Senior Project Engineer

Bachelor's Degree   Afghanistan, Kabul Full Time 1391
Date Posted:Aug 17, 2022
Closing Date:Aug 25, 2022
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Civil Engineering
Salary Range:As per company salary scale
Years of Experience:10 Years
Contract Duration:5 month(s)
Possibility of Contract Extension: Yes
Contract Type:LICA
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About UN-Habitat:


The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is the UN agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable town and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. This post is located in the UN Habitat Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (ROAP) at Kabul duty station.

UN-Habitat Afghanistan

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, has been working within Afghanistan since 1992 with funding support of USAID, Japanese and Australian Governments, EU, CIDA, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Kingdom of the Netherlands and several other bilateral donors and multilateral donors. During this period, its programme has expanded to include a wide range of human settlements initiatives, from humanitarian emergency support to small-scale neighborhood level improvement schemes to municipal scale governance reforms.

Emergency infrastructure and communal land tenure project

The August 2021 fall of Afghanistan’s government has caused a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan’s cities. Over half a million people have been displaced by conflict in 2021; many have sought refuge in the relative safety of cities. In this context, critical government functions have ceased, resulting in lifesaving municipal services being suspended. In addition, as development aid has been withdrawn, the incomes of urban dwellers have declined, while the cost of food and other essential items have increased dramatically. The unfolding crisis in Afghan cities is occurring in a context of underlying vulnerabilities, including infrastructure deficits, insecure livelihoods, and pervasive tenure insecurity. Most at risk are displaced people in informal settlements, with women, disabled and ethnic minorities being particularly vulnerable.  

UN-Habitat’s community-centered People’s Process is a proven and effective to reduce vulnerability at scale in the Afghan context. Since 1992, UN-Habitat has partnered with communities in informal settlements to reintegrate displaced urban Afghans into sustainable settlements. The People’s Process delivers support for the urban displaced through Community Development Councils (CDCs) and Gozar Assemblies (GAs). UN-Habitat-community partnerships center participatory spatial planning to enable communities to identify and implement priority service and infrastructure investments to support their socioeconomic development. Through the People’s Process, the incumbent will support a community-centered approach to secure tenure, upgrade basic services and infrastructure for highly vulnerable displaced people living in urban informal settlements in the cities of Kabul and Herat.  In doing so, the incumbent will support the implementation of activities that meet the immediate needs of vulnerable urban residents and contribute to sustainable development and peacebuilding.

Job Summary:

Under the overall supervision of Project Manager, the Sr. Project engineer will undertake the following tasks and activities:

Duties & Responsibilities:

The incument will support implementation of the Support for shelter improvement in Dag Tarakhil Program to ensure that the required outputs are achieved in line with the work plan.

He/She will have the following duties and responsibilities:

•   The shelter engineer will work under the direct supervision of the project officer and international urban planner/shelter advisor.

•   S/he will supervise all shelter-related activities in the site.

•   Prepare, follow, and monitor the work plan for shelter in the site.

•   Participate in preparation of beneficiary list according to the selection criteria and ensure transparency and equity in beneficiary selection.  

•   Organise, mentor, and develop capacity of the Shelter Implementation Team, counterparts and ensure capacity development of shelter beneficiaries.

•   Monitor closely distribution of material to nominated beneficiaries.

•   Provision of technical advice to beneficiaries during construction and repairing of their shelter.

•   Provision of technical advice for using construction materials and ensure quality of materials procured.

•   Organise all shelter-related activities in the site

•   Liaise and coordinate with all relevant stakeholders and project beneficiates to obtain their full support of and participation in shelter-related activities.

•   Supervise the timely delivery and quality of the shelter materials and the timely completion and quality of the shelter construction. This will include, among others, the following tasks:

- Membership of shelter committee.

- Participation in procurement process of materials, materials quality check, materials storage and stock management, materials distribution, team mobilization, and supervision and monitoring. 

•   Prepare and submit reports (weekly, monthly, mid-term, and completion) as required.

•   Working closely with Social Organization team to ensure the shelter related aspect of the shelter programming is delivered to the entire communities.

•   Discuss project activities regularly with local communities (CDCs) and beneficiares and receive their feedback on the activities.

•   Maintain good liaison with the local authority’s district level, project partners and communities.

•   Conduct regular field surveys and assessments; map information and ensure documentation.

•   Identify and document good practices/lessons learned; bring to the attention of project officer and recommend solutions.

•   Prepare weekly monitoring reports based on standard formats for submission to the project officer.

•   Prepare monthly progress reports on community mobilization and training submission to project officer.

•   Ensure adherence to UN-Habitat operational policies, procedures and standards of conduct

•   Perform any other task assigned by the supervisor(s).

Job Requirement:

a)   Education:

A university degree in civil or structural engineering, with at least Nine years of work experience and with Master degree at least Three years in implementation of shelter project and management of a community based informal settlements upgrading program.

b)   Experience: 

•   Experience in working in shelter project implementation with IDPs and returnees.

•   Ability to organise and supervise all shelter related activities in the site and have active relation with district and other related agencies.

•   Expertise in monitoring and reporting systems.

•   Knowledge of and skills and interest in working closely with local communities, particularly in community-based shelter development.

•   Demonstrated skills in administration, financial, quality control and procurement of shelter material.

•   Ability to work long hours in the field and under difficult conditions.

•   Good knowledge of computer engineering applications.

•   Knowledge of local area and community is essential.

•   Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

c)   Language:

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English and Local/National Language of the duty station is required.

d)   Other: 

Build support with national counterparts, during the programme period; Ensure high-quality and timely achievement of relevant activties and targets; Support capacity development efforts with programme partners for the required components; Support UN-Habitat's contribution to multi-stakeholder national coordination and advocacy forums; Support 'learning by doing' capacity development efforts throughout the programme period with programme partners for improving local safety and security, especially for women, youth and marginalised urban groups; Support coordination with other partners’ programmes in target cities

Competencies (Select 3 Maximum)

Professionalism: Ability to identify and resolve budgetary problems and identify sources for data collection. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines, and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors’ language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Planning& Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Commitment to Continuous Learning: Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve.

Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul
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