QA/QC Specialist

UNOPS, Kabul, Afghanistan

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationTraining and Capacity Building
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
10th April, 2019

Job Description

Background Information - UNOPS:

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.

Background Information - Afghanistan:


UNOPS strategy for Afghanistan is aimed at providing maximum support to the Government and people of Afghanistan though the delivery of projects and services in line with the government’s own priorities. The UNOPS Afghanistan Operation Center (AFOC) has been established as an organizational mechanism to deliver a range of projects for which UNOPS has been designated as the implementation agency. At present, UNOPS AFOC is implementing a number of projects in a range of sectors including infrastructure (roads and schools) development, capacity building to various ministries, and environmental protection, among others, on behalf of the Government of Afghanistan and the donor community.

The functional objective of UNOPS AFOC is to deliver projects in an efficient and effective manner, to achieve the development outcomes sought by the Government of Afghanistan and the donor community, where capacity building is always considered and encouraged. The aim of UNOPS AFOC is to provide implementation services to the Government of Afghanistan, the donor community and partner agencies in the reconstruction and development of the country. In doing so, UNOPS aims to exceed client expectations in the delivery of quality services throughout the country.

Background Information - Job-specific:

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Afghanistan is responsible for implementing a number of projects on behalf of the Government of Afghanistan and the aid donor community.

The Afghanistan Operational Centre (AFOC) has been set up as an organizational mechanism to deliver a range of projects for which UNOPS has been designated as the Implementing Agency/Consultant.
The Ministry of Public Works (MPW) of the Government of Afghanistan aims to construct the Trans-Hindukush Road Connectivity Project (THRCP) which has strategic importance for the movement of goods and freight between the Northern provinces and Capital of the Country. This road has a significant role not only for the current traffic movement but also as part of a reginal resource corridor which is already targeted as a priority to construct. The Government of Afghanistan intends to improve and upgrade the Bamyan to Baghlan (B2B) Road, rehabilitate the Salang Pass Highway and Tunnel and implement a sustainable future maintenance regime for these critical routes. The objectives are to improve the Trans-Hindukush road connectivity, to provide all year-round access and enhance local as well as international trade and regional integration. Furthermore, the improved roads will increase security by reducing the time to respond to local, regional, or national incidents, facilitate access to social services and provide new regional trade opportunities including agriculture and mining.

The THRCP project is being delivered under the MPW by a government led Project Management Team (PMT) and a new Construction Supervision Unit (CSU) has been set up to undertake site supervision of all associated contracts. In parallel, the client has also appointed an international Implementation Consultant (IC) team through UNOPS to support development, delivery and oversight of the project.

THRCP IC is seeking a qualified International QA/QC Specialist to support delivery of THRCP.

Functional Responsibilities:

The QA/QC Specialist reports to the IC Team Leader. Working under the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) the QA/QC Specialist is responsible to assist in the management of the QA/QC plans, strategies, and reports along the 164 km road connecting Northern Provinces to Center and South.

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

  • Guide and advise in the drafting and development of the THRCP’s Quality Management Strategy and QA/QC Plan.
  • Provide advice and guidance regarding the project QA/QC plans and protocols for construction, construction equipment and materials.
  • Guide and assist MoPW in the establishment of quality procedures including time limits for inspection, sampling and testing of works and materials.
  • Recommend specific quality standards and construction schedules which are appropriate to all levels of construction projects.
  • Review all standards to be used during laboratory tests, QA/QC testing schedules and procedures.
  • Review contractor practices and conventional methodologies and make recommendations where remedial action is required.
  • Check accuracy of outputs produced in compliance with established quality standards.
  • Recommend assistance to contractors to ensure that the most economical and appropriate quality materials and methods are utilized.
  • Recommend solutions to quality issues and identify where improvements or rectification is warranted

Monitoring and Progress Controls:

  • MoPW establishing QA/QC Procedures.
  • MoPW’s implementation and monitoring of quality plans.
  • MoPW delivering weekly QA/QC report to the Director THRCP.
  • MoPW delivering monthly QA/QC reports to appropriate stakeholders.
  • MoPW construction supervisors and inspectors implementing QA/QC policies and procedures and carrying out regular monitoring and reporting of contractor activity.

Education/Experience/Language requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in Engineering, preferably in civil engineering, construction or a related field. Professional certificate in a relevant field desirable.
  • A first level university degree in a relevant field with combination of additional two years relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of the advances university degree.
  • Minimum five years of progressively responsible experience in developing and applying QA/QC strategies, plans and procedures in construction projects
  • Knowledge of UN/UNOPS rules and regulations highly advantageous
  • A minimum of two years’ experience mentoring and providing capacity building in the normative and procedural aspects of QA/QC in construction.
  • Fluent in spoken English and professional level ability in English writing.
  • Experience with UN projects will be an asset.
  • At least two years’ experience working in post conflict or developing countries.


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