Two National Construction Engineers, duty station El Fasher and Kassala, duration 11.5 months

Khartoum | Sudan

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Position

Under the close supervision of the Chief of Supply & Logistics, the construction engineers, contribute to assessment, design, planning and development of procedures, architectural design, technical aspects, management and monitoring of rehabilitation/construction, in collaboration with respective programme sections of all UNICEF construction activities. The 2 engineers will work closely on day-to-day basis with the Construction Engineer in the Section.

Key Expected Results

  • Undertake field visits to UNICEF construction project sites for the participation in, or observation of project activities and local conditions. Prepares routine reports on results of visits and project progress.
  • Collect and assemble data and background information with regard to construction programmes/projects and provide updated information on programme/project financial and administrative status for analysis and report purposes. Analyse construction programme/project status and recommend appropriate adjustments. Prepare tables, graphs or other statistical data for technical review/monitoring purposes
  • Develop the design, BoQ and workplan for construction/ rehabilitation activities in coordination with program sections and ensure technical specifications and contractors' works meet the needs and requirements of beneficiaries
  • Provide technical inputs by work closely with Supply Section, Programme sections & implementing partners to ensure that the bidding process, technical & financial evaluations, negotiations (if any) and contracts awarding are in accordance with UNICEF standards, rules and policy.
  • Review and evaluate the technical, institutional and financial feasibility, constraints of the project and monitor compliance to ensure objectives and targets are achieved.
  • Provide on-site monitoring of construction works and evaluate the quality of construction works upon completion or at certain milestone process and make recommendation for payments to be made to contractors or implementing partners. Ensure government's endorsement and certification to all the constructed facilities
  • Submit to UNICEF the monthly plan of activities and progress reports (including photos) on construction projects monitored.
  • Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks

    While the Engineers will be based in 2 regions covering various field offices (to be selected), they will be roaming to assist in the supervision of all programme construction activities and rehabilitation in their different geographical sectors. In close consultation with the Construction Engineer, they will:

  • Undertake field visits to UNICEF construction project sites for the participation in, or observation of project activities and local conditions. Prepares routine reports on results of visits and project progress.
  • Collect and assemble data and background information with regard to construction programmes/projects and provide updated information on programme/project financial and administrative status for analysis and report purposes. Analyse construction programme/project status and recommend appropriate adjustments. Prepare tables, graphs or other statistical data for technical review/monitoring purposes.
  • Investigate queries regarding authorization, delivery or payments and follows up with Finance, Supply Staff, Programme staff on processing of payments, advances and liquidation of accounts. Ensure that construction activities are in accordance with plans of action.
  • Communicate with counterpart local authorities on construction project details. Recommend courses of action to the supervisor.
  • Undertake in coordination with States offices arrangements for visits to construction project sites for government and other partners, which include providing information and briefing on project activities and status.
  • Draft programme budgets, ensuring accuracy and appropriateness of coding in accordance with PIDB system. Draft and issue updated status reports.
  • Drafts construction sections of donor, annual and other reports, as required by HQ and Supply Division.
  • Work with Supply Unit in obtaining the LPA (Local Procurement Authorization) from Copenhagen.
  • Investigate and propose environment friendly techniques and designs for the construction activities.
  • Develop the design, BoQ and workplan for construction/rehabilitation activities in coordination with program sections and ensure technical specifications and contractors' works meet the needs and requirements of beneficiaries.
  • Work closely with implementing partners to ensure that the bidding process and contracts awarding are in accordance with UNICEF standards, rules and policy.
  • Review and evaluate the technical, institutional and financial feasibility, constraints of the project and monitor compliance to ensure objectives and targets are achieved.
  • Ensure detailed records are kept to contribute to the preparation of official reports, including the donor reports, enabling real-time tracking of construction progress.
  • Provide on-site monitoring of construction works and evaluate the quality of construction works upon completion or at certain milestone process and make recommendation for payments to be made to contractors or implementing partners. Ensure government's endorsement and certification to all the constructed facilities.
  • Submit to UNICEF the monthly plan of activities and progress reports (including photos).
  • Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • Civil Engineer, other relevant area of engineering related to design, construction and maintenance of structures.
  • Knowledge and experiences in supporting low cost construction and familiarity in government standard design;
  • At least 2 years' experience in construction contract management of reinforced concrete buildings; knowledge of materials, methods, and the appropriate tools to construct structures and buildings;
  • Knowledge of structural engineering in the design of reinforced concrete, steel, masonry, and timber as applied to construction of buildings and structures;
  • Technical Knowledge

  • Ability to work productively in a multi-cultural environment; good health and willingness to travel and live in locations with difficult conditions, experience working in rural settings desirable;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, team oriented work style, excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • IT knowledge required: Proficiency in using computer applications (database, word processing, spreadsheet, presentations, Autocad, project planning, e-mail, graphics etc.);
  • Excellent oral and written English skills, knowledge of Arabic an asset.
  • Have current knowledge of the latest developments and technology in the field.
  • Proven ability to identify potential problems and recommend appropriate solutions manner; strong links in humanitarian community; excellent writing and presentation skills;
  • To view our competency framework, please click here.

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=501324

    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.
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    • Organization: UNICEF
    • Location: Khartoum | Sudan
    • Grade: Junior
    • Occupational Groups:
      • Human Resources
    • Closing Date: 2016-12-01

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