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Lead Electrical Engineer (Retainer for 200 days in 2 years in Yaoundé, Cameroon and Antananarivo , Madagascar), Multiple positions

Multiple locations (Multiple locations)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
  • Grade: IICA-2, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Mechanics and Electronics (Engineering)
    • Documentation and Information Management
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-28

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Background Information - Job-specific


To expand our work in Madagascar and in Cameroon by strengthening our value proposition, fortifying our internal capacity to respond rapidly to funders’ and government’s requests, enhancing our added value in our contribution to UNCT in the UNSDCF process and to the country’s National Development Plans, UNOPS is recruiting a Lead Electrical Engineer to support technical proposals that will help to build further the pipeline in Madagascar and Cameroon.

Background information - DR Congo

Based in Kinshasa, DRC, the UNOPS Multi country Office (CDOH) in Central Africa covers eleven countries including DRC, RC, CAR, Angola, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda, Burundi, and Madagascar. The office has developed strong working relations with the international partners, UN agencies including UN Missions and Governments across Central Africa over the years. It provides technical support and capacity building in strategic development areas including infrastructure construction and rehabilitation and development across health, education, public works, governance/public administration sectors; procurement, project management, amongst others.

CDOH Hub also implements more and more projects of procurement and distribution of various equipment and therefore needs Logistics skills to properly implement and monitor these projects. 

The UNOPS office in Cameroon opened in December 2019, and has several active projects, whose nature varies from construction, technical studies in different sectors, WASH activities, human resources management for other entities, and procurement including in the medical field (COVID-19).

The office is constantly working to expand its activities in order to support its partners in the implementation of their development programs and projects.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Multi-country Office Director or Business and Partnerships Advisor for the Multi-country Office (CMCO) and in close coordination with the Regional Office and the Partnerships Group, the Lead Electrical Engineer is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of the partnership and programme development plan for the offices and countries managed by the Multi Country / Country Director or the HQ Partnerships Group. This may also include new countries where UNOPS is planning to initiate or broaden operations. His/her duties include:

1.  stakeholder management
  • Manage communications and ensure stakeholders are aware of project activities, progress, exceptions and that stakeholders are able to accept the handover of the project outputs;

  • Manage design consultants and their performance/delivery during the design development phase for MV electrical systems;

  • Manage the performance and delivery of works being conducted by contractors and to ensure compliance with designs, codes, regulations and standards;

  • Advise the Project Manager regarding issues that may impact the achievement of the project       outputs, including issues of sustainability, resilience and post project requirements such as maintenance;

  • Manage project information flows between the various assigned work packages and the rest of the project team;

 2.   Operations

  •  Implement approved work packages (including the establishment of milestones) within tolerances set by the Project Board;

  • Lead in the management of the delivery of effective designs which conform to all codes of practice and industry standards in Electrical Systems, Substation Design and Build projects up to 33kV;

  • Manage the production of the required project products, taking responsibility for the overall progress and effective use of resources and initiating corrective actions where necessary;

  • Ensure compliance with UNOPS and National Health & Safety and Electrical Systems Regulations and Construction Quality Assurance;

  •  Lead the preparation of tender and contract documentation including specifications, bills of quantities, drawings and engineer estimates where required;

  •  Liaise with external equipment and services suppliers and/or account managers; Advise the Project Manager of any deviations from the project plan;

  •  Identify and manage risks so that maximum benefits to the project are achieved. Review and manage project products quality and ensure that completed outputs are accepted by the relevant stakeholders;

  •  Monitor and evaluate the performance and delivery of service providers;

  •  Identify and report potential business opportunities for UNOPS to UNOPS Management. Identify and report threats to the UNOPS internal project business case to the Project Manager; 

  •  Daily coordination with relevant stakeholders such as other UN agencies, NGOs, Community and government counterparts and contractors;

  •  Quality Control of all matters pertaining to the delivery of the project;

  •  Daily coordination with relevant stakeholders such as other UN agencies, NGOs, Community and government counterparts and contractors;

  •  Schedule and time management;

  • Provision of relevant information to enable reporting in line with the provisions of design documentation and contractual requirements;

  •  Assist with the final closure of the project upon completion, delivery and acceptance of all project outputs;

  •  Perform other duties as assigned by the respective Project Manager;

3. Knowledge building and Knawledge Sharing
  •  Participate in the relevant UNOPS Professional networks;

  •  Actively interact with other members of the project management team, engineers, health, safety and environment etc;

  •  Complete lessons learned as per UNOPS reporting format and incorporate into the UNOPS     Knowledge Management;

4. Personnel Management            
  • Ensure that the behavioral expectations of the United Nations are established and met by all      members of the electrical distribution systems team;

  • Lead and motivate the design and construction teams;

  • Ensure that performance reviews are conducted and recorded in the relevant UNOPS systems;

  • Identify assigned staff performance issues both positive and negative, and bring to the attention of the Project Manager for the appropriate performance related actions;

  • Have a thorough understanding of all UNOPS personnel contract modalities;

  • Ensure compliance by assigned staff with all National and UNOPS safety and security requirements. To include the full compliance with UNDSS systems and requirements;

5.  Monitoring and Progress Controls
  • The project management processes are designed to deliver maximum accountability, transparency and results. If a project output or process is not in line with this intent, it is the responsibility of the Lead Electrical Engineer to raise the issue to the Project Manager and/or supervisor;

  • Ensure that the project work packages deliver the required project products within the specified tolerances for time, cost, quality, scope, risk and benefits;

  •  Maintain formal records and files in accordance with UNOPS policies and procedures;

  • Under the guidance of the Project Manager, prepare and circulate periodic reports on all aspects of the progress of design development and construction activities;

  • Be present at all times during the course of construction and installation activities;

  • Notify the Project Manager promptly with respect to all matters that require immediate and/or urgent decision making/action, to include those affecting health and safety and environmental issues;

  • The Electrical Engineer shall be responsible for the progress and quality of the delivery of design development and construction. S/he will be responsible for the daily on- site supervision of all works being conducted by contractors and/or ZETDC to thereby ensure the on-site quality control and compliance with design requirements is met.


  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Electrical Engineering or related field is required.
  • First level university degree Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent) in a Electrical Engineering or related field with an additional two (2) years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.


  • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in the management and supervision of the design development of electrical systems with a focus on renewable energies (solar, hydro, waste to energy etc) is required;

  • Use of project planning and drafting software such as MS Project and AutoCAD is required;

  • Experience of international electrical codes and standards is required;

  • Experience of working on international/local projects in conflict/disaster prone regions is an added advantage;


Written and spoken English and French is required.


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
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

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  1. Contract type ICA( Retainer)
  2. Contract level I-ICA 2 (ISC 10) and
  3. Contract duration : 200 days in 2 Years

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
  • 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.

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