Hydraulic Engineer

United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Bol, , TD

Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of Insert function or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteer Civil Engineer will support the following general tasks:

  • Provide oversight and closely monitor the implementation of the construction/rehabilitation to ensure that contractors and implementing partners are compliant with technical standards and produces the results within the specificed constraints of time and cost;
  • Prepare costed bill of quantities (BoQ), review technical specifications and provide support through all stages of the tendering process, participate in site visits, respond to technical queries, assist in the evaluation process, and produce progessive and end-of-project reports;
  • Liase with all relevant stakeholders to ensure proper progress and success of project implementation.

Some of the specific tasks to be conducted by the Civil Engineer include:

  1. Planning and coordination
  • Lead and supervise the facilitation of building projects and installation of warehouse equipment and associated administration;
  • Participate in evaluation of technical and budget proposals to ensure that the funds are adequate for engineering requirements;
  • Obtain necessary building permits;
  • Prepare high-level timelines, critical path and project deadlines and monitor and adjust as necessary;
  • Coordinate project activities between contractors and the client, including:
  • Prepare ToRs for design consultancy firms to conduct topography survey of the project sites and prepare designs, drawings and BoQ for the required infrastructure;
  • Liaise with the design consultancies engaged by the project for design of projects and provide feedbacks/comments whenever required;
  • Review and agree on costs of engineering-related requirements, subsequent BoQ, and preparation of project-design documentation;
  • Review and agree on the quantity, quality and cost of the materials used for construction of the building by the Contractor.
  • Supervise relevant project team members and assist with their recruitment as required;
  1. Oversight, monitoring, and quality assurance
  • Provide independent oversight and quality assurance for implementation of engineering and construction works by contractors during implementation of works;
  • Review project plans, work schedules and the construction strategy provided by contractors;
  • Monitor and review contractor and Clerk of Works’ compliance with plans and schedules to ensure they are implemented in accordance with specifications in the contract and with timely progress to meet deadlines;
  • Ensure that the construction activities are carried out according to the plans, designs and drawings and ascertain accuracy of the qualities, quantities and proportions of the construction materials are precisely maintained.
  • Survey the construction site and ensure that construction activities are carried out within demarcated land boundary and protect the site from external encroachment;
  • Oversee quality control, health and safety matters of workers on the construction site;
  • Check and certify requests for payment from contracted construction companies and make appropriate recommendations to senior management and UNDP business units;
  • Conduct site safety inspections;
  • Manage changes to engineering scope and ensure written client approval is obtained for changes before proceeding with work;
  • Resolve any unforeseen technical difficulties and other problems that may arise in the process of the work;
  1. Stakeholder engagement and documentation
  • Maintain constant liaison with the contractor and their representatives (architects, engineers and surveyors), including attending regular meetings to ensure the pace of work progress;
  • Keep up to date with policy and legislative requirements including national quality, safety, drug and alcohol policies and emergency plans;
  • Confer with UNDP Programme Manager and other UNDP Global Fund focal points on project-related matters and keep the PMU informed of project progress;
  • Liaise with Ministry of Health project team members and provide regular progress updates;
  • Facilitate regular site visits for UNDP and Ministry of Health management and representatives ensuring the client is supported to enhance project delivery;
  • Report delays, substandard workmanship, safety concerns or accidents, work issues or environmental concerns to the client to enable appropriate action to be taken;
  • Maintain email contact with client, contractors and Clerk of Works;
  • Manage project budgets and advise the client on the impact of variations they arise;
  • Ensure all stakeholders are adequately informed of project progress;
  • Prepare and file all relevant documentation, such as technical and financial reports, meeting minutes, status reports, certifications, permits, and plans for stakeholder handover and acceptance;
  • Facilitate handover of projects to the stakeholders, including preparation of a final project report with measurement of key performance indicators.
Master degree or equivalent
  • Advanced higher degree in civil or structural engineering, architecture or related field.
  • With a Master’s degree, at least 5 years and with a Bachelor’s degree, 7 years of relevant experience in civil works programme management at the national or international level.
60 Months
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in civil engineering projects
  • Strong experience in damage assessments and associated data collection;
  • Experience in the design of reconstruction projects, preferable in the housing sector and understanding of ‘best practice’ in hazard mitigation using engineered methods.
  • Familiarity with the Africa region post recovery initiatives is an asset
  • Professional work experience in construction with a focus on design, standardization, monitoring and oversight mandatory;
  • International experience on a development programme or project highly desirable;
  • Previous experience with the UN and/or Global Fund would be an advantage.
  • English(Mandatory), Level – Fluent
  • French(Mandatory), Level – Fluent
Web and graphic design, Civil engineering and construction supervision, Other engineering and construction related experience
  • Proficiency with Information Technology, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), competency in using web based management systems, construction and architecture software packages (CAD /ArchiCAD, GPS and mapping software, etc);
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners.

Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Working in Teams, Commitment and Motivation, Communication, Creativity, Ethics and Values, Respect for Diversity

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Application deadline: 11-05-2020