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Civil Engineer Associate for COVID-Resilient Election in Timor-Leste (CORE-TL) Project

Dili (Timor-Leste)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Dili (Timor-Leste)
  • Grade: SB-3 (SC6/SC7), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Democratic Governance
    • Engineering
    • Elections
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Logistics
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Ebola
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-14

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As a Small Island post-conflict country, Timor-Leste is facing a number of development challenges despite noticeable progress since independence in 2002. These challenges have been further exacerbated by the outbreak of the novel Corona virus which resulted in a national State of Emergency in 2020, now extended into 2021, resulting in substantial negative socio-economic consequences for the Timorese people. On top of this, Timor-Leste is expecting a series of elections at the national and municipal level in 2021-2024. This not only presents a risk for the spread of the virus as people gather for the election, but equally, hinders the continued practice of representative democratic elections if not conducted, and thus, undermining democratic governance.

In response to this, UNDP has initiated the ‘COVID-Resilient Elections in Timor-Leste (CORE-TL)’ project to ensure continued and strengthened democratic governance and successful elections. Funded by the Government of Japan, and in partnership with the national Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs), the project aims to:

1. support municipal EMB offices to become COVID-resilient, accessible, and environmentally friendly;

2. address the underlying issues of long-term resilience to pandemics such as COVID by developing COVID-Resilient Election Plan and Manuals;

3.  provide effective and innovative electoral and COVID-19 awareness communication;

4. strengthen the participation and representation of youth, women, and persons with disabilities in politics.

As a result of the project, Timor-Leste will be equipped to carry out COVID-resilient, democratic, and inclusive elections at both the national and sub-national level. This ultimately supports the sustainable development of Timor-Leste, the achievement of Agenda 2030, and the strengthening of accessible, accountable, and gender-responsive governance systems, institutions, and services at both the national and municipal levels.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the National Project Manager (NPM) and the IUNV Civil Engineer Specialist, and in coordination with the National Architect, the National Civil Engineer Associate will:

Management of Civil Works:

  • Assist the engineering team to conduct site assessments, measurements, identify soil conditions, etc. to inform designs.
  • Assist the engineering team, and in coordination with the project’s Architect, with the development of detailed designs, drawings, Bill of Quantity (BOQs), and Technical Specification documents for the 6 new building for the Election Management Bodies (STAE & CNE) and 7 rehabilitations of existing offices in the targeted municipality under component 1 of the project. These will include preliminary work, civil work, plumbing work, electoral work, and furnishing.  
  • Provide assistance to the engineering team in preparing Quality Assurance System Guideline and instructions for the project monitoring to be done by both UNDP CORE-TL project team and EMBs;
  • Support the engineering team with monitoring the construction works as per the contractual provisions and design specifications, and in accordance with established procedures including Covid-Resilient infrastructures, gender-sensitive approaches, accessibility, and sustainability;
  • Collect information on construction works and materials testing to ensure they are consistent with the project technical specifications for verification and inform the International UNV Civil Engineer and Project Manager of any  deviations;
  • Assist the engineering team in the overall implementation of works to ensure they are completed on time, within budget, and to a high-quality standard, including taking timely action to prevent potential delays and/or cost overruns that can be avoided;
  • Ensure that health & safety measures are adopted and followed to the full extent and with no deviation, and if needed instruct additional safety measures;
  • Ensure that the infrastructure is Covid/disaster resilient, gender and accessibility inclusive, and sustainable.

Monitoring and Reporting of Civil Works:

  • Support in preparing periodic progress reports, site monitoring reports and minutes, stakeholder meetings minutes, engineer’s instructions and variation orders, contractor’s bill review reports, certifications, etc.;
  • Take pictures and collate operational documents in digital formats for the contract records and duly maintain an electronic library of photos/documents of the progress of the works, and ensure that the daily records are kept in the site workbook;
  • Collect information on quantities of works prepared by the contractor for the engineering team’s reporting and verification – review each payments certificate of the contractors and assist in the verification of the quantities;
  • Collate all documentations for the payment requests for each statement;
  • Assist the engineering officer with monitoring the workplans and inform the International UNV Civil Engineer and Project Manager for any deviation;
  • Inform the International UNV Civil Engineer and the National Project Manager of any problem which may arise with the Contractor;
  • Assist in the preparation of inspection for the substantial completion of the construction;
  • Assist the engineering officer in conducting monitoring and reporting on the construction work after the retention period before last payment;
  • Assist in the preparation of the completion/handover/close-out reports, events, and technical site visits;

Support Procurement of Civil Works:

  • Support the project’s Procurement Team with technical assistance in preparation of tender documentation and bid analysis as required;
  • Strictly follow UNDP procurement terms and conditions of recruitment and payment disbursement procedures.
  • Ensure that all tendering and contracting is performed in accordance with stated procedures.

Facilitate knowledge building and knowledge sharing on engineering monitoring and evaluation:

  • Contribute to the dissemination and sharing of best practices and lessons learned for development planning and knowledge building, including those on gender-sensitive approaches, accessibility, and Covid-resilient infrastructures;
  • Assist in providing training to national personnel and contractor’s personnel, and advice on good construction practices, good environmental management practices, and appropriate health and safety standards during construction;
  • Collaborate and coordinate with EMBs, and other stakeholders on engineering issues, as well as conduct joint monitoring to strengthen cooperation and coordination;
  • Participate in the professional engineering community, remaining abreast of latest developments and professional norms, standards, tools, and methodologies.

The Civil Engineer Associate will be based in Dili with frequent travels to the project sites to conduct assessment and monitoring of civil works.

Impact of Results 

The key results will have an impact on the effective and timely delivery of the CORE-TL project. As one of the first and largest Covid-resilient election project for the UNDP Timor-Leste office, the successful delivery of the project will result in a stronger, more strategic, position of the UNDP Timor-Leste.


Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity;
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
  • Self-development, initiative-taking;
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating teamwork;
  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively;
  • Managing conflict;
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others;
  • Informed and transparent decision making.

Functional Competencies:

Job Knowledge/ Technical Expertise

  • Understands more advanced aspects of primary area of specialization as well as the fundamental concepts of related disciplines;
  • Serves as internal consultant in the area of expertise and shares knowledge with staff;
  • Continues to seek new and improved methods and systems for accomplishing the work of the unit;
  • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments;
  • Demonstrates in-depth understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools and utilizes these regularly in work assignments;
  • Promoting Organizational Change and Development.


Client Orientation

  • Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely and appropriate fashion;
  • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines;
  • Establishes, builds, and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients;
  • Actively supports the interests of the client by making choices and setting priorities to meet their needs;
  • Anticipates client needs and addresses them promptly.

Required Skills and Experience


  • A high school graduate in a relevant  area of study with a minimum of 7 years of relevance work experience in construction/management of infrastructure through results-based management approach.
  • Bachelor degree in Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management with a minimum of 4 years of relevant experience is highly advantageous.


  • Proficiency in AutoCAD or other design software’s and applications associated in infrastructure design;
  • Experience drafting BOQs, conducting field assessments, and monitoring of infrastructure;
  • Knowledge of Timor-Leste’s Building Codes and Guidelines;
  • Knowledge of climate proofing infrastructure standards for design and construction;
  • Experience in handling of tender documents for sizeable engineering works, including technical inputs/specifications for the procurement of services using the conditions of international lending/funding agencies;
  • Use of project management-related software (e.g., MS Project and Excel);
  • Experience working with Government institutions;
  • Knowledge of UNDP procurement system is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in spoken and written English


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