Lead Biomedical Engineer – Retainer at UNOPS

Background Information – Job -specific

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner. Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations. With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it. A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners’ needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.

Located in Dakar, the UNOPS office in Senegal has developed a strong working relation with the Governments of West Africa and international partners over the years. It provides technical support in strategic development areas including elections; Procurement and related capacity building; Environmental protection, as well as infrastructure rehabilitation and development.

In Benin, UNOPS has supported the Ministry of Health in its response to COVID-19 through the acquisition of medical equipment and delivery of one fully equipped mobile laboratory (P3) and two national laboratories (P3). UNOPS is continuing to support the Ministry of Health in the framework of the PAUPPI project, through the acquisition of medical equipment and the delivery of four Epidemiologic Treatment Centers in the cities of Lokossa, Abomey, Porto Novo and Parakou.

Building on this ongoing collaboration, UNOPS has recently signed a new project with the Government of Benin. The objective of this project is to strengthen the capacities of the Benin Ministry of Health through the acquisition and installation of medical and non-medical equipment in the healthcare facilities located in Cotonou, Lokassa, Abomey, Parakou, Natitingou and Porto-Novo.

In the long term, both ongoing projects will contribute to enhancing the national healthcare platform in Benin.

In this context, UNOPS SNMCO is looking for a Lead Biomedical Engineer who will support the implementation of the aforementioned projects, working under the supervision of the Project Manager.

Functional Responsibilities The Lead 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:
  • Participate in the review and analysis of existing health equipment and installations (field assessments) in various sites,
  • Review the medical equipment specifications and requirements 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,
  • Assess the probabilities for integration of the new equipment into existing medical systems,
  • Prepare drawings to show proposed locations and installation for the medical equipment,
  • Develop the schedule of the requirements, conditions, evaluation criteria and exact submission needed from the bidders before the bid solicitation,
  • Produce bills 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,
  • Preparation of estimates of prices for all medical equipment,
  • Participate as technical evaluator of proposals for the supply of 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 take-over certificate of the installed equipment,
  • Development of a comprehensive maintenance plan for the installed equipment,
  • Keep files and records of the design processes and decisions,
  • Scheduling requested tasks related to medical works,
  • Carrying out installation of equipment and end user training activities as needed,
  • Perform any other tasks relevant to design activity when required,
  • Maintain accurate, current, comprehensive documentation for each area of responsibility.

Monitoring and Progress Controls

  • Prepare weekly & monthly progress reports: progress of works based on the established schedules and plans, encountered problems, solutions, planning of activities for the following week, etc.
  • Consolidated monthly/quarterly progress reports,
  • Prepare and maintain an inventory list of medical equipment,
  • Prepare operational and maintenance plans for all medical equipment.

Final Product ⦁ Prepare an accurate inventory list of all medical equipment, ⦁ Complete operational and maintenance plans for all medical equipment.

Aducation/Experience/Language requirements


  • Advanced University (Master’s) Degree in Biomedical engineering or related field is required,
  • A Bachelor degree combined with 2 additional years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • Five years (or more based on academic credentials) of progressive experience in the biomedical engineering field is required,
  • Experience in the maintenance and the acquisition of health biomedical equipment is required
  • Experience of successfully working with a variety of health sector stakeholders, particularly governments and development partners is required,
  • Experience working in developing countries is an asset,
  • Proficiency with computers in particular AutoCAD, and other related software related to the positions field of expertise is highly desirable,
  • Professional membership of certified associations is preferential,
  • Experience working with developing nations and/or large global donors such as Global Fund, USAID, World Bank, etc. is an advantage.


  • Full working knowledge of English is required,
  • Knowledge of French is a strong asset.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: ICA 10/Retainer Contract level: LICA 10

Contract duration: one year, renewable subject to performance and business needs

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx

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 staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • 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.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.

Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information – UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 5,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,400 personnel recruited on behalf of our partners, spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced and diverse labour force — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs. We continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage the recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

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June 2024