Ground Surveyor Analyst

UNOPS, Lusaka, Zambia

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
5th June, 2020

Job Description

Background Information - Job-specific
UNOPS 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 South Africa. This includes primarily transactional projects in partnership with the Nairobi based UN Agencies, UN-Habitat and UNEP, the World Bank and multiple ‘operational’ projects in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and several island states.

KEMC has its own Technical Services Unit (TSU) which comprises a core group of technical staff supplemented by experts employed on a retainer basis. The group conducts feasibility studies and assessments and engages in design and monitoring work. The core group’s skills include Civil, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Ground surveying and GIS, Architects, Design Associates and Quantity Surveyors.

The Ground Surveyor Analyst-Retainer will provide additional capacity and particularly to the land surveying and GIS team. Under the overall supervision of the TSU Manager, the Ground Surveyor Analyst -Retainer
will give his/her technical expertise as required to carry out ground survey works as required for bulk earthworks projects and most importantly on a new earthfill dams remediation project in Zambia.

Functional Responsibilities

Specifically, the incumbent will be responsible for the following substantive tasks. The tasks would involve but not limited to:

  • Review and analysis of existing survey and Geographic Information System
  • (GIS) related documents
  • Carry out, guide and supervise ground survey of as built structures in the field
  • Analysis of raw survey data and reporting
  • Preparation of AutoCAD files of as built structures, identifying benchmarks and presenting contour maps
  • Use and presenting data in google maps (.kmz formats)
  • Any other duties as directed by the TSU Manager


  • A bachelor's degree in Surveying Technology, Land Surveying, Geomatics, Geospatial Engineering or Civil Engineering is required
  • A technical professional diploma in Surveying Technology, Land Surveying, Geomatics, Geospatial engineering or Civil Engineering or similar with 4 years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the bachelors degree.


  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in topographical surveys of at least one earth work related project is required
  • Minimum 2 years experience in AutoCAD is required
  • Proficient in using latest surveying equipment such as Geodetic/Real Time Kinematic GPS, Total station, automatic levels and ability to upload/download data and generate contour maps is desired
  • Experience working on civil works especially on dams is an asset


  • Fluency in written and oral English language required.


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