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Construction Officer (WASH Job at UNICEF in Afghanistan


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2 Year
Male, Female, Both
Bachelor Degree

Brief Details About Construction Officer (WASH Job at UNICEF in Afghanistan:

  • Job Location: Kabul
  • Nationality: Afghan
  • Category: Program
  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Salary: As per UNICEF Salary scale
  • City: Kabul
  • Organization: UNICEF
  • Years of Experience: 2 Years
  • Contract Duration: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Gender: Male/Female
  • Education: A university degree is required in civil engineering, construction engineering, architecture or other relevant area


The United Nations Children’s Fund, or UNICEF, is an organization of the UN whose mission is to enhance the health, welfare, and general development of children. In order to help children in nations ravaged by World War II, UNICEF was founded in 1946. In order to meet the long-term needs of women and children in emerging nations worldwide, its scope was expanded in 1950. To reach the most underprivileged children and adolescents and to defend the rights of all children, everywhere, UNICEF works in the most difficult environments on earth. Before, during, and after humanitarian situations, UNICEF offers children and families hope and life-saving assistance. Staff members of UNICEF work in the field, and the organization’s main office is in New York.

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Main Responsibilities and Tasks:

  1. Preparation of construction annual workplan
  • Help develop the annual work plan for the construction activities; determine priorities/targets and performance measurements and monitor work progress to ensure that results are achieved according to schedule and performance standards.
  • Assist in prepare and collect information required for the annual work plan on regular activities, ongoing projects and others in the pipeline.
  1. Collaboration with UNICEF Programme and coordination with Government counterparts
  • Provide technical support in matter of construction project management to Programme/Operations sections; provide information to Programme on construction related activities to include them in their AWP.
  • Provide assistance to Programme /Operations sections through involvement in construction project proposals, planning, and preparation of relevant terms of reference.
  • Attend technical cooperation meetings; prepare PPT presentations on projects’ progress; undertake follow-up actions in relation to project implementation and monitoring.
  • Provide Programme/Operations sections with information on projects’ progress; undertake appropriate actions to overcome technical obstacles prepare reports on projects’ progress.
  1. Preparation of design and technical documents
  • Draft the scope of construction works based on Programme/ Operations requirements, budget and site limitations; define deliverables and payment modality.
  • Apply UNICEF norms and standards (child-friendly, accessibility, MOSS, MORSS, etc.) to construction projects, taking into consideration the local environment and available materials; verify if compliance with green building standards is required in coordination with DFAM Field Support Unit.
  • Provide assistance in checking technical documents related to construction (design drawings, technical specifications and bills of quantities); verify whether they are clear, complete and compliant to programmatic and 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 for obtaining all permits required for construction activities prior initiating works.
  1. Support to procurement process
  • Assist Supply section in preparation of LPA requests and CRC submissions with supporting documents related to construction activities.
  • Updated on regular basis the shortlist of potential construction companies and engineering firms available in the local market.
  • Prepare tender documents in relation to construction works and engineering services; attend bidders’ conference and present the technical components of the tender; draft answers on technical questions raised by the bidders during the tendering.
  • Support Supply section in organizing bidders’ conference and site visits; participate in the evaluation of technical proposals received and draft technical recommendation; if needed, provide support to Supply section on the analysis of financial proposals.
  1. Quality Assurance, monitoring of construction projects
  • Participate in the kick-off meeting of construction works with the construction company, the engineering firm and relevant government counterparts.
  • Provide close monitoring on 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 and supervision tools to ensure easily assessment of works quality, progress, and performance of engineering firms and construction companies during the entire duration of the project.
  • Certify payments/variations and compile supporting documents; monitor construction expenditures and progress certificates; prepare and maintain relevant table for each construction activity.
  • Provide assistance to UNICEF Contract Administrator on contract management, amendments, variations, duration extensions, applying liquidated damages, etc.; compile and archive project documents, minutes, correspondence, instructions, etc.
  • 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 assistance to UNICEF Contract Administrator on contract close-out in VISION; draft the final completion report with the lessons learned.

Required Skills, Education, and Tasks:

  • A university degree is required in civil engineering, construction engineering, architecture or other relevant area.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of relevant experience, at the national and/or international levels, in project monitoring, site supervision, quality assurance and/or other directly-related technical fields is required.
  • Understanding of development and humanitarian work.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.


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