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World Food Programme (WFP)

World Food Programme (WFP)


Position: Design and Facilities Manager
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Place of Work: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Posted date: 1 month ago
Application Deadline: Submition date is over

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


Job Title: Design and Facilities Manager

Contract Type & Grade: Fixed Term - NOB

Unit/Division: Engineering

Duty Station: Addis Ababa

Duration: 12 months with a possibility of extension

VA Deadline: 24 June 2021



Assisting 91.4 million people in around 83 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. On any given day, WFP has 5,000 trucks, 20 ships and 92 planes on the move, delivering food and other assistance to those in most need. Every year, we distribute more than 15 billion rations at an estimated average cost per ration of US$ 0.31. These numbers lie at the roots of WFP’s unparalleled reputation as an emergency responder, one that gets the job done quickly at scale in the most difficult environments. WFP’s efforts focus on emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitation, development aid and special operations.

WFP Ethiopia is working with the government and other humanitarian partners to strengthen the resilience of Ethiopia’s most vulnerable population and to chart a more prosperous and sustainable future for the next generation. The Country Office also supports programmes that use food assistance to empower women, transform areas affected by climate change and keep children in school. It aims to contribute to Ethiopia’s five-year development agenda, the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP), through which the Government combats food insecurity.


This job is based in Addis Ababa WFP Country Office. Job holders report to the head of Engineering or the designate.


WFP Ethiopia is looking for a Design & Facilities Manager to manage Design works at Country Office and globally as well as Facilities upgrade works within the Country. The Design & Facilities Manager is responsible to manage the Design team as well as Facilities Technicians.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the general supervision of the Head of Engineering. The Design & Facilities Manager duties shall include but not limited to the following:

Description of Tasks

General description of the tasks:

  • Develop Project Strategies - Design & Facility manager will develop and implement successful project strategies, outlining how the design & facility team will create deliverables and implement them for the project.
  • Manage Design & Facilities Team - The design & Facility manager will typically manage team designers & technicians evaluating individual deliverables and overall team performance. Will also deliver critical feedback where needed and encourage team members throughout the duration of a project.
  • Collaborate with Clients - Design is important to a project’s success; Design & Facility manager will collaborate with other teams to ensure that success. Will also work mostly with clients, as they are initial points in defining the scope of the work.
  • Present Design Ideas - Once design strategies have been developed; the design manager will present the idea to management.
  • Evaluates overall project Performance - Once a project has been finalized and implemented, the design & facility manager will track and evaluate feedback.

Managing Design works

  • Manage the design team of Engineers, Architects, and CAD technicians to manage the overall design work.
  • Prepare quality control plan for all design projects.
  • Review and approve design works at every stage of the design project.
  • Conduct a project feasibility study for initiated projects and develop an options report for further consideration.
  • Prepare project implementation plan, design schedule, and budget proposal.
  •  Develop/Define project scope of work in coordination with stakeholders.
  • Prepare preliminary design report with schematic diagrams and 3Ds for presentation and approvals.
  • Prepare structural designs and analysis reports for documentation.
  • Document project design files within the appropriate platform and folders.
  • Prepare specification of materials for the developed design.
  • Prepare a scope of work for a consultant engineering firm for the design and supervision of any complex work. Management of the consultant contract through all stages.
  • Co-ordination with the various WFP units including but not limited to admin, security and ICT incorporating the requirements specified into the project design.
  • Prepare a scope of work for consultant engineering firms for the detailed design of the projects.
  • Manage the consultant firm contract through all stages of the consultant’s contract.
  • Direct supervision of the external consultants and to ensure adherence to budget, programme, quality and safety.
  • Assess the consultant’s methodologies of the works ensuring that the methods proposed are satisfactory with respect to the requirement of quality, health and safety requirements.
  • Co-ordination, monitoring and adherence to procurement activities in the case of an external consultant are required, and.
  • Prepare specifications for topographical survey, ground investigation and demining (where required) contracts, oversee the procurement action for the contracts, supervise and certify the projects.
  • Reporting to Head of Engineering was required on a weekly, fortnightly and monthly basis about the progress of works.
  • Preparation (where necessary), review and approval of "as-built" documentation and preparation of the report(s) testifying to the satisfactory completion of the works in accordance with the contract.
  • Provide internationally recognized standards of health and safety procedures that need to be placed adjacent properties, all site personnel and the public on the construction site.
  • Preparation and issuance of the following reports, the format and content of which are to be acceptable to the Head of Engineering and DCD: a feasibility study report, an inception report, a progress report, and a detailed design report.

