United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Structural Design Engineer (Retainer, Multiple Positions)

United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

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.

Background Information – Amman

The UNOPS Hub in Amman implements projects in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen, in partnership with bilateral donors, national governments, and other UN agencies.  With an established presence across the region, the office runs operations including large-scale procurement, project development, and technical management, and provides financial, human resources, and infrastructure-related services. The functional objective of UNOPS Hub in Amman is to deliver its projects in an efficient and effective manner and in line with the principles, rules and regulations of UNOPS, in order to support the response to the current needs and national priorities in the region.

The incumbent is responsible to abide by Security Policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

UNOPS is committed to achieving a fully diverse workforce

Functional Responsibilities

The Structural Design Engineer shall work under the direct supervision of the Project Manager or the Infrastructure Advisor. The Structural Design Engineer will give his/her technical expertise as required to manage and coordinate any designs assigned, supervision, commissioning and related documentation works. He/she is responsible for managing staff under his/her supervision and ensure high quality design documentation and site works are carried out on time and on or under budget.  The tasks would involve the following but not limited to:
  • Design of the Structural components and services of projects;
  • Assist contract division in preparing and evaluation of tender documents of structural components (specifications, codes, BOQs, rates etc.) ;
  • Design and produce structural systemic drawings, calculations, reports and scope of works;
  • Review the design of structural components of projects;
  • Manage testing, coding and details of structural deliverables to clients.
Specifically, the Structural Design Engineer will be responsible for the following substantive tasks: Technical tasks:

  • Prepare design briefs and the design reports that address specific clients and stakeholder requirements and specifications as and when necessary,
  • Preparation of comprehensive design documentation, calculations, specifications, bar bending schedules and other project documents to meet the required quality and detailing,
  • Work closely with Project Managers, Architects, Engineers, Draftsperson and Quantity Surveyors in the planning of projects, scheduling of tasks and developing an integrated design,
  • Review and ensure the documents prepared meets the quality standard requirements,
  • Responsible for timely delivery of the expected outputs,
  • Carry out structural design of services according to the client’s design requirement and as per applicable international standards and codes of practices,
  • Strong ability in producing and reviewing structural bill of quantities,
  • Monitor delivery of services design documents. Highlight possible late delivery prior to the event,
  • Carry out structural site inspections, assessments and reports as required,
  • Assist in the development of specifications, procedures and quality assurance (QA)/quality control (QC) protocols when required,
  • Proactively manage the design/review projects, ensuring that they meet the high standards expected by UNOPS, while delivering the program within its time and budget constraints,
  • Liaise with national and international clients and address requirements when required,
  • Coordinate the works and submissions with all other disciplines - Architectural and Design Engineers and Quantity Surveyors,
  • Carry out research and identify appropriate technologies/techniques/designs that can be incorporated in the project design,
  • Carry out technical reviews as appropriate,
  • Review and certify structural design documentations as a third party independent body when required,
  • Co-ordinate the team effort to complete any task as would be required and appropriate if assigned.
Administrative tasks:

  • Manage structural design and  engineering related material archiving,
  • Assist in scheduling requested tasks related to structural works,
  • Perform any other tasks relevant to the Infrastructure and Engineering Unit when required.
Final Product

Deliver delegated tasks by the supervisor on time and as per the required cost and quality parameters. Ensure project design and construction quality is high observing local and UN standards applicable and relevant health and safety procedures are adhered to.


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above) 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.

Functional Responsibilities

  • Ability to work to meet tight schedules under stressful environment and varied cultural context
  • Good team player attitude
  • Ability to perform work with professionalism, integrity and commitment to project demands
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills in English both verbal and written
  • Demonstrated computer ability in using MS Office Suite.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Master degree in Civil/structural Engineering from a reputable University. A Bachelor degree in Civil/Structural Engineering with 2 additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the Masters.
  • Project Management Certificates will be an asset
  • Membership of the Jordanian Engineers Association is mandatory.
Work Experience

  • 2 years of years of experience in Structural Engineering/vertical structures or related fields. **
  • Membership to Professional Engineer’s list from a recognized engineering body / institution is a must.
  • Candidates with experience working with UN or other Humanitarian/Development agencies will be well regarded.
  • Demonstrated computer ability in using MS Office Suite and structural Analysis and engineering design software such as Autocad, Revit, MathCAD, PLS-CADD, StaadPro, ETABS, SAP2000, PROKON, etc. is an asset

  • Full proficiency in Arabic and English is a requirement.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Local ICA Specialist Contract level: LICA Specialist 9 Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.’

Additional Considerations

  • 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.
  • This position is open to Nationals ONLY.
  • Amman is not a UN Family Duty Station.
  • 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.
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