UNHCR Project Engineer Jobs in Uganda

UNHCR Project Engineer Jobs in Uganda

Organizational Context

Nearly 162,000 refugees fled to Uganda in 2018, bringing the refugee population to more than 1.15 million people.

Wars, violence and persecution in the Horn of Africa and Great Lakes Region were the main drivers of forced displacement into Uganda, in particular insecurity and ethnic violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), South Sudan’s conflict, and political instability and human rights violations in Burundi.


UNHCR’s country operation is technically sound in the field of construction activities and is thus better able to meet the needs of persons of concern in Uganda.


The incumbent will carry out the following responsibilities to the project(s) assigned to:

  • Prepare site surveys and soil tests conducted directly by UNHCR and/or supervises site surveys and soil tests conducted by partners/other stakeholders;
  • Prepares necessary detailed designs, drawings, calculations etc. for all construction/rehabilitation projects, based on the Project Physical Site Planner's spatial design and layout (where applicable).;
  • Prepare and/or review cost estimates for construction/rehabilitation projects including detailed Bills of Quantities;
  • Prepares all necessary tender documents and/or verifies and clears such documents prepared by partners stakeholders;
  • Carry out post-contract administration duties including assessing quantities, estimating cost for documentation of interim and final payment certification and controlling costs to include projects are completed within budget;
  • Assess existing building conditions, briefing partners stakeholders in the plans and designs to ensure that the right materials and equipment used are in line with UNHCR /Government acceptable standards;
  • Day to day supervision of all construction/rehabilitation projects;
  • Ensure quality and quantity control, quantity control, variation/change order, and conducts meetings in order to ensure the project delivery meets quality standards and timeframe required by UNHCR;
  • Monitor the work and financial progresses for projects;
  • Work in close coordination with all functional Units in UNHCR (Protection, Programme, Community Services
    Administration, Supply, etc.) for all issues related to protection, population of concern figures and assistance;
  • Actively contributes to the preparation of the specific projects budget and monitors the financial performance of a given area of activity versus set budget to ensure alignment;
  • Complies with all relevant stakeholders safety, quality, health and environmental procedures to ensure healthy and safe work environment;
  • Performs other related duties as may be assigned.

    Required Competencies
  • Judgement and Decision Making
  • Strategic Planning and Vision
  • Leadership
  • Managing Resources
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Technological Awareness
  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Political Awareness
  • Stakeholder Management

    Essential Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering;
  • At least 5 years' experience in supervising construction projects in Uganda;
  • Knowledge of Project management tools and processes;
  • Excellent command of English Language (Written and Spoken);
  • Strong report writing skills;
  • Good knowledge of basic computer software, including AutoCAD and GPS data collection as engineering design tools..
  • Experience in the management of construction sites

    Desirable Qualifications & Competencies
  • Experience in all disciplines of civil engineering;
  • Good knowledge of ArcGIS
  • Familiarity with National Construction standards;
  • Skills on project formulation, planning, supervision and management.
  • Proficiency in additional UN languages would be an asset.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 13th June 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; UNHCR Project Engineer Jobs in Uganda

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