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Lead Civil Engineers P4 - various locations

Sanaa (Yemen)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Sanaa (Yemen)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Engineering
  • Closing Date: 2020-01-05

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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.

P4 - Lead Civil Engineers – various locations

Are you a mid-senior level Civil Engineer interested in using your professional experience to contribute to ending global hunger?  These positions are rotational, and the successful candidates will also have the opportunity to serve in other duty stations.

We are looking for two mid-senior level Lead Civil Engineers at a P4 level to lead our Engineering teams and projects in Yemen or Ethiopia.  This is a great opportunity to become an integral member of a diverse and passionate team that works on varied and international infrastructure projects directly contributing to beneficiary assistance. You will have access to opportunities for global mobility and you will lead, mentor, and develop a growing team.

Who are we?

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) 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.

WFP Engineering provides the infrastructure of food security through the provision of professional engineering services to WFP and the humanitarian community. The team provides direct support to WFP projects through the provision of critical logistical and project infrastructure such as roads, warehouses, airstrips and school kitchens.

WFP Engineering provides efficient and sustainable infrastructure to humanitarian operations which allows WFP and the humanitarian community to operate in a sustainable and cost-effective manner in very challenging environments, contributing to building food secure communities.

Some of the projects that the WFP Engineering team are currently working on, include:

  • Rehabilitating ports and airfields;
  • Building warehouses, roads, bridges, offices, camps, housing, and airstrips
  • Securing facilities to allow WFP employees to live and work in insecure environments.

In this position you will:

  • Ensure that work is carried out competently and effectively within schedule, budget, quality and that project objectives are met;
  • Ensure integrity of work scope and that work is carried out in accordance with applicable codes and standards;
  • Pro-actively identify issues that impede project progress and reports to Project Management;
  • Ensure projects and works are completed with a high level of awareness of Health and Safety;
  • Provide overall supervision and leadership of varied project teams of engineers building and developing a collaborative and cohesive team;
  • Engage teams with performance assessments/feedback and development conversations.

Who you are:

  • You have excellent leadership skills in engineering with experience handling multiple, complex projects;
  • You are a hands-on engineer able to carry out and check calculations in both steel and concrete;
  • You have experience in carrying the responsibility for the project success and feel comfortable in providing guidance and strong direction;
  • You are naturally skilled in planning and managing the work including the financial aspects of the discipline, man-hour estimates, and margin goals;
  • You are an excellent communicator in English (written and spoken) and you will comfortably manage relationships with donors and other stakeholders to ensure full engagement with projects;
  • You have a demonstrated experience in leading teams of engineers across several locations;
  • You like to keep track of the latest technologies and you enjoy exploring whether these methods lead to an improved efficiency, accuracy and productivity of the project;
  • You are somebody that is flexible to travel within the country you are based in, and internationally when requested.


  • A degree in Civil Engineering (undergraduate and above) from a recognized university;
  • At least eight (8) years of progressively responsible professional experience in civil engineering project management
  • At least 2 years of international humanitarian experience, including remote and/or complex environments,
  • Capability in both design & documentation (AutoCAD necessary, Civil3D a plus);
  • Proven experience in planning, design, specification preparation, maintenance, project cost estimating and scheduling;
  • Demonstrated organization, documentation, prioritization, and project management skills.


Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese, desirable.

Terms and Conditions

If you are selected, you will be employed on a fixed-term contract with a probationary period of one year. The role in Yemen is eligible for Rest and Recuperation (R&R) scheme. 

Mobility is the essence of WFP and continues to be a core contractual requirement. These positions are rotational which means that you shall be subject to the regular reassignment process to any other location on a period of 2 to 4 years.

 WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. For more details, please visit

CLOSING DATE: 5 January 2019



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