Local recruitment: Civil Engineer Officer (Water Management)
Background Information - Job-specific
UNOPS’ work in the South Asia region focuses on the construction and operation of high quality sustainable infrastructure and sustainable procurement, project management, timely provision of services, and the use of most relevant technologies. One of the main focuses on UNOPS work in South Asia is to reduce the vulnerability of population to unsafe infrastructure, maximize the impact of public investments in infrastructure, and improve the effectiveness and financial viability of the public services delivered out of key public infrastructures. Such projects provide social and economic benefits to vulnerable populations across the region, and contribute to poverty eradication. Projects target a range of sectors such as education, health, urban development, environmental services, climate change mitigation, as well as a range of “soft” support in Capacity Building, operations and maintenance of public assets, local governance, etc.
UNOPS Bangladesh has received an invitation from the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) to submit proposal for the Establishment of a Climate Resilient Local Infrastructure Centre (CReLIC). The Centre is intended to fill up the gap between the increasingly diverse and competent landscape of think tanks and scientific institutions that provide policy advice and scientific data in Bangladesh and best practices generated within the LGED on the other side. CReLIC is one of the three components of the Climate Resilient Infrastructure Mainstreaming (CRIM) Project funded by KFW Development Bank and Green Climate Fund. The other two components are: Climate Resilient Rural Infrastructure and Climate Resilient Urban Infrastructure.
In particular, the services to be provided include technical and management support to LGED in the following areas:
- Establishment of a knowledge management system within the LGED to facilitate climate proofing in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of all local infrastructure on a sustainable basis.
- Adjustment of standards, procedures and guidelines of LGED accordingly.
- Mainstreaming climate proofing throughout the LGED organization and their local partners.
- Set-up and development of the Climate Resilient Local Infrastructure Centre (CReLIC) as a staff unit under the LGED top management and initiate the permanent institutionalization structure of CReLIC.
This project has four work packages: 1) Knowledge Management; 2) Guidelines, Standards and Procedures; 3) Communication, Consultation and Training; and 4) Institutional Development.
This 5 year project will lead to the institutionalization of the Centre as a staff unit under the LGED top management which will be responsible for: establishment of the knowledge management system for climate proofing in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of all local infrastructure; and setting of standards, procedures and guidelines for ensuring climate proofing.
Overall, the services will require designing and steering a comprehensive change process in a large organization and establishing a sustainable cooperation network on the national and international level.
Purpose and Scope of Assignment
The overall purpose of the assignment is to contribute to a strong technical leadership, guidance, capacity building and improved organizational effectiveness of LGED in the establishment of the Climate Resilient Local Infrastructure Centre. The post will require specialist capacity and local context on engineering with particular focus on rural infrastructure. The objective is to work closely with LGED counterparts for transfer of capacity as well as with other experts in the team to ensure effective delivery of services and assistance to LGED.
The Civil Engineering Officer (Water Management) will contribute to the implementation of defined fields in Work Package 2: Guidelines, Standards and procedures. In particular, the Civil Engineering Officer (Water Management) shall coordinate the technical work on the review, screening, adaptation / development of guidelines, standards.
The Civil Engineering Officer (Water Management) will undertake key tasks:
- Review, screening, adaptation / development of guidelines, standards (e.g. standard designs and standard materials) and procedures that translate the knowledge generated in WP 1 into institutional practice
- Research of good practices for adjusted designs and construction materials
- Organization of and participation in multi-stakeholder and expert workshops to discuss current practices, best practices and required adjustments with regard to designs, building materials and procedures
- Facilitation of field tests of climate proof Development Project Proposals (DPP) and Technical Project Proposals (TPP)
- Close cooperation with the pilot infrastructure components of the CRIM project
This position is prospective in nature. Candidates will be assessed and selected. However, contract offer is contingent upon successful outcome of UNOPS’ bid submission on the project.
- 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.
- University degree in engineering with specialization in water management
- At least 4 years of professional experience in water infrastructure planning and /or construction
- Professional experience in Bangladesh
- Good knowledge of the Bangladeshi public regulatory systems
- Experience with editing construction standards and guidelines is an asset
- Experience in working for international development agencies is an asset
- Knowledge of climate change impacts and their effects on water infrastructure is an asset
- Proficiency in using ICT
- Proficient English skills (at least C1-level according to the Common European Framework of References for Languages). Fluent in oral and written Bengali.
Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: ICA
Contract level: Local ICA Specialist
Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance
For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
- 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.
- 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
- The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
- This is a local position and open to nationals of Bangladesh.