The Construction Engineering Sr. Associate is a member of the infrastructure and engineering supervision team of the Support to RSHQ Programme. Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager, Infrastructure Core Team, s/he will coordinate with contractors the day-to-day construction activities of the projects and provide reports to the relevant Cluster/Project Manager. The Construction Engineering Senior Associate will work with contractors to ensure UNOPS quality assurance requirements are met and that contractors effectively carry out quality control systems set forth in the contract. The Construction Engineering Senior Associate will also manage and monitor health, safety, social, and environmental (HSEE) standards on site.
General Construction Management
Assist the Project Manager in developing comprehensive project work plans, clearly defining objectives, expected outputs, milestones, roles and responsibilities, and inputs required.
Check drawings, specifications, and other construction design documents to ensure accuracy and soundness of design; identify potential design and construction issues and provide advice to the team on effectively resolving them.
Monitor all project activities in relation to the respective project work plans and take corrective action, when necessary, to ensure the timely and cost-effective delivery of project outputs;
Make recommendations on applications for extensions of time, claims for additional payment and other contractual disputes between UNOPS and the contractors;
Monitor contractors’ onsite work to ensure delivery is maintained at the required level to meet project quality, time and cost targets.
Coordinate with contractors and suppliers in inspecting all materials delivered to the project, ensuring they meet the specification requirements and take corrective action where the quality of materials delivered does not meet these specification requirements; prepare detailed reports on deliveries made to sites.
Work with contractors on ensuring HSSE protocols and measures are implemented and standards are met.
Work with quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) engineers in ensuring site works are delivered to and complying with UNOPS quality standards.
Manage the process of design changes, where required, obtain necessary approvals and implement them to ensure minimum disturbance to site works.
Maintain accurate measurement of the completed works for payments, keep appropriate records for all contracts.
Manage and certify contractor payments for PM for approval
In coordination with the PM, resolve on-site and off-site contractual disputes to minimize the need for escalating issues to higher authorities.
Monitor daily progress of works, identify issues and problems, and provide appropriate solutions through application of sound engineering standards
Organize regular site meetings with staff and contractors and prepare progress reports for the Project Manager
Ensure accurate and timely reporting of progress and conditions onsite through daily site records.
Assist the Project Manager in preparing monthly reports within 5 days of month-end, summarizing project progress, quality control, HSSE, resourcing, scheduling, and other relevant issues.
Support QA and HSSE reporting and investigations, follow- up with project teams in the preparation of incident reports (including near misses), and provide information for monthly QA and HSSE reporting to the country office.
Contribute to the project evaluation process; highlight challenges associated with the project, and feedback into a continuous improvement cycle.
Provide training and knowledge transfer to national/contractor personnel, including advice on good construction and engineering practices, environmental management practices, and appropriate health and safety standards.
Contribute to the dissemination and sharing of best practices and lessons learned for development planning and knowledge building.
Impact of Results
The effective and successful achievement of results by the Construction Officer directly impacts the successful delivery of the project on time, budget and quality above the expectations of all stakeholders. This consequently reinforces the visibility and image of UNOPS as an effective service provider in project services and management and strengthens its competitive position as a partner of choice in sustainable development and project services.
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