Under the agreement, UNOPS will provide on-the-job training to employees through an ICE Approved Training Scheme. Working under the mentorship of a senior engineer, employees must meet a series of professional development objectives and may receive supplemental training in technical and managerial skills. Trainees may also be able to become members of the internationally-recognized ICE at the level of Engineering Technician, Incorporated Engineer or Chartered Engineer.
The agreement confirms that UNOPS has met the requirements to manage the training scheme, which it developed together with ICE. The scheme is in line with UNOPS focus on national capacity development, with its specific aim to provide professional development opportunities to national staff around the world.
The scheme will ensure that UNOPS civil engineers have the skills necessary to effectively carry out their work, while providing a pool of experts to support the organization’s activities in over 80 countries.
UNOPS was officially recognized as an ICE-approved trainer at an event at UN City in Copenhagen, which provided participants with further details on the scheme. The event was attended by UNOPS infrastructure and ICE staff.
"Providing staff with this opportunity for professional development will strengthen our ability to provide quality infrastructure services," said UNOPS Executive Director Jan Mattsson at the event. He added: "This will further enable us to meet the expectations of our partners in designing and delivering sustainable and effective infrastructure projects on behalf of the UN, national governments, donors and other partners."
ICE’s Professional Development Manager, Mike Rogers, said: "Civil engineers have a vital role in society – designing, building and protecting the infrastructure that can literally shape the world in which we live and improve our quality of life. We are delighted to recognize this UNOPS training scheme, which will ultimately ensure its trainees are working to a structure that develops them to the highest standard and sets them on the path to achieving a professional qualification."
The scheme will be piloted in the UNOPS Jerusalem office and is planned to be later implemented in other offices with long term infrastructure projects, such as in Kenya, South Sudan and Afghanistan. ICE has approved training schemes for approximately 450 organizations, and UNOPS is the first UN organization to be approved.
ICE is a registered charity that strives to promote and progress civil engineering by providing qualifications, sharing best practices and advocating for civil engineers.
UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, helping a range of partners implement around 1,000 peace building, humanitarian and development projects every year. UNOPS provides infrastructure, project management and procurement services.