Construction Management Engineer At UNOPS

The Construction Management Engineer is a member of the infrastructure and engineering supervision team of the Support to RSHQ Programme. Under the direct supervision of the Infrastructure Project Manager, s/he will coordinate the day-to-day construction activities across all projects under the programme, in coordination with relevant project managers. The Construction Management Engineer is expected to demonstrate to engineering teams best practices and techniques of key technical and construction management work areas, extensive practical experience in performing practical construction activities and supervising works in compliance with quality assurance and quality control requirements, and extensive skills in the management of occupational health & safety as well as environmental management standards on site.

The Construction Management Engineer will be based in the RSHQ programme office and is expected to travel across all project sites, as required.

General Construction Management

  • Assist the Project Manager to monitor UNOPS quality, health, safety and environmental management systems;
  • Where required, assist Construction Management Sr. Associates and Contractors to manage, plan and coordinate monthly, weekly and daily construction activities, including monitoring site safety and construction quality;
  • Participate in construction approval and inspection activities, liaising closely with engineering and Quality Assurance (QA) personnel and ensuring Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) measures are implemented within construction activities.
  • Identify and solve construction issues in a timely fashion, keeping project managers, QA, HSE and engineering staff informed.
  • In close consultation with the Project Manager, manage and monitor project activities including project implementation plans, work schedules, budgets, facility requirements, and staffing schedules;
  • Provide technical leadership, oversight, advice and guidance on all infrastructure work packages to stakeholders and other engineering project personnel;
  • Assist the Project Manager in developing comprehensive project work plans, clearly defining objectives, expected outputs, including milestone achievements and detailed work plans, roles and responsibilities, and inputs required;
  • Review surveys, field investigations, design submittals, drawings and specifications, recommending required changes needed to provide cost-effective solutions, where required.
  • Ensure strict and consistent application of UNOPS rules and regulations and ensure the implementation of clear accountability mechanisms across all projects;
  • Monitor 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;
  • Monitor contract obligations, develop management systems and accountabilities to ensure all contract obligations are tracked and met;
  • Ensure that work methods as proposed by contractors are satisfactory, with particular reference to the UNOPS management systems compliance to ISO 9001 ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 and technical requirements of sound quality, occupational health and safety and environmental standards;
  • Make recommendations on applications for extensions of time, claims for additional payment and other contractual disputes between UNOPS and the contractors;
  • Ensure the highest possible quality of delivery and devise strategies for increased project delivery and quality programming;
  • Participate in business development and stakeholder relationship building, promoting a collaborative, client focused, quality and results-oriented approach in the Project Team.
  • Participate in regular site meetings to report on relevant health & safety matters and to provide necessary advice.


  • Ensure accurate and timely reporting of progress and conditions on site through daily site records prepared and submitted by the site teams.
  • Assist the Project Manager in the preparation of a monthly (or as requested) report within 5 days of month-end, summarizing progress of infrastructure projects activities, quality control, health & safety, environmental, resourcing and scheduling, and any other relevant issues.
  • Support QA and HSE reporting and investigations, follow up with project teams to prepare reports on incidents (including near misses) and provide information for monthly QA and HSE reporting to the country office.

Knowledge sharing

  • Contribute to the project evaluation process, highlighting challenges associated with the project and feedback into a continuous improvement cycle.
  • Provide 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 PMs and the PM community to share case studies, lessons learned, and best practices
  • Provide feedback to Practice Leads on policy and supporting guidance, with an aim towards continuous improvement of UNOPS policies
  • Impact on Results

The effective and successful achievement of results by the Construction Management Engineer directly impacts the successful delivery of the project on time, budget and quality above the expectations of all stakeholders. This consequently reinforces the visibility and image of UNOPS as an effective service provider in project services and management and strengthens its competitive position as a partner of choice in sustainable development and project services.

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