Supervision of Construction and Rehabilitation Work - Closing Date: 29th May 2012
Location: UNICEF Khartoum office, with frequent visits to three states
Duration: 6 months
Start Date: As soon as possible
Reporting to: UNICEF Youth Programme Manager in Khartoum
Description of the Youth Center:
Where possible UNICEF will build on the many existing centres and spaces in target localities. The center needs basic facilities that are available every day in order to attract young people on a frequent basis, so they become involved in developing and organising programme and benefit from activities and learning opportunities.
The basic facilities include provision of space where young people feel comfortable to meet and get information on subjects relevant to different ages, sex and groups of young people, in addition to the opportunity of using modern technology through computers and accessing the internet (if possible). A library is also seen as a basic facility.
Another main attraction of a centre is as a place to meet friends and peers informally, and for recreation through art and sport, as well as use of the library and computers. This means that informal meetings spaces, use of a kitchen for basic refreshments and basic equipment (for sport and art) should be available for free and structured activities. These should be regarded as educational and support facilities, because of the importance of meeting, talking and everyday activities in adolescent learning and guidance.
The design, location, and services of the youth friendly center will be informed through consultations with young people. Particular attention must be paid to 1) gender, and the types of information and spaces needed and wanted by both girls and boys; 2) environment issues where youth will explore designs/interventions that make the center youth friendly (for example, roof drainage system and then re-using collected water for watering plants, using environment friendly construction materials..etc); 3) accessibility to young people with disabilities.
Purpose of the consultancy
The objective of the consultancy is to ensure successful construction/rehabilitation of 7 youth centers funded by CIDA, through the provision of technical supervision and support.
The consultant will be based in Khartoum, and will support the Youth programme team and supply section in Khartoum and the three states in the following tasks:
1. Plan youth centers construction, prepare and organize necessary documentations and paper works for submission to CRC (Contracts Review Committee)
2. Work with Supply Unit in obtaining the LPA (Local Procurement Authorization) from Copenhagen.
3. Assist in the preparation of MOU/TOR for partners.
4. Participate in consultation workshops with youth in the targeted localities to discuss priorities of young people (males and females) in relation to the design of the youth center.
5. Investigate and propose environment friendly techniques and designs for the construction of youth centers.
6. Develop the design (as per the results of the consultations), BoQ and workplan for youth centers construction/rehabilitation in coordination with the WASH section to ensure technical specifications and contractors’ works meet the needs and requirements of beneficiaries.
7. Work with Supply Unit to ensure that construction is done according to the UNICEF guidelines for undertaking construction projects especially the stages of construction.
8. Ensure that bills of quantities prepared for all units are in accordance with the technical drawings and estimates provided.
9. Work closely with implementing partners to assure that bidding process and contracts awarding are in accordance with UNICEF standards.
10. Work closely with the State Ministries of Youth and Sport in ensuring that the construction of youth centers follows the Government construction standards, design and safety measures, and follow up on government’s certification if needed.
11. Work with the UNICEF youth team in the three states, with the Supply section in Khartoum and government partners to develop an implementation, monitoring and supervision plan for the construction component.
12. Support capacity building of the technical team of the Ministry of Youth and Sports through orientation, training and briefing for planning, implementation, management and quality monitoring of construction activities including system strengthening for sustainability.
13. Define a clear monitoring strategy with the partners, including a plan and tools for monitoring to ensure an effective, quality and timely delivery of youth centers.
14. Review and evaluate the technical, institutional and financial feasibility, constraints of the project and monitor compliance to ensure objectives and targets are achieved.
15. Ensure detailed records are kept to contribute to the preparation of official reports, including the donor reports enabling real-time tracking of construction progress.
16. Provide on-site monitoring of construction works and evaluate the quality of construction works upon completion or at certain milestone process and make recommendation for payments to be made to contractors or implementing partners. Ensure government’s endorsement and certification to all the constructed facilities.
17. Identify problems and propose remedial actions to accelerate/improve programme delivery..
18. Submit to UNICEF the monthly plan of activities and progress reports (including photos).
Ensure that 70% of the contract period is dedicated to site monitoring
The consultant will be based in Khartoum and will frequently undertake visits to all three states. He/she will provide technical assistance through visits to the sites of the construction.
All tasks will be undertaken in close coordination with UNICEF youth and supply sections (and WASH sections) in Khartoum and all three states, and relevant government authorities.
The consultant engineer will work under the supervision of the Youth Manager in Khartoum, and in close collaboration with the Chief of Supply Section and youth officers in Kassala, El Geneina and Nyala.
Expected background and Experience:
Advanced university degree in civil engineering, construction engineering, architecture or other relevant technical area, including water and sanitation facility construction;
Knowledge and experiences in supporting low cost construction and familiarity in government standard design;
At least 2 years experience in construction contract management of reinforced concrete buildings; knowledge of materials, methods, and the appropriate tools to construct structures and buildings;
Knowledge of structural engineering in the design of reinforced concrete, steel, masonry, and timber as applied to construction of buildings and structures;
Proven ability to identify potential problems and recommend appropriate solutions manner; strong links in humanitarian community; excellent writing and presentation skills;
Other Skills and Attributes required
Ability to work productively in a multi-cultural environment; good health and willingness to travel and live in locations with difficult conditions, experience working in rural settings desirable;
Excellent interpersonal skills, team oriented work style, excellent written and oral communication skills;
IT knowledge required: Proficiency in using computer applications (database, word processing, spreadsheet, presentations, project planning, e-mail, graphics etc.);
Excellent oral and written English skills, knowledge of Arabic an asset
• The consultant will be stationed in Khartoum with frequent travel to the three states
• In addition to the fee, the SSA consultancy will include a DSA component for any officially approved missions and travels outside of his/her duty station.
• The consultant will be expected to provide his/her own laptop computer.
• Sufficient office space, adequately furnished with minimum IT support and day-to-day logistical support shall be provided.
• The consultant will be required to sign the Health statement for consultants prior to taking up the assignment, and to document that they have appropriate health insurance.
• The Form 'Designation, change or revocation of beneficiary' must be completed by the consultant upon arrival, at the HR Section.
Interested candidates should submit their application, updated CVs and completed UN personal history form (which can be downloaded from www.unicef.org/employ) to firstname.lastname@example.org,
Closing Date: 29th May 2012