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Individual Consultant – Architect or Civil Engineer for construction projects through a long term agreement (LTA)

Uruguay

Opportunity Deadline

22/12/2023

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Job Description

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Uruguay
  • Country: Montevideo, Uruguay
  • No of vacancies: N/A
  • Salary: N/A 
  • Organization: UNICEF
  • Gender: Both 
  • Deadline: 2023-12-22
  1. Main tasks and responsibilities:

According to the needs that arise from UNICEF programming in the country, the main tasks and/or responsibilities of the consultancy may include:

  1. Become familiar with UNICEF policies and procedures regarding bidding, contracting and construction processes.
  2. Coordinate with the different actors involved in construction and/or rehabilitation projects: government or civil society counterparts, architectural studios, construction companies, UNICEF programmatic and operational areas at the local level and at headquarters.
  3. Maintain timely communication with construction advisors located at UNICEF headquarters, as well as with UNICEF security and information and technology teams, ensuring compliance with policies and requirements established for the execution of construction projects.
  4. Support the ideation and/or design process of the projects, in collaboration with the selected companies, ensuring compliance with all UNICEF guidelines (accessibility, security, sustainability, etc.).
  5. Lead the selection and contracting process of the companies that develop the site evaluation and technical construction documents (designs, technical specifications, budget by items, etc.), this may include:
    1. Coordination with the requesting programmatic area and the UNICEF Operations area to define needs, requirements and other key aspects to prepare the Terms of Reference for the contracting of the required engineering services.
    2. Prepare the Terms of Reference.
    3. Lead the selection processes of the companies that will execute the different stages of the projects.
    4. Assist in the hiring process of selected companies.
  6. Lead the selection and hiring process of construction companies for the execution of projects, including:
    1. Coordination with the requesting programmatic area and the UNICEF Operations area to define needs, requirements and other key aspects to prepare the Terms of Reference for the contracting of the required construction work.
    2. Prepare the Terms of Reference.
    3. Lead the selection processes of construction companies for the execution of projects.
    4. Assist in the hiring process of selected companies.
  7. Support in the implementation of projects.
  8. Monitor the execution of contracted services in the different stages of the project, according to the established schedule.
  9. Participate in coordination and progress review meetings, including recurring site visits.
  10. Carry out quality assurance and control activities.
  11. Prepare various documentation and support UNICEF and the contracted companies in the management of permits and authorizations before the corresponding organizations.
  12. Any other activity that is required for the correct management of the projects.
  1. Expected products:

The expected products of the consultancy will depend on the type and size of the projects that UNICEF implements, and may include:

  1. Preparation of Terms of Reference for the contracting of services to specialized companies (architecture studios, construction companies, among others).
  2. Technical support for the bidding and contracting processes of the required services.
  3. Preparation of activity schedules.
  4. Participation in coordination meetings with the different actors involved.
  5. Coordination and monitoring of activities according to the established schedule.
  6. Preparation of various documentation for internal and external procedures to UNICEF.
  7. Management of permits and authorizations and other administrative procedures that may be required in the different stages of the project.
  8. Preparation of different reports (e.g. progress reports, monitoring visit reports, final reports).
  1. Fee:
  1. Payment for the consultancy will be made in accordance with the work plan and the satisfactory delivery of the products agreed in the service contract. The amount of the contract will be defined based on the hourly rate quoted by the consultant and the workload required for the development of the products agreed upon in each service contract.
  2. As part of the application, a financial proposal must be submitted establishing the hourly rate of advice for the activities and responsibilities defined in this call. Said rate will remain unchanged during the period of validity of the Long-Term Agreement, except for annual adjustments for inflation in accordance with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) of the National Institute of Statistics of Uruguay.
  3. If visits to the interior of the country are required, UNICEF will pay transportation and travel expenses separately in accordance with its travel policies and standards. Any other expense that the consultant must incur for the correct development of the agreed activities must be included in the hourly rate quoted in the financial proposal.
  1. General conditions of the contract:
  1. Duration: A Long-Term Agreement for professional services will be signed with the selected candidate for a period of 24 months with the possibility of extension for an additional 12 months.
  2. Estimated start date: January 2024.
  3. The contractual relationship will be carried out through a professional services contract, based on the conditions established in the Long-Term Agreement.
  4. If necessary, the consultancy supervisor may require your participation in person at the UNICEF Uruguay office for meetings or specific stages of the project, without this implying a dependency employment relationship.
  5. The consultant must have his/her own computer and all the systems required to carry out the requested work.
  1. Required profile:

University professional with a degree in architecture or civil engineering.

  1. Required Qualifications:
  1. Education: Architect or Civil Engineer graduated from university institutions recognized by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Uruguay.
    • Postgraduate training in areas relevant to this consultancy will be valued.
  2. Experience:
    • At least 8 years of demonstrable experience, at a national or international level, in management, supervision and quality control of construction and/or renovation projects.
    • Experience in remodeling projects and/or design of office spaces will be valued.
    • Experience and/or training in physical accessibility and disability inclusion in construction projects will be valued.
  3. Languages: Fluent command of Spanish. Good level of English. 
  4. Other considerations:
    • You must have fluent use of computer tools and access to them.
    • You must reside in Uruguay and be authorized to practice your profession in the country.
    • You must be available to travel inland on site visits if necessary.

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