Field Engineer
United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Close on 12 Jul 2020
Location: Jordan
Grade: LICA-6, Associate
Occupations: Engineering
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Job Description

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

Located 10 km east of Mafraq in the Governorate of Mafraq, Za’atari camp was established in July 2012 and is home to an estimated 80,000 Syrian refugees, including 45,000 children. The camp is divided into 12 districts and possesses a local vibrant market with over 3000 shops, in addition to key facilities and services such as hospitals, schools and electricity for part of the day. Close to 50 organizations- United Nations agencies, international and national Non-Governmental Organizations as well as private companies- operate in Zaatari camp under the coordination of the Syrian Refugee Affairs Directorate (SRAD) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Azraq camp opened in April 2014 as Za’atari reached its full capacity. Under the Governorate of Zarqa, the site, located 30 kilometres west of Azraq town and 90 kilometres from the Jordan-Syrian border is in hot desert terrain. With a size of 13.5 km2, Azraq camp was designed to host at least 55,000 refugees; however, there are currently an estimated 36,000 people, including 20,000 children, living in the four villages of Azraq camp.

UNICEF has been working in Syrian refugee camps in Jordan since they were established, providing essential services for children to achieve their full potential and realize their rights. UNICEF has been responsible for coordinating the provision of education services to children in close partnership with the Ministry of Education of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

As of June 2020, Zaatari counts 13 education complexes spread around the camp, as well as 7 Kindergarten sites. Azraq camp counts 6 education complexes, as well as 4 Kindergarten sites. In all these facilities, in coordination with the Ministry of Education and its Directorates, UNICEF has been providing comprehensive operational and technical support, for which UNICEF is now seeking to hire a qualified field engineer. The post holder will provide support to the Senior Engineer and the directorates and Ministry of Education in all aspects of maintenance, construction and engineering.

The purpose of the assignment is to provide support to education section and camp coordination team in managing, operationalizing and upgrading the educational facilities in camps, specific responsibilities includes but not limited to, the following:

  • Support the Senior Engineer in preparing detailed and comprehensive maintenance plans for all the existing education facilities, including playgrounds.

  • Perform day-to-day coordination with the contractors and suppliers according to the needs and requirements on site.

  • Draft as-built and general arrangement drawings for the existing KGs and Schools and other facilities in Azraq and Zaatari camps.

  • Provide detailed and accurate Bill of Quantities (BoQ) for the facilities to be maintained or rehabilitated.

  • Assist in preparing Long Term Agreements/Request for Proposals for the services required by the Education Section.

  • Apply quality control and safety procedures on site for the maintenance and rehabilitation works that will be taking place by supervising contractor(s)’ performance and reporting any discrepancies of quality and quantities of work to be completed.

  • Alert the Senior Engineer of potential challenges in advance to mitigate delay-related risks.

  • Supervise and monitor performance of contractor(s) on site.

  • Submit weekly progress reports to education Senior Engineer.

  • Support in the preparation process of materials on site data base and provide daily inputs on labors productivity and percentage of progress in maintenance and upgrade of educational facilities in camps.

  • Responsible for the preparation and verification of a database for the available materials shipped to the project, schedules of labor force, and monitoring of quality of such during the progress of works.

  • Support with all opther tasks as requested by Senior Engineer.

Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
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.

Drive with Energy

  • Initiative

  • Ability to learn

Focus and Execute

  • Ability to analyse

  • Organising and Quality Orientation

Impact and Energize

  • Communication skill

  • Teamwork Skills

Guide with Passion

  • Motivation and Inspiration

  • BA in Civil/ Architectural engineering or any other related to Engineering studies.

  • Minimum of 2 years of experience of construction works

  • One year of experience in education and/or humanitarian sector.

  • Fluency in both English and Arabic is required.

Contract type: Local ICA

Contract level: LICA 6
Contract duration: till 31 Dec 2020

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.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • 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.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.


UNOPS helps the UN and its partners provide peace and security, humanitarian and development solutions. 

Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development. We are focused on implementation, with a commitment to UN values and private sector efficiency.

UNOPS is a service provider, a technical advisor and an implementer of projects. We help the UN and other partners provide peace and security, humanitarian and development solutions.

Our mission

Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development. 

Our vision 

Our vision is a world where people can live full lives supported by appropriate, sustainable and resilient infrastructure and by the efficient, transparent use of public resources in procurement and project management.

Our purpose

We help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development.

We bring to this task the values and principles of the United Nations and the innovation, boldness, speed and efficiency of a self-financed institution. 

We bring the highest international standards to what we do, while respecting local contexts. We do this as our contribution to tackling the huge challenges of the 21st century.

We provide practical solutions to assist our partners to save lives, protect people and their rights, and to build a better world. 

We aspire to be a leader in the efforts to channel private sector investments for social and environmental impact while addressing the immense needs for sustainable development. 

What drives us is a passion to fight inequalities and to provide opportunities to those most vulnerable. This means we often work in the most challenging environments, building foundations for communities to function and people to live with dignity and respect. 

We are passionate about quality: In our people and in what we do. 

We earn the trust of those we work with by caring about what they value, and by delivering on our promise to always act in the service of people in need.