Construction Engineer (WASH)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Sana'a, , YE

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For every child, a future

This position is being established to strengthen Yemen CO risk management in response to the recently concluded audit. The shift from making DCTs for construction activities to UNICEF directly managing the activities require a team of dedicated experts to handle the planning, tendering and implementation of construction projects. To that aim, a Construction Unit has been established in the Yemen CO. The Construction Unit is lead by a Construction Manager (P4) and reports to the Chief Operations. It is foresee for the newly established Construction Unit to manage a construction portfolio of about $150 million, from which WASH-construction accounts for some $130 million, and hence the need for this this Construction Specialist (WASH).

The position of Construction Specialist (WASH) will be embedded in the Construction Unit and report to the Construction Manager. The position will be responsible for one WASH Officer (NO2). The incumbent will be responsible for planning, follow up and support tender process and oversee implementation of WASH construction projects in the Yemen Country Office. The key purpose of this position is to provide expertise from WASH engineering perspective in the development, preparation, tendering, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of WASH construction projects. This position will work jointly with the WASH Section and its partners.

How can you make a difference?

1. Planning and procurement of WASH construction portfolio:

  • Coordinate the planning of WASH construction projects with WASH Section, Supply Section and implementing partners. Evaluate and incorporate technical expertise into construction project proposals. Provide technical assistance for planning the procurement, implementation and oversight strategies.
  • Support the selection of contractors and engineering firms; ensure the appropriateness of cost estimates, design and construction documents; and ensure that the WASH infrastructure is inclusive, gender sensitive and age appropriate. Regularly, assess and analyse strengths and weaknesses of contractors, engineering firms and implementing partners, and recommend appropriate actions.
  • Propose innovative approaches and methodologies for community participation in WASH construction projects. Contextualize approaches following the specificity of the intervention provinces/ districts. Gather and share UNICEF lessons learned from other stakeholders about different approaches used.

2. Coordination of WASH construction portfolio for results:

  • Coordinate all internal actors (WASH Section, Supply Section, Field Offices) and external entities (contractors, engineering firms, implementing partners) for planning and execution of WASH infrastructure.
  • When required, attend technical cooperation meetings and undertakes follow-up action and coordination related to implementation and monitoring of WASH infrastructure projects.
  • Compile and update list of best practices in WASH construction and design. Promote knowledge management by exchange of knowledge, information, situation analysis, experience or lessons learned; promote knowledge sharing and technical input or recommendations on major programme directions and on introduction of new initiatives in the country.
  • Compile data and evidence about WASH construction projects, including the Eco-friendly, accessibility to people with disabilities, concept and child friendly school approach, to promote knowledge sharing with donors, partners and media.
  • Provide inputs to the relevant sections of reports (required for donors, management, annual reports, etc.)

3. Monitoring and supervision:

  • Actively monitor WASH construction projects through field visits, surveys and exchange of information with partners, to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely interventions.
  • Foster efficiency and effectiveness in the execution of WASH construction projects through oversight activities including external site supervision through engineering firms and government counterparts to ensure that funds are utilised for intended purpose, and that the project is progressing on time, under budget and within the quality agreed.
  • Review the progress reports submitted by the contractors, engineering firms and implementing partners monitoring agency, identify key challenges/ bottlenecks, recommend corrective actions, and coordinate its implementation.

4. Humanitarian WASH-construction preparedness and response:

  • Take up support roles in an emergency response and early recovery, as and when the need arises.
  • Prepare tender documents for one-off tenders and long-term agreements to ensure UNICEF is prepared to deliver on its commitments for WASH in emergencies.

5. Networking and partnership:

  • Build and sustain close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve WASH output results.
  • Support in inter-agency discussions, ensuring that UNICEF’s position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNDAF development planning and agenda setting.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in civil engineering, sanitary engineering, construction engineering, or building construction. Relevant post-graduate courses that complement the main degree are a strong asset.
    *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant professional experience at national and international level in WASH-related programmes for developing countries, from which at least two years in construction with a focus on project management, oversight, supervision and monitoring, coordination and communication.
  • Expert knowledge of the following:
    • Building construction industry for low and middle-income countries,
    • Construction of urban and rural sanitation for low- and middle-income countries, including sustainability,
    • Construction of urban and rural water supply for low- and middle-income countries – including water safety, sustainability,
    • Construction or installation of sanitation and hygiene facilities including hand washing stations, and menstrual hygiene management rooms/spaces, in schools and healthcare facilities,
    • Participatory planning and implementation of the development projects.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish), Arabic in particular, or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in:

  • Builds and maintains Partnerships (II)
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (II)
  • Drive to achieve results for impact (II)
  • Innovates and embraces change (II)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (II)
  • Thinks and acts strategically (II)
  • Works collaboratively with others (II)
  • Nurtures, leads and manage people (I)

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


* Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

* Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.

* Please note that this is a non-family duty station.

* Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offer of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service.

Opening Date Wed May 06 2020 08:00:00 GMT+0200 (Central European Summer Time) Arab Standard Time
Closing Date Wed May 20 2020 22:55:00 GMT+0200 (Central European Summer Time)