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Biomedical Engineer

UNOPS Kenya Multi Country Office (KEMC) has its own Technical and Design Services Unit (TSU) which comprises a core group of technical staff supplemented by experts employed on a retainer basis. The group conducts feasibility studies and assessments and engages in design and monitoring work. The core group’s skills include Civil, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Architects, Design Associates and Quantity Surveyors. Retainers provide additional capacity in core disciplines as well as GIS and sector specific expertise (roads, healthcare, heritage etc).

  • Under the overall supervision and guidance of the Technical Service Unit Manager and Project Manager, the Biomedical Engineer will give his/her technical expertise as required to survey sites, develop specifications for equipment, calculation of quantities and costs, assist in procurement activities, assist in Site Inspections and final handover activities.
  • The Biomedical Engineer will be responsible for the definition of technical specifications for the procurement of medical equipment required for equipping new and existing Health facilities targeted by the different projects managed by UNOPS.
  • S/he would be involved in providing technical assistance, guidance and expertise to health ministries and other associated implementing partners in assessment of current equipment installations, their suitability in providing the relevant level of service, and where need be develop plans, standards and guidelines for the acquisition, operation, maintenance and replacement of medical equipment.
  • S/he would be involved in providing technical expertise during the bidding process to be able to identify competent equipment suppliers.
  • S/he would be involved in the approval of the equipment and supervise the testing, commissioning and training of the end-users of the medical equipment.
Functional Responsibilities
  • The Biomedical Engineer will be responsible for the following tasks:
  • Provide prompt, high quality and professional engineering support in all activities related to the research, commission and installation of medical equipment such as:
  • Technical Tasks Participate in the review and analysis of existing health equipment and installations (field assessments) in various sites Review the medical equipment specifications and requirements presented by MOH under design, in terms of accuracy, suitability and context.
  • Participate in meetings and work closely with other respective medical experts to identify exact locations and dimensions for equipment to facilitate better and efficient patient and process flows.
  • Prepare drawings to show proposed locations and installation for the medical equipment Assist in developing the schedule of the requirements, conditions, evaluation criteria and exact submission needed from the bidders before the bid solicitation.
  • Assist in producing bill of quantities for tender purposes in terms of accuracy and content.
  • Prepare technical specifications for medical systems including components, products, apparatus, and services together with the expected quality of workmanship, in close coordination with the Procurement team.
  • Prepare estimates of prices for all medical equipment.
  • Participate in scheduled site visits for inspection during implementation.
  • Witness the testing, commissioning of the installed equipment the training of end-users and review shop drawings from contractors and issue a taking-over certificate of the installed equipment.
  • Develop a comprehensive maintenance plan for the installed equipment.
  • Keep files and records of the design processes and decisions.
  • Assist in scheduling requested tasks related to medical works.
  • Perform any other tasks relevant to design activity when required.
  • Maintain accurate, current, comprehensive documentation for each area of responsibility.
  • Travel will be expected to remote sites. The Biomedical Engineer will be required to travel to any site in or around the countries under KEMC as required and as UNDSS permits.
Education & Requirements
  • Advanced degree in Biomedical Engineering is required.
  • Additional 2 years of relevant work experience, in combination with a relevant bachelor’s degree, may substitute for the requirement for a Master’s degree.
  • Education At least five years of relevant experience is required
  • Experience in the maintenance and the acquisition of health bio-medical equipment is an asset
  • Experience of successfully working with a variety of health sector stakeholders, particularly governments and development partners is an asset
  • Experience working in developing countries is an asset.
  • Good knowledge of the local and international medical Rules and Regulations is an asset.
  • Knowledge of UN policies, procedures and operations is highly desirable.
  • High proficiency with computers in particular MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook, Internet, AutoCAD, and other related software related to the positions field of expertise.
  • Professional membership of certified associations is preferential.
  • Current driver’s license is advantageous but not essential.
  • Experience working with developing nations and/or large global donors such as Global Fund, USAID, World Bank, etc. is an advantage.
  • Competencies 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
 How To Apply

Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor

Kenya Multi Country Office manages a growing portfolio of engagements, including associated strategic and operational risks. The KEMCO sub-region currently consists of an established Operation Centre in Nairobi/Kenya which manages a portfolio of engagements in multiple countries in East and South Africa. This includes primarily transactional projects in partnership with the Nairobi based UN Agencies, UN-Habitat and UNEP, and multiple ‘operational’ projects in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and several island states.
KEMC has its own Technical and Design Services Unit (TSU) which comprises a core group of technical staff supplemented by experts employed on a retainer basis.  The group conducts feasibility studies and assessments and engages in design and monitoring work.  The core group’s skills include Civil, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Architects, Design Associates and Quantity Surveyors.Under the guidance and supervision of the Technical Services Manager and in close collaboration with the  the Monitoring, Evaluation (M&E) Advisor (Retainer) will perform the following functions:

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Design, develop and roll out a M&E strategy for the KEMC in close consultation with the implementing partners, and in accordance with UNOPS guidelines;
  • Formulate a results and logical framework for the Programme in consultation with relevant stakeholders
  • Develop and maintain a system that collates information on all KEMC funded projects that need to feed into the results ad M&E framework
  • Provide oversight and support on M&E and performance issues to implementing partners collaborating with UNOPS
  • Undertake site visits for Monitoring and Evaluation in accordance with the M&E plan
  • Ensure that implementing partners fulfil their M&E obligations, including enabling the participation of beneficiaries, and that recording and reporting systems are harmonised both among implementing partners and with national systems where possible;

  • Agree the reporting cycle and reporting requirements with  each implementing partner;
  •  Develop standard monitoring, evaluation and reporting formats for KEMC based on the logical framework and reporting requirements;
  • Support the preparation of quarterly and annual progress reports of KEMC to theother stakeholders.
  • Support the Mid Term Review, End Project Reviews and Annual Reviews and related reporting requirements; and
  • Together with the MIS specialist lead the development of a comprehensive MIS dashboard that will incorporate all the reporting requirements of implementing partners.

  • Support the elaboration of a KEMC Communication and Visibility strategy and implementation plan that is in line with UNOPS guidelines;
  • Lead the development of the KEMC website with input and concurrence of stakeholders;
  • Finalize a KEMC Communication and Visibility Manual in consultation with partners that would ensure compliance to the partners communication principles UNOPS guidelines; and
  • Ensure that all communication material, press and digital, have been approved by partners prior to publication.
Knowledge Management:

  •  Provide technical guidance for the implementation of the M&E plan, through training and other on-site support;
  • Develop process for knowledge management within the programme including recording of lessons learnt and best practices;
  • Establish mechanisms to use KEMC knowledge and experience, including feeding into: a)  KEMC own programming; b) programming by other donors in the sector, and c) policy dialogue with government
  • Based on the monitoring and evaluation data, support the project in developing performance improvement plans; and
  • Build capacities of implementing partners in M&E through workshops based as needed.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by the TS Manager to support the implementation and oversight of the project.
Personnel Management:

  •  Lead and motivate the M&E Team – M&E officer, Data entry, MIS specialist
  • Ensure that behavioural expectations of team members are established
  • Ensure that performance reviews are conducted
  • Identify outstanding staff and bring them to the attention of the TSU Manager
  • Have a thorough understanding of UNOPS personnel contract modalities (including ICA and Staff)


  • A Master’s degree in Business administration, International relations, Journalism, Communication, Participatory Development, Social Sciences or related field; preferably with an international organization or the public sector;
  • A Bachelor’s Degree with additional two (2) years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advance university degree;
  • A Technical Diploma with additional four (4) years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advance university degree;

  • Minimum of seven (7) years’ of relevant experience in design, development and/or implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems in humanitarian programme is required;
  • Experience in management/oversight/support of various implementing partners in donor funded programmes is required;
  • Experience in providing Monitoring and evaluation of multi partner programmes is required;
  • Experience in post-disaster and reconstruction experience  required
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills is an added advantage;
  • Experience working with national governments, Capacity building, Knowledge Management and experience with major donors/Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) is an added advantage;
  • Experience in disaster risk management and evidence based data and information is an added advantage;
  • Prior experience in the UN system is an added advantage;


