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Project Management Support Senior Assistant - Surveyor

and | western bahr el ghazal | northern

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: and | western bahr el ghazal | northern
  • Grade: LICA-6, Local Individual Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • Architecture, Building and Property Management
    • Infrastructure and Urban-Rural development
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2022-06-30

Background Information - Job-specific

The successful candidate will work for the European Union (EU) Trust Fund Feeder Roads project whose main objectives are to improve feeder roads network and rural infrastructure; to enhance social cohesion of communities and to promote gender equality across the focus areas; and to improve food systems efficiency and  increased household incomes of target vulnerable populations. The project aims to build synergies and capitalize on the achievements of previous and ongoing EU-funded interventions in Warrap, and Northern and Western Bahr El Ghazal states in South Sudan, where rural infrastructure has  been developed with funding from the EU. The project will draw lessons from other EU-funded projects such as the South Sudan Rural Development program (SORUDEV), Rural Development: Strengthening Smallholders' Resilience (SORUDEV SSR), and Zonal Effort for Agricultural Transformation - Bahr el Ghazal Effort for Agricultural Development (ZEAT BEAD). 

Functional Responsibilities

The Project Management Support Senior Assistant - Surveyor will report to the Lead Civil Engineer and work with other project team members. He or she will:

  • Check and verify all benchmarks and principal setting out points to be used in the setting out of the works;

  • Check and verify the setting out of the works by contractor;

  • Carry out all necessary surveys for the calculation of the quantities of the completed works and proper handling of the survey data submitted by the contractor;

  • Check and verify that the alignments and levels of the works are in line with the design;

  • Bring to the immediate attention of the Lead Civil Engineer any issues or matters that may adversely affect the quality, time and/or economic performance of the works;

  • Conduct an engineering survey for the selected road, structures and civil works, including a topographic survey and record all site related details;

  • Ensure surveying equipment is in good working order;

  • Report on all matters pertinent to his or her duties to the Lead Civil Engineer;

  • Maintain day to day survey records with appropriate format developed;

  • Perform any other duties as requested by the Lead Civil Engineer.

Monitoring and Progress Controls

  • Ability and commitment to carry out tasks assigned by the Lead Civil Engineer;

  • Document and report recorded survey data;

  • Attend weekly meeting with the Lead Civil Engineer and report the progress of work;

  • Ad-hoc and regular communication with the Lead Civil Engineer and Project Manager regarding work plan and activities;

  • Timely and accurate submission of final surveying report of project sites.

Final Product

  • Requested tasks are delivered in a timely, efficient manner and according to UNOPS procedures to meet project requirements;

  • From time to time, develop personal capacity to independently undertake relevant tasks assigned by the Lead Civil Engineer.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • Secondary School Certificate with additional six (6) years of relevant work experience is required OR

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Surveying or Engineering or other related field with additional two (2) years OR

  • Masters Degree is an added advantage;

  • Relevant certificates or training related to surveying a distinct advantage.

Work Experience 

  • Minimum six (6) years’ relevant work experience in surveying road construction works is required;

  • Experience as a quantity surveyor in a large scale road construction project desired;

  • Experience in use Surveying equipment including dumpy level, Total station, GPS RTK, recording data and preparing survey reports is an asset;

  • Experience in drafting using AutoCAD and Quantity Surveying is an added advantage;

  • Field work experience in fragile environments like South Sudan is desirable.

Language Requirement

  • Fluency in written and oral English is required;

  • Knowledge of local Arabic and or local languages is desired.


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

  1. Contract type: Local Individual Contractor Agreement
  2. Contract level:  LICA-Support, LICA 6
  3. Contract duration: 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
  • 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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