United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) – Quantity Surveyor (Intern).

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Background Information – Job-specific

The Technical Services Unit (TSU) engages in multidisciplinary design, assessments and advisory work, and manages relationships with other technical stakeholders such as specialist design firms for high risk structures.

The Technical Services Unit office is based in Nairobi and personnel may be required to travel extensively to other UNOPS locations.

The Technical Services Unit (TSU) currently provides design services for infrastructure works to Project Managers. Recently the team has expanded its offering to include consulting services such as assessments, feasibility studies and advisory services on a wide range of infrastructure types.

The TSU currently has 16 permanent and 60+ retainer personnel including architects, civil engineers, structural engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, quantity surveyors, GIS and specialist infrastructure advisors (for dams, ICT and biomedical works) and CAD technicians as well as support personnel. Current projects are underway / imminent in Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Zambia, Mozambique and Cameroon.

The TSU is a business unit for the Multi-Country office and comes under the direction of the Director for East and Southern Africa office (KEMC).

The Quantity Surveying Intern shall be responsible for assisting the Quantity Surveying team to ensure timely, cost effective and quality delivery of the projects.


Under the overall supervision of the TSU Manager and under direct supervision of the Associate Quantity Surveyor, the Quantity Surveying Intern will perform the following tasks:

  • Assist in taking-off and calculation of quantities from architectural, structural, electrical and mechanical drawings and details.

  • Assist in preparation of schedule of materials for construction

  • Assist field assessment and the subsequent processing of data and report writing

  • Assist in preparation of valuations for contractors’ payments

  • Assist with the valuation of variations

  • Assist in collecting and maintaining construction cost data

  • Assist in filing of TSU documentation

Monitoring and Progress Controls

  • Knowledge and capacity to prepare Bills of Quantities to professional and accurate standards.

  • Prepare appropriate reports as required.


  • Must have completed at least three years towards attaining a degree in Quantity Surveying from a reputable University.


  • Experience working in a busy Quantity Surveying office will be an added advantage;
  • Experience working in Engineering and/or Construction Management will be an added advantage;
  • Experience in costing will be an added advantage;
  • Working knowledge of Google Suite will be an added advantage.
  • Familiarity with WinQs, Qs Cad and other relevant Quantity Surveying software will be an added advantage.


Fluency in English (writing, reading and speaking) is required.


Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).

Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.

Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.

Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization – UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS

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