Construction Engineer, P-3

UNICEF, Kinshasa, Congo

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
13th January, 2015

Job Description

Purpose of the Position

  • Under the technical guidance of the Supply and Logistic Manager, the incumbent will be responsible for coordinating all construction activities in the Country Office (School infrastructures, Health Center, etc.)  The key purpose of the post is to provide the technical leadership and management capacity in the activities of construction/rehabilitation.

Key Expected Results

  • Coordinate Congo DRC construction projects. Give technical backstopping and support in matter of construction project management, to national office as well as to the respective zonal offices. Implement follow-up action and coordination related to construction implementation and monitoring. Evaluate and incorporate technical expertise into construction project proposals. Responsible for the identification, appraisal and selection of technical partners, supplies and equipment Prepare technical documents for BID, contribute to the procurement process: services and works. Ensure contract management of implementing partners: compliance with norms and standards, and timeline. Provide support and technical guidance to construction partners
  • In collaboration with Educational Ministry (EPSP) and Health Ministry, Develop and produce innovative cost effective construction models for school infrastructure and Health Centre, using local construction materials. Compile and update list of best practices in construction and design. Promote knowledge management by exchange of knowledge, information, situation analysis, experience or lessons learned; promote knowledge sharing and technical input or recommendations on major programme directions and on introduction of new initiatives in the country.
  • Develop innovative approaches and methodology for community participation in construction projects. Contextualize approaches following the specificity of the intervention zones/provinces. Conduct construction project pilot using community based approach. Concert and define with state and stakeholders, institutionalized methodology for community based approach. Gather and share Unicef lessons learned and from other stakeholders about different approaches used.
  • Undertake visits to UNICEF school and community reconstruction project sites, assess local conditions and resources, and monitor UNICEF inputs. Communicate with local counterpart authorities on project feasibility and effectiveness including monitoring the flow of supply and non-supply assistance.
  • Attend technical cooperation meetings and undertakes follow-up action and coordination related to school rehabilitation implementation and monitoring.
  • Contribute to the preparation of the country programme recommendation by drafting relevant sections of CPSS, PSS and other documentation ensuring accuracy and consistency with established rules and regulations.
  • Select and compile training and orientation materials for those involved in programme implementation, including donor and media visits.
  • Assess and analyze weaknesses and strengths of construction partners Ensure capacity building of implementing partners by Organize periodic handling and technical briefing sessions.
  • Drafts relevant sections of reports (required for donors, management, annual reports, etc.)



  • Advanced university degree in civil Engineering or Building Construction.
  • *A first university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced university degree.


  • Minimum of five years of professional work experience in construction with a focus on capacity building, design, cost, supervise, training/mentoring, communication, program monitoring and evaluation, some of which would have been in development work.


  • Fluency in French and English required.
  • Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station is an asset.


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