UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services

UNOPS Beirut, Lebanon

Background Information – Job-specific

Background Information – UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.

Diversity

With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

Background Information – Job-specific

The UNOPS Hub in Amman implements projects on behalf of UN agencies and bilateral donors and in close coordination with the Government and national authorities. With an established presence across the region, the office runs operations including large-scale procurement, project development and technical management, and provides financial, human resources and infrastructure-related services.

The functional objective of UNOPS Hub in Amman is to deliver its projects in an efficient and effective manner and in line with the principles, rules and regulations of UNOPS, to achieve the outcomes sought by the clients.

UNOPS has been active in Lebanon since 2015, delivering projects in support of the Government of Lebanon and partners. Since the explosion at the Beirut Port on 4 August 2020, UNOPS has significantly scaled up its presence in the country to support the humanitarian response and both its presence and portfolio have undergone expansion.

The EE-SES is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

UNOPS is committed to achieving a fully diverse workforce.

Background Information – Project-specific

The current crisis in Lebanon, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic and the Beirut Port Explosion in August 2020, have impacted the health sector both in terms of the health system and patients themselves. The shortage of funding, health workers, medical supplies and equipment, as well as the aging infrastructure and equipment have created a gap between the increased demand for health service and the capacity of the existing national health system to absorb the current demand.

Furthermore, the critical shortage of electricity in the country is further exacerbating the health sector’s already limited capacity to provide essential health services. While Lebanon is on its way toward the target to cover 30% of its energy consumption from renewable energy sources by 2030, the primary source of energy generation in Lebanon is still imported oil products, making up 96% of total energy generation as of 2019. Therefore, an integrated approach to enhance the operational capacity of the health sector, including sustainable supply of electricity is needed in Lebanon.

To contribute to the above, UNOPS, in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in Lebanon, proposed health sector support through provision of equipment and installation of renewable energy solutions.

Functional Responsibilities

The EE-SES shall be responsible for ensuring optimized designs of Electrical/ Solar Systems and supervision and related documentation of projects that are to be carried out on time as per the assigned tasks. The EE-SES will report directly to the Project Manager or the Head of Program.

The functions/duties/key results of the assignment

The EE-SES shall coordinate any support to the tasks assigned to him/her (designs, supervision, commissioning and related documentation works, etc..).

The EE-SES shall provide his/her technical expertise as required to perform and coordinate any pertinent electrical, solar and renewable energy systems designs assigned to him/her.

He/she is responsible for ensuring high quality design documentation, effectiveness, transparency, and integrity and assisting in ensuring that the site works are carried out on time and within the allocated budget. The tasks would involve, but not limited to, the following:

  • Participate in the design of electrical, solar and renewable energy systems’;
  • Assist in producing Terms of References for Consultancy Services; designs, Electrical Drawings, Technical Specifications, Scope of Works, Bills of Quantities, Cost Estimations, Design Calculations, related reports for Works and Supply of Goods Contracts;
  • Assist the Project Manager in the preparation of Tender Documents (Concerned with Consultancies, Supply of Goods, and Works) and participate in the evaluation of Proposals;
  • , through the Project Manager, and/or Head of Program, with other Project Team members (Architects, Engineers, Draftsperson and Quantity Surveyors, etc..) in the planning of projects, scheduling of tasks and developing an integrated design;
  • Assist in monitoring and supervising and execution of contracts to ensure adherence with the signed contracts, high international quality standards and UNOPS requirements; and
  • Any other relevant task that might be assigned to the Electrical/ Solar Energy Engineer.

