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Civil Engineer (NPSA9)


  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Pemba
  • Grade: NPSA-9, National Personnel Services Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
  • Closing Date:


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Since 2017, the Province of Cabo Delgado in Mozambique has been facing an escalating conflict, compounded by a fragile situation of chronic underdevelopment, consecutive climatic shocks, and recurrent disease outbreaks. As a result of this circumstance, UNDP established and began implementing the Cabo Delgado Stabilization Programme.

UNDP’s stabilization engagement in Mozambique is part and parcels of the Government’s priorities in Cabo Delgado, as embodied in the reconstruction plan (PRCD), and contributing to the Strategy for the Resilience and Integrated Development of the North (ERDIN) as well as to the Recovery and Peacebuilding Assessments (RPBA). Along those lines, the present programme is fully integrated with other components of UNDP cooperation in the country, as part of its new 2022-2026 programme cycle, with particular complementarity with UNDP’s decentralization programming, as well as with its program on the Rule of Law and Access to Justice and social cohesion and peacebuilding work. As this programme is constructed on community and area-based approaches, strong linkages will also be maintained with the rest of the UNDP programming to ensure needed policy linkages.

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Infrastructure Programme Team Leader (International), the Civil Engineer (National) will contribute to the identification of priority investment projects, designing proper interventions and environmentally sound solutions (equipment procurement and/or civil works rehabilitation), their implementation, quality control and assurance, and monitoring of milestones related to contractual arrangements with service providers.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

Objectives of the assignment

  • Support the damage assessment exercise and estimate the cost of rehabilitation of the damaged infrastructures;
  • Ensure quality development of the civil works Projects including Bill of Quantity, drawings, and bidding documents for the tender process. Support the evaluation process as a member of the technical panel;
  • Visit the construction and rehabilitation sites for feasibility assessment and/or progress monitoring – report accurately and prepare Executive Projects;
  • Report on progress and advise on risk management measures as an independent expert.

In coordination with UNDP and Government teams, the Civil Engineer will be responsible for the following key functions:

  1. Conducts field visits to assess the feasibility or progress of required infrastructure interventions;
  2. Develops technical design documents for rehabilitation/construction interventions and provides technical inputs and quality assurance;
  3. Formulates bidding documents in coordination with the relevant functional areas of UNDP and provides effective support throughout all stages of the tendering process;
  4. Provides technical assistance and quality assurance services to UNDP and national institutions;
  5. Oversight and building capacity of national institutions.

1. Conducts field visits to assess the feasibility or progress of infrastructure interventions.

  • Conducts field visits to several potential locations requiring specific technical assistance and, based on performed assessment recommends the best solution for project implementation and contracts management, to mitigate any deviation and ensure timely delivery;
  • Prepares/reviews budget estimates based on the recommended solution for project implementation and contracts management;
  • Prepares/reviews Terms of References for detailed design for reconstruction/ rehabilitation of structures where needed;
  • Responsible to coordinate the works and oversight the construction and supervision companies of the rehabilitation work under his/her responsibility.

2. Develops technical design documents for rehabilitation/construction interventions and provides technical inputs and quality assurance.

  • Provides the oversight of the rehabilitation/construction work done by contractors, including the quality and quantity of the materials, construction techniques and works finishing;
  • Certifies that repairs and rebuilding are done in accordance with national Building Codes, Public Building Guidelines principles to promote resilience;
  • Reviews and refines technical documentation and specifications (existing and future layout, Bill of Quantities (BoQ) with an estimation of costs, technical description, design and specific drawings, provide technical support to procurement processes under the project);
  • Ensures that technical documentation on rehabilitation/construction sites are maintained in accordance with relevant national laws and standards for building back better and contract for works;
  • Signs off on the final handover documentation upon completion of all reconstruction/rehabilitation works in coordination with the relevant Government counterparts;
  • Negotiates modifications with architects and engineers; dealing skilfully with a diverse range of people including clients; architects; other engineering professionals; sub-contractors;
  • Licensing: determines necessary building permits and licenses and ensures that they are obtained.

3. Formulates bidding documents in coordination with the relevant functional areas of UNDP and provides effective support throughout all stages of the tendering process.

