Project Engineer

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 17 June 2019

Job Description

  1. Organizational Context

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. UNOPS supports partners to build a better future by providing services that increase the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of peace building, humanitarian and development projects. Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations.

Myanmar is one of UNOPS’ leading offices in Asia, acting as fund manager for three of the largest development programmes in the country, namely the Access to Health Fund, the Livelihood and Food Security Fund (LIFT) and the Joint Peace Fund (JPF). In addition, UNOPS is Principal Recipient for the Global Fund in Myanmar and for the Global Fund’s regional artemisinin-resistance initiative targeting drug resistant malaria in the greater Mekong sub-region. UNOPS provides procurement, infrastructure and project management services to a wide range of organizations in the country, including the Government of Myanmar, international development partners, other UN agencies, NGOs and INGOs. UNOPS current infrastructure portfolio includes 3 sectors: transport (road improvements and stabilization); irrigation and health. Health being the largest one with design, construction and equipment of a range of health facilities and hospitals across the country. UNOPS plays a critical role in ensuring that the quality of services provided to its partners meets stringent requirements of speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Under the overall guidance of the Infrastructure Manager and the direct supervision of the Project Manager (PM), the Project Engineer provides technical, administrative and financial support to projects, ensuring high quality, accuracy and consistency of work. The Project Engineer promotes a client-oriented approach consistent with UNOPS rules and regulations. He/she is expected to meet and exceed the organizations performance and delivery goals.

  1. Functions

S/he must be able to apply, independently, the below duties and responsibilities of the project success criteria:

Stakeholder Management:

  • Establish solid working relationship with the project board (Executive, Senior Users and Senior Suppliers), client and key stakeholders at local, regional and national level
  • Support the PM in the management of communications and ensure stakeholders are aware of project activities, progress, exceptions and are in a position to accept handover products
  • Advise the PM 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 construction sites and the PM.
  • Produce detailed reports of progress of projects or other documents on project status

Delivery and Performance:

  • Manage the production of the required products, taking responsibility for overall progress and use of resources and initiating corrective action where necessary
  • Advise the PM of any deviations from the project stage plans and provide solutions for successful delivery of works
  • Identify and manage risks so that maximum benefit to client and stakeholders is achieved
  • Manage and review product quality and ensure products are accepted as per project technical requirements
  • Monitor and evaluate performance of service providers (mainly contractors)
  • Ensure technical and administrative coordination of the project on site including supervision of site personnel
  • Actively work with the PM in all phases of project cycle, specifically in terms of formulation of project methodology, support quality development of project documents, following project and budget guidelines, work and financial plan, etc.
  • Review and analyze technical studies (Geotechnical, Topographical, Environmental Impact Assessment, Designs, Technical Specifications, etc.) and provide inputs to the PM for the purpose of implementation of works
  • Prepare bid documents to contract firms responsible for providing technical services (preliminary studies, design services, technical supervision of works, construction, procurement etc.), as needed
  • Support the evaluation and selection of firms
  • Supervise and provide contract management activities
  • Ensure that contracted services are rendered according to contractual agreements
  • Oversee all procurement activities related to the project
  • Work with the PM to establish measurable long/short term targets and monitor progress to measure performance


  • Support the creation of project documents, progress technical and financial reports, audit reports, assessment reports, closing reports, etc. in line with UNOPS requirements.
  • Ensure that all expenditure comply with UNOPS Financial Rules and Regulations (FRR).
  • Support the PM in the management of budgets, cash flow and obligations to ensure that deliverables are met and payments to contractors are received on time.
  • Understand the unique structures of the UN and budget appropriately for personnel
  • Remain accountable for expenditures against the budget (based on accurate financial reports)
  • Where the Project Engineer has no delegation as a committing officer, s/he retains these responsibilities and will monitor others to carry out the relevant commitments and disbursements in line with project agreement.

III. Education, Experience and Language

  1. Education
  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field such as Engineering and Architecture is required.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in above subjects with an additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the Master’s degree.
  1. Work Experience
  • At least 2 years (or more based on academic credentials) of progressive experience in project coordination and technical assistance, with focus on monitoring, reporting, development and capacity building in either public or private sector organizations.
  • Experience in the design and construction of public buildings is required.
  • Experience in construction in the health sector is an asset.
  • Full competency in the usage of computers and office software packages is required.
  • Prince2 and MSP certification an advantage
  • Previous experience with UNOPS preferred
  1. Language
  • Full working knowledge of English is essential.
  1. Core Competencies

· 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.

· Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.

· 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.

About the Organization

About us

UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner. Working in more than 80 countries, UNOPS supports partners in the implementation of approximately 1,000 projects, which range from managing the construction of roads in South Sudan to building shelters in Haiti to procuring educational computers in Argentina.UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects it supports.

Working with UNOPS

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We’re looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in many disciplines, from project management, to procurement, infrastructure, finance and human resources. The work we do is fulfilling and offers opportunities for professional and personal development.

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With over 6,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce as a means of better understanding and addressing the needs of our partners, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage the recruitment of qualified female candidates. Moreover, the vast majority of our personnel are nationals, working in their own country and developing local capacity.

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, such as flexi-time, compressed work schedules and telecommuting. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types across the globe.

More information

UNOPS Jobs _ Vacancy - Project Engineer-Extension.pdf

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