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Construction Engineering Associate, SC6, Cox's Bazar

Bangladesh (Bangladesh)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Bangladesh (Bangladesh)
  • Grade: SB-3 (SC6/SC7), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Administrative support
    • Architecture, Building and Property Management
    • Infrastructure and Urban-Rural development
  • Closing Date: 2021-01-18

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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.


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.


WFP has been supporting 1.4 million people in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh: 862,000 Rohingya refugees and host community Bangladeshi under the L3 emergency operation. The 2020 Joint Response Plan seeks to strengthen protection and solutions for Rohingya refugee women, men, boys and girls; deliver quality, life-saving assistance to people in need; foster the well-being of communities in Ukhiya and Teknaf Upazilas; Multi-sector assistance including food, water and sanitation, shelter, and access to healthcare and education will continue and be improved in 2020 for Rohingya refugees.


WFP is envisioning a large scale-up of the existing engineering projects to meet the food security needs of all of the new refugee influx and site management engineering project requirements. In parallel, WFP envisions a cash transfer assistance programme targeting host communities that are suffering under the pressure of the large population increase in the area. The plan for host community assistance is to provide conditional cash transfers with the objective of enhancing livelihood opportunities.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Coaches team in the most effective ways to communicate WFP’s Strategic Objectives to WFP team and partners in the field.
  •  Be a force for positive change: Implements new methods or tools to improve team’s work processes and productivity.
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Maps team’s activities and tasks to specific successes in beneficiary communities to showcase positive impact.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Explains to teammates how each unit contributes to the overall WFP mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Identifies skill development opportunities such as training modules or on-the-job experiences for self, colleagues and direct reports.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Facilitates team building activities to build rapport in own unit.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Facilitates the pairing of junior colleagues with coaches within own team.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Proactively anticipates potential challenges and develops mitigation plans to ensure that team meets goals and targets.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Identifies opportunities to be creative in own work and to help team be more innovative and accurate in their respective tasks and areas of work.
  •  Focus on getting results: Monitors team’s deliverables and provides feedback to ensure outcomes are delivered consistently and accurately.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Provides accurate guidance to team on expected responsibilities and tasks, whilst also upholding own commitment to the team.
  •  Be Decisive: Sets an example and provides guidance to junior team members on when to escalate issues when faced with challenging issues in the workplace or in the field.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Facilitates partnerships with other WFP units to accomplish missions in the field.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Sets an example and provides guidance to team on how to build relationships with external partners.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Articulates to colleagues or direct reports the value of contributing to other WFP teams and agency partnerships in fulfilling WFP’s goals and objectives.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Organizes, monitors, and prioritizes own and team’s efforts to ensure that they will fulfil the needs of internal and external partners.


To provide construction expertise and contribute to the efficient delivery and quality outputs.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the overall guidance and supervision of Lead Engineer, the Sub Engineer will be
responsible for the following duties:

• Field assessment, site planning, supervision and management of construction works;
• Provide guidance to the Line Manager regarding the scope and technical detail of the various project elements, taking into account ease of implementation, cost, time, and impact on other elements of the project;
• Completion of all necessary measurements and control of quality on the project. Perform regular quality assurance / quality control checks;
• Ensure that the construction project abide by relevant national/international standards of health and safety for the works, adjacent properties, all site personnel and the general public;
• Reporting of all health & safety incidents and accidents in weekly progress reports;
• Conduct field assessments of sites and structures, produce design solutions and suggestions;
• Prepare and/or review designs, drawings and construction contract documentation and reports;
• Measure amounts and produce Bill of Quantities;
• Supervise and manage Contractor / Partner - attend meetings necessary to track the progress of the project;
• Review reports and drawings received from Partner / Contractor and provide timely and strongly worded feedback;
• Lead and manage daily labourers, supervisors, etc;
• Schedule and plan activities and works;
• Liaison with project stakeholders;
• Operating out of Cox's Bazar, the Engineer will be involved in a variety of construction, planning and design works related to assistance projects for the Rohingya;
• Ensure that all contractual controls (bonds, guarantees, securities, insurances) are implemented on Contracts / Agreements, using standard forms and from financial institutions approved;
• Aid in the preparation of financial reporting, as required;
• Approval of handover documentation including as-built drawings, material reports and manuals; and ensure proper project close out.
• Other tasks as assigned by Lead Engineer.


EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering form any renowned institutions. 

EXPERIENCE: Minimum 5 years of relevant experience at increasing levels of responsibilities in construction engineering.


•Good communication and leadership skills.

• Knowledge and experience of design, planning and supervision of construction projects.

• Desirable knowledge of engineering procurement and contract management procedures.

• Desirable experience of working within the Humanitarian Community or Development Sector.

• Familiarity with the special context of refugee camps and makeshift sites in Cox’s Bazar is an asset.

LANGUAGE: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Bangla. Fluency in oral Chittagonian/Rohingyan dialect is desirable.


Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Vouchers) Demonstrates ability to implement, under guidance, food assistance programmes deploying the full range of transfer modalities with an understanding of basic principles guiding modality selection and implementation.
Broad Knowledge of Specialized Areas Understands basic technical concepts and data and their relevance to food assistance programmes.
Emergency Programming Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/Government Understands and applies basic principles of engagement with government counterparts at the national or local level.


Contract Type             : SC6

Contract Duration        : 12 months

Duty Station                : Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Nationality                   : Bangladeshi only

Monthly Salary            : BDT. 103,091

Number of post           : Twelve (12)


18 January, 2021


Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries 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.

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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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