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2295 Engineering Specialist - Electrical Engineer

Belgrade (Serbia)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Belgrade (Serbia)
  • Grade: NB 3 - National Personnel Services Agreement - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Mechanics and Electronics (Engineering)
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-19

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UNDP supports Serbia in its own efforts to achieve a high level of human prosperity and dignity for all its citizens irrespective of their gender, ethnicity or creed. UNDP promotes sustainable human development, human security and equal possibilities for all, while providing every available support to Serbia in its progress toward joining the European Union. 
“Partnership for Local Development” - The Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government (the Ministry or MPALSG) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) shall support local self-governments (LSGs) in repairing existing infrastructure and improving the quality-of-service provision at local level, thus improving the quality of life of local communities and reducing the population outflow. This will be achieved through efficient utilization of donor, budgetary and loan funds and by establishing innovative financing models to enable fast track repair of public buildings, re/construction of local markets and the upgrade of public spaces. 
The purpose of the position is to provide technical support to the implementation of the “Partnership for Local Development” (P4LD) project under the overall guidance of the Project Manager. The objective of the position is to support results oriented, effective, efficient and accountable implementation of the project activities and achievement of project results.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager, for activities pertaining to the Partnership for Local Development Project, the Electrical Engineer has the responsibility to design, oversee and quality assure infrastructure related activities. The Electrical Engineer should provide technical expertise assuring that the projects produce the results specified in the Project Documents for the infrastructure components, to the required standard of quality and within the specified constraints of time and cost.
Specific responsibilities will include:
  • Production of infrastructure project design documentation such as pre-feasibility and feasibility study, preliminary design, main design, revision of design documentation;
  • Facilitation of needs assessment process with the beneficiary, design of tender documentation, preparation and execution of tender processes for procurement of goods and services, according to European Investment Bank and national procurement guides, provide inputs for contracts for goods and services;
  • Supervision of project design development process, coordination and supervision of construction works; 
  • Financial and project progress reports preparation according to European Investment Bank (EIB) and national guidelines;
  • Be responsible for the management of project activities that require engineering interventions;
  • Review the quality of the executed work, built-in materials and verify that the quality responds to related regulations and specifications;
  • Intervene to resolve problems and/or conflicts and recommend corrections in terms of design, materials or the quality of work and managing these corrections upon the approval by the Project Manager;
  • Provide early warning to the Project Manager of potential problems and/or critical issues regarding the infrastructure improvement and execution of the works;
  • Collection, analysis and presentation of background information for preparation of project annual workplans and progress reports;
  • Providing inputs for creation of project monitoring and evaluation framework;
  • Ensuring full compliance of activities with established project management rules, regulations, and policies;
  • Drafting correspondence on project engineering issues for Project Manager, as required;
  • Liaising with contractors, municipalities and other partners on project matters;
  • Performing other tasks/duties as assigned by the supervisor.
Institutional Arrangement
Project Engineer will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the Project Manager.


Required skills and competencies
  • Good organizational and time management skills;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling ethical standards;
  • Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to critical feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors; 
  • Excellent information technology skills, including word processing, database applications, presentation software, and internet;
  • Ability to work under very tight deadlines;
  • Evidence of ability to express ideas clearly; to work independently and in team;
  • Ability to summarize and systematize complex information;
  • Ability to deliver when working under pressure and within changing circumstances;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude Excellent negotiating and leadership skills;
  • Responsible, communicative, well-organized, team-oriented person;
  • Ability to demonstrate a sense of self-assuredness;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
Desired additional skills and competencies
  • Work experience in international organization and/or government institution would be an asset;
  • Knowledge of national legislation Familiarity with Law on Planning and Construction requirements; 
  • Familiarity with the EIB rules and regulations;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Required Skills and Experience


  • University Degree in electrical engineering, IT or similar.
  • Possession of the following license would be considered an asset: 350,353.

Work experience:

  • 5 years of relevant experience in construction-related project management, in particular in the fields of Electrical Engineering/IT System, Telecommunication and Installation Engineering;
  • Proficiency in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems;
  • Experience in working with state institutions/international community in Serbia. Previous involvement in preparing development assistance projects.


  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken Serbian and working knowledge of English language.


Important applicant information

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