Job Title Project Engineer
Type Internal/External
Type Of Contract Temporary

Vacancy Notice Internal/ External Vacancy Notice Number Ro/001/19
Position Number Ro/001/01/19
Number Of Vacancies Other
Location South West, West Nile, Mid West Duty Stations
Position Grade NO-A
Closing Date 2019-06-13
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.

South Sudanese make up the largest refugee population in Uganda (785,104) as of October 2018, followed by refugees from the DRC (284,265) and Burundi (33,657). Another 51,326 refugees from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Rwanda, Somalia and Sudan have lived in protracted exile in Uganda for the past three decades.

More than 63 percent of Uganda’s refugees are under the age of 18, one of the most visible consequences of conflicts in neighboring countries - and with clear implications for the provision of protection services. Women represent 52 percent of the entire refugee population.

Twelve of Uganda’s 121 districts host the overwhelming majority of refugees. About 95 percent live in settlements alongside the local communities, mainly in northern Uganda or West Nile (Adjumani, Arua, Koboko, Moyo, Lamwo and Yumbe) with smaller numbers in central Uganda or Mid-West (Kiryandongo and Kikuube) and southern Uganda or South West (Kyegegwa, Kamwenge and Isingiro). Urban centres are home to less than five percent of the refugee population, mainly Kampala, although there is a trend from settlements to these centres that requires more attention than has been the case to date.

UNHCR implements construction/rehabilitation projects in different locations in Uganda and is hereby seeking qualified and experienced Project Engineers to apply for a Project Engineer Roster in the locations mentioned above. Depending on the outcome of written test and verbal interviews, the selected applicants will be placed on the Roster, per geographical location(s), in priority order. Number-1 on the roster means the most highly qualified and experienced. The enrolment of selected applicants on the roster doesn't in any way constitute right for employment with UNHCR. Selected applicants on the roster will only be called to work with UNHCR on specific project(s) in the location(s) qualified for and for the duration of the project(s) assigned to.

The Project Engineer will oversee the day to-day operations of the construction project(s) assigned to, to ensure that the Works are implemented and completed to the quality desired (as per specifications and designs), within time and project(s) budget


Functional Statement

Accountability (key results that will be achieved)

  • 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.

Responsibility (process and functions undertaken to achieve results)

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.

Authority (decisions made in executing responsibilities and to achieve results)

  • Responsible for the delivery of the quality of works executed by contractors, consultants, partners stakeholders Supervises site engineers and is responsible for their training and quality delivery of projects in accordance with UNHCR quality standards.
  • Represent UNHCR in the meetings and fora related to the functions.



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.
Operational Context

In order to ensure that all UNHCR construction projects in Uganda are delivered to satisfactory and harmonized technical quality standards within desired budgets and timelines, it is imperative to ensure that construction and rehabilitation projects have the necessary supervision capacities as may be needed. UNHCR, Uganda has therefore decided to establish a roster of Project Engineers for different locations.