Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN headquarters in Africa and the Director-General of UNON is the representative of the Secretary-General in Kenya. UNON supports programme implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Resident Coordination System (RCS) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing administrative, security, conference and information services (
This position is located within the Replacement of Office Blocks A-J capital construction project at UNON, within Facilities Management, Central Support Services (CSS), Division of Administrative Services (DAS). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Project Manager reporting to the Chief, Facilities Management Section and under the overall supervision of the Chief, Central Support Services. The incumbent will be responsible for the successful delivery of the third component of this project, the construction of new office facilities within the stipulated budget, time and quality standards.
Within the delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
• Executes surveys and measurements for existing and new buildings and infrastructure project components, produces cost estimates, bills of quantities and schedules of rates to support client review and decision making, tender preparation and formal bid out of builders, structural, civil mechanical, electrical and plumbing related works.
• Develops technical costs related data regarding materials, sizes, dimensions, and quantities and costs to be incorporated in formal project tender documents.
• Estimates costs for construction of new and refurbishment of existing buildings, facilities and infrastructure systems to determine the feasibility of construction, repairs or replacement.
• Liaises with other engineers and facilities/ construction specialists responsible for related specialized phases to arrive at mutually satisfactory approaches to problems by exchanging and comparing costs related data.
• Conducts investigations to support preparation of cost estimates related to improved designs and construction techniques.
• Produces cost data and estimates on engineering-related requirements of current and planned facilities and construction project related activities, as well as furniture, fittings and equipment.
• Analyzes project proposals, contractors valuations, quotations, claims for payment, and construction change order/ variation requests to ensure completeness, technical feasibility, cost efficiency, market equivalence and to ensure that project objectives are attainable within prescribed resources.
• Conducts research on new technical systems to facilitate cost estimation, to identify and support implementation of improved methods and equipment, including the evaluation of product and equipment lifecycle related costs (construction and maintenance).
• Records, manage and control project costs to ensure completion within budget, time and quality standards.
• Collects and analyzes data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
• Performs any other related duties as required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrated project management, construction contract administration, knowledge of latest technologies for buildings/ infrastructure complemented by knowledge of applicable codes, international best practice and quantity surveyor/ cost planner and estimation methodologies. Ability to apply quantity surveyor/ cost planner and estimation skills and to participate in engineering/ construction projects, including preparation of cost estimates, research of data and preparing graphs. Ability to identify and analyze engineering/ construction costs data of significant depth and complexity. The ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is 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.
PLANNING & ORGANIZING : Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in quantity surveying, construction cost planner, civil, mechanical or electrical engineering, architecture, facilities management or other related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Professional certification and registration with relevant field related professional institutes is desirable.
Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is desirable.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in quantity surveying, construction cost planner, civil, mechanical or electrical engineering, architecture, facilities management or related area is required.
Experience in project preparation (including tender documentation, scope of requirement, cost estimates, bills of quantities, schedules of rates, technical specifications) and project implementation and supervision (including construction contract administration, payment valuations, variations), is required.
Proficiency in AutoCAD (or Revit) is required.
Experience working in the UN systems or other international organisations on capital construction or facilities management related projects is desirable.
Two years or more of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.
NOTE: "Fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and " Knowledge of equals a rating of' confident" in two of the four areas.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
This is a project post. Appointment against this position is for a period of one year and may be subject to extension. Staff Members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staffs are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
The United Nations is Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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According to article , paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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