Managing Global Design Center

  • Work with HQ team of Engineers, Architects and CAD technicians to manage Design requests that come from different COs.
  • Prepare Design procedure and financial proposal for stakeholders.
  • Arrange a communication plan and design review document to control records.
  • Gather all relevant information in relation to the project.
  • Prepare a presentation along with a preliminary design for stakeholders.
  • Establish any constraints and/or risks associated with the projects.
  • Develop a number of outline design options for the projects (where required) for discussion with the Head of Engineering and Deputy Chief of Engineer at HQ.
  • Implement both national and international building codes and standards during design.
  • Consult with stakeholders to consider the WFP standards during scope development.
  • Prepare structural design report as per international standards.
  • Liaise with local WFP focal points to obtain necessary authorization/ approvals on designs before implementation.

Managing Facilities

  • Fulfill the role of Project Manager - Facilities within the Engineering Unit including providing leadership, the direction in the implementation of related works.
  • Coordinate with stakeholders including ICT, Admin and Sub-Office focal points to enhance the quality of delivery of maintenance/repair/rehabilitation and related construction
  • Monitor information and documentation maintained by the Civil technicians and implement improvements where necessary.
  • Develop operation and maintenance manuals for the premises to provide them with direction for the maintenance of their premises.
  • Organize and programme works for the Civil Technicians team in the management of their activities, including but limited to; on-site quality, programme, scope and Health and safety.
  • Certify and keep track of financial expenditure against budget including managing purchasing, use of operational advances and payments made to directly employed workers.
  • Provide monthly reports of activities and in respect of any additional reporting requirements in line with stakeholder requirements.
  • Monitor and assess staff performance, mentor and assist in the recruitment process as necessary.
  • Assist with the development of a standard specification for the WFP for their performance requirements for new build construction of offices, sleeping accommodation and ancillary buildings.
  • Contribute to business continuity, contingency planning and make the necessary recommendations.
  • Prioritize and rank work items, for the offices based on recommendations of line management and SHEQ (Safety Healthy Environmental Quality) working group. 
  • Assistance to the Head of Engineering in contractual matters and on any other works as required.



  • Other duties as required by the Head of Engineering and DCD and CD ETCO.


Education: Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or another relevant field. A Master’s degree or higher in Structural Engineering is an added advantage.

Experience: A Minimum of 7 years of experience in Civil Engineering projects focused on building design and maintaining facilities. Out of which 2 years or more working experience in the UN is desirable.

  • Experience in health and safety and working in difficult security environments
  • Knowledge of National and International design standards and building codes
  • Knowledge of UN Physical Security requirement for UN premises is beneficial
  • Knowledge of UN Procurement procedures
  • Experience of working in the Humanitarian Context
  • Willing to travel to insecure locations extensively

Desirable Software Skills:

  • Computer literate, Microsoft office including (MS Word and Excel)
  • Microsoft Project
  • ETABS structural software, AutoCAD, ArchiCAD                                                                          

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Amharic. Knowledge of other local languages is an added advantage.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
  • Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  • Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
  • Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
  • Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
  • Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate the needs of external partners.
  • Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.


Capability Name Description of the behavior expected for the proficiency level
Business Support Services & Reporting Exhibits ability to convert business plans into clear actions for team members to support the implementation of the program. Collects and reports data to draw out fact-based insights.
Internal Controls & Risk Management for Administration and Engineering Utilizes understanding of risk management approaches and internal controls to monitor projects and programmes to confirm regulatory compliance, ensure data integrity and ensure client satisfaction.
Resource Management for Administration and Engineering Monitors trends in staffing and resource usage to anticipate and escalate potential issues to programme leaders and key clients.
Specialized Knowledge in Engineering Applies advanced engineering knowledge in own area of responsibility and working knowledge of other engineering disciplines to provide technical support to operations and projects. Leads independent action and decision-making in an engineering context.
Engineering & Project Management Demonstrates strong proficiency in developing project scopes, engineering and design proposals, and identifying required tasks and milestones. Applies working knowledge of project management tools, engineering technologies, techniques and best practices to track and monitor project progress, delivering projects on schedule and on budget.