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United Nations

United Nations


Position: Project and Civil Engineer
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Place of Work: Addis Ababa, Addis Abeba - Ethiopia
Salary: Negotiable
Posted date: 6 months ago
Deadline: Submition date is over

The United Nations {UN} Multi-sectoral seeks for a Project & Civil Engineering applicant. The incumbent Project & Civil engineer will be responsible for identifying and carrying out feasibility studies of infrastructures for basic services, designing plans and bill of quantities, supervising infrastructure projects implementation and reporting. The Engineer has the responsibility to support the implementation of infrastructure activities related to the design, works, supervision and quality assurance. The Project/Civil Engineer should provide technical expertise assuring that the projects produce the results specified in the Project Documents for the infrastructure components, to the required standard of quality and within the specified constraints of time and cost.

Overview of position

  • In light of the reduced or even absent provision of public services, communities have been affected by disease & environmental degradation. Physical damage to infrastructure & the lack of functionality in one sector often spill over into other sectors with significant consequences on both the access to & quality of services, which are often interrelated.
  • We ensure and support the successful implementation of United Nations peace-building, humanitarian & development projects around the world. The mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments & other partners to manage projects, infrastructure & procurement in a sustainable & efficient manner.
  • Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, their vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing their partners’ expectations.
  • A flexible structure & global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs while offering the benefits of economies of scale.
  • The United Nations is also undertaking a multi-sectoral engagement aimed at restoring urban services mainly in energy, urban roads, Water and sanitation (WASH), and municipality services.

Role objectives

Under the overall supervision of the Project Manager, the Projects/Civil Engineer will give his / her technical expertise as required to lead the technical supervision & construction monitoring of rehabilitation works including the calculation of quantities. Travel will be expected to remote sites. Specifically, the incumbent will be responsible for the following substantive tasks. The tasks would involve but not limited to:

  • The Civil Engineer shall be responsible for the progress control & quality control of construction works. S/He will be responsible for the supervision of all works of the contractor & thereby ensure onsite quality control of construction works
  • Review & analyze existing documents.
  • Review & analyze investigation reports.
  • Supervise Site Engineers.
  • Calculate quantities.
  • Liaise with technical, procurement colleagues & client and funding representatives as required.
  • Monitor implementation progress to ensure quality, safety & efficiency.

Duties and Accountabilities

Technical tasks:

  • Implement approved work packages (including the establishment of milestones) within tolerances set by the Project Managers.
  • Manage the production of the required products, taking responsibility for overall progress & use of resources
  • Liaise with any external suppliers or Account Managers.
  • Review contractor’s method statements, and safeguards requirements & monitor compliance.
  • Prepare & review progress reports that address specific clients & stakeholder requirements.
  • Work closely with other technical professionals & contractors in the planning of work, and scheduling of tasks.
  • Manage & review product quality & ensure products are accepted.
  • Monitor & evaluate the performance of service providers.
  • Ensure the documents prepared meet the quality standard requirements.
  • Responsible for the timely delivery of the expected outputs
  • Develop specifications, procedures & QA / QC protocols when required.
  • Carry out site inspections & assessments as required.
  • Prepare the variation orders of the contractors if found.
  • Well knowledge of project management & closure.
  • Coordination, delivery & performance:
  • Responsible for day-to-day coordination with the contractors & suppliers according to the needs & requirements on site.
  • Inspects & reports on contractor’s works in progress ensuring that the contractor meets our client's quality standards.
  • Provide support & guidance to the contractor & assist in resolving site problems, as necessary.
  • Responsible for supervision of technical staff & consultants assigned to the project & the assignment & monitoring of duties during the progress of works.
  • Embed sustainability dimensions including social & gender inclusion, as well as Health, Safety, Security and Environmental (HSSE) aspects into the project Governance, monitoring & reporting:
  • Coordinate with governmental authorities & other stakeholders to facilitate the implementation & handover the project activities.
  • Liaising with the national authorities in the governorates & collecting data/field information in support of our client's projects.
  • Check contractors’ & suppliers set out & works, including compliance with contract specifications & ensure that contractors & suppliers comply with their work plans.
  • Attend daily the project site(s) in order to monitor the progress of works, identify the existing problems & provide appropriate solutions.
  • Responsible for the preparation of progress reports on construction activities, according to the agreed timeframe.
  • Assess & report on the project closing plans, achieving of cost & progress report & hand over all related reports to the Project Manager.
  • Evaluate & assess work schedules & programs, including the comparison with the schedule baselines.
  • Assess the work activities of the contractor(s), measure completed work & make recommendations.

Personnel management:

  • Lead & motivate the teams under his / her supervision by encouraging members to work together as a team.
  • Ensure that behavioral expectations of team members are established.
  • Ensure that performance reviews are conducted
  • Identify outstanding staff & bring them to the attention of the supervisor.
  • Have a thorough understanding of our client's personnel contract modalities (including ICA & staff).
  • Ensure safety & security for all personnel & comply with UN DSS standards.
  • Travel to remote sites is required.

Required Skills and Experience


  • A Master´s degree or equivalent in architecture, or civil engineering is required.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in architecture or civil engineering in combination with an additional 5 years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of a Master´s degree.


  • Up to 2 years (with a Master´s degree) or a minimum 5 years (with a Bachelor´s degree) of relevant experience in infrastructure project implementation, in particular in works monitoring in the fields of:
  • Construction Engineering, including structural design engineering; and/or
  • Architectural Engineering.

Required Skills:

  • Good organizational and time management skills.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling ethical standards.
  • Excellent information technology skills, including word processing, database applications, presentation software, and the Internet.
  • Ability to work under very tight deadlines.
  • Evidence of ability to express ideas clearly; to work independently and in the team.
  • Ability to deliver when working under pressure and within changing circumstances.
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
  • Responsible, communicative, well-organized, team-oriented person.
  • Excellent oral & written communication skills.

Desired Skills:

  • Work experience in international organizations and/or government institutions would be an asset.
  • Work experience in development of technical documentation and construction works monitoring would be an asset
  • Experience in monitoring and reporting on designing, technical control and supervision of work.
  • Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors.
  • Ability to demonstrate a sense of self-assuredness.
  • Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to critical feedback.
  • Ability to summarize and systematize complex information.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Team management experience is desired for this role.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English or French is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a UN competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.