UNOPS Recruits Architectural Design Engineer

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4 Aug, 2016

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UNOPS Ghana Operational Hub (GHOH), located in Accra, spans across West Africa, covering Ghana, Gambia, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. GHOH is responsible for managing strategic and operational risks associated with a subset of the regional portfolio of engagements, developing and delivering cost effective services contributing to partners’ sustainable results and achievements of UNOPS management results.

The core functions of the Operational Hub are to:

•   Liaise and develop engagements, and deliver services responding to partner needs.
•   Maintain appropriate arrangements and capacity for direct transactional support for delivery of the sub-regional portfolio.
•   Maintain appropriate arrangements and capacity for direct transactional support for delivery of the sub-regional portfolio.

The mission of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is to expand the capacity of the UN system and its partners to implement peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations that matter for people in need. In line with its mandate UNOPS acts as a central resource for the United Nations system in procurement and contracts management as well as in civil works and physical infrastructure development, including the related capacity development activities.

UNOPS has significant experience in post conflict, post disaster and the field of reconstruction of conflict stricken Infrastructure systems.

Liberia is now Ebola free and in recovery mode shifting focus from an emergency response status to a recovery and non-emergency operations to restore the nation’s health care system. Under the overall coordination of the WHO, UN country teams of the three most affected countries (Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea) are leading a coordinated UN response to support the national Governments in its recovery programme.

Under the guidance of the Project Manager, the Project Support Officer is based in Accra, Ghana with frequent visits to site offices.

Job Descriptions

Job Title: Architectural Design Engineer (Retainer)

Functional Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Senior Infrastructure Advisor, the Architectural Design Engineer will give his/her technical expertise as required to produce, manage and coordinate architectural designs assigned, supervision, related documentation works. He or she is responsible for managing staff under his/her supervision and ensure high quality design documentation and site works are carried out on time and on or under budget. The projects may be in national and or international locations.

Specifically, the incumbent will be responsible for the following substantive tasks. The tasks would involve the following but not limited to:

•   Design and produce architectural drawings  and scope of works
•   Review designs and modification as required
•   Produce as-built drawings and to support handover and commissioning
•   Assist contract division in preparing and evaluation of tender documents of electrical services (specifications, BOQs, rates etc.)
•   The consultant will be requested to work from home and be prepared to travel to any site in or around the countries under GHOH as required and as UNDSS permits.

An agreed TOR including the scope, deliverables and the maximum time duration will be agreed upon by UNOPS-GHOH and the Architectural Design Engineer prior to commencement of each and every assignment. He/she is responsible for ensuring designs and related documentation of projects which is to be carried out on time as per the agreed task.

Technical tasks:

•   Ability to produce architectural design in accordance with local and international standards
•   Ability to embed sustainability solution in design and choice of material
•   Ability to use architectural drawings software such as Autodesk –AutoCAD and Revit
•   Demonstrated computer ability in using MS Office Suite
•   Liaise with UNOPS design review team to enhance knowledge management.
•   Review designs and modification for all Infrastructure projects in term of accuracy and suitability to overall design requirements, including Identifying improvements in the designs and be able to propose practical solutions
•   Strong knowledge of local and international standards and codes
•   Ability in specifying technical specifications of various service uses of facility, and associated quality material
•   Periodically support site supervision and monitoring ensures that the work is done according to instructions, drawings and technical specifications as per contractual agreement and give the same support to site teams liaising with the Project Managers and Project Engineers.
•   Support testing and commissioning for handover and acceptance of deliverable to clients
•   Prepares monthly progress reports as well as drawings when requested.
•   Keep files for all design documentation, memos and instructions in correct format



UNOPS Core Values/Competencies

•   Professionalism
•   Respect for Diversity
•   Creativity and innovation
•   Commitment to continuous Learning
•   Organizing and quality
•   Results orientation
•   Communications skills
•   Teamwork skills
•   Client focus

Functional Competencies

•   Ability to work to meet tight schedules under stressful environment and varied cultural context.
•   Good team player attitude.
•   Ability to perform with professionalism, integrity and commitment to project demands.
•   Ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines.
•   Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.

Qualification Required & Experience


•   Master’s Degree in Architecture Engineering, Building Engineering or related field. Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture Engineering, Building Engineering, or related fields with 9 years of relevant working experience may also be considered. Applicants with Technical/Professional Diploma Certification with 11 years may well be considered.


•   7 years of years of relevant working experience with demonstrated capacity to deliver results in an international development environment, and design of community facilities such as health centers, schools, administrative buildings.


•   Fluency in written and spoken English is required.

Location: Accra

How to Apply For the Job

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Closing Date: 22 August, 2016

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