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Temporary Appointment, NO-B, Ingénieur en Construction, Brazzaville (National Only)

Brazzaville (Congo Republic)

The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Chief of Child Survival and Development (CSD) programme , and will be responsible for the development of national standards and innovations in construction techniques, to support achievement of the rehabilitation of health, school facilities, construction of WASH related  activities in schools, health centers and communities, in compliance with project's goals and objectives He /she will provide technical expertise in designing, assessing, implementing and monitoring UNICEF's construction project as well as in development  and in the Infrastructure Emergency Response. The incumbent of this new position will complement UNICEF's continued focus on supporting decentralized technical wash and health service and authorities to build their capacity to plan, implement and monitor all construction and strengthen UNICEF positioning, as the lead agency in these interventions, which is partly built/renovate on the construction expertise.

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

Purpose of the Position

The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Chief of Child Survival and Development (CSD) programme , and will be responsible for the development of national standards and innovations in construction techniques, to support achievement of the rehabilitation of health, school facilities, construction of WASH related  activities in schools, health centers and communities, in compliance with project's goals and objectives He /she will provide technical expertise in designing, assessing, implementing and monitoring UNICEF's construction project as well as in development  and in the Infrastructure Emergency Response. The incumbent of this new position will complement UNICEF's continued focus on supporting decentralized technical wash and health service and authorities to build their capacity to plan, implement and monitor all construction and strengthen UNICEF positioning, as the lead agency in these interventions, which is partly built/renovate on the construction expertise.

Responsibilities and Key Tasks

Specifically the incumbent shall:

  • Ensure the availability of accurate, complete and up-to-date information required for effective construction programme and project design, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation, including gender disaggregation; provide support for sharing the information with relevant partners and draft sound construction programme budgets for review by the supervisor.
  • Enhance construction programme efficiency and effectiveness through implementation and monitoring activities with various implementing partners, including monitoring UNICEF inputs, local conditions and resources, flow of supply and non-supply assistance and construction programme status. Ensure all technical inputs and cost estimates related to the construction components are accurate.
  • Analyze collected data and information and prepare progress reports including monitoring and reporting indicators by gender; draft changes in construction programme work plans and assist in identification of required supplies and equipment as well as in the drafting of Country Programme recommendations and other construction programme documentation, assuring accuracy and consistency with established rules, regulations and plans of action, and provide support for consultation with partners as required on planning and implementation of Country Programme activities.
  • Ensure the appropriateness of financial, administrative and supply documentation; verify that construction programme expenditures are within allotments and that data is consistent with the programme information and database. Follow up on queries, including with and by partners, or initiate corrective action on discrepancies.
  • Compile data, information and evidence about construction programme implementation training and orientation of technical materials, including the Eco-friendly Construction concept, to promote knowledge sharing with donors and media.
  • Ensure the effective communication and networking developed and maintained through partnership and collaboration with all stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with Operations staff to implement internal controls systems and resolve day-to-day issues or discrepancies in financial or supply management, as part of the usual tendering construction process, providing support for orientation and training of all implementing technical partners on related construction issues, the Eco-friendly Construction concept and UNICEF financial and supply policies and procedures.

 

Areas to be considered

The incumbent will :

  • liaise with the four UNICEF sections, especially with the water and environmental sanitation engineer and CSD staff to ensure technical specifications and contractor's works meet the needs and requirements of beneficiaries, especially with regard to child friendly designs;
  • coordinate with other partner's of Ministry of hydraulic, health, education in central and decentralized level, others UN Agency, and NGO's to ensure compatible and appropriate standards and costs are used in all the UNICEF buildings; 
  • provide expertise in tendering and bidding, review designs and architectural drawings, monitor work in the field for quality and efficiency;
  • work closely with the UNICEF consultant engineers, as well as other partners, to ensure that the programme goals are achieved; Observe and report back to head of section activities under construction projects and to UNICEF management any concerns about the overall construction process;
  • assess the capacity of UNICEFs partners in this project, to identify their strengths and possible weaknesses;
  • assess the capacity of UNICEF's partners and develop recommendations to maximize their strengths; propose solutions to minimize the risks;
  • visit each active construction site at least once every month site visits should be timed to coincide with significant construction activities, such as pile driving completion, foundation excavation completion, steel fixing and formwork inspection, concrete pouring and formwork striking;
  • ensure detailed records are kept of all construction activities, enabling real-time tracking of construction progress.

 Desired background and experience

Qualifications:

Minimum First university degrees in Civil Engineer, Public Works Engineer or a related technical field.  Minimum of four years progressively responsible professional work experience at the national or international levels in water and health infrastructure construction programmes, reconstruction and logistics planning, management, monitoring and evaluation or in a related field. Background in Emergency programmes an asset; excellent writing and presentation skills; ability to work productively in a multi-cultural environment; good health and willingness to travel and live in locations with difficult conditions.

In addition, the incumbent should:

  • Fluency in French and good working knowledge of English;
  • have a strong capacity to use logic and analysis to identify the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches;
  • have good initiative and ability to apply technical knowledge creatively to ensure conflicts and disputes are resolved between contractors and beneficiaries;
  • have current knowledge of the latest developments and technology in the field.
  • exhibit strong leadership and teamwork abilities.
  • possess good analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills.
  • demonstrate the ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization.
  • have computer skills, including internet navigation and various office applications, including knowledge of AutoCAD and MIS/GIS applications.

 

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Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Brazzaville (Congo Republic)
  • Grade: NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Supply Chain
    • Engineering
    • Administrative support
    • Architecture, Building and Property Management
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2018-03-24

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