Specifically, the Electrical/ Solar Energy Engineer will be responsible for the following substantive tasks: Technical tasks:

  • Assist in conducting needs assessment activities to identify and select beneficiaries of the project;
  • Assist in the preparation of design briefs, design reports, documentations, calculations, drawings, specifications, schedules and other project documents of solar/ electrical engineering systems for projects in accordance with the pertinent international standards and codes and good engineering practices;
  • Perform the tasks in accordance with the applicable Quality Assurance (QA)/Quality Control (QC) protocols and regulations and requirements;
  • Produce high quality Auto CAD drawings;
  • Assist in keeping files for all site memos and instructions, measuring quantities of work and material on site;
  • Provide the Project Manager and Project team with all information to execute the project in a timely manner, highlight possible late delivery prior to the event and within the budget allocated;
  • Assist in the preparation of Project Schedules (utilizing Primavera, MS Project, etc.,), and assist in performing periodic updates and revisions of the schedules to meet the targets;
  • Assist in preparing daily, weekly, monthly reports;
  • Assist in reviewing progress and financial reports (invoices) submitted by consultant/ suppliers/ contractors and recommend to the Project Manager the release of payments after performing technical assessment and verification and quantity surveying;
  • Assist in: carrying out technical reviews (of the Consultants’, Suppliers’, or Contractors’ Technical Submittals, Materials catalog sheets, Shop Drawings, As-Built Drawings, reports, deliverables, etc..), site inspections, assessments, quantity surveying and preparing reports as required and providing advice on suitable alterations, and guiding contractors on all related issues, and ensuring that they meet the high standards expected by UNOPS, while delivering the projects within the set time and budget constraints; and
  • Assist in coordinating and planning of testing, commissioning, training and handover of systems deliverables to clients and beneficiaries.

Administrative tasks:

  • Assist in archiving and documenting Electrical/solar Energy design and engineering related material archiving; and
  • Assist in performing scheduling requested tasks related to the projects.

Final Product

Deliver delegated tasks by the supervisor on time and as per the required cost and quality parameters. Ensure that projects design and construction are prepared and performed with high quality, while observing the applicable local, international and UN standards and ensure adherence to relevant Health, Safety, Security and Environmental procedures. Skills

  • Scheduling and Planning
  • Cost Control
  • Quality Control
  • Construction- Contract Management- General
  • Solar Energy
  • Report writing

  • Energy Audit and Economics
  • Monitoring/Evaluation
  • Consulting/ Advisory Services
  • Project Management

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education

  • Bachelor Degree preferably in Electrical Engineering.
  • Membership of the Lebanese Order of Engineers (Beirut or Tripoli) is required.
  • Possession of Project Management Certificates is an asset.

Experience

  • General professional experience: At least 2 (two) years in Power Generation (Conventional Technologies); or Low Voltage and Medium Voltage Networks is required.
  • Within these 2 years, professional experience in the preparation of design documents (Drawings, Technical Specification, Bills of Quantities, Cost Estimations, etc..); and/or implementation supervision of grid connected and/or Hybrid Solar PV Projects (minimum capacity of 100KWp) preferably with Storage Systems; and/or Solar PV Software (PV-Sol / PVSYS) is required.
  • Experience in computer design software, particularly “AutoCAD” (latest Version) or equivalent is required.
  • Experience in Lebanon or Developing countries in the field of Hybrid Solar PV Projects, is an asset.
  • Experience in computer scheduling software, particularly Primavera and/or MS Projects is an asset.
  • Experience in Solar PV Software (PV-Sol / PVSYS) is an asset.
  • Demonstrated computer ability in using Electrical Engineering design software and Applications is an asset.
  • Demonstrated computer ability in using Google Suite applications is an asset.
  • Work Experience with an international organization and/or UN Agencies is an asset.

Language Requirements

  • Fluency in English and Arabic are required.
  • Working knowledge of the French Language is an asset.

Certification

  • Certified Solar Energy Engineer is an asset

Competencies

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.

Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).

Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.

Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.

Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization – UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks. This position is based in a family duty station. This is a local position only open to nationals of Lebanon.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement

Contract level: Local ICA Specialist 8 Contract duration: 6 months subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance. For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: (link)-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx

Background Information – UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development. UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources. Working with us UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines. Diversity With over 5,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,400 personnel recruited on behalf of our partners, spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced and diverse labour force — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs. We continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage the recruitment of qualified female candidates. Work life harmonization UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

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