Field Engineer

International Labour Organization

Suva, Fiji

The ILO inputs intend to improve access to communities and markets, in particular those linked to the project value chain development, through the rehabilitation and maintenance of transport infrastructure, including rural roads, wharves and jetties. By applying local resource-based approaches in the infrastructure works, the ILO also seeks to (i) increase participation of local communities in the planning and implementation of works, (ii) increase the creation of jobs and income by applying employment-intensive work methods and (iii) secure the involvement of the local construction industry.
These approaches are expected to further support ambitions of the timely delivery of high-quality infrastructure, sustainable arrangements for its operation and maintenance and, equally important, value for money. By adding the dimensions of increased employment and income opportunities to rural households and more private sector business opportunities, the infrastructure works are expected to contribute to and create additional synergies with the sustainable and inclusive economic development ambitions of the project.

Description of Duties

In collaboration with local authorities, technical agencies, UN agencies and local communities, and under close supervision and guidance of the Infrastructure Specialist, the Field Engineer will engage in a number of activities, including but not limited to:

  • Carry out field surveys to build an inventory of the existing transport infrastructure in the project area and assess current condition of infrastructure structures and components.
  • Participate in the appraisal and planning of rehabilitation works on existing infrastructure as well as the establishment of effective maintenance schemes.
  • Apply appropriate technical design standards, work methods and organisation, standard bill of quantities, work norms and appropriate unit rates for the planning and design of the works.
  • Carry out quantity surveys, prepare designs and cost estimates of infrastructure works, draft bidding documents and civil works contracts and review tenders.
  • Plan and design structural works for bridges, culverts, drifts, jetties and other infrastructure components based on prevailing traffic, hydrological assessments and other ground conditions.
  • Instruct and provide guidance to counterpart agencies, contractors and local communities on local resource-based work approaches including the use of employment-intensive work methods in the rehabilitation and maintenance of transport infrastructure.
  • Organise the testing of gravel, aggregate and other building materials.  Review results of material testing and provide necessary design recommendations and work instructions.
  • Organise community consultations as part of securing adequate local involvement in the planning and implementation of works.

Supervise infrastructure works including:

  • Review contractors’ work programmes, method statements, material sources, etc. and any proposed modifications or variations.
  • Approve working drawings and approve setting out works.
  • Recommend remedial action during events or circumstances that significantly impact works in terms of quality and time.
  • Carry out or instruct appropriate quality assurance measures to secure compliance with designs, work specifications and common workmanship standards.
  • Carry out regular inspection and measurement of works, foundations, quality of materials and as-built drawings.
  • Certify and recommend payment of completed works.
  • Assess maintenance and repair work to be carried out during defects liability periods.
  • optional section (if needed)
  • Maintain expenditure plans and update works budgets.
  • Inspect working conditions at construction sites, ensuring that occupational health and safety practices are in compliance with prevailing standards.
  • Monitor and report progress of work, material tests, employment generation, OSH issues, challenges and deviations from plans, designs and work plans, etc. 
  • Plan and manage sustainable maintenance arrangements that secure all-weather access and protect past and current infrastructure investments.
  • Carry out field inspections during extreme weather to secure that rehabilitated infrastructure shows the necessary climate resilience, assessing the performance of drainage and safe discharge of water, clearance above potential flood levels, adequacy of erosion protection measures, risk of washouts, landslides or other debris compromising the function or safe use of the infrastructure.
  • Recommend remedial action when there is a risk that components of inspected infrastructure may fail or cause damage to the public during extreme weather conditions.
  • Participate as a resource person in technical training events for local contractors, counterpart agencies and local communities, including the development of training material and translations into local languages.

Required qualifications

  • Completion of Secondary education or higher education in civil engineering. University degree in civil engineering.


  • Six years of general experience including at least two years of specific experience in planning and supervising Roads and Transport Infrastructure Works

Technical requirements

  • Good knowledge of planning and implementation of road construction and maintenance works.
  • Good understanding of asset management for public infrastructure and how this translates into effective maintenance strategies.
  • Good understanding of the planning and implementation of employment-intensive public works is considered an asset.
  • Proficient in community and project stakeholder consultations.


  • Good command of English.  Knowledge of the main local language(s) is preferable.