  • Provides technical assistance in the establishment of minimum standards for public buildings and community infrastructure requirements for the implementation of specific rehabilitation/construction tasks as required by the specific project;
  • Develops technical project and tender documentation (ToR, tender dossier, tender evaluation, etc.) for the implementation of specific rehabilitation/construction tasks in partnership with the Government;
  • Ensures that necessary supporting documentation is in place prior to issuance of tender;
  • Participates in the evaluation of bids and selection of best bidder to the tender for rehabilitation/construction works and assessment of the bidder's competencies and experience against minimum qualification requirements as per the Request for Proposal/Invitation to Bid requirements;
  • Analyzes measures, quantities and descriptions of each item in the offers against the advertised BoQ;
  • Analyzes and reviews the offered unit rates against the cost estimate in correlation with BoQs, provided by a design company, and to assess whether they are realistic.

4. Provides written report about the compliance of the evaluation process with UNDP procurement procedures;

  • Provides technical assistance and quality assurance services to UNDP and national institutions;
  • Provides technical support to national institutions, contractors, implementing partners and other stakeholders;
  • Prepares guidance and technical documents as applicable and reviews others as requested by national and local partners;
  • Strengthens national and local capacities, provides training and participates in capacity building initiatives as well as facilitates information sharing;
  • Promotes awareness-raising among partners on standards and guidelines.

5. Oversight and building capacity of national institutions.

  • Train, coach and mentor national institutions, contractors, implementing partners and other stakeholders on the designing, BoQ preparation, technical specifications, reporting formats and on the supervision/monitoring of implementation, ensuring quality control and application of international standards.

Expected Outputs:

The key results have an impact on the overall performance of Pemba Sub Office and success in the implementation of programme strategies, infrastructures projects and civil works contracts.

Other major outputs expected are:

  • Site assessments conducted and designs, drawings, internal cost estimates, descriptive memories and Bills of Quantities produced – based on high-quality field reports. In liaison with procurement, tender documents developed, advertised and qualified contractors selected and awarded respective contracts, with clear milestones and risk management frameworks defined;
  • Timely production of relevant reports; monthly, quarterly, annual, as required by the donor;
  • Timely completion of all renovation/construction works under the current Grant;
  • Capacity building to national counterparts;
  • Effective, regular field visits to project sites, monitoring and supervision of contractors and certification of all completed work.

Institutional Arrangement

The Civil Engineer reports in the day-to-day to the Infrastructure Programme Team Leader, with overall strategic guidance by the Pemba Head of Office.


Core Competencies

  • Achieve Result: Level 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline;
  • Think Innovatively: Level 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements;
  • Learn Continuously: Level 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback;
  • Adapt with Agility: Level 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible;
  • Act with Determination: Level 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident;
  • Engage and Partner: Level 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships;
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: Level 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination.

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Business Directions & Strategy

  • System Thinking
    • Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how alerting one element can in place on other part of the system.

Business Development

  • Knowledge Generations
    • Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need.
  • Collective intelligence design
    • Ability to bring together a diverse group of people, data information or ideas and technology to design the services and solutions.

Business Management

  • Project Management
    • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize, and control resources, procedures, and protocols to achieve the specific goals.
  • Partnership Management
    • Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders Governments, civil society and private sectors, experts and others in line with UNDP Strategy and polices.
  • Risk Management
    • Ability to identify and organize action around mitigation and proactively managing the risk.
  • Working with Evidence and data
    • Ability to inspect, cleanse, transform and model data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusion and supporting decision-making.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree in Civil Engineering.
  • Bachelor’s degree with 2 additional years of relevant experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the Master’s Degree.


  • Minimum 2 years (Master’s degree) or 4 years (Bachelor’s degree) of relevant experience in Mozambique is required as civil works contract manager successfully delivering at least 1 similar project; 
  • Experience in the usage of computers and construction and architecture software packages and web-based management systems;

  • Having qualifications and experience in Water Supply and Sanitation sector is an asset;

  • Having qualifications and experience with renewable energy is an asset;

  • Having qualifications in Administration is an asset considering that the job requires the management of contractors;

  • Experience working in or directly with relevant Ministries of related fields is an asset.


  • Fluency in Portuguese and English is required.

Professional Certificates

  • Registration in Engineers Order Mozambique is an asset.


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