  • Fluency in written and oral English required;
  • Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset;
How To Apply

Senior Big Data Programme Officer

The United Nations Support Office for Somalia (UNSOS) is mandated to provide administrative and logistics support to its partners in implementing the United Nations Security council resolution on Somalia.
The incumbent will work under the guidance of the Innovation and Technology Unit of the Field Technology Section of UNSOS. The Big Data Analytics and Digital Media Support project team serves as the primary focal point for the Mission’s Big Data analytics and Digital Media engagement to benefit AMISOM and UNSOM. The team will determine and establish mechanisms for developing substantive multi-dimensional data sets and other relevant digital information. The team will cultivate abstract data, operational data, survey data, geospatial data and other forms of media content and employ machine learning algorithm as necessary to decipher key indicators, both internal and external, that may impact the Somali society vis a vis the concurrent mandates of the African Union and the United Nations in the country.
This is a position in UNOPS for supporting projects carried out for or in UNSOS. The incumbent of this position will be a staff member of UNOPS under its full responsibility.

Under the overall supervision of UNOPS Senior Programme Manager, the Senior Big Data Programme Officer will be administratively reporting to Senior Manager – Business Systems and operationally work under the guidance of the Chief of Innovation and Technology Unit of the Field Technology Section of UNSOS and will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Participates in the preparation of concise analytical reports and related products.
  • Conceptualizes, designs and implements a data analytics, social media and hate speech monitoring plan using a variety of analytics tools such as Talkwalker, Meltwater, as well as various social media analysis techniques (sentiment analysis, data mining processes etc.).
  • Reviews existing data collection and monitoring processes and develops process improvements to enhance overall data quality, credibility and reliability by leveraging social media analytics tools to monitor social channels and online media to generate monitoring reports.
  • Conducts research into the capabilities of various data collection and analytics platforms and social media monitoring tools.
  • Provides guidance on data visualization and visual design materials. Produces and coordinates communications materials including data dashboards, maps, graphs, charts, infographics and related digital media content.
  • Builds on the Missions strategic approach to Big Data analysis vis a vis the Somali Partnership Forum goals/resolutions; regularly analyses and extract actionable insights from data and curate insights relevant to Somali citizens and the Somalia Transitional Plan.
  • Quantitative analysis of media monitoring, social media and hate speech monitoring (engagement, influencers, location, sentiment, reach, etc)
  • Uses Big Data insights to support and inform the digital communication strategy.
  • Ensures measurement of digital communication campaigns performance (obtain data to improve future digital communication campaigns,)
  • Develops operational guidelines, protocols and templates on Big Data and results management.
  • Keeps abreast of innovation, trends and emerging applications of digital technologies so as to support their testing and scaling in the Mission.
  • Performs other duties as may be reasonably required and in line with the incumbent’s scope of services above
Impact of Results:

The result of work of the
 Senior Big Data Programme Officer impacts directly on delivery of services that satisfy the requirements of UNSOS as well as the performance of the services implemented there. It will also ensure proper processes and methodologies are followed and implemented according to the latest of the industry standards. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring activities for all global locations are in line with the overall business targets and UN policies, rules and regulations.

  • Advanced University Degree (Masters or equivalent) in Information Systems, Computer Science, Management, Business Administration, Statistics, Engineering or another related field,
  • A first level university degree with additional two years of  relevant experience maybe accepted in lieu of advanced degree.
  • A minimum of five years of progressive professional experience in Information Systems or Analytics areas.
  • A minimum of two years of professional progressive experience in dealing with Big Data projects/products.
  • A minimum of one year of professional experience on project management.
  • Experience working with globally-dispersed project teams and working in a multi-project environment.
  • Experience in drafting and implementing big data  business and use cases.
  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat;
  •  For this position, fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.
How To Apply

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