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Position titleRailway Design Specialist
Place of performanceKabul, Afghanistan
Apply by08/07/2020
Start date01/09/2020
Durationup to 3 months (@21.75days/month)
QualificationMaster's degree in Transport Planning Management, Transport Economics, Transport / Road / Rail Engineering or equivalent qualifications, Ph.D. in relevant fields would be an added advantage. and/or Bachelor's degree in Transport Planning Management, Transport Economics, Transport / Road / Rail Engineering or equivalent qualifications..
Sector experienceMinimum of 10 years of demonstrable relevant Transport experience.
Geographical experienceMinimum of 10 year of experience in Asia (desirable).
LanguageFluency in English is essential.
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In operation since 2006, today we are honoured to serve clients in 15 fragile and conflict-affected states assisting with disaster relief, peace building, humanitarian aid and development programmes through our specialised recruitment, HR management and operational services.
Overview of position
The SANDSIS project has been devised to support both Afghan authorities & the Italian development cooperation in defining & implementing national infrastructure projects included in the National & Regional Resources Corridors Program (NRRCP) of the Afghan govt. Specifically after approval of amendment number 7, support & technical assistance in 2 components:
  • Continuation of TA to REMABAR-2 project.
  • TA to the Afghan railway authority in the preparation & launch of the soft loan financed "Khaf to Herat railway project"
Role objectives
  • Provide TA (Technical Assistance) & capacity building to the ARA design team during the review of the ARA outsourced railway design in all aspects of a railway alignment (horizontal geometry & vertical profiles), turnouts, crossings, switches, rails & track details, structural layers, geotechnical, design of railway super structures & other details besides conduct site visits to Herat province (if required).
  • Facilitate the submission of the design package to our client for certification & provide / collect the clarifications to their queries / comments.
  • Provides advice & information required for the design & maintenance of the rail road infrastructure by using surveying techniques, technical standards & design principles for the design, construction & maintenance of railway tracks & associated infrastructure.
  • Be responsible for the review of engineering calculations, drawing details, specifications, quantities, cost estimates & bid packages.
  • Develops the appropriate systems for ensuring efficiency of maintenance systems & improves alignment systems.
  • Reviews & works on the development of the railway strategy & plan with the objective of improving railway operations & staff capacity implementation.
  • Designs & reviews traffic facilitation measures & railway safety programs.
  • Designs supplements detailed project report / concept reports & all design reports as available.
  • Undertakes studies for adoption of common technical standards for railway & updates ARA systems & mechanisms according to COTIF rules, UIC & OSJD standards.
  • Assists in the preparation of TORs, RFPs, etc. when deemed necessary.
  • Advises on railway feasibility studies, planning & development & provides technical expertise needed on rail sector.
  • Advises railway engineering matters & determines the scope & implementation stages.
  • Develops conceptual level plans for the management of terminal & mainline operations.
  • Advises on systems that are most suitable to the requirements for the development of the Afghan national railway system, taking into account the existing railway systems & adopting them effectively to the Afghan needs.
  • Provides technical direction, on the job training & opportunities for technical growth & knowledge sharing to expand the technical capabilities of the ARA staff in technical areas, designing & surveying systems.
  • Assist in coordinating design activities & meetings between design staff, subcontractors & client managers.
  • Work with Project Managers & Sr. Rail Engineers to coordinate the design & management of projects involving transportation in railroad & transit facilities & property.
  • Assisting in preparation of design documents for track work, including alignments, specifications, criteria & details.
  • Supporting the Project Manager in all aspects of the project including negotiating extras, cost control, staffing & quality control.
  • Assisting in preparation of proposals & contracts.
  • A proper & IPMG certified standard design package for construction of the Khaf - Herat railway 4th segment 2nd phase (45 km) would be ready for launch of an ITB.
  • The ARA design team would be capable of reviewing similar design packages for other ARA projects.
  • Perform other duties as requested by CEO & Director General of ARA.
Project reporting
  • The Railway Design Specialist (RDS) will work under the supervision of the TSP - Program Manager / Deputy Program Manager & will report to TSP - PM / DPM.
  • The RDS is required to report on a biweekly, monthly & at the end of the assignment about the progress / status of the tasks & activities.
Key competenciesThe successful candidate should have the following skills, experience & qualifications:
- Master’s Degree in Transport Planning Management, Transport Economics, Transport / Road / Rail Engineering or equivalent qualifications, Ph.D. in relevant fields would be an added advantage.
- Minimum of 10 years working experience in the management of infrastructure in similar or higher capacity.
- Proven knowledge of current systems of train control & management including signalling, telecommunications & / or railway electrification system.
- Significant railway experience in railway construction projects, supervision, including signalling, control, electrification & telecommunications.
- Sound knowledge of network planning & management.
- Excellent experienced in the development & preparation of railway design criteria, signalling systems design.
- Strong time management & organisational skills with a proven ability to manage multiple tasks.
- Ability to work under pressure & within time constraints.
- Excellent communication & team working skills.
- Demonstrated experience in capacity development programs.
- Good team worker, capable of working effectively in a very challenging environment.
- Previous experience in underdeveloped, insecure or post conflict environments a plus.
Team management
Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve the project goal, solicits input by genuinely valuing others ideas & expertise, places team agenda before personal agenda, supports & acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position, shares credit for team accomplishments & accepts joint responsibility for teams shortcomings.
Further information
Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply for this role.