International Engineering Specialist -- UNDP, TAJIKISTAN

Location : Dushanbe, TAJIKISTAN
Application Deadline :17-Dec-14
Additional CategoryDemocratic Governance
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required : English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
15-Jan-2015
Duration of Initial Contract :12 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :1 year

Effective border management has emerged at the forefront of Afghanistan and Central Asia nations’ domestic and foreign political agendas, partly as a result of the increasingly unstable security and political situation in Afghanistan, which is now moving through Northern Afghanistan and approaching Central Asia, particularly through the borders of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Both countries face risks posed from international terrorist and religious-extremist organizations, narcotics trafficking, weapons smuggling and illegal migration in both directions. However, the present state of border management is inadequate to address such issues and insufficient to meet the challenges of the future. Afghan Border Police capability has not yet developed sufficiently to meet European and international standards. This applies particularly to the principles of transparency, trade development, Border Crossing Point efficiency, infrastructure development and scales of equipment issued and training provided to field units. There is therefore a significant requirement to enhance security through Integrated Border Management along the Afghan-Tajik and Afghan-Uzbek borders (as well as frontiers with other neighboring states); and to improve cooperation among local, national and international partners to address cross-border and regional issues.
The specific objective of the project is to continue to support Cross-border Security and Cooperation, by improving Integrated Border Management in northern Afghanistan. This will contribute to supporting the Government of Afghanistan in strengthening governance and improving revenue collection while fostering economic and political relations with the countries in the region through the promotion of economic development and stability.
Starting from late 2014, through 2017, a joint effort between the EU Delegation in Kabul, and UNDP in Dushanbe, will provide support to integrated border management activities through a follow-on phase of the EU funded Border Management Projects in Northern Afghanistan, implemented since 2007. All efforts will strive to realize secure borders, prevent cross-border crime, reduce the trafficking of illegal drugs and precursor chemicals, promote more humane treatment and provide protection to victims of trafficking, refugees, and asylum seekers, and to increase legal trans-border trade.

Duties and Responsibilities

EU Border Management Northern Afghanistan seeks a qualified candidate to the position of International Engineering Specialist, who, within the project framework will be responsible for construction component of BOMNAF II Project.
BOMNAF II Project as continuation of Cross-border Security and Cooperation initiative is planning to construct several border facilities in order to improve serving conditions of Afghan Border Police units along the northern border of Afghanistan and put the basis on cross-border economic activities between Afghanistan and other Central Asia countries.
Within the construction component of the project, under the supervision of Project Manager, the International Engineering Specialist will be responsible for preparing required documentation for initiating of bidding process for construction, monitoring and evaluation of contracted companies, certifying of works done as well as working out improvements, through integrating energy efficient technologies to design of projects .
The incumbent will be reporting directly to the Project Manager and will be responsible for coordination of all BOMNAF II construction activities to ensure that it is planned and executed according to specifically designed drawings and timeframe, to ensure a uniform high standard of construction is achieved.

Competencies

Functional Competencies:
  • Professionalism;
  • Communication;
  • Teamwork;
  • Planning &Organization;
  • Accountability;
  • Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills;
  • A strong team player, able to work independently with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to engage and motivate a wide range of people.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural, mixed nationality environment regardless of personal feelings of political ideology.
Corporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment;
  • Able to display cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability and treat all people fairly without favouritism.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:
  • University degree in Civil Engineering /construction with extensive experience in design and supervision of infrastructure projects
Experience:
  • Ten years of professional work experience in construction with a focus on design, standardization and monitoring with five years minimum in context of developing countries;
  • Knowledge of International and local construction and building standards related to infrastructure, structural and civil engineering.
  • Proficiency with Information Technology, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), competency in using web based management systems and the use of CAD software;
  • Good knowledge of national and local government institutions and infrastructure, as well as the ability to work directly with stakeholders, other external agencies and beneficiaries. etc.; 
  • Progressive responsibility and relevant work experience working in Tajikistan and Afghanistan is desirable. 
Travel:
  • Able to travel regularly; regionally within project operational areas and internationally to represent the project at conferences, workshops and other events as required. 
Language:
  • Fluency in written and spoken English language is essential;
  • Working knowledge of local languages is a strong asset.
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