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Project Management Specialist (Structural Engineer)

Please follow the check lists and submission guidelines, posted on the official website: https://th.usembassy.gov/

I. GENERAL INFORMATION
 

1. SOLICITATION NO.:  USAID 72048620R10020
 

2. ISSUANCE DATE:  February 14, 2020
 

3.CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS:  March 12, 2020/11:59PM Bangkok, Thailand local time
 

4. POSITION TITLE: Project Management Specialist (Structural Engineer)
 

5. MARKET VALUE:  THB 1,853,027 – 3,242,793 per annum equivalent to FSN-12
 

In accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan of USAID/RDMA. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value. 

 

6. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE:  Five (5) years initial contract.The services provided under this contract are expected to be of a continuing nature that will be executed by USAID through a series of sequential contracts, subject to continued need of the position and availability of funds.
 

7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE:  USAID/RDMA, Bangkok, Thailand 
 

8. SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED:  The successful candidate shall be required to obtain a Security Certification for Employment from Regional Security Office. 
 

9. STATEMENT OF DUTIES 

9.1. General Statement of Purpose of the Contract

USAID Project Management Specialist (Structural Engineer) serves as a Structural Engineer for the General Development Office (GDO), USAID/RDMA. The Structural Engineer serves as an expert on civil-structural engineering USAID activities and programs. S/he advises both RDMA and USAID bilateral mission staff on technical, contractual, and environmental implications of infrastructure activities associated with USAID projects, with a particular focus on design of vertical structures, seismic resilience, construction quality assurance, and disaster risk reduction. The work is predominantly in the areas of engineering related tasks, multi-hazard mitigation, and collaboration with host government officials, other U.S. Government agencies, and other international donors to support projects with vertical construction components or other structures. The functions to be performed are in support of a variety of engineering and infrastructure related activities to be determined by USAID and host government priorities such as construction or renovation of health centers, schools, government offices, housing structures, disaster/earthquake shelters, warehouses, local markets, roads, bridges, hydraulic structures, and other public infrastructure. S/he will provide technical leadership, advice and support for the design and construction of built infrastructure, including incorporating disaster risk reduction and seismic resilience measures throughout post-disaster reconstruction and other infrastructure activities. S/he is also responsible for gathering information from various sources, critical scientific and legal analyses, problem solving and dispute resolution, and drafting of situation reports and high-level briefing documents for ongoing and proposed projects.
 

9.2   Statement of Duties to be Performed

      A. Technical Assistance and Risk Assessment:                                                      35%

  • Serves as Agency’s technical expert in the field of civil structural engineering and disaster resilient design (primarily earthquake and cyclone/typhoon) for USAID supported infrastructure programs, primarily in the Asia and South Pacific region, but also available to advise USAID programs worldwide.
  • Supports USAID infrastructure programs both inside and outside Asia region by informing the project design, and assessing risks posed by planned construction projects, in order to identify mitigation measures.
  • Provides technical advice to support the planning and design for construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of built infrastructure and implementation of disaster risk reduction measures. In support of new project designs throughout the region, is responsible for budgeting and project management of program funds.
  • Participates in technical evaluation committees for new activities that involve engineering and construction.
  • Provides engineering support, including the timely preparation of detailed engineering designs, and review of professional architecture and engineering (AE) designs and technical specifications for construction or renovation of vertical structures, and ensures that they comply with appropriate national and international construction standards, and reflect agency and industry best practices.
  • Reviews other technical and engineering aspects of all project documents for accuracy and technical adequacy, for acceptance on behalf of the U.S. Government. Reviews and prepares critical path method (CPM) project schedules, cost estimates, contract tender documents, contract awards, and environmental assessment and mitigation plans; and ensures compliance with USAID environmental regulations as outlined under 22 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 216. The level of involvement will depend on the source of funding and defined role of USAID.
  • Provides policy, technical and operational guidance to Contracting Officer’s Representatives (CORs)/Agreement Officer’s Representatives (AORs); reviews, critiques and approves design and material submittals; monitors contractor or third-party quality control systems; reviews project documentation for compliance with technical specifications for projects assigned to his/her oversight by RDMA or bilateral missions. 
  • Serves as an alternate COR/AOR for major contracts/agreements as needed on an interim basis where sufficient technical expertise is not present in bilateral missions.

