UN World Food Programme Senior Project Manager (Civil Engineer) - Jobs in Ethiopia

UN World Food Programme Senior Project Manager (Civil Engineer) - Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Purpose

WFP Ethiopia is looking for a Project Manager/Civil Engineer to manage Construction works in Addis Ababa and around the country.

Key Accountabilities (not all-inclusive)

Description of Tasks

  • Administer all civil engineering projects, prepare, write and assemble project documents for engineering or construction projects, including detailed design, technical specifications, contracts and tender packages; contribute to and manage technical tender evaluations and/or support corporate procurement procedures

  • Manage all communication with clients for various multiple projects and provide engineering and technical support to clients.

  • Managing team of Project Managers and Site Engineer (when required or advised) to manage the overall supervision of the rehabilitation and renovation works of facilities.

  • Establishment of project programme, budget, cash flow and control mechanisms;

  • Prepare all relevant technical documents for tenders and procurement processes of all engineering projects, including evaluation and award;

  • Preparation of a scope of works and supervision of any complex work. Management of contracts through all stages of the project;

  • Direct supervision of the project team to ensure adherence to budget, programme, quality and safety;

  • Co-ordination, monitoring and adherence to procurement activities, and;

  • Reporting to Head of Engineering where required on weekly, fortnightly and monthly basis about the progress of works.

  • Oversee and coordinate design and construction including but not limited to:

  • Co-ordination of the projects through the feasibility and preliminary design phase. Engineer shall:

  • Gather all relevant information in relation to the projects;

  • Prepare specifications for topographical survey, ground investigation and demining (where required) contracts, oversee the procurement action for the contracts, supervise and certify the projects;

  • Identify any existing services/utilities;

  • Consult with stakeholders to establish the requirements of WFP;

  • Liaise with local authorities to obtain necessary authorization for the implementation of the projects;

  • Establish any constraints and/or problems associated with the projects;

  • Develop a number of outline design options for the projects (where required) for discussion with relevant parties;

  • See clients’ point of view in order to identify their needs, provide efficient service and match clients’ needs to appropriate solutions

  • Prepare a scope of works and detailed design of the projects;

  • Prepare EIA and Health and Safety plans for the project to the international standards;

  • Identify risks and allows for contingencies when planning;

  • Manage the consultant firm contract through all stages of the consultants’ contract;

  • Report to Head of Engineering on detailed cost estimates for project derived during the detailed design phase.

  • Prepare the construction tender package to include contract documentation, drawings and specifications.

  • Implement and Oversee, with WFP procurement division, the construction procurement action;

  • Prepare a scope of work for a consultant engineering firm for the supervision of the project (if required), and;

  • Supervise the construction work in line with the General Description of Tasks detailed below.

    Project Management & General Supervision

  • Supervision of the construction work, programming and co-ordination.

  • Provision of engineering and project management services.

  • Liaison with Local Authorities to obtain necessary authorization for the implementation of the projects and to ensure co-ordination of activities throughout the project duration.

  • Approval of the contractors site supervision personnel.

  • Approval of the contractors selected sub-contractors.

  • Inspection of contractor's construction equipment ensuring that compliance with the manufacturers’ requirements is being achieved and international standards relating to pollution, noise, and vibration are being complied with.

  • Inspection of material sources. Order tests of materials and ensure adherence to specifications. Approval of all material to be used on the projects.

  • Assessment of the contractor’s construction methods for the works ensuring that the methods proposed are satisfactory with respect to the requirement of quality, health and safety requirements.

  • Monitor closely the construction progress on a regular basis to ensure it is proceeding in accordance with the approved work program. Liaise with the contractor in the event of programme “slippage” to arrest the situation.

  • Authorization of all minor additional works that do not materially affect the project, at the rates established in the construction
    works contract, or at alternative rates mutually agreed upon when the works are not listed in the contract bill of quantities.

  • Ensure that the contractor adheres to local laws and customs and in particular not to use child labor for the execution of the contract.

  • Preparation (where necessary), review and approval of "as built" documentation and preparation of report(s) testifying to the satisfactory completion of the works in accordance with the contract.

  • Inspection of the completed works with the Head of Engineering and DCD including the provision of assistance in formal taking over of the works.

  • Monitoring of any required remedial works carried out during the defect’s notification period and provision of guidance to the Head of Engineering and DCD with respect to the release or otherwise of the contract retention.


  • Review, evaluation and approval of the planned construction methodology by the contractor.

  • Establishment and maintenance of project performance monitoring, evaluation and reporting up to project completion;

  • Compilation of a day by day project diary which shall record all events pertaining to the administration of the contract and any other information which may be at a later date be of assistance in resolving queries which may arise concerning execution of the works.

  • Preparation and issuance of the following reports, the format and content of which are to be acceptable to the Head of Engineering and DCD: an inception report, a monthly progress report, a detailed quarterly report and a detailed project completion report.

  • Preparation of reports, including technical appraisals, additional contract documentation, reviews on the contractor's proposals and any other relevant reports as may be required from time to time.

  • Issuance of project completion reports: draft report at 80% physical completion, full report on final completion.


  • Assess contractor submissions

  • Establish and maintain project quality assurance procedures.

  • Completion of all necessary measurements and control of quality of the works for the implementation of the works. The Engineer in consultation with the Head of Engineering will make all engineering decisions required for the successful and timely implementation of the contracts.

  • Provision of notice to the contractors of any defects and deficiencies, and issue instructions for the removal and substitution of the improper works, where provided under the contract.

  • If required, order suspension of the work(s) and/or recommend to the Head of Engineering and other recourse available under the relevant contract.

    Desired Experiences for Entry Into the Role

  • Engineering experience focused on construction supervision, contract administration and project management.

  • UN experience or similar nature Organisation is an added advantage.

  • Experience in health and safety;

  • Experience of working in difficult security environments;

  • Experience of working in project risk management;

  • Knowledge of UN Procurement procedures;

  • Familiarity with FIDIC international contract formats;

  • Experience of working in the Humanitarian context;

    Desirable Software Skills:

  • Computer Literate

  • Microsoft Project

  • Microsoft Application Software (Outlook express, PowerPoint, Word and Excel)

  • ETABS, AutoCAD, ArchiCAD

    Standard Minimum Qualifications

    Education & Experience: University Degree in Civil Engineering with 5 or more years of professional experience in a Civil Engineering projects focused on construction supervision, contract administration and project management OR a master’s degree with at least 3 year of professional experience in a related field. Experience with UN agencies is an added advantage.

    Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English. Knowledge of the local language is added advantage.


    02 of September 2022

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