Appel à manifestation d’intérêt : UNICRI recrute un(e)  Consultant(e) en Italie.






Duties and Responsibilities

1. Background of the assignment:

The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) is a United Nations entity established in 1968 to support countries worldwide in preventing crime and facilitating criminal justice. UNICRI is mandated to assist intergovernmental, governmental and non-governmental organizations in formulating and implementing improved policies in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice.

UNICRI’s goals are:
– to advance understanding of crime-related problems;
– to foster just and efficient criminal justice systems;
– to support the respect of international instruments and other standards;
– to facilitate international law enforcement cooperation and judicial assistance.

2. Purpose of the assignment:

UNICRI premises are in the UN Campus of Turin, consisting of a two-story pavilion building, which was built in 1961 and lastly renovated in the late ’90ies, with a total gross floor area of 1,709 m2 and space volume of 6,500 m3.

The pavilion’s utilization by UNICRI is as follows:

– Ground floor: Offices, reception, meeting rooms.
– 1st floor: Offices
– 2nd mezzanine floor: Offices and library

The property in question is subject to the following constraints:

– Environmental and landscape restriction: the landscape property is subject to restrictions, as indicated in the Code of Cultural Heritage and the Environment (Legislative Decree 22.01.2004 No. 42);

– Architectural constraint: the building of particular historical interest has documentary value, subject to restrictions, as indicated in the General Regulatory Plan of the Municipality of Turin.

The current status of the pavilion exhibits several deficiencies regarding security and safety, energy efficiency and new ways of flexible work arrangement aspects, in particular, but not exclusively necessitated by the COVID-pandemic.

In a recent due-diligence assessment, the following specific deficiencies have been identified:

– The building envelope does not comply with current energy containment standards regarding windows and opaque partitions.
– The roof structure (flat) presents problems with infiltration and energy transmittance.
– The pavilion does not respond to the compliance verification with the most recent seismic protection regulations (NTC2008) and needs substantial adjustments.
– The functional status of the building system is poor.
– The pavilion heating system is obsolete and poorly functional.
– While the building complies with fire regulations, it does not comply with the local Turin Certificate of Prevention of Fires (Certificato di Prevenzione Incendi).

Against this background, the pavilion premises require both external and internal design refurbishments, safety, security and energy efficiency enhancements to provide an adequate, modern, professional, and comfortable working environment, per the needs of the organization.

3. Specific tasks to be performed by the consultant:

The consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:

a) Review the existing structure, condition and layout, as well as possible hazards/toxic materials/safety concerns of the UNICRI Office building, and collect data on precise needs and requirements, including through discussions with the UNICRI staff and other UN staff on Campus, responsible for the overall infrastructure, as relevant;

b) Identify possible safety and security hazards related to the building infrastructure, power support structure and code compliance with local requirements.

c) Prepare a a comprehensive recommendation for the renovation, restructuring, and refurbishing of the following:

c.i) Energy infrastructure, including illumination/lighting and audio-visual setups in individual and shared offices, as well as conferencing, storage and support areas at UNICRI.
The design shall comprise the installation plan, including technical specifications for all infrastructure relevant aspects, including electrical design, walls, power layout, lighting efficiency design, etc.

c.ii) Individual and shared staff offices, considering ergonomics and requirements for efficient and safe work with (portable) workstation(s) by a flexible workforce utilization of approx. 50 staff.

c.iii) Larger and smaller meeting and conferencing areas, including seating plans for students, participants, visitors, etc., by utilizing available space effectively, including videoconferencing setup and hybrid videoconferencing modalities;

c.iv) Blinds/curtains and furniture & fixtures, including proposals for color palette and materials;

c.v) Floors and ceilings (where applicable), including proposals for color palette and materials; Special access facilities for people with disabilities.

The layouts shall consider the pre-existing architectural structure and historical value of the building and indicate necessary structural changes to bring the building to current code compliance and actual office working standards, allowing for the modern superficial update and re-design.

d) Present proposed plans, designs and templates (along with specifications and budget estimates) to the Director, Chief, Centralized Management Unit and other UNICRI staff in person for a discussion.

e) Elaborate a rough schedule with main elements to be included in the programme planning of a renovation intervention and to be considered in the terms of reference of a tendering process.

Qualifications/special skills

Advanced university degree in interior design, architecture, engineering and/or other related fields is required.
A minimum of 10 years of experience in architectural/interior design and structural engineering pertaining to architectural/interior design programming, conceptual design, schematic design & design development, construction documents, etc., related to professional office environments is required.
Experience pertaining to a diverse range and scale of renovation projects, including commercial/organizational premises, is required.
Experience with applicable architectural, structural engineering, construction, electrical/lighting codes/norms, energy efficiency standards and local host-country regulations is required.
Experience with the United Nations requirements and/or previous experience with the UN offices in similar assignments is desirable.

Languages :

  • Fluency (written and oral proficiency) in English is required;
  • Working knowledge of Italian is required.

Application deadline : February 23rd, 2023

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