Project Engineer

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Lebanon, with funding from the European Union (EU), has initiated the “Sustainable Energy for Public Services entities, entrepreneurship and innovation– EU Support to Lebanon’s Green Agenda” (CEDRO 6) project.

The CEDRO 6 project aims to enhance energy accessibility for the public sector, including the Lebanese Armed Forces, the Internal Security Forces, the Justice Court Houses, the Serails, public schools and non-public charity schools. Additionally, it strives to facilitate the private sector’s adoption of solar energy, contributing to environmental sustainability, economic recovery, and job creation through the support of selected start-up initiatives, microgrids and capacity building of the work force.

Concurrently, UNDP will be also actively engaged in another KFW funded project, “Improving energy security and promoting the transition to sustainable energy in Lebanon”. The project focuses on providing sustainable energy solutions for public services ensuring a reliable electricity supply through renewable energy and energy efficiency interventions to public hospitals and public educational facilities. Furthermore, the project will provide policy support in the renewable energy sector and support in the rehabilitation and upgrade of hydroelectric facilities owned by the electric utility EDL.

The UNDP is seeking to recruit one Project Engineer for this project with the main responsibility of providing the engineering support and operational coordination related primarily to the implementation of rehabilitation and upgrade works in hydroelectric facilities, and potentially supporting in some of the renewable energy and energy efficiency systems that will be installed across Lebanon.

Duties And Responsibilities

The Project Engineer will handle the technical and operational coordination related to the effective design, procurement, supervision and monitoring of the rehabilitation and upgrade project of the Nahr El Bared Hydroelectric facilities and the studies for a potential add-on of a Solar Farm and Hydro Pumped Storage solution in the same area. The Project Engineer will potentially provide additional support to energy efficiency and renewable energy demonstration projectsas well. A technical consultantancy firm will be backstopping the team for the Hydroelectric rehabilitation and upgrade works and the add-on studies.

The Specific Functions/responsibilities Include

  • Technical Responsibilities:
  • Assist the Project Manager and Project Coordinator in the selection of beneficiaries through the review of the beneficiary application process, evaluation of the applications, and on-site validation of data and information.
  • Assist the Project Manager and Project Coordinator in the preparation of technical specifications for international and local consultants and consultancies in line with project objectives.
  • Review Hydroelectric, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency technical specifications.
  • Preparation of the full technical design and sizing and Single Line Diagrams (SLD) and installation / interconnection drawings (when applicable) for Hydroelectric, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency systems among other actions based on the beneficiary site needs’ and conditions.
  • Preparation of shop drawings, work schedules and material specifications in conformity with the design specifications.
  • Preparation of Tender documents for Hydroelectric rehabilitation and upgrade project and add-on studies but also Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency systems among other actions based on the design specifications.
  • Evaluation of offers and checking of compatibility of the proposed Hydroelectric rehabilitation and upgrade and potential add-ons, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency measures with site characteristics and tender documents requirements.
  • Prepare, in collaboration with the various contractors, the time schedules for the execution works and the arrangements regarding the proper delivery of equipment to the installation sites; and ensure information is communicated on site.
  • Review and approve submitted shop drawings, work schedules and material specifications; and ensure conformity with the design specifications.
  • Inspect works for conformity to specifications and design instructions; and ensure work compliance with relevant engineering standards and codes.
  • Work supervision, including: ensuring the provision of complete listings of installed equipment per site; the preparation of site logs, acceptance reports; change orders; documentation of site condition etc.
  • Identify, evaluate and provide solutions to field problems, and coordinate the implementation of solutions by collaborating with contractors, site engineers, project management, and beneficiaries.
  • Control engineering works and in particular the quality of works, safety and environmental aspects and compliance with the Contract.
  • Supervise the performance testing of installations and coordinate hand-over arrangements.
  • Convey progress, comments, problems etc. to the Project Coordinator and Project Manager regarding the works.
  • Review and monitor planning schedules, analyze potential or occurring constraints/delays and oversee the implementation of remedial measures, including extending assistance to Contractor to reschedule priorities.
  • Supervise the monitoring and data collection from the various sites.
  • Research and maintain an updated database on relevant Hydroelectric, EE/RE products and prices;
  • Consolidate the various technical reports from the field and support in the preparation of progress reports accordingly.
  • Lead and supervise the work of Junior Site Engineers under his responsibility.
  • Reporting and Outreach
  • Develop and prepare commissioning and progress reports as needed.
  • Support in liaising with project partners, counterparts, beneficiaries and potential beneficiaries for the proper implementation of the Hydroelectric, EE/RE projects;
  • Liaise with relevant public, private and non-governmental sector institutions for the coordination of specifications and technology transfer;
  • Support in the design and implementation of the various trainings and capacity building workshops that are organized by the project to transfer technology to beneficiaries and counterparts.

Institutional Arrangement

The Project Engineer will be working under the overall guidance of the Project Manager/Advisor and the Project Coordinator. The Project Engineer will have one Junior Site Engineer under his/her supervision and will be responsible of one Project initiative. The Project Engineer will also be required to provide support to other team members and other initiatives as needed. The incumbent will be based in Beirut and will have frequent travel to the project sites in Lebanon with focus on the Nahr El Bared area


Core Competencies

Achieve Results: LEVEL 2: Scale up solutions and simplifies processes, balances speed and accuracy in doing work

Think Innovatively: LEVEL 2: Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking

Learn Continuously: LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning

Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 2: Adapt processes/approaches to new situations, involve others in change process

Act with Determination: LEVEL 2: Able to persevere and deal with multiple sources of pressure simultaneously

Engage and Partner: LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making

Cross-Functional & Technical Competencies

Thematic Area Name Definition

2030 Agenda: Planet Nature, Climate and Energy Energy: Energy access

2030 Agenda: Prosperity Inclusive Growth Urban Community Infrastructure / Assets

2030 Agenda: Prosperity Inclusive Growth Urban development design/risk mitigation, inclusive design, resilience, and sustainability

2030 Agenda: Prosperity Nature, Climate and Energy Energy: Renewable energy

Business Direction & Strategy Effective Decision Making Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authorites, area of expertise and resources.

Business Direction & Strategy Risk management Ability to identify and organize action around mitigating and proactivelly managing risks.

Knowledge Generation Business Development Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need.

Required Skills And Experience

Min. Academic Education

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in energy, mechanical, electrical or civil Engineering or closely related field, is required; or
  • A first level University degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the related fields with additional 2 years of relevant experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Min. Years Of Relevant Work Experience

  • Up to 2 years (with Master´s degree) or minimum 2 years (with Bachelor’s degree) of progressive relevant experience in designing and implementing renewable energy applications is required.

Required Skills And Competencies

  • Proficiency in standard Microsoft Office applications, Adobe Acrobat and Autocad is required;

Desired Additional Skills And Competencies

  • Previous experience in working on Hydroelectric Projects with installed capacity equal or larger to 5 MW;
  • Previous experience in working on Rehabilitation and Upgrade of Industrial facilities;
  • Previous experience in Training and Capacity Building;
  • Previous experience in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency;
  • Proficency in one of the following energy engineering design software: HPP Design, Flow 3D Hydro, HES, PEACH, Smart Mini Idro or equivalent;
  • Previous experience in working with the Lebanese Public Sector institutions;
  • Previous experience with UN, UNV, or international organization(s).

Required Language(s) (at Working Level)

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic.
  • French is a plus.

Professional Certificates N/A


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