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Civil Engineer (coastal engineering), re-advertisement


  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Tarawa
  • Grade: Junior level - LICA-9, Local Individual Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Maritime
  • Closing Date: Closed

Job categories Engineering, Project Management
Vacancy code VA/2024/B5521/27524
Department/office AR, EAPMCO, Pacific Operations Cluster
Duty station Tarawa, Kiribati
Contract type Local ICA Specialist
Contract level LICA Specialist-9
Duration Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.
Application period 13-Feb-2024 to 21-Apr-2024
Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Project Manager, the Civil Engineer (Coastal Engineer) will provide technical support, lead site teams, and assist in the overall project implementation. The roles and responsibilities are listed below. 

Technical Support

  • Contribute to the development, implementation, monitoring, and updating of the project plans and strategies in order to ensure delivery according to the scope budget, and time

  • Assist the Project Manager in the preparation of bid documents to contract firms responsible for providing technical services (technical studies, design services, and works) as required

  • Support the evaluation and selection of firms

  • Supervise technical studies and investigations at the sites

  • Assist the Project Manager in managing the rapid assessments at the sites

  • Assist the Project Manager in managing the design and the review process by working very closely with design services consultant and reviewers

  • Monitor construction activities and implementation of nature-based solutions

  • Work with firms and contractors on ensuring HSSE protocols and measures are implemented and standards are met

  • Supervise the quality of the construction materials and collected attest documentation

  • Provide technical support during project closure and defects notification period

Coordination Support 

  • Act as the communication bridge between technical teams and local communities/stakeholders 

  • Support the Project Manager in the management of communications and ensure stakeholders are aware of project activities, progress, and exceptions and are in a position to accept handover products

  • Participate and represent UNOPS in technical working groups

  • Provide continuity and leadership coverage for the project manager when necessary

Knowledge Management 

  • Assist in technical mentorship, the project goal of transfer of knowledge to local engineers

  • Contribute to the consolidation, dissemination, and sharing of best practices and lessons learned for development planning and knowledge-building

  • Conducting on-site training for the contractor's technical staff to improve the technical knowledge of the engineers

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in relevant fields is required preferably in coastal engineering, civil engineering, or other related fields.

  • A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in the above-mentioned fields with two (2) additional years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of an advanced degree or higher degree.


  • Professional license and or registration with a recognized professional body or institution is an asset

  • Project management certification (for example PRINCE2® Foundation) would be an asset


  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience in Engineering, Project/Programme Management, or other related fields with an advanced university degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) is required.

  • Experience working in engineering project teams and working in a multi-project environment is desirable

  • Experience working on coastal protection projects in Kiribati or the Pacific Islands is highly desirable

  • Experience in FIDIC contracts management is highly valued

  • Experience in the implementation of nature-based solutions for coastal protection is an added advantage

Language requirements

  • Full working knowledge of English is required

  • Working knowledge of another official UN Language is an asset

This vacancy is now closed.
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