Civil Engineer

  • Mid-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 25 February 2021

Job Description

Background Information - Job-specific
The Central African Republic is a landlocked country in Central Africa with an estimated population of five (05) million inhabitants. This country is weakened by many years of politico-military conflicts that have negatively impacted economic development and raised the level of poverty of the populations. Commercial activities of the country, on national and international level, are impacted by the landlocked nature of the country and the non-existence and / or state of viable communication roads. As the country is returning to stability, the economic sectors in general and agriculture in particular are struggling to recover. Agriculture, a major economic sector of the country, employs nearly 70% of the population, and faces many challenges that constitute real bottlenecks at the origin of the difficulties in reviving the sector.

These include, among others, the following:

  • Security aspects, with the persistence of violence and conflicts that are blocking the development of agricultural activities and thus generating food and nutritional insecurity for the population;

  • The isolation of production areas due to the poor condition of the roads creating difficulties in collecting and marketing agricultural products;

  • The very poor access of producers to the following: agricultural inputs, finance, basic agricultural and rural infrastructure equipment;

  • A weak structure of the environment, hence the predominance of activities often limited to self-consumption;

  • Recurring conflicts between farmer-breeders or wild animal farmers linked to massive destruction of production;

  • A deficit in terms of decentralized public services, negatively impacting the possibilities of stimulus and extension actions;

  • Youth unemployment in production areas due to several factors.

Functional Responsibilities

The Civil Engineer provides technical assistance and expertise with reference to the construction works as well as field coordination, ensuring high quality and consistency of work, for the a/m construction works . He/She promotes a collaborative, client focused, quality and results-oriented approach in the Project Team. He/She will report to the Project Manager.

1. General construction

  • Plan and coordinate work activities with the project manager .

  • Take timely action to prevent potential delays and/or cost overruns that can be avoided.

  • Report and recommend remedial actions regarding potential delays and/or cost overruns to the Project Manager.

  • Provide supervision of project work progress and quality for on-time project delivery.

  • Monitor contractor presence on the project site, including Bill of Quantities (BoQ) as per approved contract.

  • Provide data and information about project work to the Project Manager for reporting purposes.

  • Provide monthly report to the Project Manager detailing all project matters including quality, health and safety, environmental and financial, as well as any issues relating to possible delays, cost overruns, variations and any other matter as agreed with the Project manage

2. Feasibility study/needs assessment

The Civil Engineer will complete the below activities whenever requested on area covered by his/her duty station:

  • Complete needs assessment, organize preliminary studies and monitor/supervising consultants.

  • Support the review of requests for new construction and rehabilitation works

  • Carry out assessments and prepare reports with recommendations for follow up actions.

  • Assist the Project Manager in redacting the tender dossier, with particular focus to the technical documents (drawings, BoQ, technical specification and standards).

3. Design Management
  • Assist the Project Manager to outline design requirements (e.g. timeline) to procure design services, including concept, preliminary and final stages where applicable.

  • Assist the Project Manager to manage the design plan ensuring deliverables are available on time, and to the required quality.

  • Prepare the BoQ for comment and approval by the Project Manager.

  • Assist the procurement team with technical assistance in preparation of tender documentation and bid analysis where required.

4.Construction supervision
  • As tasked by the Project Manager, supervise construction works and administer works execution as per the contractual provisions and the design specifications.

  • Ensure quantity/quality control and time schedule consistency.

  • Verify that works are consistent with the project technical specifications and inform promptly of eventual deviations.

  • Support the overall management of works implementation to ensure constructions works are completed on time, within budget and to quality standards.

  • Provide regular supervision of the project work progress and quality for on time delivery.

  • Assist the Project Manager in the preparation of project/contracts related documentations such as periodic progress reports, site monitoring reports, stake holder meeting minutes, engineer’s instructions and variation orders, contractor’s bills review reports, certifications, client hand-over documents and contracts close-out reports.

  • Oversee surveying works, engineering control of the works etc.

5. Knowledge management
  • Assist in providing training and technology transfer to national personnel and contractor’s personnel and advice on good construction practices, good 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.

  • A Master’s degree in Civil Engineering or related field is required.

  • A combination of Bachelor’s degree with an additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the education requirements outlined above.

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience, related to the project requirements, in civil engineering or construction management or any related area is required

  • Work experience in post-conflict/ fragile environments is desirable.

  • Some experience in the UN system organizations and/or a developing country is desirable.

  • Fluency in French in both written and oral is required
  • Intermediary knowledge of English Language is required
  • AutoCAD certification is desirable.

  • Project Management certification (for example PRINCE2® Foundation) is desirable.

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
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
  • Central African Republic is a Non Family Duty Station

NB: This VA is also open to Nationals of CAR, a CAR National selected will be contracted under a Local Individual Contractor Agreement (LICA 9)

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.

About the Organization

La République centrafricaine (RCA) est un pays très fragile avec une histoire de conflits récurrents, la plus récente ayant eu lieu en 2013 entre plusieurs groupes armés. La violence qui a suivi la crise de 2013 a fortement endommagé les biens publics et les infrastructures, perturbé la prestation des services, affaibli davantage le tissu social et exacerbé la pauvreté et la vulnérabilité des populations aux chocs. En conséquence, environ un quart de la population était déplacé ou a dû fuir en tant que réfugié vers les pays voisins. Les déplacements forcés ont perturbé les moyens de subsistance, épuisé les biens des pauvres et mis une pression supplémentaire sur la prestation des services dans les zones de déplacement.

L'amélioration de la situation sécuritaire a suivi un retour volontaire des populations déplacées, principalement dans le nord-ouest et le sud-ouest du pays. Environ 15 à 20% de la population déplacée est revenue spontanément. Toutefois, le retour des personnes déplacées dans les zones d'origine reste fragile et toujours dépend de la volatilité de la situation de sécurité. De ce point de vue, la réintégration des populations déplacées et la mise en place de filets de sécurité sociale est une priorité à court terme et essentielle à la stabilisation et à la revitalisation économique du pays.

À cette fin, après avoir supporté le gouvernement de la RCA dans la phase préparatoire d’un projet visant à appuyer les communautés affectées par le déplacement (PACAD), la Banque mondiale soutient cette fois-ci le gouvernement de la RCA dans la mise en œuvre de ce grand projet qui visera à appuyer l'accès aux services de base, aux infrastructures et aux filets de sécurité aux communautés affectées par le déplacement forcé.

Le projet comme décrit dans sa phase pilote sera principalement mis en œuvre dans quatre (4) villes de province et dans la Capitale, Bangui. Certaines activités seront réalisées dans la phase de mise en œuvre de ce grand projet soit, la construction/réhabilitation des infrastructures structurantes (routes, ponts, gare routière, hôpitaux…) et les infrastructures sociocommunautaires ( écoles, marché, centre de santé, forages et autres).

More information

UNOPS Jobs _ Vacancy - Civil Engineer.pdf

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