Senior Associate Civil Engineer

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This is a LICA-7 contract. This kind of contract is known as Local Individual Contractor Agreements. It is normally only for nationals. It's an external contract. It usually requires 7 years of experience, depending on education. More about LICA-7 contracts.

Background Information - Job-specific

The Austria Multi-Country Office (AUMCO) was set up in August 2019 as a part of the UNOPS Europe & Central Asia Region (ECR). Specifically, AUMCO aims to enable achievement of Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement through global programmes and tailored interventions in the Balkans, South Caucasus, and Central Asia, focused on:

  • Infrastructure
  • Procurement
  • Project Management (full service, back on track)
  • HR and Transactional Services
  • Grant Management
  • Technical and Advisory Services

UNOPS, through ECR AUMCO, is partnering with the Government of Albania and the European Union, as well as with the UN system, to facilitate the post-earthquake rehabilitation and reconstruction of a large number of key cultural heritage sites, museums, and cultural hubs and to promote tourism and economic development of the sites.

On 26 November 2019, Albania was hit by its most deadly earthquake in a century. The earthquake measured 6.4 on the Richter scale and caused significant casualties and property damage, resulting in 51 deaths, over 1000 injured, and nearly 14,000 people displaced. To measure and assess the economic damage, a Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) was conducted, estimating the total economic losses at nearly EUR 1Billion.

The PDNA documented the destruction of public and private infrastructure. Of particular concern was the destruction of cultural heritage monuments and property, as 53 cultural heritage properties were significantly damaged by the earthquake. This project seeks to remediate the effect of the earthquake on Albania’s cultural heritage through the rehabilitation of monuments, as well as contribute to Albania’s socio-economic recovery through the construction and upgrade of these sites. It will be important also to support improvements in the capacity of institutions responsible for the management of these cultural monuments and sites to better accommodate tourism. A final outcome of the project is the effective communication of project results to the wider public and developing and implementing an advocacy platform resulting in better recognition of the important role of culture in the social and economic well-being of Albanian

Functional Responsibilities

Project & Partner Management Support:

Under the overall supervision of the Project Manager (Infrastructure) and reporting directly to the Project Manager, the Senior Associate Engineer is expected to support the implementation of the project activities through the provision of technical expertise and the application of best practices in the project implementation. The Senior Associate Engineer, who is expected to be working in the Project Site office, will assist the Project Manager (Infrastructure) and Civil Engineer to oversee implementation of contracted works in conforming to the technical specifications of UNOPS. Any situation that may require decision making which will involve changes in the designs and plan will be brought to the notice of the Project Manager with details of issues encountered at site and appropriate recommendations. Specifically, the SeniorAssociate Civil Engineer will be responsible for supervision of contractors and other tasks on several construction sites and shall perform the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Take timely action to prevent potential delays and/or cost overruns that can be avoided.
  • Report and recommend remedial actions regarding potential delays and/or cost overruns to the Project Manager (Infrastructure).
  • Provide supervision of the project work progress and quality for on-time project delivery.
  • Monitor and measure the works progress through the agreed Bill of Quantities (BoQ) as per the contract.
  • Provide data and information about project work to the Project Manager (Infrastructure) for reporting purposes.
  • Provide weekly and monthly reports to the Project Manager (Infrastructure) detailing all project matters including quality, health and safety, environmental and financial, as well as any issues relating to possible delays, cost overruns, variations and any other matter as agreed with the Head of Office.
  • Work with clients on successful project development and implementation, including the execution of plans, cost analysis and modifications, identification of milestones, and other performance indicators to ensure success.
  • As tasked by the SeniorAssociate Civil Engineer supervise construction works and administer works execution as per the contractual provisions and the design specifications.
  • Provide regular support of the project work progress and quality for on time delivery.
  • Assist the Project Manager (Infrastructure) in the preparation of project/contracts related documentations such as periodic progress reports, site monitoring reports, stakeholder meeting minutes, engineer’s instructions and variation orders, contractor’s bills review reports, certifications, client hand-over documents and contracts close-out reports.
  • Assist the Project Manager (Infrastructure) and Civil Engineer on reviewing projects detailed designs prepared by design consultants.
  • Support on preparation of solicitation documents for tendering such as BoQs, technical specifications, drawings
  • Oversee dimensional control and site surveying works, engineering control of the works etc.
  • Assist in planning and documentation for future phases of the project(s) as directed by the management, including activities such as (i) Estimations, (ii) Producing Bills of Quantities/Specifications/Drawings.
  • Help maintain project documentation, including Payment registers, variation registers, site safety inspection registers, site diaries, instructions to contractor registers, drawing registers, visitor registers, sample approval registers, concrete test registers, progress photos, etc.
  • Responsible for formal documents, and issue/risk registers, including drawings, bill of quantities, specifications, contractor instructions, engineering standards, etc.
  • Provide technical support to the project, procurement, and finance specialists, where needed. Assist in preparing project and bid documentation.
  • Help oversee technical aspects of the project, contracts, and provide guidance to contractors, where required.
  • Assist in the applications for the design review process and obtain necessary permits for rehabilitation from the government institutions .
  • Prepare meeting agendas, minutes, etc., as required, in English and Albanian, and provide translations, as required.
  • Provide support in the planning and implementation of operational strategies with regards to financial, human resources, and procurement.
  • Provide support in the design and formulation of new process initiatives including risk management, quality assurance, and quality control.

Knowledge Management - Contribute to the project evaluation process; highlight 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 Engineers and the Engineering community to share case studies, lessons learned and best practice on the Knowledge System - Provide feedback to Practice Leads on policy, supporting guidance with an aim towards continuous improvement of UNOPS policies.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education - A secondary diploma in Civil Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management, or another relevant technical discipline is required. - A relevant university degree/advanced degree, either master’s level or above/bachelor’s degree / first level in Civil Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management or another relevant technical discipline is considered an asset. - Prince2, IPMA, or PMP-PMI project management certification would be considered an asset.

Work Experience - In case of secondary diploma, a minimum of 7 years (or less based on academic credentials) of progressive experience in infrastructure management (a combination of design management, procurement, site management, inspections, supervision, and monitoring) is required. Preferably, this should include rehabilitation/reconstruction of public buildings, facilities, and monuments of culture and heritage. - In the case of a university or advanced university degree, some years of experience can be discounted. - Work experience in Albania and/or a good understanding of the country context is required. - Experience in project development and management of construction projects in a public or private sector organization is desirable. - Expertise in projects involving renovation/ revitalization of public, heritage buildings, places, and monuments highly desired. - Experience in working with local governments and Ministries is an asset. - Familiarity with EU funded projects (and their management and reporting requirements) is highly desirable. - Past work experience with the UN/UNOPS and/or similar international/multicultural organization will be considered an asset.


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 differences 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 beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role). Efficiently 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 beneficiaries. Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies 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 conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Regular, Local Individual Contract Agreement (LICA)

Contract level: ICS-7 / LICA-7

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 notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • 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 offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

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