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Lead Engineer

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
  • Grade: LICA-10, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2019-11-12

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Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale. 

Background Information - Job-specific

Background Information – UNOPS Ethiopia multi country office

Established in 2009, UNOPS Ethiopia Office has been providing services to various partners, including the government of Ethiopia, UN agencies such as WHO, UNHCR and WFP, and other international organizations. In 2014, the UNOPS Executive Director decided to establish the UNOPS Ethiopia multi country office, which manages and coordinates the UNOPS activities in Ethiopia, as well as Sudan and Djibouti.

UNOPS Ethiopia office activities range from tailor-made administration, operations, human resources and logistics support for implementation of development and humanitarian projects; infrastructure and procurement management services; and advisory services to partners to facilitate effective procurement, supply and financial management.
The UNOPS Ethiopia multi-country office team is composed of approximately 100 national and international women and men, and offers a broad range of services such as infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial and human resources management.

Functional Responsibilities

FUNCTIONAL REQUIREMENTS

General

Under the coordination of the Infrastructure Unit, the Lead Engineer provides overall management responsibility including technical assistance and expertise in design preparation, construction supervision and works certification on behalf of UNOPS on the assigned site. The position requires frequent travel to project sites in all regional states of Ethiopia. 

  • General construction
  • Construction supervision
  • Knowledge management

1.      General construction

  • Mange the entire project management of the site as per the agreed upon design and  specification
  • Lead and coordinate the work activities in site along with the Project Manager.
  • Act as the representative of UNOPS on the construction site.
  • Monitor the project implementation to prevent potential delays and/or cost overruns and recommend remedial actions accordingly.
  •  Supervise and ensure timely implementation of activities as per the quality standard    
  • Prepare project related documentations such as periodic progress reports, site monitoring reports, stakeholder meeting minutes, engineer's instructions and variation orders, contractor's bills review reports, certifications, client hand-over documents and contracts   close-out reports.
  • Manage final hand over and acceptance report based on technical specifications against the approved project.
  • Provide bi-monthly project progress report to the Project Manager/Head of Programme

2.      Construction supervision

  • Ensure that the contractor adhere to the national standards, policies and regulations during the construction activity.
  • Handle the stakeholders management aspect of the project at the respective site
  • Supervise construction works and administer works execution as per the contractual provisions and the design specifications.
  • Responsible of ensuring quantity/quality control and time schedule consistency.
  • Ensure that works are consistent with the project technical specifications and inform promptly of eventual deviations.
  • Verify the accuracy of the schedule and adjust accordingly to the reality of the implementation.
  • Ensure constructions works are completed on time, within budget and to quality standards.
  • Provide regular supervision of the project work progress and quality for on time delivery.
  • Maintain regular meetings with contractor representative on the performance of the implementation.
  • Implement corrective measures to ensure the project is properly executed within the agreed standards of quality, time and budget.

3.       Knowledge management

  • Contribute to the dissemination and sharing of best practices and lessons learned for development planning and knowledge building.
  • Keep regular meetings with peer site engineers to benefit from each other experiences.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

A.           Education

  • A Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Management or related field is required.
  • A combination of Bachelor’s degree with additional 2 years of relevant work experience (7 years in total) may be accepted in lieu of the education requirements outlined above.

B.            Work Experience

  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience related to project requirements in civil engineering, construction management, and construction project supervision is required.
  • Experience in project management and supervision in areas outside of Addis Ababa is an asset.

C.            Language Requirements:

  • Full working knowledge of English is essential.
  • Knowledge of another official UNOPS language is an asset.

Competencies

Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

Please note this position is a local position so it is only open for national of Ethiopia 

Contract type: Local Individual Contractor
Contract level: LICA 10
Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.’



For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx 


Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

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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