UN Construction Engineer Careers - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Title:           Construction Engineer
Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: UNOPS-LICA/Construction
Vacancy Notice No.: UNHCR UGANDA/003/2017
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Position Grade: LICA, Level 9

About UNHCR:
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. UNHCR’s mandate under the Statute of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is to lead and co-ordinate action for international protection to refugees; seek permanent solutions for the problems of refugees and safeguard refugee rights and well-being. UNHCR has an additional mandate concerning issues of statelessness, as it is given a designated role under Article 11 of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • The jobholder will implement and supervise all UNHCR construction projects in Uganda in order to ensure that projects are delivered to the quality desired, within budgets and timelines
  • Participates in the development and implementation of the Technical Unit procedures and processes
  • Oversees the day to-day operations of the Construction Projects to ensure that work processes as designed and comply with established standards and procedures
  • Supports the Senior Technical Coordinator in the preparation of site surveys and soil tests conducted directly by UNHCR and or supervises site surveys and soil tests conducted by partners/other stakeholders
  • Prepares necessary designs, including detailed architectural and structural designs, drawings, calculations, etc for all construction projects
  • Prepares cost estimates for the construction projects including detailed Bills of Quantities Prepares all necessary tender documents and/or verifies and clears such documents prepared by partners stakeholders
  • Carries out post contract administration duties including assessing quantities, estimating cost for documentation of interim and final payment certification and controlling costs to include projects are completed within budget
  • Supports the Senior Technical Coordinator in assessing existing building conditions, briefing partners stakeholders in the plans and designs to ensure that the right materials and equipment used are in line with UNHCR Government acceptable standards
  • Follows up on projects including site handover, schedule, remeasurement, quality control, quantity control, variation/change order, carries out regular site visits, and meetings in order to ensure the project delivery meets quality standards and timeframe required by UNHCR
  • Prepares monthly progress report in order to be able to closely monitor actual cost and milestones against predetermined budget and timeline
  • Responsible for the delivery of the quality of works executed by contractors, consultants, partners stakeholders
  • Supervises site engineers and is responsible for their training and quality delivery of projects in accordance with UNHCR quality standards
  • Ensures that the site records are kept updated to reflect the history of project on day today basis
  • Actively contributes to the preparation of the specific projects budget and monitors the financial performance of a given area of activity versus set budget to ensure alignment
  • Complies with all relevant stakeholders safety, quality, health and environmental procedures to ensure healthy and safe work environment
  • Performs other related duties as may be assigned

Key Performance Indicators:
  • Projects designs (where conducted by UNHCR) Delivery of detailed designs including detailed architectural and structural drawings, calculations and Bills of Quantities Projects design (where conducted by partners/stakeholders)
  • Submission of detailed report on the strengths and weaknesses of the designs with recommendations
  • Site Survey and Soil tests: Number of site surveys and soil tests conducted (in the case of UNHCR) and reviewed (in the case of partners) to the quality approved by Senior Technical Coordinator
  • Reports:  Number and quality of reports submitted mainly monthly progress reports
  • Site visits
  • Number of site visits conducted and site meetings attended and reported
  • Site Supervision: Executed quality is in line with the design and specifications
  • Measurements: Timely check on measurements and re measurements
  • Projects financial control: Submission of monthly financial progress reports highlighting issues of concern
  • Availability of day to day documents to explain the history of the project at all times throughout the life cycle of the project

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Construction Engineer job placement should hold a Bachelor’s degree in Civil or Architectural Engineering
  • At least seven years’ experience in designing, supervising Construction Projects schools, health centers, hospitals, residential and non residential buildings, etc
  • Good report writing skills
  • Good computer skills including AutoCAD
  • Skilled and experienced in the management of construction projects and their budgets
  • Excellent command of English language

How to Apply:
All interested Ugandan nationals who wish to join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to click on the link below and follow the application instructions after reviewing the job details.


Deadline: 21st July 2017

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