UNHCR JOB DESCRIPTION
Date of Classification : 12.01.2010
PART 2A – IDENTIFICATION OF POSITION
Position No : 10015975
Position Title: Senior Physical Planner Position Grade: P4
Position Location : Kabul
Supervisor Position No., Title & Grade: 10002390, Deputy Representative, P5 CCOG Code (1) : 1.B.06
Job Code (1) : 001427 Job Profile (1) : 00001427 Job Function (1) :
PART 2B – POSITION REQUIREMENTS
2.1 ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT
The Senior Physical Planner will maintain close relationship with key line ministries involved in shelter and
infrastructure projects both in urban and rural settings. Will ensure the establishment and maintenance of appropriate
coordination mechanism, including working groups at national and, if necessary, local levels.
The incumbent works in close coordination with all functional units in UNHCR (Technical, Protection, Programme,
Community Services, Field, Administration and Supply) for all issues related to protection and technical issues and
seeks regular advice and guidance from the Senior Physical Planner at Hqs.
2.2 FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT
Conduct technical feasibility studies for identification of adequate refugee sites in close coordination with
Local Authorities at Provincial, District and Divisional levels, as well as with the concerned line Ministries
and implementing partners.
Ensure predictable action and common strategy within the Government of Afghanistan’s Land Allocation
Scheme (LAS) implementation; Identify gaps in the shelter sector; Promote and adopt standardized
methods, tools and formats for common use shelter needs assessments to ensure predictable action within a
common strategy as Shelter Cluster Lead
Ensure that basic technical criteria of land availability/property, accessibility, security, topography, water
resources, absorption capacity, and adequate terrain for proper sanitation facilities are taken into
consideration when designing and implementing construction projects. Other technical factors such as
seism city, landslide, flooding and other technical considerations have also to be taken into consideration
during the physical planning activities.
Ensure that sites designs take into consideration protection oriented issues related to gender based violence
and women and children needs. The security/privacy of women and children, the adequate location of
latrines, of essential services, and other required areas have also to be addressed.
Coordinate with beneficiaries, local authorities and other partners the identification of potential needs
related to shelter and Non-Food Items (NFIs) and ensure that NFIs need identification/distribution is
coordinated among all the actors.
Assist the programme section by analysing budgetary implications of technical components, as well as the
technical integrity of our interventions in physical planning and shelter sector.
Act as a focal point in the office in the areas of physical planning, shelter and provide regular technical
report to the Supervisor, and to other colleagues as appropriate.
Assist UNHCR office with any other technical related issues as required by the Supervisor.
Advise on the matters related to procurement of sector-related materials or equipment (including
development and preparation of technical specifications for bid documents, technical evaluation of bids,
review/inspect quality of the products/works as requested), and assist in fund raising efforts (provision of
information and preparation of project proposals, and participation in negotiations) and other publicity
2.3 REQUIRED COMPETENCIES,
Code Managerial Competencies Code Functional Competencies
1. M001 Empowering and Building Trust 1. TS01 Developing Technical guidelines/application
2. M002 Managing Performance 2. TS02 Providing Technical Support and Advice
3. M003 Judgement and Decision Making 3. PG04 Assessing beneficiary needs
4. M004 Strategic Planning and Vision 4. PG05 Assessing/Developing partners capability
5. M005 Leadership 5. PG07 Monitoring and Evaluation
6. M006 Managing Resources 6.
Code Cross-Functional Competencies
1. X001 Analytical Thinking
2. X002 Innovation and Creativity
3. X003 Technological Awareness
4. X004 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
5. X005 Planning and Organizing
6. X006 Policy Development and Research
7. X007 Political Awareness
8. X008 Stakeholder Management
9. X009 Change Capability and Adaptability
2.4 ESSENTIAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Advance University degree in Civil/Structural Engineering (BS in Civil Engineering and MS in Civil or Structural
Minimum 15 years of previous relevant job experience, particularly in shelter design, planning, implementation and
Excellent knowledge in physical planning, shelter and engineering infrastructures, which imply that the person
should have a strong academic qualification in civil engineering construction, shelter design and structural analysis,
and physical planning issues.
Competent and previous professional experience in the areas of rural development, natural resources and
Familiarity with and considerable Field exposure to UNHCR programme planning and implementation and on
Skills on project formulation, planning, supervision and management.
Team player, adaptive and flexible to various situations, including emergency operations under varied socio-cultural
and physical environment and
Strong analytical, drafting and diplomatic skills, and proficient in basic computer software’s, including engineering
and site planning design tools.
Excellent knowledge of written and oral English.
2.5 DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES.
Knowledge of the local language;
Familiarity with the region;
Substantial field experience in a similar operational environment e.g. high security risk and complex cultural fabric;
Strong interpersonal and coordination skills will be an asset.
With the aim to achieve a gender-balanced workforce, UNHCR strongly encourages qualified
women to apply.
How to Apply:
A full curriculum vitae, including nationality and references, should be sent to: UNHCR, Vacancy
Management Unit (quoting ref. 10015975), case postale 2500, 1211 Geneva 2 Dépôt, Switzerland, or
by fax (+41 22) 739 7322, or preferably, by e-mail: email@example.com.
Closing date for receipt of applications: 26 February 2010