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International Consultancy - Construction Manager (Civil Sanitary/Water Engineer)


  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Freetown
  • Grade: Consultancy - Consultant - Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Environment
    • Architecture, Building and Property Management
    • Infrastructure and Urban-Rural development
    • Mechanics and Electronics (Engineering)
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

UNICEF Sierra Leone seeks to hire an international consultant to provide technical assistance to IP and Government partners to build their capacity to monitor and supervise WASH facilities' construction by ensuring the required standard and quality of construction as per designs and specifications.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. 

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. 

And we never give up. 

For every child, result

Please access UNICEF Sierra Leone information here and here

How can you make a difference? 

Purpose and Objectives:

In close collaboration with the Ministry of Water Resources & Sanitation and Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources the Engineer (Consultant) will lead and manage the construction of WASH facilities in schools, healthcare facilities, and communities. Further, S/he will provide technical assistance to IP and Government partners to build their capacity to monitor and supervise WASH facilities' construction by ensuring the required standard and quality of construction as per designs and specifications.   

Methodology and Technical Approach:

The technical approaches to be employed by the Consultant include the following:

  1. Conduct field assessment and design WASH facilities for second phase of Iceland funded project and   review of existing designs/survey data for all the gravity-fed and solar-powered motorised systems.
  2. Field visits – to verify the technical feasibility/ appropriateness of the selected sites. Also, to identify alternate sites if necessary.
  3. Rectification of errors in the designs
  4. On-the-job training of UNICEF and Government partners
  5. Monitor construction activities.

Specific Tasks

  1. Review/ prepare the design of WASH Facilities Specifically the Gravity Fed Water Supply System (GFS) and lift system (drilling boreholes with solar-powered motorized pumps) with reticulation
  2. Construction Management
  3. Capacity Building of Government partners at the National and District level for Operational Sustainability

Please see attached ToR for detailed information.Download File ToR - WASH Consultant (Construction Engineer).pdf

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have… 

  • Advanced degree (Master's or higher) in Civil/Sanitary engineering; Water Resources Management.

         *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an 

         Advanced University Degree. 

  • A minimum of eight years of relevant professional experience at national and international levels in water infrastructure, including the design of GFS, pumping systems, and WASH construction management.
  • Extensive experience with EPANET software and must have used EPANET to design or review water supply networks at least once in the past six months; experienced in ferrocement technology.
  • Experienced in the selection of pumps, solar panels, RSI and accessories  for solar powered motorized system
  • Experience working with optimization of design or water management capacity building in Rural or large-scale systems.
  • Experience with quality assurance and site monitoring for civil engineering projects, including review of change orders, inspection of works, and reporting discrepancies.
  • Experience in contract administration and working with multiple stakeholders, especially government partners, in the management of various components of infrastructure contracts.
  • Strong communication skills and flexibility working with various government stakeholders. 
  • Previous work experience with UNICEF or other international organizations working in the WASH Sector in developing countries is an asset.
  • Computer skills, including internet navigation and various office applications, including knowledge of AutoCAD and MIS/GIS applications.
  • Fluency in English is required.

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS). 

To view our competency framework, please visit  here

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment. 

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check. 


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. 

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws. 

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts. 

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