UNICEF recruits 01 Construction Engineer, NO-C « Open to South Sudanese Only »

UNICEF recruits 01 Construction Engineer, NO-C « Open to South Sudanese Only »


Juba, South Sudan
Humanitaire (ONG, Associations, …), Projet/programme de développement

Internal and External Readvertisement: Construction Engineer, NO-C ,Temporary Appointment (364 days) Juba South Sudan ( Open to South Sudanese Only)

Job no: 554140

Contract type: Temporary Appointment

Duty Station: Juba

Level: NO-3

Location: South Sudan

Categories: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, Our future

Organizational Context and Purpose for the job

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

Purpose for the job:

Construction components represent significant parts of projects and programmes of South Sudan country office and cover various sections: Education, Health, WASH and Operations. A technical assistance to the various sections in the planning, implementation and monitoring of the construction and rehabilitation activities is needed

Purpose for the job:

The Construction Specialist reports to the Construction Engineer (Level 3) and contribute to the management of construction and rehabilitation components of project and programmes. The management of construction projects includes planning, support to procurement, as well as monitoring of construction works on site. The incumbent collaborates closely with UNICEF Programme/ Operations in defining construction interventions to meet programmatic needs and achieve results for children and provides technical and advisory support to Government and partners on construction project management.


Preparation of construction annual workplan

Preparation of construction annual workplan

Contribute to the development of the annual work plan for the construction activities; determine priorities/targets and performance measurements and monitor work progress to ensure that results are achieved according to schedule and performance standards.

Prepare and collect information required for the annual work plan on regular activities, ongoing projects and others in the pipeline.

Prepare GANTT charts for construction projects and regularly update them.

Advise on human resources needed to achieve the expected results

Collaboration with UNICEF Programme and coordination with Government counterparts

Provide technical backstopping and support in matter of construction project management to Programme/ Operations sections and Government counterparts; contribute with Programme sections in developing child-friendly community infrastructure development program proposals; provide information to Programme on construction related activities to include them in their AWP.

Provide assistance to Programme /Operations sections through involvement in construction project proposals, planning, and preparation of relevant terms of reference; analyze the project context and suggest the appropriate implementation and procurement modality.

In collaboration with the Government counterparts, develop and produce innovative cost-effective construction designs using local construction materials; compile and update list of best practices in construction and building design.

Attend steering and technical cooperation meetings; prepare PPT presentations on projects’ progress; undertake follow-up actions in relation to project implementation and monitoring.

Provide Programme/Operations sections with information on projects’ progress; undertake appropriate actions to overcome technical obstacles; draft relevant sections of project reports required for donors, management, annual reports, etc

Preparation of design and technical documents

Prepare the scope of construction works based on Programme/ Operations requirements, budget and site limitations; define deliverables and payment modality.

Apply UNICEF norms and standards (child-friendly, accessibility, MOSS, MORSS, etc.) to construction projects, taking into consideration the local environment and available materials; verify if compliance with green building standards is required in coordination with DFAM Field Support Unit.

Check technical documents related to construction (design drawings, technical specifications and bills of quantities); verify whether they are clear, complete and compliant to programmatic and construction needs, eco-efficiency and accessibility requirements; undertake the actions required to endorse these technical documents by relevant ministries.

Follow up with the designing firms and government entities for obtaining all permits required for construction activities prior initiating works.

Support to procurement process

Provide technical support to Supply section with preparation of LPA requests and CRC submissions with supporting documents related to construction activities.

Conduct surveys to identify potential construction companies and engineering firms available in the local market; prepare terms of reference required for establishing local Long-Term Arrangements for engineering services (design and site supervision).

Prepare tender documents in relation to construction works and engineering services; attend bidders’ conference and present the technical components of the tender; prepare answers on technical questions raised by the bidders during the tendering.

Support Supply section in organizing bidders’ conference and site visits; conduct the evaluation of technical proposals received and prepare the evaluation report; provide support to Supply section on the analysis of financial proposals

Contract Management and Monitoring of construction projects

Conduct the kick-off meeting of construction works with the construction company, the engineering firm and relevant government counterparts.

Provide monitoring on construction activities by undertaking regular site visits and conducting regular technical meetings including joint monitoring with relevant Government technical services; follow up progress for each activity per milestones and review site supervision reports to ensure work compliance with norms, standards, and timeline; verify quality and precautions on health and safety standards on ground.

Use effective monitoring and supervision tools to ensure easily assessment of works quality, progress, and performance of engineering firms and construction companies during the entire duration of the project; apply multi-layered approach to construction supervision and quality assurance; use documented hold and inspection points, where applicable.

Certify payments/variations and compile supporting documents; monitor construction expenditures and progress certificates; prepare and maintain relevant table for each construction activity.

Provide support to UNICEF Contract Administrator on contract management, amendments, variations, duration extensions, applying liquidated damages, etc. Ensure all documents/information required for contract management are available, complete and properly archived.

Participate in the partial, substantial and final reception of works after verifying the correction of all defects during the DLP; prepare and issue relevant certificates.

Prepare Contract Performance Evaluation; provide support to UNICEF Contract Administrator on contract close-out in VISION; prepare the final completion report and lessons learned for submission to the Construction Unit (SD) and AMS/NYHQ as necessary.

Competencies and level of proficiency required (based on UNICEF Professional Competency Profiles).

Core Values

• Care

• Respect

• Integrity

• Trust

• Accountability

Core Competencies

• Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)

• Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)

• Works Collaboratively with others (2)

• Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)

• Innovates and Embraces Change (2)

• Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)

• Drives to achieve impactful results (2)

• Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

Functional Competencies

Applying technical expertise (2)

Planning and Organizing (2)

Deciding and Initiating Action (2) 

Following Instructions and Procedures (2)  

Entrepreneurial Thinking (1) 

Analyzing (2)

Recruitment Qualifications


An advanced university degree is required in civil engineering, construction engineering, architecture or other relevant area, or relevant first-level university degree (Bachelor’s) in conjunction with a valid relevant professional certification is required.

A first level university degree (Bachelor’s) in a relevant technical field (as identified above), in conjunction with additional two (2) years of relevant work experience may be taken in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience:

A minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience, in project management, site supervision, quality assurance and/or other directly related technical fields is required.

Experience in challenging contexts with conflicts and accessibility issues is an advantage.

Experience in managing assessment, and sites supervision through Engineering firms is highly desirable.

Experience in using FIDIC contracts terms and conditions, UN and/or World bank procurement process will be an advantage

Skills and knowledges:

Strong understanding of construction project cycles, from programme needs assessment, through planning, procurement and contracting, monitoring the execution of work and evaluation of project outcomes.

Strong overall knowledge and understanding of UNICEF programme, public procurement principles, financial and legal aspects of construction issues, ethics and risk management of construction projects.

Ability to resolve difficult, complex and sensitive situations often under pressure;

Ability to clearly and concisely express ideas and concepts in written and oral form;

Ability to supervise and direct engineers from construction companies, engineering firms and Implementing Partners working on construction projects;

Ability to work strategically to realize organizational goals, develop strategies, set clear visions;

Strong communication and negotiation skills to establish and maintain trusted partnerships for achievement of objectives and to develop close and effective working relationships with diverse stakeholders; 

Ability to identify and analyze systemic issues, formulate opinions and make conclusions and recommendations to resolve them; 

Strong knowledge of latest developments and technology in construction industry;

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of one or more local language(s) of the duty station is considered as an asset, knowing another official UN language is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Deadline: 01 Sep 2022 E. Africa Standard TimePOSTULER

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