls and Learning.

Prepare and collect information required for the annual work plan on regular activities, ongoing projects, and others in the pipeline.

2. Collaboration with GPE Funded STEP for Girls and Learning and UNICEF Programmes/Operations and coordination with Ministry of Education, Regional Education Bureaus, and Woreda Education Offices.

  • Provide technical backstopping and support in matter of re/construction project management to Programme/ Operations sections and Government counterparts; contribute with Programme sections in developing child-friendly community infrastructure development program proposals; provide information to Programme on re/construction related activities of the STEP for Girls and Learning to include them in their AWPs.
  • Provide assistance to Programme /Operations sections through involvement in re/construction project proposals, planning, and preparation of relevant terms of reference; analyze the project context and suggest the appropriate implementation and procurement modality.
  • In collaboration with the Government counterparts at national and, regional and woreda level, develop and produce innovative cost-effective re/construction designs using local construction materials; compile and update list of best practices in re/construction and re/building design.
  • Attend steering and technical cooperation meetings; prepare PPT presentations on projects’ progress; undertake follow-up actions in relation to project implementation and monitoring of STEP for Girls and Learning.
  • Provide Programme/Operations sections with information on projects’ progress; undertake appropriate actions to overcome technical obstacles; draft relevant sections of project reports required for donors, management, annual reports, etc.

3. Preparation of design and technical documents for the re/construction-related activities funded by STEP for Girls and Learning

  • Prepare the scope of re/construction works based on STEP for Girls and Learning and other Programme/ Operations requirements, budget, and site limitations; define deliverables and payment modality.
  • Apply UNICEF norms and standards (child-friendly, accessibility, MOSS, MORSS, etc.) to re/construction projects, taking into consideration the local environment and available materials; verify if compliance with climate smart and green building standards is required in coordination with DFAM Field Support Unit.
  • Check technical documents related to re/construction (design drawings, technical specifications, and bills of quantities); verify whether they are clear, complete, and compliant to programmatic and re/construction needs, eco-efficiency and accessibility requirements; undertake the actions required to endorse these technical documents by relevant ministries.
  • Follow up with the designing firms and government entities to obtain all permits required for re/construction activities prior to initiating works planned under the STEP for Girls and Learning.

4. Support to procurement processes for STEP for Girls and Learning

  • Provide support to the Supply section with the preparation of LPA requests and CRC submissions with supporting documents related to re/construction activities.
  • Conduct surveys to identify potential construction companies and engineering firms available in the local market; prepare terms of reference required for establishing local Long-Term Arrangements for engineering services (design and site supervision).
  • Prepare tender documents in relation to re/construction works and engineering services; attend bidders’ conference and present the technical components of the tender; prepare answers on technical questions raised by the bidders during the tendering.
  • Support Supply section in organizing bidders’ conference and site visits; conduct the evaluation of technical proposals received and prepare the evaluation report; provide support to Supply section on the analysis of financial proposals.

5. Monitoring and quality assurance of re/construction related activities funded under the STEP for Girls and Learning

  • Conduct the kick-off meeting of re/construction works with the construction company, the engineering firm and relevant government counterparts at national regional and woreda level.
  • Provide close monitoring and quality assurance on re/construction activities by undertaking regular site visits and conducting regular technical meetings including joint monitoring with relevant Government technical services; follow up progress for each activity per milestones and review site supervision reports to ensure work compliance with norms, standards, and timeline; verify quality and precautions on health and safety standards on ground.
  • Use effective monitoring, quality assurance and supervision tools to easily ensure assessment of works quality, progress, and performance of engineering firms and construction companies during the entire duration of the project; apply the multi-layered approach to reconstruction supervision and quality assurance; use documented hold and inspection points, where applicable.
  • Certify payments/variations and compile supporting documents; monitor re/construction expenditures and progress certificates; prepare and maintain relevant table for each re/construction activity.
  • Provide support to UNICEF Contract Administrator on contract management, amendments, variations, duration extensions, applying liquidated damages, etc. Ensure all documents/information required for contract management are available, complete, and properly archived for the STEP for Girls and Learning.
  • Participate in the partial, substantial, and final reception of works after verifying the correction of all defects during the DLP; prepare and issue relevant certificates.
  • Prepare Contract Performance Evaluation; provide support to UNICEF Contract Administrator on contract close-out in VISION; prepare the final completion report with the lessons learned for submission to the STEP PMO and Construction Unit (SD) and AMS/NYHQ as necessary.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

Minimum requirements:

Education: 

  • An advanced university degree in civil engineering, construction engineering, architecture, or other relevant area.
  • ***A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s) in a relevant technical field (as identified above), in conjunction with an additional two (2) years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience:

  •  A minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in project management, site supervision, quality assurance and/or other directly related technical fields is required.
  • Understanding of development and humanitarian work.
  • Emergency experience will be an added advantage.

Language Requirements: Fluency in English and Amharic is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (French, Spanish, Arabic, or Russian) or the local language is an asset.

Desirables: Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  • Builds and maintains partnerships (1)
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness(1)
  • Drive to achieve results for impact (1)
  • Innovates and embraces change (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)
  • Thinks and acts strategically (1)
  • Works collaboratively with others (1)

Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of measures to include a more diverse workforce, such as paid parental leave, time off for breastfeeding purposes, and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF does not hire candidates who are married to children (persons under 18). UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority, and discrimination. UNICEF is committed to promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station is required for IP positions and will be facilitated by UNICEF. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Should you be selected for a position with UNICEF, you either must be inoculated as required or receive a medical exemption from the relevant department of the UN. Otherwise, the selection will be canceled.

Remarks:

As per Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.

UNICEF’s active commitment to diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates and persons with disability are encouraged to apply.

Government employees who are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government positions before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

UNICEF does not charge a processing fee at any stage of its recruitment, selection, and hiring processes (i.e., application stage, interview stage, validation stage, or appointment and training). UNICEF will not ask for applicants’ bank account information.

All UNICEF positions are advertised, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. An internal candidate performing at the level of the post in the relevant functional area, or an internal/external candidate in the corresponding Talent Group, may be selected, if suitable for the post, without assessment of other candidates.

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Deadline: July 9, 2024

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