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Project & Civil Engineer at The United Nations (UN)

Job Title: Project & Civil Engineer

Location:  Gaborone, Botswana

Company Name:  United Nations

Salary Range: Negotiable + Benefits

Job Department: Engineering

 

Background

The United Nations {UN} Multi-sectoral seeks for a Project & Civil Engineering applicant. The incumbent Project & Civil engineer will be responsible for identifying and carrying out feasibility studies of infrastructures for basic services, designing plans and bill of quantities, supervising infrastructure projects implementation and reporting. The Engineer has the responsibility to support the implementation of infrastructure activities related to the design, works, supervision and quality assurance. The Project/Civil Engineer should provide technical expertise assuring that the projects produce the results specified in the Project Documents for the infrastructure components, to the required standard of quality and within the specified constraints of time and cost.

 

Overview of position

  • In light of the reduced or even absent provision of public services, communities have been affected by disease & environmental degradation. Physical damage to infrastructure & the lack of functionality in one sector often spills over into other sectors with significant consequences on both the access to & quality of services, that are often interrelated.
  • We ensure and supports the successful implementation of United Nations peace building, humanitarian & development projects around the world. The mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments & other partners to manage projects, infrastructure & procurement in a sustainable & efficient manner.
  • Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, their vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing their partners’ expectations.
  • A flexible structure & global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners’ needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.
  • The United Nations is also undertaking a multi sectoral engagement aims at restoring urban services mainly in energy, urban roads, Water & Sanitation (WASH), municipality services.

 

Role objectives

Under the overall supervision of the Project Manager, the Projects/Civil Engineer will give his / her technical expertise as required to lead the technical supervision & construction monitoring of rehabilitation works including the calculation of quantities. Travel will be expected to remote sites. Specifically, the incumbent will be responsible for the following substantive tasks. The tasks would involve but not limited to:

 

  • The Civil Engineer shall be responsible for the progress control & quality control of construction works. S/He will be responsible for supervision of all works of the contractor & thereby ensure onsite quality control of construction works
  • Review & analyze existing documents.
  • Review & analyze investigation reports.
  • Supervise Site Engineers.
  • Calculate quantities.
  • Liaise with technical, procurement colleagues & client and funding representatives as required.
  • Monitor implementation progress to ensure quality, safety & efficiency.

 

Duties and Accountabilities

Technical tasks:

  • Implement approved work packages (including the establishment of milestones) within tolerances set by the Project Managers.
  • Manage the production of the required products, taking responsibility for overall progress & use of resources
  • Liaise with any external suppliers or Account Managers.
  • Review contractor’s method statements, safeguards requirements & monitor compliance.
  • Prepare & review progress reports that address specific clients & stakeholder requirements.
  • Work closely with other technical professionals & contractors in the planning of work, scheduling of tasks.
  • Manage & review product quality & ensure products are accepted.
  • Monitor & evaluate the performance of service providers.
  • Ensure the documents prepared meet the quality standard requirements.
  • Responsible for timely delivery of the expected outputs
  • Develop specifications, procedures & QA / QC protocols when required.
  • Carry out site inspections & assessments as required.
  • Prepare the variation orders of the contractors if found.
  • Well knowledge of project management & closure.
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Coordination, delivery & performance:

  • Responsible for day to day coordination with the contractors & suppliers according to the needs & requirements on site.
  • Inspects & report on contractor’s works in progress ensuring that the contractor meets our clients quality standards.
  • Provide support & guidance to the contractor & assists in resolving site problems, as necessary.
  • Responsible for supervision of technical staff & consultants assigned to the project & the assignment & monitoring of duties during the progress of works.
  • Embed sustainability dimensions including social & gender inclusion, as well as Health, Safety, Security & Environmental (HSSE) aspects into the project Governance, monitoring & reporting:
  • Coordinate with governmental authorities & other stakeholders to facilitate the implementation & handover the project activates.
  • Liaising with the national authorities in the governorates & collecting data / field information in support of our clients projects.
  • Check contractors’ & suppliers set out & works, including compliance with contracts specifications & ensures that contractors & suppliers comply with their work plans.
  • Attend daily the project site(s) in order to monitor progress of works, identify the existing problems & provide appropriate solutions.
  • Responsible for preparation of progress reports on construction activities, according to the agreed timeframe.
  • Assess & report on the project closing plans, achieving of cost & progress report & hand over all related reports to the Project Manager.
  • Evaluate & assess works schedules & programs, including the comparison with the schedule baselines.
  • Assess the work activities of contractor(s), measure completed work & make recommendations.

 

Personnel management:

  • Lead & motivate the teams under his / her supervision by encouraging members to work together as a team.
  • Ensure that behavioral expectations of team members are established.
  • Ensure that performance reviews are conducted
  • Identify outstanding staff & bring them to the attention of the supervisor.
  • Have a thorough understanding of our clients personnel contract modalities (including ICA & staff).
  • Ensure safety & security for all personnel & comply with UN DSS standards.
  • Travel to remote sites is required.

 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master´s degree or equivalent in architecture, or civil engineering is required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in architecture or civil engineering in combination with additional 5 years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of Master´s degree.

 

Experience:

  • Up to 2 years (with Master´s degree) or minimum 5 years (with Bachelor´s degree) of relevant experience in infrastructure project implementation, in particular in works monitoring in the fields of:

– Construction Engineering, including structural designs engineering; and/or

– Architectural Engineering.

 

Required Skills:

  • Good organizational and time management skills.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling ethical standards.
  • Excellent information technology skills, including word processing, database applications, presentation software, and internet.
  • Ability to work under very tight deadlines.
  • Evidence of ability to express ideas clearly; to work independently and in team.
  • Ability to deliver when working under pressure and within changing circumstances.
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
  • Responsible, communicative, well-organized, team-oriented person.
  • Excellent oral & written communication skills.
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Desired Skills:

  • Work experience in international organizations and/or government institutions would be an asset.
  • Work experience in development of technical documentation and construction works monitoring would be an asset
  • Experience in monitoring and reporting on designing, technical control and supervision of work.
  • Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors.
  • Ability to demonstrate a sense of self-assuredness.
  • Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to critical feedback.
  • Ability to summarize and systematize complex information.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Team management experience is desired for this role.

 

– Languages:

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English / French is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

 

– Assessment:

Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a UN competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.

 

Special Notice:

By accepting an offer of appointment, Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. United Nations Considerations: According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.

 

How To Apply

Interested applicants should submit their recent CV and application via the career email below: united.nations@careers-un.org

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for the UN competency-based skills assessment and the UN global recruitment virtual interview.

 

Deadline:

28th March, 2024

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