Lead Civil Engineer at UNOPS

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Summary of key responsibilities:

Under the overall supervision of the Project Manager, the Lead Civil Engineer will give his/her technical expertise as required to lead the technical supervision and construction monitoring of rehabilitation works including the calculation of quantities. Travel will be expected to remote sites.

Specifically, the incumbent will be responsible for the following substantive tasks. The tasks would involve but not limited to:

  • The Civil Engineer shall be responsible for the progress control and quality control of construction works. S/He will be responsible for supervision of all works of the contractor and thereby ensure onsite quality control of construction works
  • Review and analyse existing documents
  • Review and analyse investigation reports
  • Supervise site engineers
  • Calculate quantities
  • Liaise with technical, procurement colleagues and client and funding representatives as required
  • Monitor implementation progress to ensure quality, safety and efficiency

Technical tasks:

  • Implement approved work packages (including the establishment of milestones) within tolerances set by the Project Managers
  • Manage the production of the required products, taking responsibility for overall progress and use of resources and initiating corrective action where necessary
  • Liaise with any external suppliers or account managers
  • Prepare and review progress reports that address specific clients and stakeholder requirements when necessary
  • Review contractor’s method statements, safeguards requirements and monitor compliance with approved documents
  • Work closely with other technical professionals and contractors in the planning of work, scheduling of tasks
  • Advise the Project Managers of any deviations from the plan. Identify areas where alterations to approved design may be required and lead the process to secure approval through UNOPS’s agreed channels
  • Identify and manage risks so that maximum benefit to clients and stakeholders is achieved. Manage and review product quality and ensure products are accepted
  • Monitor and evaluate the performance of service providers
  • Ensure the documents prepared meet the quality standard requirements
  • Responsible for timely delivery of the expected outputs to project coordinator and manager
  • Able to produce civils bills of quantities
  • Highlight possible non or late delivery prior to the event
  • Carry out site inspections and assessments as required
  • Monitor contractor’s progress during Defects Notification Periods and compile reports as required
  • Develop specifications, procedures and QA/QC protocols when required
  • Proactively assist senior staff in managing the design projects, ensuring that they meet the high standards expected by UNOPS, while delivering the program within its time and budget constraints
  • Liaise with clients and address requirements when required
  • Carry out technical reviews as appropriate

Personnel Management:

  • Lead and motivate the Construction teams
  • Ensure that behavioral expectations of team members are established
  • Ensure that performance reviews are conducted
  • Identify outstanding staff and bring them to the attention of the Supervisor
  • Have a thorough understanding of UNOPS personnel contract modalities (including ICA and Staff). Ensure safety and security for all personnel and comply with UN DSS standards
  • Travel to remote sites is required

You may find more information on https://jobs.unops.org/Pages/ViewVacancy/VADetails.aspx?id=21601



  • University Degree (Bachelor’s degree / first level) with a combination of 5 additional years of relevant professional experience in Civil & Structural Engineering or other relevant discipline is required;
  • Advanced University Degree in Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering or other relevant discipline is desirable.


  • Minimum 7 years’ experience in Infrastructure Engineering Design and implementation is required with at least four (4) years’ experience in supervising and construction activities incorporating bulk earthworks is required;
  • At least two (2) years experience in rockfill/earth fill dams construction or rehabilitation is required;
  • Experience working on projects in Conflict and post-conflict and Post-disaster and reconstruction experience prone areas will be an advantage;
  • Experience working in Africa and Indian Ocean Islands is an asset.


  • Fluency in written and oral English language is required.

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