Regional HSSE Specialist (Occupational Health and Safety) At UNOPS

Duty Station: Pristina, Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/99)

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Summary of key responsibilities:

Technical Advisory & Support

  • Supporting the Pristina Head of Office, as well as MCO Directors, Country Managers and other managers across the region in establishing effective performance monitoring of HS for the projects and the office;
  • Support Programme Managers, Project Managers, relevant managers and project teams in the region with implementing health and safety requirements;
  • Evaluate practices and procedures at UNOPS-managed premises and construction sites in the region to assess risk and adherence to UNOPS HSSE requirements;
  • Review HSSE plans of UNOPS offices, units and projects/sites to ensure project implementation is fully aligned to UNOPS HSSE guidelines;
  • Review risk assessments, inspections, incident investigations and other reports and offer advice to project teams to ensure that good practices are upheld;
  • Assist project teams to correct deviations from health and safety requirements including managing breaches of requirements and poor performance by personnel and contractors.

Monitoring Performance and Addressing Incidents

  • Carry out inspections and system reviews to ensure that UNOPS operations are complying with corporate HSSE requirements and international best practices;
  • Carry out incident investigations;
  • Follow up on actions to address non-conformities or issues raised in incident investigations, inspections and audits to ensure that the issues have been effectively addressed and lessons learned shared;
  • Carry out actions to improve the effectiveness of health and safety critical controls in the field offices;
  • Use trend analysis of monitoring data from field offices for the purposes of addressing poor performance;
  • Carry out initiatives to support the improvement of health and safety culture including ensuring that actions in the organisation’s safety improvement plan are carried out.

Training and Knowledge Management

  • In close coordination with the UNOPS HQ HSSE Unit and the Regional Office, support and facilitate trainings to improve the capacity of UNOPS personnel, contractors and partners in implementing UNOPS health and safety requirements;
  • Facilitate practical training for contractors and project teams so that they ‘learn by doing’ and ensure continuous safe operations during project execution
  • Be the focal point for health and safety knowledge building and sharing across the region with a focus on context-specific good practices;
  • Support the development and implementation of other HSSE initiatives as assigned by the Regional Office.

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  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in a relevant field such as civil engineering, architecture or health and safety management, and 5 years of experience; OR;
  • A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent), in a relevant field such as those listed above, and 7 years of relevant experience OR
  • A tertiary education diploma (Technical/Professional Diploma or equivalent), in a relevant field and 9 years of relevant experience.


  • Progressively responsible experience in Health, Safety, Social and Environmental (HSSE) management, as well as engineering and construction management or in other high risk industries is required.
  • Experience in HS (Health and Safety) risk assessments, inspections, incident investigation and/or training facilitation is required.
  • Minimum of 2 years in managing and implementing project related health and safety matters is an asset.
  • Field experience in developing countries, is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Full working knowledge of English.
  • Knowledge of another UN language, in particular Russian, is an asset.

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