Electrical Engineer

United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), Kathmandu, Nepal

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
11th September, 2017

Job Description

UNOPS’ work in Asia Region focuses on the construction and operation of high quality sustainable infrastructure and sustainable procurement, project management, timely provision of services, and the use of most relevant technologies. Such projects provide social and economic benefits to vulnerable populations across the country, and contribute to poverty eradication. This includes construction of schools, hospitals, water networks, urban sewerage and drainage facilities, harbours and anchorages, waste management facilities, climate change mitigation, as well as a range of “soft” support in capacity building, operations and maintenance of public assets, local governance, etc.

DFID funded Integrated Programme for Strengthening Security and Justice in Nepal (IP-SSJ)

The Department for International Development (DFID) through its Operational Plan is committed to support Nepal in its efforts to ensure communities can live in safety and security. Nepal’s own commitments in this area are particularly enhanced by the National Human Rights Action Plan (2011-2014), and, of special interest to the UK, the National Plan of Action Against Gender-Based Violence.

DFID’s proposed IP aims to improve security and access to justice for poor and traditionally excluded people, especially women and girls. It has been designed on the basis of extensive analysis that is set out in the DFID ‘Security and Justice for the Poor’ (SJ4P) Business Case.

The IP is a major initiative coordinated by a Board convened by the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of Nepal that aims to ensure inter-related initiatives are mutually reinforcing, notably on the Government and UK priority of tackling Gender-Based Violence.

The overall programme approach involves interlocking elements of:

  • community-level awareness-raising about laws and services, and the facilitation of dialogue with state institutions;
  • modernised and context-specific facilities and equipment for better public service delivery by state institutions and;
  • improved institutional systems of resource utilisation, performance management and oversight.

The overall programme will be holistic across hard Facilities and Equipment (F&E) and soft (Capacity and Skills Development, Police-Public Partnerships, Community Awareness-raising and Social Development etc.) elements. Institutional beneficiaries (Nepal Police and targeted state/ non state organisations) will be able to better service communities who will have a greater access to, and awareness of, the services proposed. Long term results will centre on the security and access to justice experienced, and perceived, by the poor and traditionally excluded, through improved delivery of service to the communities, increased level of awareness of services offered and thereby improved access. Disaster resilience and climate change considerations will also be cross-cutting priorities across the project investments.

About the Modernisation and Improvement of Policing Project

Under this programme, UNOPS is to implement support to the component: Modernisation and Improvement of Policing Project (MIPP). The MIPP is primarily focused on the Nepal Police, but will likely also encompass some related security and justice services in the targeted district. The MIPP will modernise, tailor and help sustain high quality service delivery through improved infrastructures and systems of resource utilisation, performance management and oversight. The elements would be to:

  • Identify and prioritise F&E required for improved public service delivery for access to justice in approximately 25 districts determined by GoN in collaboration with DFID;
  • Procure building refurbishment, civil works, specialised and non-specialised equipment and supplies;
  • Procure forensic equipment for the central laboratory;
  • Implement the construction, O&M plans;
  • Provide technical advisory services related to performance management, improvement and oversight.

The project will be implemented over a 4 year period, through three operational segments, in up to 25-28 districts. It is envisaged that, in the latter part of the project, implementation will be handed over to the GoN with UNOPS taking on a technical advisory role.

The primary focus will be units of the Nepal Police, but complementary work would deliver public-facing improvements to justice-related services provided by District Administration Office, Women and Children Development Offices and, conceivably prisons.

Functional Responsibilities

The purpose of the assignment is to design power and communication system in line with UNOPS guidelines, Nepal Electricity Authority standards and international practice for buildings and other infrastructures under the project and ensure quality in their implementation.

The Electrical Engineer (National) will report to the Project Manager. The general scope of work shall be, but not limited to, the following:

  • Conduct Rapid Infrastructure Assessment (RIA) to identify F&E status with regard to the power system in the prioritized districts. Conduct desk reviews, field surveys, and prepare necessary reports.
  • Matching with the functionality of the structure, design power (city grid and solar backup) and communication systems (telephone, data and TV) including cabling plans.
  • Collaborate with design engineers of other discipline to identify appropriate design options that combine disaster risk resilience features with power and communication systems.
  • Coordinate with NEA officials during inspection of the executed electrification system and getting it connected with the city grid power grid.
  • Coordinate with Internet Service Providers during inspection of the executed communication system and getting it connected with the city communication grid.
  • Develop specifications for the cables, appliances and fixtures planned to be used.
  • Based on approved District Rates and market surveys, prepare estimate for the designed systems.
  • Assist in procurement of the electrical and communication systems.
  • Monitor contractors’ work plan for timely execution of the works.
  • Quality control during the construction and defects liability period for the electrical and communication systems.
  • Support the quantity survey and field progress measurement, prepare reports as required.
  • Trouble shooting and technical backup with regard to execution of electrical and communication systems.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • University Degree in Electrical Engineering or a relevant topic is required;
  • Master degree in a relevant field may be considered in lieu of the requirement of the bachelor’s degree and relevant experience

Work Experience

  • 4 years of progressive experience on planning, design, and implementation of electrification for non-residential multi-storied buildings in either public or private sector organizations is required;
  • Experience in project monitoring, reporting, development and coordination is desirable;
  • Experience in drawing cabling plan with CAD software is desirable;
  • Training on communication network development is desirable

Language: Proficiency in written and spoken English and Nepali is required;

Certifications: Registration in Nepal Engineering Council is required; Certification in Prin..


  • 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.
  • 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.


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