Senior Building Surveyor

Job categories Project Management
Vacancy code VA/2019/B5107/18795
Level ICS-11
Department/office ECR, AUMCO, Pristina
Duty station Pristina, Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/99)
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-3
Duration 6 months
Application period 31-Oct-2019 to 18-Nov-2019

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Please note that UNOPS will at no stage of the recruitment process request candidates to make payments of any kind.

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UNOPS has worked in Kosovo* (*referred to throughout in the context of United Nations Security Council resolution 1244 [1999]) since 1999, helping partners achieve their development and peace and security goals.

The UNOPS team in Pristina provides sustainable project management, procurement, infrastructure, administrative support, and advisory and fund management services. Prioritizing major infrastructure project implementation, UNOPS provides project management support to partners in the environment and rule of law sectors, and supports partner personnel management, including for UN Environment and UNHCR.

Working closely with communities and local authorities, UNOPS supports capacity development by sharing knowledge and best practices with national counterparts. WHO requires assessment studies of the physical conditions of office buildings owned by the organization, which are located in several countries across the world. The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) has been requested by WHO office in Geneva to carry out a project to conduct these building condition assessment studies.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has operational activities in many countries across the world, in order to manage these activities personnel are located in buildings owned and managed by WHO. Within these buildings, there is a responsibility for facilities management to ensure that all buildings meet minimum standards for safety of personnel and efficient operations as well as ensure a timely and planned response for repairs and remedial work. As country operations focus on a health mandate, there is often a limed knowledge of building maintenance and management to ensure that facilities that personnel work in remain in a safe and operational condition.

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) has been requested by WHO (Geneva) through an Interagency Agreement to carry out a project to conduct a comparable  condition assessment of WHO-owned real estate assets in order to know what condition the assets are in and what investments are required over the next 10 years.  WHO also requires to validate that the investments required have a return: i.e. that the buildings are fit for the foreseeable future purpose and that the assets are worth the investment. The condition assessment reports should be of a standardized, easy-to-understand, jargon-free style of the condition assessments that can be shared with Member States and non-technical senior managers.  WHO requires justified recommendations for any necessary investments with an estimate of probable investment costs noting an accuracy tolerance of +/- 20%

The condition assessments should focus on life safety, local code compliance, environmental compliance, cost effectiveness, building-related MOSS compliance and the likely presence of asbestos-containing materials. 

Currently WHO has a management system to determine what repairs are required on each asset and this produces a master capital plan for allocation of available budget yearly to allow repairs to take place. Whilst the system historically provides for the capital budget master plan to be developed, annually it can often rely on limited information coming from health practitioners in the country office. The project will present a revitalized capital master plan that will ascertain the likely life cycle of key building infrastructure components and spread out any investments as efficiently as possible over the 10-year plan cycle, prioritizing health, safety and security justified projects.  

The scope of the project services is to carry out a conditional survey of buildings owned by the World Health Organization (WHO) in the following countries: Switzerland; Equatorial Guinea; Egypt; Tunisia; Somalia; South Sudan; Democratic Republic of Congo; Burkina Faso; Afghanistan; Pakistan; Jordan; Philippines;

Under the supervision of the Project Manager, the Senior Building Surveyor will ...

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