Associate Civil Engineer (Doka) – UNOPS


Job Description

OrganizationUnited Nations Office for Project Services
Job categoriesEngineering
Job TitleAssociate Civil Engineer
Vacancy codeVA/2023/B5312/26412
Department/officeAFR, ETMCO, Sudan
Duty stationDoka, Sudan
Contract typeLocal ICA Specialist
Contract levelLICA-6
DurationOngoing Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.’
Application period21-Jul-2023 to 31-Jul-2023

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Please note that UNOPS will at no stage of the recruitment process request candidates to make payments of any kind.

Background Information – Job-specific

UNOPS Ethiopia Multi-Country Office (ETMCO) exciting career opportunity.

UNOPS-ETMCO is recruiting for this position: Associate Civil Engineer based in Doka, Sudan.

Qualified females and candidates from underrepresented groups in UNOPS are highly encouraged to apply.

The Associate Civil Engineer should perform the following duties and responsibilities ensuring their effectiveness, transparency and integrity:  

  1. Day-to-day contractor site work supervision
  2. Develop Inspection and cost plans
  3. HSSE
  4. Maintain detailed schedules and site engineering activities
  • Responsible for day-to-day coordination with the contractor according to the needs and requirements on site  Inspects and reports on Contractor’s works in progress, ensuring that the Contractor meets the high-quality standards expected by UNOPS.  
  • Develops inspection and test plans and updates them regularly with the contractor.  
  • Checks Contractors set out and works, including compliance with Contract Specifications and ensures that the contractor complies with his work plan to complete work within a specified timeframe.  
  • Provides support and guidance to the contractor and assists in resolving site problems, as necessary in coordination with the designated Project Manager.
  • Attends the project site daily in order to monitor the progress of works, identifies the existing problems and provides appropriate technical solutions through the application of sound engineering standards in consultation with the designated Project Manager.  
  • Prepares bid documentation and participates in the bids’ analysis and evaluation.  Responsible for the preparation of weekly progress reports on construction activities , according to the agreed timeframe.  Maintains records; compiles periodic reports and any specific reports required by UNOPS standard procedures  
  • Assesses the work activities of the contractor, measures completed work and makes recommendations to the designated Project Manager for progress payments to contractors.  
  • Evaluates and assesses the works schedule, including the comparison with the schedule baseline and reportS to the designated Project Manager accordingly.  
  • Checks all laboratory reports, operation and maintenance manuals, and keeps records and reports to the designated Project Manager accordingly.  
  • Coordinates contractor’s shop drawings’ approval process with the designated Project Manager during the implementation phase.  
  • Checks verifies and approves the interim payments submitted by the Contractor/s and submits detailed reports to the designated Project manager.  
  • Checks, verifies and recommends approvals to the designated Project Manager on all variation orders/Claims submitted by the contractor during the implementation phase as per UNOPS procurement rules.  
  • Ensures UNOPS Health, Safety, Social and Environmental management systems are implemented on-site.  
  • Assesses and reports on the project closing plans, archiving of cost and progress reports and hands over all related reports to the Project Manager.
  • Maintains detailed documentation of all site engineering activities.  Develops, updates and maintains the following project registers: 
  1. Payment register 
  2. Variation register 
  3. Site safety inspection and Notice of Unsafe condition register 
  4. Site diary 
  5. Drawings register 
  6. Instruction to contractor registers 
  7. Visitor register 
  8. Sample approval register 
  9. Tests register 
  10. Progress photos
  11. Submittals register. 
  12. Non-Conference Report Register . 
  13. Correspondence Register  
  • Attends weekly/Monthly contractor coordination meetings, prepares agenda and minutes  
  • Planning and documentation for future phases of the project as directed by the designated Project Manager including activities such as: 1. Estimations 2. Producing Bill of Quantities/Specs/ Drawings
  • Performs other related duties as required by the designated Project Manager

Impacts of results

The effective and successful achievement of results by the  Associate Civil Engineer directly impacts the achievement of the outputs and outcomes of the project and 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 humanitarian and sustainable development services. Mainly, infrastructure maintenance/rehabilitation, upgrading and expansion to provide access to health services in Eastern Sudan and in particular to the host communities and Refugees in Doka.


Integrity & Inclusion: 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.

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

Partnering: 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).

Results Orientation: 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.

Agility: 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.

Solution Focused: 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.

Effective Communication: 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.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • High School Completion is required.
  • A Technical Diploma or Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering or related field from an accredited university is an asset.


  • A minimum of six (6) years  experience with High School Diploma, OR  four (4)  years with Technical Diploma  or  two (2) years with Bachelors Degree in site engineering for medium to large-scale construction projects is required.
  • At least one (1) year experience in AutoCAD is required.
  • Experience in scheduling program is an asset.
  • Experience in a similar position in infrastructure projects is an asset.
  • Experience in  East Sudan is an asset.  
  • Experience/knowledge of Google Suite products is an asset.
  • Experience with an international organization and/or UN agencies is an asset.
  • Health and safety certification from an accredited institute is an asset.

Language requirements

  • Fluency in written, reading and spoken English is required.
  • Working knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.

Contract type, level and duration

  1. Contract type: Local Individual Contractual Agreement (LICA)
  2. Contract level: LICA-6
  3. Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.’

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:

This is a local position and is open to Sudanese nationals only.

Additional Information

  • Please note that UNOPS does not accept unsolicited resumes.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.
  • UNOPS embraces diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity. Our workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures,  languages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities. UNOPS seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. 
  • Qualified women and candidates from groups which are underrepresented in the UNOPS workforce are encouraged to apply. These include in particular candidates from racialized and/or indigenous groups, members of minority gender identities and sexual orientations, and people with disabilities.
  • We would like to ensure all candidates perform at their best during the assessment process.  If you are shortlisted and require additional assistance to complete any assessment, including reasonable accommodation, please inform our human resources team when you receive an invitation.

Terms and Conditions 

  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post. 
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (they take around 4 hours to complete) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS. For more information on a retainer contract here.
  • All UNOPS personnel are responsible for performing their duties in accordance with the UN Charter and UNOPS Policies and Instructions, as well as other relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, all personnel must demonstrate an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a manner consistent with UN core values and the UN Common Agenda.
  • It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential personnel. Recruitment in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

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