    B. Construction Quality Assurance:                                                                        30%
  • Provides direct technical and program support as needed to staff in RDMA and USAID bilateral missions to define and achieve USAID technical assistance program objectives, including infrastructure construction and disaster preparedness.
  • Performs site visits and assesses activities funded by USAID and other donors that support infrastructure development by inspecting construction to ensure adherence to approved designs, specifications, and applicable codes and standards.
  • Prepares and submits status and other reports and memoranda to Mission management regarding progress and performance, problems and corrective actions, and general oversight (trip and site visit reports, and meeting memoranda).
  • Serves as a full member of the USAID regional and global teams providing field level expertise on all matters related to seismic-structural engineering and vertical construction work as a part of USAID programming.
  • Maintains readiness to monitor and directly support disaster response activities in the Asia and South Pacific region, particularly related to infrastructure.

    C. Technical Leadership, Knowledge Management and Training:                       20%
  • Coordinates information sharing and policy discussions with senior Host Government officials, other U.S. Government agencies, other donors, non-profit organizations (NGOs), the private sector, and implementing partners (IPs) related to infrastructure sector activities, specifically regarding design and construction quality assurance for vertical structures.
  • Coordinates, adapts, and disseminates lessons learned on construction/renovation programs and projects activities to strengthen interventions within the region.
  • Provides training to newly hired Cooperating Country National Personal Service Contractor (CCNPSC) engineering and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) staff at bilateral missions on structural-seismic principals and design procedures, as well as other disaster resilient structures, and agency best practice for infrastructure development and incorporating DRR principles into A-E design.
  • Develops and presents formal training courses and workshops at the USAID Asia Regional Training Center (ARTC) or other training locations for other USAID staff, U.S. Government inter-agency professionals, and other partners.
  • Engages in knowledge sharing to promote evidence-based practice and lessons learned among USAID colleagues in RDMA, USAID bilateral missions and USAID/Washington.
     
  • D. Coordination, Reporting, Communications and Other Support:                   15%
  • Prepares briefing papers, in-depth studies, success stories, program summaries, talking points for senior management and packages for internal and external audiences.
  • Drafts press releases, composes Facebook posts, tweets and/or other types of external communications.
  • Represents USAID at international meetings, seminars, and conferences on infrastructure development.
  • Drafts official USAID documentation such as congressional budget justifications, annual reports, assistance and acquisition documents, action memoranda, and others.
  • Informs all key players/stakeholders of new information or research on relevant regional development issues.
  • Interacts with other offices and relevant staff to ensure that activity design, procurement planning, and other pre-obligation processes stay on schedule.
  • Builds and cultivates strong relationships with a wide range of development partners such as donors, academia, local organizations, and the private sector to collect, develop and disseminate locally-led solutions to development challenges.
  • Contributes to a range of ad hoc and routine tasks that further the larger goals of the RDMA Mission. The tasks include responding to ad hoc requests from USAID Headquarters, participation on cross-cutting RDMA and USAID teams, support to visiting VIPs, and other tasks that support the goals and objectives of RDMA and USAID more broadly.

    The contractor is eligible for temporary duty (TDY) travel to the U.S., or to other Missions abroad, to participate in the "Foreign Service National" Fellowship Program, in accordance with USAID policy.
     

9.3.   Supervisory Relationship

This position reports to the Engineering Officer or his/her designee.
 

9.4.   Supervisory Controls

Full supervision of other USAID staff is not contemplated.
 

