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Project Management Support Officer (AutoCAD Operator)
United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Grade: LICA Specialist-8, Entry Professional
Close on 30 Sep 2021
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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.


With more than 20 years of experience in the country, UNOPS Afghanistan focuses on providing maximum support to the Government and people of Afghanistan through delivery of projects and services in line with the government’s national priorities. The UNOPS Afghanistan Country Office (AFCO) serves as an organizational mechanism to deliver a range of projects for which UNOPS has been designated as the implementation agency. At present, UNOPS AFCO is implementing a number of projects in a range of sectors including infrastructure (roads, bridges, justice and security, health, and water supply) development, procurement services, HR services, capacity building, and humanitarian protection, amongst others, on behalf of the Government of Afghanistan, the international donor community, and other UN agencies.

The functional objective of UNOPS AFCO is to contribute to the achievement of the development outcomes sought by the Government of Afghanistan. The aim of UNOPS AFCO is to provide efficient and cost-effective implementation services on behalf of all our partners to support the reconstruction and development of the country. UNOPS AFCO’s mission is to exceed the expectations of all stakeholders in the delivery of AFCO’s services, at all times, in all places, in all circumstances, in order to improve significantly the lives of all Afghans in need.


The AutoCAD Operator will report to the Senior Civil Engineer as her/his primary supervisor. Working as part of the AFCO Design Management Unit (DMU), will provide quality AutoCAD services in line with drafting standards timely in a professional manner, and will assist the engineers and other technical staff in developing drawings.

She/he will be expected to, but not limited to, perform the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Preparation of drawings and details for roads, water supply networks, sanitary water networks, structures ( protection walls, retaining walls, aprons, bridges, culverts, water canals, siphons, towers, etc..), buildings (including structures and architectural drawings), electric installations, and others as and whenever specified by the supervisor using AutoCAD applications;

  • Prepares engineering drawings utilizing AutoCAD applications for such features as site plans, foundation and plans, front, rear and side elevations, cross sections and schedules.

  • Interact with engineers and designers and accurately create drawings during the design process.

  • Maintain drawing files and coordinate document distribution to other components.

  • Understand the uses of drawing levels, reference files and AutoCAD tools.

  • Familiar with drafting and document practices in an engineering office with focus on architectural / civil engineering.

  • Fill in technical details using drawings, rough sketches, specifications and calculations made by the engineers and surveyors.

  • Processing Topographic raw Survey data through AutoCAD/Civil 3D.



  • Assist Estimation and Costing engineers in the estimation and calculation of the bill of quantities (BoQ).

  • Review and prepare design changes proposed by the Infrastructure Team and modify the quantities as required.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor as needed.

  • Assist the surveying team in the visits to the project site.

a. Education
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in AutoCAD Operator field is required.

  • Relevant certifications or trainings related to AutoCAD software are an advantage.

b. Experience
  • At least 2 years of progressively relevant experience as AutoCAD Operator in engineering and/or construction companies is required.

  • Previous experience from the UN/UNOPS or development organizations is an asset.

  • Knowledge of UN/UNOPS rules and regulations preferred.

  • Proficient in the current version of AutoCAD is required.

  • Understanding of construction, working drawings, and engineering terms and standards is required.

  • Working knowledge of MS Office applications with advanced MS. Excel skills.

  • Familiarity with advanced engineering drawing tools is an asset.

  • Able and willing to travel to all provinces within Afghanistan, including insecure and dangerous areas.

c. Languages
  • Excellent knowledge of both written and oral English is required.

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.

Contract type: Local Individual Contractor Agreement (LICA)
Contract level: LICA-8
Contract duration: Ongoing ICA - Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance

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
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • 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.

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