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Associate Civil Engineer

Entebbe (Uganda)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Entebbe (Uganda)
  • Grade: LICA-6, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-17

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Background Information - Job-specific

UNOPS supports partners to build a better future by providing services that increase the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of peace building, humanitarian and development projects.  Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations.

The New York Service Cluster (NYSC) supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as other New York-based United Nations organizations, bilateral and multilateral partners in the delivery of UNOPS mandate in project management, infrastructure management, and procurement management

The Sustainable Development Cluster (SDC) supports diverse partners with their peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. It was formed by combining the following portfolios: Grants Management Services (GMS), UN Technology Support Services (UNTSS), Development and Special Initiatives Portfolio (DSIP) It provides Services to partners' programmes that are designed, structured, and managed with a global perspective and primarily serving partners that are headquartered in New York.  The SDC has a footprint of approximately 125 countries.

UNOPS has signed an agreement with the United Nations Regional Service Center in Entebbe (RSCE).

RSCE is a shared service centre based in Entebbe, Uganda. It consolidates administrative and support functions previously located in various field missions in a less volatile, more family friendly regional location, with the goal of providing efficient, client-orientated and scalable services while reducing the missions’ footprints to UN field missions across Africa.

RSCE requires the Civil Engineering support to oversee all the ongoing and future construction and maintenance activities for RSCE buildings within the United Nations Entebbe Support Base (UNESB).

The incumbent of this position will be personnel of UNOPS under its full responsibility.

Functional Responsibilities

The Associate Civil Engineer will report to the Deputy Chief RSCE at the Regional Service Centre Entebbe (RSCE) and will oversee/provide technical assistance for ongoing and future construction and maintenance activities at United Nations Entebbe Support Base (UNESB).

The functional responsibilities will include but not limited to the following:

  1. Technical Assistance

  2. Stakeholder Management

  3. Monitoring 

1. Technical Assistance

  • Responsible for day to day coordination with the contractor according to the needs and requirements onsite.

  • Provides support and guidance to the contractor and assists in resolving site problems, as necessary in the coordination with the designated Project Manager.

  • Assists to implement and maintain an efficient maintenance service for all the dwellings at RSCE.

  • Attends the project site daily in order to monitor progress of works, identifies the existing problems and provides appropriate technical solutions through application of sound engineering standards in consultation with the designated Project Manager.

  • Checks, verifies and recommends approvals to the designated Project Manager on all variation orders/Claims submitted by the contactor during the implementation phase as per UNOPS procurement rules and ensure all technical inputs and cost estimates are accurate, timely provided and included in the project proposals and budgets.

2. Stakeholder Management

  • Inspects and reports on Contractor’s works in progress, ensuring that the Contractor meets the high-quality standards expected by UNOPS.

  • Checks, verifies and approves the interim payments submitted by the Contractor/s and submits detailed reports to the designated Project manager.

  • Checks Contractor’s set out and works, including compliance with Contract Specifications and ensures that contractor comply with his work plans to complete work within specified timeframe.

3. Monitoring 

  • Ensures UNOPS Health, Safety, Social and Environmental management systems are implemented on site.

  • Closely monitors the progress of works and prepares reports which include details of work done, difficulties and delays in the work, their causes, the proposed remedial measures and financial status of the works contracts; Develops inspection and test plans and updates them regularly with the contractor.

  • Performs other duties as may be required and in line with the incumbent’s scope of services above.

Monitoring and Progress Controls

The result of work of the Associate Civil Engineer impacts on the delivery of RSCE. It will also ensure proper processes and methodologies are followed and implemented according to the latest of the industry standards. The Associate Civil Engineer is expected to deal with following deliverables:

  • Site and building Development, Layout and Planning

  • Horizontal Infrastructure Development, Layout and Planning

  • Prepares bid documentations and participates in the bids’ analysis and evaluation

  • Quality Control

  • Structural Analysis

  • Concrete, Masonry and Timber Design

  • State / Local Permitting and Code Compliance Studies 

  • Mechanical / HVAC: General Arrangements Analysis 

  • Electrical: General Arrangements Analysis

Education/Experience/Language requirements

* Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  Candidates with no United Nations or UNOPS experience are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • High school diploma is required.
  • A University degree preferably in engineering and/or architecture or other relevant field is considered a plus and may substitute for some of the required number of years of experience.
  • Postgraduate studies (specialization, master's degrees) in areas related to construction will be valued.

Work Experience 

  • Minimum six (6) years of relevant experience (depending on the level of education /training provided) in construction projects.

Desirable (The following experience is optional. Candidates who do not have it are welcome to apply):
  • Experience in using AutoCad is highly desirable.
  • PRINCE 2 Certification is desirable.
  • Experience in drafting proposal, reports and planning documents.
  • Excellent communication skills. 
  • Good IT understanding is desirable.

  • Fluency in English (write, read, speak) is required. 
  • Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an asset.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement (ICA) 
Contract level: Local Individual Contractor Agreement (LICA 6)
Contract duration: Open-ended (renewable subject to funds availability and satisfactory performance)

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 


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.

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
  • 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 - Sustainable Development Cluster 

Based in New York, the Sustainable Development Cluster (SDC) supports diverse partners with their peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations.

The SDC’s services include grants management, development and special initiatives support, and technology support to the UN and UN agencies.

The SDC is part of the New York Service Cluster that supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as a broadening community of other New York-based United Nations organizations, bilateral and multilateral partners in the delivery of UNOPS mandate in project management, infrastructure management, and procurement management.

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