Senior Engineering and Construction Officer, (Internals Only) HQA, G18

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Application deadline 6 days ago: Monday 15 Apr 2024 at 03:59 UTC

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Org. Setting and Reporting

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5.8 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance, and emergency assistance. UNRWA is the largest UN operation in the Middle East with more than 30,000 staff. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions. If you are looking for a rewarding opportunity to make a tangible difference for one of the most vulnerable communities in the world, UNRWA would like to hear from you. Senior Engineering and Construction Officer reports to Chief Construction Management Division .


  • Is responsible for developing non-standard Bills of Quantities (BoQs) items to match the new requirements to be used as a template of BoQs for new designs. Agency-wide; reviews the existing BoQs and Tender Documents and those received from Design Units/teams and Consultants in terms of the logic, constructability, coherence and complementarity as well as compliance with local and international standards as applicable and coordinates with designers to make necessary modifications; provides technical support in these areas to design units in the Fields/HQs. - Reviews and updates the new Construction Specifications of the Agency; advises on the development of Agency-wide specifications of materials contract forms and tender documents and provides support to Fields in this area. Establishes standard procedures to serve as a basis for preparing the construction and maintenance cost estimates at different phases of project preparation, including developing the Agency’s cost estimate; advises and provides technical support to the Fields on issues related to cost estimation and cost control. - Establishes standard procedures to serve as a basis for preparing the construction and maintenance cost estimates at different phases of project preparation including developing, the Agency’s cost estimate; advises and provides technical support to the Fields on issues related to cost estimation and cost control. - Monitors and evaluates construction and maintenance works in the areas of measurement, cost and contractual issues; provides technical support to the Fields and carries out random technical audits of final accounts and Agency’s supplied materials for construction and maintenance projects. Assists the Fields in the area of construction claims’ review and analysis and makes recommendations on most feasible action(s) in accordance with the contract. - Performs other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.


UN Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity, and Core Competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results apply by default. - Applying Technical Expertise - Deciding and Initiating Action - Planning and Organizing - Leading and Supervising - Coping with Pressure and Setbacks - Managing Complexity and Change - Delivering Results Other Competencies: - Advanced knowledge of construction and maintenance methods in the Near East - Demonstrated ability to work independently on multiple tasks - Proficiency in Agency standard computer applications and quantity surveying, specialized software and other appropriate engineering related computer applications. For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews:


  • Advanced university degree in quantity surveying, civil engineering or architecture.

Job - Specific Qualification

Not available.

Work Experience

At least eight years of relevant experience in construction and related engineering areas, including management, surveying, quantity surveying, preparation of tender documents and construction management are required. Of which at least three years should have been in technical supervision or oversight of projects/activities in related engineering areas are required. Experience in conducting training courses related to construction management is required. Experience in similar low-cost construction works in the Middle East area is desirable. Advanced university degree in quantity surveying, civil engineering or architecture is required. Are you currently residing in Duty station. Please specify your current location. It is required.


  • Excellent command of spoken and written English and Arabic


  • Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview

Special Notice

Type of Contract: Fixed Term Appointment Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment for 3 years; including 1 year probation period, with the possibility of further extension, subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory performance, and continuing need. Grade and Salary, Grade 18: Monthly basic salary JD 1246.60 plus special occupational allowance (SOA) of 69.90% of the basic salary (SOA may change from time to time). Other benefits: Other benefits include monthly Provident Fund contribution (15.4% of basic salary paid by the Agency), compulsory medical insurance, 30 days of annual leave, and dependency allowance (if applicable). Additional benefits: - 2.5 days of sick leave for each completed month of service. - 14 weeks of Maternity Leave. - 2 weeks paternity leave. This vacancy notice is open to INTERNAL CANDIDATES ONLY. Only candidates residing in Jordan, and within commuting distance of the duty station with authorization to work in the duty station at the time of application are eligible to apply. The Agency will not assume responsibility or accountability to support or facilitate the issuance of work permit in Jordan, and without a valid work permit, the appointment may be rescinded. Preference will be given to registered Palestine refugees and candidates assisting the Agency to meet its commitment to gender parity. UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities. A roster may be created from the selection exercise, and successful candidates may become eligible for appointment to the same post or a similar post. Only applications that have been fully completed in UNRWA's online e-recruitment system inspira will be considered and no late applications will be accepted. The PHP should be completed with full relevant work experience under the experience tabs as per the requirements in the Job Opening. All acquired university degrees must also be stated, if applicable. Applicants applying to positions for Grades 12 to 20 or LDC Bands E to H must submit a cover letter/motivational statement in order to be considered. Additionally, providing incorrect or misleading information on an application will result in the immediate disqualification of a candidate. For UNRWA internal staff, they are required to specify and include their current UNRWA grade level. To do so applicants should select under "Category" RLG, scroll down to see all categories, then select their local grade. Equivalency: Equivalency may apply for this post. NB: Work experience alone or formal qualifications with no relevant work experience are not considered an acceptable combination. Advertisements published only in English will only accept applications in English, and Arabic submissions will not be considered. The Agency may disqualify applicants whose name appears on the UN Sanctions List, or a UN database of staff separated for reason of misconduct or of staff who separated whilst misconduct processes were pending. UNRWA shares investigation and misconduct information with other UN Agencies, and past and prospective employers, about staff members who have been separated for misconduct, or who have separated whilst an investigation and/or disciplinary process for misconduct is underway; and such persons may be prohibited from employment with the United Nations. The Agency will immediately disqualify applicants who are ineligible for any reason in accordance with the Agency regulatory framework. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states, regional bodies, business foundations and individual contributions. The mission of UNRWA is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development under the difficult circumstances in which they live. For more details on UNRWA, please visit:

United Nations Considerations

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA and to assignment by him or her. UNRWA is committed to achieving gender parity at all levels of staffing under the current UN-wide gender agenda and strongly encourages applications from qualified applicants from under-represented groups. At UNRWA, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. UNRWA is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application. UNRWA Considerations UNRWA staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of efficiency, competence, neutrality, impartiality and integrity. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. Candidates will not be considered for employment with UNRWA if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. The Agency may disqualify applicants who have separated for reason of misconduct, who left a UN Agency while misconduct processes were pending, or who appear on the UN Sanctions List. UNRWA is a non-smoking work environment. Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage. The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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