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Project Engineer

East Jerusalem

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: East Jerusalem
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed


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1- Office/Unit/Project Description

UNDP is the leading United Nations organization fighting to end the injustice of poverty, inequality, and climate change. Working with our broad network of experts and partners in 170 countries, we help nations to build integrated, lasting solutions for people and planet.

UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (PAPP) derives its mandate from United Nations General Assembly Resolution 33/147 of 20 December 1978. Called upon by United Nations Member States in that year, UNDP was requested “to improve the economic and social conditions of the Palestinian people by identifying their social and economic needs and by establishing concrete projects

to that end”.

UNDP’s Palestinian Programmatic Framework (PPF) 2023-2025 sets out a vision of “a world in which all Palestinians can enjoy a dignified life and fulfil their own vision of a unified, peaceful and free society”. The PPF is centered around the concept of “Transformative Resilience” and its three elements: a cohesive Palestinian identity, self-reliance, and ownership and leadership.

Over the next three years, UNDP/PAPP will build on its experiences and achievements to make critical contributions to the priorities defined by the Palestinian national development plans and the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), through interventions in three programmatic priority areas: i) democratic governance and quality services; ii) inclusive economic opportunities; iii) sustainable natural resources management.

In partnership with Palestinian institutions, civil society, communities and donors, UNDP’s goal is to empower the Palestinian People to establish a viable State that can realize the right to development for its people and support their socio-economic resilience. As part of the ongoing efforts, UNDP/PAPP is currently supporting the East Jerusalem Hospital Network (EJHN) to improve and develop the hospitals' infrastructure through civil works and remodeling interventions under the project titled "Strengthen the Capacity of East Jerusalem Hospitals, Expand Health Care Services, and Improve Financial Sustainability, with Particular Focus on Al Makassed and Augusta Victoria Hospitals."

In line with this initiative, UNDP/PAPP is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Project Engineer, based in Jerusalem at the project site in the targeted hospital facilities within EJHN. The selected individual will work closely with the Project Manager to ensure the successful implementation of the project.

2- Scope of Work

The Project Engineer will be required to manage the following specific tasks:

  • Ensure effective supervision of the design, tendering, implementation, and closure of infrastructure projects.
  • Provide quality assurance and ensure compliance for technical aspects of the project.
  • Prepare and assist in the finalization of reporting requirements, filing system and communication material related to the infrastructure projects.
  • The incumbent performs any other duties agreed to within their functional profile as deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the Office and the Organization.

1- Ensure effective supervision of the design, tendering, implementation, and closure of infrastructure projects.

  • Preparation/ review of project’s tender documents including Bill of Quantities (BOQ) and verification of prices based on market survey.
  • Follow up on the tenders, assist in technical analysis and review relevant evaluation reports.
  • Field technical engineering follow up on site implementation and progress.
  • Arrange weekly meetings with the contractors and draft Minutes of meetings.
  • Review field inspection reports throughout the lifecycle of the project.
  • Assist the project manager in the drafting and issuance of tenders, budgets, cash flows, and preliminary schedules.
  • Follow up on project schedule prepared and updated by contractors including coordination of activities and solving site problems.
  • Assist the project team in the approval of materials and follow up on the installation of the approved materials.
  • Follow up on the daily site activities and leading site engineers to maintain: Daily, weekly, and monthly reports about the development of works at the site and records of the contractor’s site personnel.
  • Supervision and monitoring of physical and financial progress against the set work plan including reviewing all workshop drawings and the as-built drawings.
  • Prepare variation orders and review relevant details with the contractor before submission for review and approval of the project manager.
  • Prepare the payment certificates and updates on site measurements versus BOQ on weekly basis.
  • Follow up on all the required tests for materials, concrete, or equipment, and report on any testing result under the minimum requested level upon the technical specifications, and line with the local requirements.
  • Effective monitoring of access of materials, storage, and distribution of coordinated materials during the project construction.
  • Proper filing of documents and records related to the project including approval of materials.
  • Prepare substantial completion certificates and ensure all required project close out documents are obtained.

