Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN headquarters in Africa and the representative office of the Secretary-General. UNON performs representation functions with permanent missions, the host government and governmental and non-governmental organizations in Nairobi. UNON supports programme implementation of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UNHABITAT) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing administrative, conference and information services (www.unon.org).
This position is located within the dedicated Project Management Team for the Replacement of Office Blocks A to J project at the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON). The A to J project is a multimillion-dollar, multi-year undertaking that would entail construction of a building development that replaces the existing office blocks A to J and includes the implementation of flexible workspace strategies at all remaining office blocks located on the Gigiri Complex.
The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Project Architect/Engineer of the A-J Replacement Project and overall supervision of the Project Manager and/or the Director of Division of Administration. The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
MONITORING AND CONTROL ON SITE SUPERVISION ACTIVITIES:
• Monitoring of the various contractors, construction sites and surrounding;
• Inspect and advise on all proposed samples and construction materials for the project, and ensure that they meet the specifications in terms of quality and adherence to the specifications and compliance with appropriate building regulations and contractual documents;
• Conduct inspection of the workmanship and practices of contractors and crew engaged in the construction works on a daily basis;
• Record the progress of work including the construction and work schedules to check that the progress is maintained;
• Monitor the construction and its compliance with the specifications and design drawings prepared by the architect;
• Provide regular support for the development and implementation of site logistics, including the swing space plan and the management of the site surroundings, to ensure compliance with project plans and specifications;
• Follow-up on the guidelines on environmental management and housekeeping/safety/security on the site;
• Identify and record any unexpected issues of concern related to the site organization and the progress of the works as managed by the contractor;
• Monitor and inspect the health and safety arrangements implemented by the contractors on the construction site(s) throughout the execution of the construction work, including the site tidiness and measures implemented to mitigate the nuisances to the premises.
• Inspect/monitor, and record the workmanship and practices of the contractor and/or crews engaged in the construction and ensure the work is executed in compliance with the design plans and specifications;
• Keep appropriate and organised records of all the information collected, including pictures, quality assurance certificates, inspection reports, samples, etc.;
• Monitor and record the design/construction work schedules to ensure that progress is maintained as proposed;
• Attend the site meetings as scheduled by the Site Supervision team, and compile meeting minutes as required;
• Provide input for the drafting of all the reports on the progress that will be compiled by the Project team.
DESIGN SUPPORT AND ADVISE:
• Assist the Project Engineer/Architect and Project Manager in reviewing the designer’s plans and specifications to ensure they are in compliance with defined project scope;
• Perform any other duties as requested by the Project Architect/Engineer or Project Manager.
PROFESSIONALISM: Sound knowledge of the research terrain and a strong familiarity with quantitative and qualitative research methods and tools. Demonstrable ability to deploy knowledge management systems, platforms, and tools. Ability to apply conceptual, analytical, and evaluative skills and identify issues, formulate options and make conclusions and recommendations. Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines, and achieving results. Motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments. Adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of resources and time for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.
COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Supplementary courses or additional training and certification such as a Higher National Diploma in Building, Structural/Civil Engineering, PRINCE II or Project Management, is desirable. Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application.Work Experience
A minimum of ten (10) years of progressive work experience in architectural and/or civil engineering is required. Experience as a superintendent or building supervisor in at least one building project with > 5000 m2 or more is required. Experience in using MS Project or similar software is required. Experience as an inspector of architectural, civil, site, finishes and specialty systems work is desirable. A good knowledge of AutoCAD and/or Revit or similar software is highly desirable.Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage. Fluency in Kiswahili is an added advantage.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
Appointment against this post is on a local basis. This is a project post funded for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. External candidates will be considered only when no suitable candidate from the duty station is identified. The candidate is responsible for any travel expenses incurred in order to take up the appointment.
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