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Community Infrastructure Engineer

World Food Programme

Maputo, Mozambique
Humanitaire (ONG, Associations, ...), Projet/programme de développement
Opportunités de carrière : Community Infrastructure Engineer SC8, Maputo (144182)

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.

Female and Male qualified applicants are encouraged to apply

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.  Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

This position will be with WFP based in Maputo, Mozambique with frequent in-country travels across WFP operations and requires the engagement of a competent civil engineer with site supervision and project coordination experience in particular community assets creation, water infrastructure, and disaster risk reduction.

WFP Engineering (MSDE) at Rome Headquarters is established as a corporate resource of engineering expertise within WFP, mandated to provide engineering services or construction activities to WFP operations, to interagency operations where WFP has a leading role, or to humanitarian organizations, consistent with WFP's mandate, whether in routine or emergency operations; and accountabilities for governance, risk management and resources in engineering services and construction activities to reinforce technical quality and sustainable outcomes across WFP operations. 

In parallel, WFP Mozambique Programme Units initiatives address immediate food needs through cash, voucher or food transfers. At the same time, they promote the building or rehabilitation of assets that will improve long-term food security and resilience. Resilience activities aim to create healthier natural environments, reduce the risks and impact of climate shocks, increase food productivity, and strengthen resilience to natural disasters over time.

The Engineer shall support and ensure effective implementation of engineering best practices, standards, and technologies across Programme activities, where these require specific engineering services or construction activities.

The main tasks required of the position would include site supervision, technical inputs, quality control, and reporting within the engineering activities of programme units such as School Feeding, Asset Creation, Livelihoods and Resilience.

Monitor the progress of construction activities, related technical steps, and processes for a range of resilience programmes that require engineering support.

Coordinate with and receive technical guidance from WFP Engineering (MSDE, HQ) in relation to contractual strategies, expertise, and guidance about engineering design and review, project management, construction procurement processes, and contract management for construction activities and engineering technical support to WFP's programmes.

Demonstrate a strong competence with progressively responsible roles in one or more of the following engineering technologies: Civil Engineering, hydraulic engineering, competence in water infrastructure design/constructions, planning and programming engineering projects with community-based interventions.

The engineer should have experience as a site engineer with a focus on the design, coordination and construction of infrastructure. The engineer assigned to this position will require experience in construction site supervision, including knowledge and experience of structural design and water infrastructure.

Education :    University Degree in Civil Engineering and preferably with a specialization, post-graduate or master’s degree specialization in water infrastructure.  Hold or be eligible for Accreditation to “Professional Engineer” or “Chartered Engineer” status, or recognised equivalent by an appropriate national or international regulatory authority (Not necessary but an advantage).

Experience : Five or more years of relevant civil engineering experience at increasing levels of responsibilities in community infrastructure.

Languages : Fluency in both oral and written communication in the Portuguese and English 

 • Knowledge and/or experience in engineering design;
 • Knowledge and/or experience in project and contract management;
 • Experience in planning and supervision of community infrastructure projects;
 • Experience working autonomously on-site in remote locations;
 • Experience with community-based participatory practices and product asset programmes;
 • Technical competence in speaking/writing in English language, including preparation of progress reports;

Computer Skills :    

 • Microsoft office suite (level 4/5 proficiency in MS Word, Excel and Project);
 • AutoCAD (experience in drafting preliminary designs, as-built drawings and adapting detailed designs).

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
The Community Infrastructure Engineer will report to the Country Office Engineering unit and shall take technical direction from WFP Engineering (MSDE) at Rome Headquarters, in relation to all aspects of, design, construction/installation, and contract management. 