 2- Provide quality assurance and ensure compliance for technical aspects of the project.

  • Monitor and ensure that safety precautions are implemented and followed including close monitoring of the safety measures and labor (including preventing child labor) for the different sites, as well as following up on the project risks and issues and providing solutions where applicable; update the status of project risks and issues by maintaining the logs.
  • Identify changes and challenges in the external environment and promptly suggest necessary actions/corrective measures.
  • Monitor and ensure relevant gender mainstreaming considerations are embedded in project activities.
  • Ensure project implementation is in compliance with UNDP Rules and Regulations.
  • Liaise with stakeholders and relevant authorities to ensure proper implementation of the project and to obtain any necessary permits.

3- Prepare and assist in the finalization of reporting requirements, filing system and communication material related to the infrastructure projects.

  • Handle correspondence and ensure the filing system is maintained and updated properly.
  • Document lessons learned, best practices, and success stories to contribute to learning.
  • Monitor project implementation against the established indicators in coordination with the RBM Team.
  • Support the development of communication and visibility materials in coordination with implementing. partners and UNDP’s communication team.
  • Ensure that all donor branding and visibility requirements are fulfilled.

4- The incumbent performs any other duties agreed to within their functional profile as deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the Office and the Organization.

  1. Institutional Arrangement

Under the guidance of the Programme Design and Implementation Analyst and the direct supervision of the Project Manager, the Project Engineer will be working on the targeted hospital facilities in East Jerusalem as a key member of the Project Implementation Unit working closely with the other Engineers.

3- Competencies

Achieve Results:

LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, paysattention to details, delivers

quality workby deadline

Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver,

makes improvements

Learn Continuously:

LEVEL 1: Open mindedand curious, sharesknowledge, learns from mistakes,

asks for feedback

Adapt with Agility:

LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is


Act with


LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in faceof

adversity, confident

Engage and Partner:

LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others,forms

positive relationships

Enable Diversity and LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias,

confront discrimination

People Management: N/A

UNDP People Management Competencies can be found in the dedicated site 

4- Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Thematic Area





Effective Decision


Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in linewith one's authority, area of expertise

and resources

Business Direction andStrategy

Negotiation and Influence

Ability to reach an understanding, persuade others, resolve points of difference, gain advantage in theoutcome of dialogue, negotiates mutually acceptable solutions through compromise and

creates ‘win-win’ situations





Ability to animateindividuals and communities of

contributorstoparticipate and share, particularly externally



Ability to plan, organize, prioritize, and control resources, procedures, and protocols to achieve specific goals

Business Management

Partnership Management

Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil societyand private sector partners, experts, and othersin line withUNDP strategy and


Business Management


based Management

Ability to manage programmes and projects witha

focus atimproved performance and demonstrable results

Business Management


Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancybetween planned and

actual activities andprogramme performance and results

5- Minimum Qualifications of the Successful NPSA

Min. Education


  • Secondary education is required.

              A university degree in Civil Engineering or relevant related field    will be given due consideration, but it is not a requirement.

Min. years of relevant

work experience

  • Minimum of 7 years (with high school diploma) or 4 years (with bachelor’s degree) of relevant experience in civil construction projects including public buildings and infrastructure projects is required.   
  • Experience in the use of computers, office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc), database packages, and web-based management systems such as ERP.
  • Experience in the environmental requirements in construction of public buildings.
  • Very goodAutoCAD drafting anddrawings skills.
  • Very goodskills in Microsoft Project planning software.
  • Excellent planning skills.
  • Professional experience in reports writing, email writing, preparation of Meetings minutes, etc.
Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the
  • Knowledge and familiarity with UN and/or UNDP procedures is an asset.
  • Project management certification is an extra asset.
Competencies section
  • Certification in Health and safety for Infrastructure projects are desired.
  • Knowledge of the local rules and regulations for construction inEast Jerusalem.
Required Language(s)

Fluency in both English and Arabic languages is required.

  • Understanding Hebrewlanguage is an asset.
Professional Certificates

Valid membership in Local or International Engineering Association is



6- The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

  1. Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.
  2. A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.
  3. Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns, or other materials.
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