10. AREA OF CONSIDERATION:  This position is open to Cooperating Country National (CCN). Thai citizen or other country citizen lawfully admitted for permanent Thai residence is eligible to apply. Please note that USAID is not able to sponsor candidates for a Thai residency permit. 
 

11. PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.
 

12. POINT OF CONTACT:  Benjamaporn/RDMA HR Assistant
 

II. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION 
 

1. Education: Completion of a Bachelor’s (a four-year) degree in Civil Engineering with a Structural Engineering focus or other relevant technical degree from an accredited university is required. Registration as a licensed Professional Engineer issued by the Thailand Council of Engineers or other recognized professional licensing body from another country is required.

2. Experience: A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience as a licensed professional Structural Engineer is required. Demonstrated expertise in structural engineering design, special seismic design requirements and procedures, and/or construction quality assurance is required.

IIIEVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS 
 

1. Experience (40 points): Experience as a licensed professional Structural Engineer and demonstrated expertise in structural engineering design, special seismic design requirements and procedures, and/or construction quality assurance is required.


2. Knowledge (35 points):

  • Thorough knowledge of seismic-structural engineering and vertical construction.
  • Must know best practices and have a comprehensive knowledge of Thai and/or international structural design codes and standards.
  • Must have knowledge of risk assessment and project management principles and procedures.
     

3.Skills and Abilities (25 Points):  

  • Must have high level of analytical skills as work requires continual attention to detail with the ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Must have excellent project management and organization skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines are required.
  • Must have strong people skills and the ability to be equally effective working alone or as part of a team.
  • Must be able to interact, communicate, establish and maintain effective workrelationship with stakeholders (internal and external) at all levels.
  • Ability to effectively present information to top management, clients, public groups and/or senior government officers is required.
  • Ability to stay abreast of the latest information on current engineering and construction best practice and instruct others are required.
  • Must have advanced numerical skill.
  • Must be proficient in the use of computers and the use of all Microsoft Office, Google applications, Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, and 3D Structural Analysis and Design Software (such as STAAD or equivalent).
  • Must be self-motivated, with a strong work ethic and the ability to accomplish tasks on short deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Must have the minimum level of physical fitness required to stand, walk on slope roofs, sit, climb ladders, bend, climb inside attics and crawl under buildings and tunnels, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, talk, hear, and travel by air, land, or boat to project sites. Walking extensive distances to remote locations may be required.
  • Ability to obtain a travel clearance and able to travel frequently within/outside the region to support USAID projects is required.


4. Language: Level IV – Fluent in speaking/reading/writing in Thai and English with a valid TOEIC score of 855 is required.

 

SELECTION PROCESS:

To be considered for candidacy, applicants must address each criterion in their application as to how they meet the minimum qualifications required for the position mentioned in Section II, Item 1-2. If the application submitted fails to demonstrate eligibility, the application will be marked unqualified. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide all pertinent information.
 

Applications will be initially screened and scored for eligibility in accordance with the evaluation factors and points mentioned in Section III, item 1-3. Top-ranked candidates who meet the minimum qualification will be given a recruitment test. Applicants with passing marks from the recruitment test and with a valid TOEIC score mentioned in Section III, item 4 will be invited for an interview. Only shortlisted candidates for final interview will be notified of the selection result. The recruitment test and the interview will be structured around the evaluation factors mentioned above and will be conducted in USAID/RDMA Bangkok, Thailand. Reference checks will be conducted once the applicant pool is narrowed down to the top candidate(s). References may be obtained independently from other sources in addition to the ones provided by an applicant.
 

USAID/RDMA reserves the right to select additional candidates if vacancies become available during future phases of the selection process.

 

IV. TO APPLY

Please follow the check lists and submission guidelines, posted on the official website: https://th.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulate/jobs/usaid-job-vacancies/ carefully and submit complete application package before the deadline.

 Failure to follow the instructions will invalidate your application.

 

Contact : RDMArecruitment@usaid.gov


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