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Project Engineer/Architect

Juba South Sudan

  • Organization: UNWOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: Juba South Sudan
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Architecture, Building and Property Management
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the centre of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. UN Women provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

UN Women in South Sudan supports the government to implement commitments to international normative standards on gender equality and women’s human rights. The new UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) for 2022-2026 and the corresponding UN Women South Sudan Strategic Note (2022-2026), defining UN Women’s strategic engagement in South Sudan, focuses on strengthening the national structures and mechanisms for gender mainstreaming in policies, plans and budgets; supporting efforts to prevent and eliminate violence against women; promoting women’s economic empowerment ; promoting policies and government investment in women’s empowerment and resilience building in the context of climate change, humanitarian crisis as well as threats to peace and security. UN Women works with a range of stakeholders in South Sudan including the government, civil society and women’s organisations, youth, UN agencies and donors, to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Currently, UN Women in partnership with the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare and the Office of the Vice President (Gender and Youth Cluster) is developing a programme that aims at promoting the social economic empowerment of women and adolescent girls in South Sudan. The project called “South Sudan Women Economic Empowerment Project (SSWEEP)”, will be implemented in 10 states and 2 administrative areas in South Sudan focusing on promoting women’s access to economic opportunities, protection and access to GBV information and services and also strengthening the capacity of the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare to effectively implement its mandate of promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. The project has four (4) components, namely: a)  Community Empowerment Support to Women and Girls, b) Establishment of the Women’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity Facility (WEOF), c)  Scaling up services for Survivors of GBV and d) Institutional strengthening focusing on the Ministry OF Gender, Child and Social Welfare, Gender and Youth Cluster, and related national institutions.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Country Representative, the Project Engineer is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the procurement of civil works and construction implementation for the SSWEE Project including monitoring of progress against mutually agreed results frameworks and performance indicators. The Project Engineer will undertake the following functions, and responsibilities:


1. Provide technical support and oversight related to area of expertise at the different stages of construction projects.

  • Provide technical assistance to UN Women construction projects in terms of architectural requirements at contracting, implementation, supervision, and monitoring stages;
  • Advise on the national legal requirements and procedures, international standards applicable to various buildings/facilities;
  • Coordinate the development and/ or develop Technical Drawings for construction projects approved for construction;
  • Coordinate the approval of Technical Drawings by the responsible authorities and the filing of the same.

2. Provide supervision and oversight on UN Women’s Contractors in the relevant area of expertise.

  • Ensure that there is effective supervision, monitoring, implementation, and certification of the projects to ensure that the projects are completed to the right quality and standard as per UN Women’s guidelines;
  • Ensure that there are effective quality control measures in place for the implementation and monitoring of the projects and that the contractors comply with all architectural specifications and UN Women requirements;
  • Monitor contractor presence on the project site, measuring and assessing the work accomplishment as per the scope of work, Bill of Quantities (BOQ) and signed contract. Coordinate the training of the end users of the infrastructure and ensure simplified preventive user manuals are in place;
  • Supervise, monitor, and evaluate the performance of contractors working on various work packages by measuring, assessing and appraising the works in terms of architectural requirements.

3. Provide technical support and technical input to the Construction procurement process

  • Ensure that all the technical inputs and cost estimates of construction projects and budgets are accurate and provided in a timely manner. Develop specifications/TORs for projects that require the input of the architect;
  • Arrange site visits for assessments, site handover site meetings and stage certifications as and when required;
  • Support in all tender processes for the procurement of contractors and professional consultancy services including development of TORs, participating in evaluation, and responding to bidder and procurement approving authority queries.

4. Provide Project Management support to ensure that construction projects are delivered effectively and efficiently

  • Identify and manage risks and ensure that timely corrective actions are undertaken to ensure maximum benefit to the client and other stakeholders;
  • Measurement and Certification of works done for construction works, certify disbursement of funds for construction tasks, monitor and submit financial status of projects to the senior management. Take responsibility for the overall progress of the projects and prudent management of resources in each of the Work Packages assigned;
  • Coordinate certification by Ministry of Works and Transport, and facilitate the handover of completed sites to beneficiaries;
  • Monitor the construction budget to ensure that any variations do not exceed the budget allowed in the contract;
  • Work with all relevant stakeholders including but not limited to Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare, Ministry of Housing and Construction, State ministries, City Authorities, women groups, civil society, among others, to ensure that all projects are delivered in time and comply with national regulations and rules.

5. Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the CO focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Organization of trainings for the operations/ projects staff on programme;
  • Synthesis of lessons learnt and best practices in programme;
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.

6. Perform other job-related duties as requested by supervisor from time to time

Key Performance Indicators

  • Country Projects/SSWEE project are implemented in line with SSWEE project document,  Strategic Notes and Annual Work plans;
  • Programme teams adhere to UN Women’s Rules, Regulations, policies and procedures, using a results based management approach;
  • Programmes are implemented in a timely manner, in line with budgets;
  • Regular monitoring of programmes, addressing issues in a timely manner
  • Timely and quality reporting;
  • Regular dissemination and sharing of information; country offices are sharing best practices/ lessons learned on programme management.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Functional Competencies

  • Excellent programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Ability to develop detailed operational plans, budgets, and deliver on them
  • Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-making
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Excellent knowledge of Results Based Management
  • Ability to successfully perform field/site supervision duties, desk reviews, analysis. and with strong report writing abilities;
  • Excellent analytical skills and sectoral expertise relevant to architecture and construction issues;
  • Experience working with projects in developing country context;

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

  • Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Architecture or a related field is required
  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Architecture or a related field with additional 2 years qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the Master’s degree.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A project/programme management certification would be an added advantage


  • Minimum 7 years (Master’s degree) of relevant experience in construction works management, including specific experience gender responsive infrastructure designing/construction;
  • Experience from similar assignments (as supervising engineer, site engineer, resident engineer, construction projects superintendent, construction engineering consultant, construction contract manager);
  • Knowledge of national regulations regarding management of construction projects is required;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of national regulations regarding management of construction projects is required;
  • Communication skills in a complex multi-stakeholder environment in construction projects.
  • Some experience in the UN system organizations and knowledge of UN procedures for tendering and managing construction contracts is considered an asset.
  • Membership of a professional body will be an added advantage.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Working knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset;
  • Working knowledge of Arabic is an added asset.

Gender Sensitivity:

At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need.

UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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