Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN headquarters in Africa and the Director-General of UNON is the representative of the Secretary-General in Kenya. UNON supports programme implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Resident Coordination System (RCS) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing administrative, security, conference and information services (www.unon.org).
This position is located at the Design and Construction Section of the Conference Facility Capital Project in United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON). The Project Architect Landscape and Sustainability reports to the Chief, Design and Construction Section and will be responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:
Within delegated authority, the Associate Architect will be responsible for performing the following duties:
• Applies basic formulas to complete routine calculations for small projects or minor phases of broader assignments related to architecture and engineering requirements of large capital projects , such as design, construction, or repair of buildings, roads, waste disposal systems, flood control systems, and distribution systems, environmental control systems.
• Prepares graphs, curves, and tables.
• Records factual data in tests and observation studies.
• Performs drafting and minor detail designs.
• Searches technical reports to obtain information related to projects in process.
• Assists in surveying work to determine site selection for structures.
• Assists in calculation of stresses and strain affecting proposed structures by making routine calculations of such factors as estimated load, water pressure, soil characteristics, temperature fluctuations, and nature of building materials used.
• Prepares requisitions for procurement of construction supplies.
• Maintains liaison with local contractors and suppliers concerning the provision of supplies and services.
• Prepares proposal to achieve local and international sustainability standards.
• Prepares landscape designs of designated areas.
• Contributes to the collection and analysis of data and identification of trends or patterns and provides draft insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods for data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
• Documents requirements and background information used for data analysis.
• Perform other related duties as assigned.
• PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to apply architectural skills and to participate in architectural landscape and sustainability projects, including preparation of cost estimates, research of data and preparing graphs. The ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
• TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
• CREATIVITY: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Engineering, Architecture or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is desirable.
A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in architecture or related area is required.
Experience in landscape architecture is desirable.
Experience working with LEED or BREEAM sustainable standards is desirable.
One (1) year or more of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.
NOTE: “fluency equals a rating of “fluent” in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and ” Knowledge of” equals a rating of ” confident” in two of the four areas.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
Appointment against this post is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension.
THIS POSITION IS OPEN TO NATIONALS OF KENYA ONLY. National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located and will be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of the office. If no suitable local candidate is identified, Kenyan nationals residing elsewhere may be considered, in which case the candidate would be responsible for any costs related to traveling and relocating to Kenyan in the event of an employment offer.
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