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  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Harare
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Civil Society and Local governance
  • Closing Date: 2019-02-26

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Engineer SCP - Masvingo

Harare (Zimbabwe)


WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.  Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.


Directly reporting to the Head of Field Office or the designate, the Engineer is also subject to overall normative and technical direction by a Senior Engineer in relation to all matters of engineering services and construction activities.

This position will be located at the WFP Masvingo Field Office and requires the engagement of a competent engineer. The Engineer shall be able to demonstrate a strong competence with progressively responsible roles in one or more of the following engineering technologies: hydraulic engineering, competence in concrete and steel constructions/designs, water services; planning and programming engineering design or construction activities;watershed management approach, planning and programming engineering projects with rural community based interventions.


To provide construction, engineering, and watershed management expertise and contribute to the efficient delivery and quality outputs for Food Assistance for Assets implementation for the respective Field Office.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Contribute to the implementation of WFP FFA Policies, standards, norms and practices ensuring compliance with wider WFP policies, procedures, guidelines and operations. In particular, provide technical guidance on development of work norms, safety and protection issues,implementation of watershed management in FFA sites.

Provide engineering and project monitoring oversight on FFA projects within the FO, applying best practises, ensuring adherence to acceptable standards and adherence to quality on  innovative technologies. 

Contribute towards the analysis of cooperating partner project proposals to enable effective decision making on project technical feasibility.

Prepare evidence based recommendations for senior staff on measures to improve WFP Field Office facilities suitability to operational purpose, safety, and efficiency of structures and equipment. 

 Provide technical guidance to cooperating partner engineers, inclusive of critical assessment of bills of quantity, cost variances that support a successful construction procurement process.

 Participate in technical or design review, exchange of knowledge and experience, keeping abreast of construction and engineering technologies, to facilitate implementation of innovative engineering solutions.

Support the capacity building of engineering staff from cooperating partners and WFP monitoring staff to facilitate the continued development and high performance of FFA activities. Develop engineer’s manual to be used as reference by CPs and WFP monitoring staff and plan for  regular brownbag/refresher trainings sessions for CP engineers and WFP monitoring staff.

Establish and maintain partnerships with internal and external stakeholders ,especially district and provincial level stakeholders.

Contribute to Field Office preparedness actions, providing technical recommendations and guidance and monitor the management of risks.

Maintain WFP Field office asset register,regulary conducting monitoring visits and updating the register and providing guidance to the Head of Field of Office and FFA Activity Manager on  priority issues to ensure sustained functionality of assets. In addition, take lead in innovative monitoring initiatives like WFP AIMS.

Develop and regularly update Asset management committees(AMC) and project implementation committee(PIT) training manuals and develop simple infotechs for the committees on the assets. Provide training  to cooperating partner engineers on AMC and PIT modules, and monitor training progress of the committees; regularly providing feedback to the Head of Field office.

Provide regular training to WFP, CP community and stakeholders  on watershed level technologies and concepts in line with WFP programme guidance manual.


Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Business Support Services & Reporting Exhibits ability to convert business plans into clear actions for team members to support the implementation of the program. Collects and reports data to draw out fact-based insights.
Internal Controls & Risk Management for Administration and Engineering Utilises understanding of risk management approaches and internal controls to monitor projects and programmes to confirm regulatory compliance, ensure data integrity and ensure client satisfaction.
Resource Management for Administration and Engineering Monitors trends in staffing and resource usage to anticipate and escalate potential issues to programme leaders and key clients.
Specialised Knowledge in Engineering Applies advanced engineering knowledge in own area of responsibility and working knowledge of other engineering disciplines to provide technical support to operations and projects. Leads independent action and decision making in an engineering context.
Engineering & Project Management Demonstrates a strong proficiency in developing project scopes, engineering and design proposals, and identifying required tasks and milestones. Applies working knowledge of project management tools, engineering technologies, techniques and best practice to track and monitor project progress, delivering projects on schedule and on budget.


Education: University degree in Civil Engineering or related Engineering discipline. Hold or be eligible for Accreditation to “Professional Engineer” or “Chartered Engineer” status, or recognised equivalent by an appropriate national or international regulatory authority.
Language: Fluency (level C) in English language and Ndebele.

Experience: The Engineer should have at least 5 years experience as a Project Manager with focus in design and construction of rural community infrastructure inclusive of watershed level management.

The Engineer must have experience in construction and service contract management, including knowledge and experience of national construction contract law and environmental management issues;experience in conducting environmental impact assessments and using environmental checklists.


  1. Has worked effectively under supervision on a large number of varied design and construction projects and taken responsibility for work elements which have been assigned.
  2. Has attained advanced academic qualifications relevant to engineering.
  3. Has contributed to projects demonstrating knowledge of engineering specialisations in relation to construction of community assets including small dams, nutrition gardens, dip tanks ensuring safety standards at the sites, and considerations of watershed and environmental requirements.


Applicants must attach a signed application letter, curriculum vitae& a signed Personal History Form (P11) available at Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the recruitment processes.


Deadline for submitting applications is 26 February 2019.


Qualified female applicants are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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