United Nations Office for Project Services
Posted Job
11 months ago

Associate Civil Engineer-Retainer

Background Information – Job-specific

Under the overall supervision of the TSU Manager and Civil engineers, the Associate Civil Engineer will give his/her technical expertise as required to support the activities of the unit in water-related civil infrastructure, with a particular focus on dams.

Functional Responsibilities

  • The incumbent will be responsible for the following substantive tasks.

The tasks would involve the following but not limited to:

  • General construction, Feasibility study/needs Assessment and Design
  • Reporting and Administrative Support
  • Knowledge Building and Knowledge Sharing

1. General construction, Feasibility study/needs Assessment and Design Management

  • Support the infrastructure team in conducting needs assessment of the buildings, structures and civil works that are to be reconstructed and provide comprehensive needs assessment reports.
  • Provide administrative support to the TSU team in designing, checking and revising designs, that are to be built/renovated in compliance with national legislation, various building codes as well as UNOPS’ Design Planning Manual
  • Extensive preparation of design documentation using software
  • Support the engineering team in monitoring of performance of quality, quantity and timeliness of design works
  • Assist the project team in checking quality of work done and contents of all necessary documentations

2. Reporting and Administrative Support

  • Ensure accurate and timely reporting of progress of designs.
  • Support the project team in inspection of the quality of the construction materials and documentation.
  • Support the engineering team in ensuring that design documentation is kept according to the agreed TSU format.
  • Maintain the cooperation with the project team and contractors,
  • Participate in site coordination meetings with the contractors, project teams and other stakeholders as necessary

3. Knowledge Building and Knowledge Sharing

  • Assist with projects evaluation process; highlight challenges associated with a project and feedback into a continuous improvement cycle.
  • Contribute to training and knowledge transfer to national/contractor personnel including advice on good construction and engineering practices, environmental management practices, and appropriate health and safety standards during construction.
  • Contribute to the dissemination and sharing of best practices and lessons learned for development planning and knowledge building.
  • Participate in the relevant Communities of Practice, actively interact with other Engineers and the Engineering community to share case studies, lessons learned and best practice on the Knowledge System


  • A Higher Diploma in Civil & Structural Engineering from an accredited institution is required
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Civil & Structural Engineering from an accredited university will be an added advantage and will be accepted in lieu of the respective years of experience.


  • Four years of relevant working experience is required in Civil & Structural Engineering Design is required.
  • Experience and skill in using AutoCAD is required.


  • Excellent written and spoken English language is required.


  • Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same.
  • Upholds organizational and ethical norms.
  • Maintains high standards of trustworthiness.
  • Role model for diversity and inclusion.
  • Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first.
  • Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
  • Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal.
  • Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas.
  • Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them.
  • Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
  • Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment.
  • Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements.
  • Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure.
  • Always pursues continuous improvements.
  • Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions.
  • Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks.
  • Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
  • Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner.
  • Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others.
  • Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge.
  • Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

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:

  • Contract type: Local ICA (Individual Contractor Agreement) Contract level: LICA 6
  • Contract duration: 12 months renewable subject to performance and the availability of funds
  • This position is based on a family duty station
  • This is a local position, therefore it is open to the Zambia national applicants who have a valid residency work permit to work in Zambia.

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