Associate Engineer

UNOPS , Zimbabwe

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
1st August, 2019

Job Description

Background Information - Job-specific

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is the operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations. With over 8,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, where they need it. By implementing around 1,000 projects for our partners at any given time, UNOPS makes significant contributions to results on the ground, often in the most challenging environments.

Position Background:

Background Information – Zimbabwe:

The Project will fall under the purview of the UNOPS KEMC (Kenya Multi Country Office) Located in Nairobi, Kenya, the Kenya Multi Country Office manages a growing portfolio of engagements, including associated strategic and operational risks. The KEMC sub-region currently consists of an established Operation Centre in Nairobi/Kenya which manages a portfolio of engagements in multiple countries in East and Southern Africa. This includes a large portfolio of Infrastructure, procurement and project management service projects in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and several Island states.

Following the devastation caused to life, livelihoods and property by tropical storm Idai in March 2019, the WB has allocated up to US$ 72 million to finance a recovery project for Zimbabwe and the African Development Bank has allocated US$ 25 million to finance socioeconomic recovery in Zimbabwe. The projects addresses both early and mid-term recovery needs in multiple sectors (livelihoods, health, education, agriculture and infrastructure). UNOPS has been requested to establish a multiple projects in Zimbabwe to assist with the recovery of the selected areas in Zimbabwe that were most affected by the storm.

There are multiple projects and sections that require Associate Engineers including the World Bank funded Zimbabwe Hurricane Idai Recovery Project (ZIRP) and the AFDB funded Socioeconomic Recovery Project.

Twelve (12) Engineers will be required for the above mentioned projects, six (6) based in Chimanimani and six (6) based in Chipinge. The project is looking for civil engineers with experience across the various civil engineering spectrum from roads, bridges, water supply, electrification, irrigation, as well as structures.

The Associate Engineer is responsible for the direct implementation of project objectives. S/he must be able to apply with direction, the duties and responsibilities of the project success criteria, given below.

The incumbents will be based in one of the field offices, with regular travel to other districts of Manicaland Province and will work in close collaboration with their respective Project Managers, Lead Engineers,
and the KEMC Technical Services Unit.

The Associate Engineers will work under the guidance and supervision of and report to their respective Lead Engineers to monitor the construction work implemented by contractors and by direct implementation.

Education/Experience/Language requirements:


  • A Higher Diploma in Civil & Structural Engineering from an accredited institution is required
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Civil & Structural Engineering from an accredited university will be an added advantage and will be accepted in lieu of the respective years of experience


  • Four years of relevant working experience in Civil & Structural Engineering Design is required
  • At least (one) 1 year field experience is required
  • Experience working on construction sites in remote rural areas an advantage
  • Experience supervising construction teams desired
  • Experience using Autocad, Autocad Civil 3D, CADS RCs is desired
  • Good team player and positive attitude is desired

Language: Fluency in written and oral English language is required


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