Intern Engineer ( Civil / Road)

  • Internship, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 17 June 2019

Job Description

Under the direct supervision of the UNOPS Programme Manager and/or Deputy Programmer Manager, the Interns will be based in Juba, South Sudan with frequent field visits to the project sites. He/she will be responsible for the coordination and support of the project team.

Functional Responsibilities:

The duties and responsibilities of the Engineer Intern include, but are not limited to:

General Functions

  • Support project planning, monitor and evaluate project engineering design and construction activities;
  • With coaching from their supervisor, participate in identifying, mitigating, and monitoring project risks.
  • Support in preparing technical specifications, bidding documents and tendering process.
  • Provide support in internal and external reviews;
  • Provide quality assurance support;
  • Support the Project Manager in ensuring strict and consistent application of UNOPS rules and regulations and ensure the implementation of clear accountability mechanisms within the project to which they are assigned
  • Support in monitoring all project activities in relation to the respective project work plans and take corrective action, when necessary, to ensure the timely and cost-effective delivery of project outputs;
  • Participate in lessons learned sessions;
  • Identify ways to improve project processes or products with coaching from the project team;

The internship will also span broader aspects related to project management and quality assurance. The aim of the internship is to enhance the theoretical knowledge of the intern through substantive and operational engagement with sustainability practices and policies of the Organization. The intern should be willing to learn about UNOPS and its core business and intervention areas, the work environment, and the technical/functional aspects of the job. In addition, UNOPS expects the intern should do their best to contribute to the goals of the organization. Interns are not hired for their experience, they are hired to do entry level work and hopefully contribute something to the company while they are gaining work experience.


  • Enrollment in a University Programme such as Bachelors, Masters or Ph.D. (or the equivalent) or have graduated from such studies within three (3) years prior to the applications date of the internship in Civil/Road Engineering


  • Fluency in written and spoken English required
  • Knowledge of second UN official language desirable
  • Fluency in one or more local languages in South Sudan is desirable.

Contract type, level and duration:

Contract type: Internship
Contract level: N/A
Contract duration: 6 months

Internship only applicable to South Sudan Nationals.

This internship is not designed to lead to a staff/ICA position with UNOPS. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of the internship.

Interns may be eligible for a monthly stipend from UNOPS provided that they do not receive funds from other institutions. Interns must make their own arrangements for accommodation and travel to and from the office.

For more details about UNOPS internships please follow this link:

Additional consideration:

  • 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.
  • 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.

About the Organization

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

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