Civil Engineer (home-based retainer) At UNOPS

Background information – Peace and Security Cluster

The UNOPS Peace and Security Cluster (PSC) is a principal service provider in the field of mine action with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), UNDP, UNICEF, Governments of mine-affected countries and other mine action partners. It is led by the Director, who has overall authority and accountability for the performance PSC on behalf of its clients. The Director is responsible for administering and providing oversight of the day-to-day management of the Project Field offices, both according to the client requirements and in line with UNOPS rules and regulations.

Background information – Job specific

The Civil Engineer will work under the overall supervision of the Global Technical Advisor, PSC, New York. The Civil Engineer will provide expertise and knowledge to deliver high quality designated work packages, on time, and within budget. He/she will be responsible for assisting PSC field programs and/or other partners, with the infrastructure design (with a focus on WAM/PSSM projects), in line with the UNOPS PSC mandate. He/she will also be assisting with the development of tender documents and contract management for construction/rehabilitation of infrastructures, such as weapon and ammunition storage facilities. The position will be home based, but will involve travel to UNOPS PSC project sites globally, as required.

Functional responsibilities

*This is not a full-time position. Retainer contractors are used to carry out tasks on an intermittent basis and called upon to work when needed. There are no minimum hours or days guaranteed.

Reporting to the Global Technical Advisor, the incumbent will carry out the following tasks:

  • Conduct field visits to carry out technical assessment of infrastructure projects, project feasibility studies and design briefs
  • Develop conceptual designs, specifications and standards
  • Prepare budget estimates based on the prevailing local market rates
  • Define the scope of works, develop and prepare designs and technical specifications for the selected infrastructure projects in the country, in accordance with the UNOPS Design Manual
  • Liaise with UNOPS Infrastructure and Project Management Group during the design review process to ensure compliance with UNOPS Operational Instructions
  • Liaise with the assigned Reviewer during the design review process to obtain the UNOPS Certificate of Design Compliance
  • Perform peer reviews for UNOPS IPMG and UNMAS of low-risk infrastructure within area of technical expertise to ensure work meets requirements for safety and functionality
  • Liaise with the Procurement Unit to assist in the development of the relevant tender documents for procurement process (RFQs, ITBs and RFPs), including SoW, Designs, Engineering Estimates and Bills of Quantities
  • Draft the technical and financial evaluation of tenders and works contract development
  • Monitor supervision of the project implementation of construction works for quality, progress, compliance with the regulatory approval conditions, meeting the design specifications and standards, and conduct regular assessments and evaluations of contractor performance and resources
  • Issue site instructions, assess and approve variation requests/time extensions from the contractors
  • Assist with the establishment works progress and performance measurements, and prepare progress certificates for contractor payments
  • Prepare periodic progress reports (internal and external), conduct periodic brief of status of all projects as required, make available all data (including photographs, discussion minutes) collected on each site in an order and manner that is easily comprehensible upon completion of the site assessments
  • Ensure that lessons learned and challenges are documented throughout the project stages
  • Prepare final reports and handover reports
  • Update and maintain project documentation and filing system
  • Participate and provide technical input in recruitment of technical or any other staff assigned
  • Provide technical leadership, guidance and mentoring to the Engineering teams
  • Perform any other related duties as may be assigned


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.

Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).

Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.

Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.

Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Education and Certifications

  • Advanced University Degree (master or equivalent) in civil engineering or architecture with five years of relevant experience
  • First Level University Degree (bachelor or equivalent) in civil engineering or architecture with seven years of relevant experience
  • Blast engineering certification is desired

Work Experience

  • Relevant experience is defined as technical experience in the design, management and implementation of engineering projects
  • Experience related to the construction of security forces facilities and weapons and ammunition infrastructure is desired
  • Experience in fieldwork in remote and hazardous sites, fragile states and post conflict settings is desired


  • Fluency in English and French is required
  • Knowledge of another official UN language is desired

Contract type, level and

Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement (ICA) Retainer
Contract level: ICS-10 (P3 equivalent; IICA-2 equivalent; LICA-10 equivalent)
Contract duration: One year

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Background information – UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

How to apply

Interested candidates should apply here.

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