The duties required shall include but are not limited to the following : 

 1. Act as Focal Point for Programme activities within the Engineering Unit.
 2. Act as the project focal point between stakeholders including Contractors/consultants/direct labour, WFP Programme Project Manager and WFP Engineering (MSDE, HQ), in coordination with various internal units including but not limited to admin, security and procurement.
 3. Prepare technical and cost benefit appraisals, evaluations, scope of works, specifications, pricing documentation, as well as establish and maintain project quality assurance procedures and any other relevant reports as may be required.
 4. Coordinate all project elements including design, planning, material approval in consultation with WFP Engineering, construction supervision, project budgets, track cash flows/invoices, handover/close out as well as ensure that construction activities or work programmes take account of and adhere to local regulations and legislation.
 5. Liaise directly with the Programme unit and WFP Engineering, via structured meetings or other means with regards to any arising or on-going technical, financial, contractual, programme or political issues at the project sites. Provide regular updates and reports on progress.
 6. Consult with local authorities to ensure timely provision of necessary building certificates and authorisations.
 7. Evaluate the suitability of contractors/consultants/direct labour and oversee construction processes, project risk mitigating actions, programming and coordination, while ensuring that proposed methods are satisfactory and consistent with WFP’s requirements for quality and health and safety.
 8. Monitor and evaluate on-site and off-site facilities, including materials or other test laboratories, to ensure compliance with the terms of a contract. This shall include monitoring any on-site or off-site testing and recommend improvements (if any) to ensure compliance with relevant codes and standards.
 9. Assess construction equipment, plant and machinery requirements, by condition, type and specification, and assess operator skills and performance for site mobilization construction progress.
10. Monitor, supervise and report on construction progress, on a regular basis, to ensure compliance with approved designs, work programmes, contract conditions and troubleshooting. This requires constant travel to remote locations.

11.    Prepare and recommend variations/change orders to a works proposal including cost estimates, in consultation with WFP Engineering and Programme unit, to address and resolve issues encountered on site. This extends to resolving constraints and time slippage in work programmes, arising from contractors/consultants/direct labour or the evolving needs of WFP or others.

12.    Prepare, review, and approve "as built" documentation and preparation of reports confirming, or otherwise, the satisfactory completion of any work, whether by contract or by ‘direct labour’.

13.    Inspecting and reporting on completed works to the Programme unit and WFP Engineering, including overseeing ‘substantial completion’ milestones, hand over and occupation of completed works.

14.    Support Mozambique CO with the preparation of projects scope of Works, tender packages, tender evaluation, contracting and reporting.

15.    Prepare technical documentation as regard to bidding processes, for construction/installation or design services.

16.    Provide technical guidance that support a successful construction/installation procurement process.

17.    Prepare and assemble construction/installation contract documentations.

18.    Operate computer-assisted engineering and design software and equipment to perform engineering tasks.

19.    Other tasks as may be assigned by Head of Engineering or Head of Programme.

 • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
 • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
 • Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
 • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.

 • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
 • Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
 • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
 • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.

 • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
 • Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
 • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
 • Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.
 • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
 • Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
 • Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
 • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.
Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Business Support Services & Reporting Exhibits ability to convert business plans into clear actions for team members to support the implementation of the program. Collects and reports data to draw out fact-based insights.
Internal Controls & Risk Management for Administration and Engineering Utilises understanding of risk management approaches and internal controls to monitor projects and programmes to confirm regulatory compliance, ensure data integrity and ensure client satisfaction.
Resource Management for Administration and Engineering Monitors trends in staffing and resource usage to anticipate and escalate potential issues to programme leaders and key clients.
Specialised Knowledge in Engineering Applies advanced engineering knowledge in own area of responsibility and working knowledge of other engineering disciplines to provide technical support to operations and projects. Leads independent action and decision making in an engineering context.
Engineering & Project Management Demonstrates a strong proficiency in developing project scopes, engineering and design proposals, and identifying required tasks and milestones. Applies working knowledge of project management tools, engineering technologies, techniques and best practice to track and monitor project progress, delivering projects on schedule and on budget.

Position Title :  Community Infrastructure Engineer SC8

Contract Type :  Service Contract

Contract Duration : 12 Months with a possibility of renewal

Duty Station :  Maputo, Mozambique

28th July 2021

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External

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