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- Project: Support to economic recovery, community security and social cohesion in Lebanese communities affected by the Syrian Crisis Project
- Classified Level: NPSA 6
- Contract Type: Regular
- Office- or Home-based: Office Based
- Institutional Arrangement: The selected incumbent will be working under the overall guidance of the Chief Technical Advisor and under the direct supervision of the Head of LHSP Engineer Unit.
The impact of the Syria crisis on Lebanon is unprecedented in the history of complex, refugee-driven emergencies. The crisis is not only challenging the country’s existing social and economic infrastructure and employment, it also brings to Lebanon a new set of disparities, cleavages and tensions that threaten to undermine Lebanon’s delicate social and political stability. Due to the crisis, Lebanon is witnessing a sharply rising influx of Syrian refugees through the Northern and Eastern borders.
Within this setting, The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has taken on a number of roles to help ensure that ensure that the response to the refugee influx, while focusing on the immediate lifesaving needs of the refugee population, also contributes to longer-term objectives, more resilient host communities and supporting durable solutions. In that regard, UNDP plays three equally important and reinforcing roles; 1) Support to vulnerable host communities integrated components for stabilization, and livelihoods; 2) Inter-agency coordination through UNDP’s co-lead of the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan and 3) Sector Coordination through UNDP’s lead of the Livelihoods, Social Stability and Energy Sector.
Within the programming component, UNDP formulated a Stabilization and Recovery Programme (SRP) which sets out the overall institutional response to stabilize the current situation in Lebanon, UNDP sets up a specific program for host communities (Lebanon Host Community Support Program - LHSP) in term of reducing and mitigating the Syrian crisis' effect on the most poor Lebanese communities, looking at increase livelihoods and jobs opportunities, improve the basic services delivery and reduce communities social conflicts.
The LHSP methodology contribute to:
- The development of institutional capacity in a crisis context, without which neither local government nor the social and private sector can have the context or foundational base to stimulate economic and social progress;
- The enacting and implementation of interventions that create an enabling environment for effective participation in sustainable local solution for resilience;
- The enhancing of the capacities of people who are normally bypassed in the distribution of the social and economic benefits to participate more effectively in productive activities on which their livelihoods depend.
- The creation of enabling environment for gender equality and inclusion for vulnerable people including disabled and youth.
The Four outputs of LHSP are:
Output 1: Capacity of local stakeholders strengthened to assess and respond to the needs of the community in the design and delivery of interventions in a conflict-sensitive and participatory manner.
Output 2: Competition for basic services reduced in vulnerable communities
Output 3: Income generation for vulnerable Lebanese and Syrian refugees created through intensive labour activities supporting rapid employment schemes
Output 4: Jobs opportunities increased particularly for vulnerable women, disabled persons and youth
Under the overall guidance of CTA, Management of the Area Manager and direct supervision of the Senior UNDP engineer, the Site Civil Engineer will be primarily responsible for planning, monitoring, reviewing contractor submittals, supervision , coordinating with consultant, LTAs and coordination of field level activities related to engineering project in order to ensure a proper implementation of the projects from start till handing over of the project to the beneficiaries.
Under the direct supervision of the Head of LHSP Engineer Unit, the incumbent will perform the following functions:
- To conduct site visits and assist in the project identification and assessment phases by providing technical input;
- To assist Senior UNDP Engineers in the development and revision of design documents;
- To perform site inspections to check on the quality (Quality assurance and quality control) and progress of the works and prepare timely field reports on the progress of various projects;
- To attend site progress meeting with contractors and consultants to monitor the progress of work and compare it to the approved construction schedule in order to ensure thorough monitoring and follow up of projects under implementation and make sure quality products are delivered to beneficiaries;
- To administer contracts signed with contracts and monitor safety on site while imposing penalties in case of default;
- Review and validate the contractor’s submittals, consultant’s reports, any technical person report such as but not limited to field inspection, material submittals, variation orders;
- To prepare reports to the Senior UNDP Engineers on a weekly basis through submission of a weekly progress report;
- To assist the area Coordinator Engineer in carrying out his tasks;
- To ensure efficient support and coordination of engineering consultants to support project design and implementation in the area;
- To manage and administer all contracts related to projects under his/her responsibility, including but not limited to reviewing payments, enforcing compliance with safety procedures, monitoring submittal milestones, and preparing amendment documentation (such as but not limited to “Note to file”, “Memos”, “Technical letters”;
- To keep accurate records and archives of all projects/activities, including financial records, data, pictures, reports, correspondence and minutes with respective municipalities, beneficiaries, consultants and contractors;
- To assist in the preparation of monthly, quarterly and final progress reports;
- To meet with Municipalities, beneficiaries and related government institutions;
- To coordinate with other departments when asked to do so;
- To review payments for contractors, consultants or any person who did a technical task for the project;
- When needed, the Engineer might be asked to assist any area on temporary basis. (relocation from duty station to another might be considered if necessary);
- To perform any task requested by the senior engineers.
- Strong organizational, interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills;
- Ability to plan and prioritize own workload;
- Strong monitoring and reporting skills;
- Ability to work under pressure and handle various projects simultaneously;
- Ability to assume responsibility and to coordinate with others;
- Effective oral and written communication skills, as well as research skills;
- Attention to detail and ability to handle tasks accurately;
- Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity.
- Secondary degree or Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering
- Member of the Syndicate of Engineers in Lebanon (Registration card to be provided)
- Secondary degree with 6 years or Bachelor’s degree with 3 years of relevant work experience in the engineering field and coordination work with private entities, international and/or local NGOs/agencies and authorities.Good knowledge of the area/region and its local customs including Impact of Syrian crisis;
- Experience in dealing with contractors and contract compliance;
- Knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet, AutoCAD;
- Experience in infrastructure projects is an asset; and experience in development work is an asset;
- Knowledge of GIS is an asset.
- Fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic (French is a plus)
- The candidate should be based in Beirut and willing to go on regular field visits to the project sites across Lebanon
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Contract Duration: 1 year (renewable)