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Construction Management Engineer, Multiple positions

Multiple locations (Multiple locations)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
  • Grade: LICA-8, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Architecture, Building and Property Management
    • Infrastructure and Urban-Rural development
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-14

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Background Information - Job-specific

Background Information - Ghana Multi Country Office (GMCO)

UNOPS Ghana Multi Country Office (GMCO), located in Accra, spans across West Africa, covering Ghana, Gambia,Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

GMCO is responsible for managing strategic and operational risks associated with a subset of the regional 
portfolio of engagements, developing and ​ delivering​ cost effective services contributing to partners’ sustainable results and achievements of UNOPS management results.  

The core functions of the Operational Hub are to:

● Liaise and develop engagements, and deliver services responding to partner needs. 
● Leverage advice and integrate delivery modalities of the three Delivery Practices and the Global
Partner Service Office. 
● Maintain appropriate arrangements and capacity for direct transactional support for delivery of the
sub-regional portfolio. 

Background Information – Country Specific

The Nigeria Duty Stations are managed by the Nigeria Country Office based in Abuja, Nigeria.

Nigeria is considered a key player in the West African region, with an estimated population of 200 million and accounts for about 47% of the total population of West Africa. Nigeria is considered a High Priority Country for UNOPS GMCO; being a fragile country with a complex development profile and possessing a high risk of humanitarian emergencies and disasters. Likewise with high donor interest and demand for implementation support, Nigeria is viewed as a country in which UNOPS can add value and scale-up efforts by its partners to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly the Government of Nigeria.

The last donor-funded project implemented by UNOPS ended in June 2018. The office was reopened in April 2019 and high-level efforts are ongoing to secure donor funded projects. Our objective for 2021 is to consolidate the implementation of our Strategy 2018-2021 - to become Known, Recognized and a Resource for our development partners on the ground, delivering on our mandate of infrastructure, procurement and project management. 

Building on our global experience successfully delivering projects in complex operating environments, a healthy pipeline of engagements are at various stages of discussion with our priority partners  including international financial institutions, UN agencies, bilateral and multilateral donors focusing on the North East region.  The North-East region of Nigeria (NE) is currently in a complex protracted crisis with considerable humanitarian and developmental needs along with extensive damages to social and physical infrastructure.  Likewise, the unanticipated COVID-19 pandemic has further impaired the already fragile health system.  

The capacity of the entire country's health system to address the possible impact of the pandemic remains limited.  Critical resources such as trained health workers and medical supplies are being diverted to respond to the pandemic, thus leaving other essential services heavily under-resourced and dysfunctional

Background Information – Job Specific The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), with funding from the Japanese supplementary fund, is implementing a  project in Borno State Nigeria, and expected to deliver the following outputs:
  1. Two (2) new medical oxygen plant facilities (20mx14m) to be constructed within the site of 2 General Hospitals - State Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri and General Hospital, Biu.
  2. Sustainability management options paper developed to guide decision making for long term operating the oxygen plants within the two (2) facilities
  3. Up to Twenty Three (23) Health Centres equipped with Solar Direct Drive vaccine refrigerators to improve vaccination programs and management of epidemic-prone diseases affecting mostly women and children

The two (2) Construction Management Engineers (1no. based in Maiduguri and 1no. based in Biu), reporting to the Project Manager, are required to supervise the project’s construction stage. They will be responsible for the day- to-day monitoring and reporting of the construction activities that are being undertaken by the Contractors, to ensure a timely and quality completion within budget.

Functional Responsibilities

The two (2) Construction Management Engineers will be responsible for the following summary of functions:

Technical Monitoring

●      Construction implementation, supervision and site monitoring  - he/she shall be responsible for  administering the construction works contract (including instrument of agreement, conditions, schedules, drawings, specifications,  BoQ and notices), to ensure the full scope of works is delivered within the budget, to specified quality, and that progress is made in line with the works schedule

●      Contractor performance monitoring - he/she shall  review and monitor the Contractor’s schedules, cash flow, construction methodology, risk assessment and mitigation measures, field work coordination with regards to Contractor's resource planning, logistics analysis and  operations and management of construction crew.

●      Provide support in the quality management of architectural and  structural, electrical, mechanical,  civil engineering aspect of the works  including  control inspections, data analysis and reporting, improvement identification, testing plans and procedures, approvals and verifications, construction materials inspection, measurement instruments usage, land surveys and surveying equipment operations 

●      Health, safety, social and environmental planning and management including inspections, hazard/risk identification and controls, implementation of corrective measures, incident reporting  and preventive measures

●      Provide support related to risk and issue management - proactively assessing risk and implementing  mitigation measures/solutions through application of sound engineering knowledge and  standards. Reporting and escalating to Project Manager as required

●      Stakeholder management - stakeholder identification, engagement and consultation to facilitate support and cooperation during the construction works

●      Contribute in technical design and specification development and documentation - review where necessary, design revisions and propose recommendation

●      Training and knowledge transfer to Contractors to enhance capacity and efficiency of delivery

●      Preparation and collection of data during construction  as input for completing/and checking  As-built drawings

Technical Reporting

●      Inform and provide constant feedback to UNOPS Project Manager regarding the progress issues, delivery timelines and quality of work completed.

●      Act proactively to escalate to Project Manager key areas of concerns that relates to quality, health, safety, social and environmental issues at site and where necessary take the relevant resolutions supported by relevant available tools and templates

●      Preparation of progress reports on construction activities and submission of such on a daily,  weekly and monthly, quarterly basis as required

●      Support to knowledge building and knowledge sharing including appropriate archiving of documents in UNOPS ERP system and documenting of lessons learned

Education/Experience/Language requirements

A.  Education

●      A University degree (or equivalent) in Civil Engineering  or related field.

●     A Masters  degree is an asset but not a  requirement.

●    A relevant combination of academic credentials and/or industry certifications and qualifying experience  may be accepted in lieu of university education.

B. Work Experience

●      A minimum of 2 years relevant building construction experience  is required

●      Experience in health sector buildings is highly desirable

●      Experience working in  Maiduguri and/or Biu is an asset  

●      Experience in administering FIDIC contract is an asset

●      Professional certification in Engineering  is highly desirable

C.  Competencies and skills

●      Ability to manage own workload and to work independently is highly desirable

●      Well developed teamwork skills is an asset

●      Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor work plans is an asset

●      Sound knowledge and application of AutoCad is an asset

●      Fully conversant with use of relevant computer applications and knowledge in Google Suite is highly desirable.

●      Knowledge and/or certification in Health and Safety is an asset.

D. Language Requirement

● Full working knowledge of English is required

● Knowledge of another official UNOPS language is an asset


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

  • Contract type: Local Individual Contract Agreement (LICA)
  • Contract level: LICA 8/ ICS 8
  • 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: 

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.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • Maiduguri and Biu are Non-Family duty stations
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • 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.

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

Background information - AFR

Africa Region

Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Africa Region supports UNOPS country offices in the region, providing financial oversight of projects, procuring goods and services and managing human resources.

AFR helps ensure that projects are executed to the highest standards, providing a shared knowledge base and ensuring that best practices and lessons learned are disseminated between projects across the entire region.

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