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Lead Construction Management Engineer


  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Luanda
  • Grade: IICA-2, International Individual Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Architecture, Building and Property Management
    • Infrastructure and Urban-Rural development
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2022-09-06

Background Information - Job-specific

The Angolans who are fulfiling the requirement's stated on this job advert are strongly encouraged to apply.

Local Context:
At present UNOPS does not have a permanent presence in Angola, however following a recent mission in the country a number of new project  initiatives are currently under development which will result in the recruitment of qualified talents within the country and beyond. 

UNOPS seeks to recruit qualified talent for the position of Lead Construction Management Engineer who will help with the development and implementation of projects which come into fruition.

The Lead Construction Management Engineer will report directly to the Senior Project Manager who will provide direction and general supervision. 

The post is based in Luanda but may change to other locations within Angola depending on business needs. 

Background information - DR Congo

Located in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo the UNOPS Multi-Country office covers eleven countries: Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Comoros, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Rwanda, and has an active portfolio of over $300 million, with many infrastructure projects. The office has developed strong working relations with 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 rehabilitation and development across health, education, public works, governance/public administration sectors; procurement, project management and sectoral advisory services; peace and security, environmental preservation and protection among others.

Functional Responsibilities

The Lead Construction Management Engineer is part of the UNOPS project team leading the supervision of the engineering team across the infrastructure portfolio. She/he is required to manage and coordinate the day to day activities of contractors and report directly to the Senior Project Manager. The Lead Construction Management Engineer will be expected to demonstrate the best practice techniques of key technical trades to the engineering and trades teams. The Lead Construction Management Engineer will therefore have extensive practical experience performing practical construction activities and supervising works to ensure UNOPS Quality Assurance requirements are being met, and that the Contractor carries out the Quality Control functions effectively. The Lead Construction Management Engineer should also have extensive skills in the management of Occupational Health & Safety as well as Environmental Management Standards on site. 

The Lead Construction Management Engineer will be based full time on site and is expected to travel across all project sites as required throughout the role, with regular reporting to the Senior Project Manager. 

The Lead Construction Management Engineer, specific duties and responsibilities ensuring their effectiveness, transparency and integrity are as follows:

General Construction Management :

  • Assist the Senior Project Manager to monitor UNOPS Quality, Health & Safety and Environmental Management Systems; 

  • Where required assist the Contractor to manage, plan and coordinate monthly, weekly and daily construction activities including monitoring site safety and construction quality; 

  • Participate in construction approval and inspection activities, liaising closely with engineering and cultural heritage staff, ensuring engineering and accuracy of conservation actions within construction activities. 

  • Identify and solve construction and conservation issues in a timely fashion, keeping project manager, cultural heritage adviser and engineering staff informed. 

  • Manage and monitor, in close consultation with the Senior Project Manager, the project activities including project implementation plans, work schedules, budgets, facility requirements, and staffing schedules; 

  • Supervise and plan for conservation requirements and detailing in close consultation with Senior Project Manager and Cultural Heritage Adviser 

  • Provide technical leadership, oversight, advice and guidance on all infrastructure work packages and work undertaken to communicate to stakeholders and other engineering project personnel; 

  • Assist the Senior Project Manager with developing comprehensive project work plans clearly defining roles and responsibilities, inputs required, objectives, expected outputs, including milestone achievements and detailed work plans; 

  • Review surveys, field investigations, design submittals, drawings and specifications, recommending required changes needed to provide any more cost effective solutions; 

  • Ensure strict and consistent application of UNOPS rules and regulations and ensure the implementation of clear accountability mechanisms throughout the project portfolio; 

  • Monitor all project activities in relation to the respective project work plans and take corrective action, when necessary, to ensure the timely and cost-effective delivery of project outputs; 

  • Monitor contract obligations, develop management systems and accountabilities to ensure all contract obligations are tracked and met; Including UNOPS, contractors and clients/donor contract obligations; 

  • Make recommendations on applications for extensions of time, claims for additional payment and other contractual disputes between UNOPS and the contractors; 

  • Ensure the highest possible quality of delivery and devise strategies for increased project delivery and quality programming; 

  • Participating in business development and stakeholder relationship building, promoting a collaborative, client focused, quality and results-oriented approach in the Project Team. 

  • Participate in regular site meetings to report on relevant Health & Safety matters and to provide necessary advice. 


  • Ensure accurate and timely reporting of progress and conditions on site through daily site records prepared and submitted by the engineering team. 

  • Prepare and submit to the Country Manager a monthly (or as requested) report within 5 days of month end, summarizing progress of contractor activities, quality control issues, health & safety issues, environmental issues, resourcing and scheduling issues, and any other relevant pertinent facts as required. 

  • Produce any appropriate documentation identified by the Country Manager in a professional and accurate manner 

  • Support in HSSE reporting and investigations follow- up with project teams to prepare reports on incidents (including near misses) and provide information for monthly HSSE reporting to the country coordinator and Country Manager. 

Knowledge sharing:

  • Contribute to the project evaluation process; highlight challenges associated with the project and feedback into a continuous improvement cycle. 

  • Provide training and knowledge transfer to national/contractor personnel including advice on good construction and engineering practices, environmental management practices, and appropriate health and safety standards during construction. 

  • Contribute to the dissemination and sharing of best practices and lessons learned for development planning and knowledge building. 

  • Participate in the relevant Communities of Practice, actively interact with other Senior PMs and the PM community to share case studies, lessons learned and best practice on the Knowledge System 

  • Provide feedback to Practice Leads on policy, supporting guidance with an aim towards continuous improvement of UNOPS policies

Monitoring and Progress Controls: 

  • The effective and successful achievement of results by the Lead Construction Management Engineer directly impacts the successful delivery of the project on time, budget and quality above the expectations of all stakeholders. This consequently reinforces the visibility and image of UNOPS as an effective service provider in project services and management and strengthens its competitive position as a partner of choice in sustainable development and project services. 


Education/Experience/Language requirements

- Advanced University degree (Master's Degree) or PhD in Building Construction, Architectural Conservation, Construction Management, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering or related discipline /field is required. 

- First level university degree (Bachelor's degree) with two (2) years additional experience in Building Construction, Architectural Conservation, Construction Management, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering or relevant discipline /field can be considered in lieu of the master's degree or PhD.   

- Minimum 5 years experience in construction management or similar, managing or supervising construction activities related to the project requirements on a range of large and diverse construction projects in a developed commercial/developing environment, requiring the coordination of multiple contractors and multiple trades simultaneously is required

- Ability to deliver projects on time, within budget in a demanding cultural context with transitional government partners under challenging physical conditions and poor national infrastructure is desirable. 

- Extensive experience implementing works under complex quality and safety plans is an asset.
- Some experience in the UN system organizations and/or a developing country is desirable.


-Fluency in English is required.
-Fluency in Portuguese is required.



Project Management Certification (for example PRINCE2®) or Project Management Professional (PMP®) is desirable. 


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

Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement

Contract level: IICA-2 (ICS-10)
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
  • 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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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.