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Lead Engineer, Multiple positions

Date Posted: 2019-11-20 06:40:28
Company Name UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
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    Mechanical Engineering / Trades
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    Mid Level
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    Fixed Term Contract


Background Information - Job-specific

Following the devastation caused to life, livelihoods and property by tropical storm Idai in March 2019, the WB has allocated up to US$ 72 million to finance a recovery project for Zimbabwe and the African Development Bank has allocated US$ 25 million to finance socioeconomic recovery in Zimbabwe. The projects addresses both early and mid-term recovery needs in multiple sectors (livelihoods, health, education, agriculture and infrastructure). UNOPS has been requested to establish a multiple project in Zimbabwe to assist with the recovery of the selected areas in Zimbabwe that were most affected by the storm.

There are multiple projects and sections that require Lead Engineers including the World Bank funded Zimbabwe Hurricane Idai Recovery Project (ZIRP) and the AFDB funded Socioeconomic Recovery Project. 

The Lead Engineers required will be based in the districts of Chipinge and Chimanimani. 

 Functional Responsibilities

The Lead Engineer (RE) is responsible for all aspects of the project life cycle. S/he must be able to apply with direction, the duties and responsibilities of the project success criteria, given below.

The incumbents will be based in with regular travel to other Districts Manicaland region regions and will work in close collaboration with their respective Project Managers and the KEMC Technical Services Unit.

The Lead Engineers will work under the guidance and supervision of and report to their respective Project Managers to monitor the construction work implemented by contractors and by direct implementation.

This list is not representative of all the duties required but indicates typical duties and  responsibilities. 
Stakeholder  Management:
?        Manage communications and ensure stakeholders are aware of project activities, progress, exceptions and are in a position to accept handover products.

?        Advise the client on issues that may impact the achievement of their outcomes (including issues of sustainability and post project requirements such as maintenance).

?        Manage the information flows between the Project Manager and the rest of the construction teams.

Delivery and Performance:
?        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 and use of resources and initiating corrective action where necessary.

?        Liaise with any external suppliers or account managers.

?        Advise the Project Managers of any deviations from the plan.

?        Identify and manage risks so that maximum benefit to clients and stakeholders is achieved. Manage and review product quality and ensure products are accepted.

?        Monitor and evaluate the performance of service providers.

?        Identify and report potential business opportunities for UNOPS to supervisor. Identify and report threats to UNOPS internal business case to supervisor.

?        Follow the Project Management Cycle Instructions and ensure that all organizational policy is complied with (Organizational Directives and Administrative Instructions).

?        Prepare Checkpoint Reports and Monthly Progress Report. 

?        Ensure that all expenditures comply with UNOPS Financial Rules and Regulations (FRR).

?        Manage budgets, cash flow and obligations to ensure that deliverables are met and payments to contractors and personnel are received on time.

?        Understand the unique structures of the UN and budget appropriately for personnel.

?        Manage and remain accountable for expenditures against the budget (based on accurate financial reports).

Knowledge Management:
?        Participate in the relevant Communities of Practice.

?        Actively interact with other project management team, Engineers, quantity surveyor etc. Complete lessons learned as per reporting format.

?        Incorporate lessons learned from others as per planning format.

Personnel  Management:
?        Lead and motivate the Construction teams.

?        Ensure that behavioral expectations of team members are established.

?        Ensure that performance reviews are conducted.

?        Identify outstanding staff and bring them to the attention of the Supervisor.

?        Have a thorough understanding of UNOPS personnel contract modalities (including ICA and Staff). Ensure safety and security for all personnel and comply with UN DSS standards.

Core Values:
?        Understand and respect National ownership and capacity:

?        Seek opportunities to recruit qualified staff.

?        Look for ways to build capacity of local counterparts.

Service to Others:

?        As the project is representative of the United Nations it should be firmly rooted in the principle of service to others. This should be 

Work/Educational Requirements

Education/Experience/Language requirements

?        University Degree in Civil Engineering or other relevant discipline is required.

?        Postgraduate qualifications will be an advantage.

?        Seven years of progressive experience in management, site supervision with focus on monitoring, reporting, development and coordination in either public or private sector organizations required.

?        Candidates with experience working on International /local projects in disaster prone areas will be preferred.

?        Experience in contracting and/or consulting environment is also an advantage. 

?       Excellent understanding of written and oral English is essential.

?        PRINCE 2 Foundation Certification is preferred

?        A membership of a related professional association is an advantage

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 Additional Considerations

Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  
It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. 
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

 Contract type, level and duration

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Contract type: ICA
Contract level: Local ICA 10
Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.

In your application please state your first two preferred locations. UNOPS cannot guarantee that the preferred location will be provided, however we will do our best to align the candidates preference with the project requirements.

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 

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Job Deadline : Expired

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