Technical Expert Jobs Vacancy at UNDP in Kenya 2013

Location :     Home Based (with travel to Nairobi and Mogadishu)
Application Deadline :    31-Jan-13
Type of Contract :    Individual Contract
Post Level :    International Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :    30 Working days (Max of 3 months)
Expected Duration of Assignment :    30 Working days (Max of 3 months)


The Mogadishu Port Authority urgently require cranes to enhance their current loading/offloading capacity at the port. This will hopefully meet the increased demands on their operations due to the famine and crisis in the Horn of Africa.

UNDP Somalia is therefore seeking the services of a Technical Expert who has the requisite experience and skills in this field to undertake a needs assessment at the Port of Mogadishu in Somalia as soon as possible.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the Procurement Specialist, the Consultant will primarily work in the UNDP Somalia premises in Nairobi during preparatory stages. Later involvement may be undertaken from home. The consultant will also need to work closely with and take guidance from, the Port Authority Senior Management.

The main objective is to provide durable, quality cranes, suited to the operating conditions in Mogadishu.  The cranes must be land-based.
To conduct a needs assessment in conjunction with the Port Authority, including:

Preparation of generic specifications for cranes and spare parts, identifying all technical compliance, delivery, installation/commissioning requirements and storage criteria for the review and approval of the Port Authorities and UNDP Somalia.
To identify training requirements for operators and draft training agenda for inclusion in solicitation documents
To assist UNDP in the preparation of the Expression of Interest
To assist UNDP in the preparation of the Invitation to Bid (ITB)
Assist UNDP in responding to technical clarification requests from bidders during the solicitation process.
To lead the Technical Review Committee in the evaluation of bids and draft technical evaluation report
To provide any other assistance to UNDP as required for this process.

Monitoring and Progress controls:
The Consultant will be required to report back to UNDP after the initial needs assessment at the Port in Mogadishu. Recommendations of type of crane, including detailed specifications, training for operators, spare parts, test certificates etc will be required with endorsement from the Port Authority within 2 weeks of assignment date.

Final product/Deliverables:

Consultancy Services for:

Identification of need of the Port Authority, Port of Mogadishu
Define generic specifications, spare part requirements, technical compliance training requirements; and
Contribution to the drafting of solicitation documents and eventual technical evaluation of bids.

Review/approval time:

1st month payment – Upon completion of Initial report after needs analysis at the Port of Mogadishu , drafting of full specifications and technical requirements for input into solicitation document and preparation of pre-qualification criteria for potential bidders ………..………         30%
2nd month payment – Upon completion of pre-qualification of potential bidders, final review of solicitation document, response on technical enquiries from bidders during solicitation process. ………………..   20%
3rd and final payment – Upon completion of technical evaluation of all bids and preparation of detailed evaluation report. Provide response as necessary to UNDP’s Review Committee queries for clarification.………………………..50%

Core Competencies.

Strong communication and analytical skills
Ability to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks on time
High client service orientation,
Proven ability to work with multi disciplinary team of experts in multicultural setting
Familiarity with UNDP and UN policies and procedures would be an advantage.
Advanced computer skills an asset

Required Skills and Experience

Advanced University Degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field


At least 10 years of work experience in the field, with a focus on the design or assessment of port equipment with emphasis on cranes and loading equipment.
Experience in working with UN or large multinational organizations, preferably in Africa.


Fluency in written and spoken English, a requirement.

Other Information:

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates who only have logistics experience need not apply. Technical expertise on the assessment, design and performance of land-based cranes is essential to this assignment.
The Consultant shall be accommodated at UNCC secure premises and transported to the site with appropriate security escort.
The Consultant shall be transported into Mogadishu on UNHAS flights.
Whilst the UN will provide security for transport and accommodation, the Consultant will be responsible for ensuring s/he has independent insurance that includes medical and emergency evacuation.
The Consultant will be responsible for providing their own laptop

How to Apply:

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