Lead Civil Engineer

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Last update: Apr 15, 2024 Last update: Apr 15, 2024


Deadline: Apr 30, 2024 Deadline for applications has passed
Location: Malawi
Organization: UNOPS
Job type:Contract, 12 months +
English English
Work experience:Min 5 years
Date posted: Apr 15, 2024


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Dutystation: Lilongwe, Malawi

Functional responsibilities

1. Construction management
  • Implement approved work packages (including the establishment of milestones) within tolerances set by the Project Manager

  • Manage the production of the required products, taking responsibility for overall progress and use of resources and initiating corrective action where necessary.

  • Liaise with any external suppliers or account managers.

  • Prepare and review progress reports that address specific clients and stakeholder requirements when necessary.

  • Review contractor’s method statements, safeguards requirements and monitor compliance with approved documents.

  • Work closely with other technical professionals and contractors in the planning of work, scheduling of tasks.

  • Advise the Project Managers of any deviations from the plan. Identify areas where alterations to approved design may be required and lead the process to secure approval through UNOPS’s agreed channels.

  • Identify and manage risks so that maximum benefit to clients and stakeholders is achieved. Manage and review product quality and ensure products are accepted.

  • Monitor and evaluate the performance of service providers.

  • Ensure the documents prepared meet the quality standard requirements.

  • Responsible for timely delivery of the expected outputs to project coordinator and manager.

  • Able to produce civil bills of quantities.

  • Highlight possible non or late delivery prior to the event.

  • Carry out site inspections and assessments as required.

  • Monitor contractor’s progress during Defects Notification Periods and compile reports as required.

  • Develop specifications, procedures and QA/QC protocols when required.

  • Proactively assist senior staff in managing the design projects, ensuring that they meet the high standards expected by UNOPS, while delivering the program within its time and budget constraints.

  • Liaise with clients and address requirements when required.

  • Carry out technical reviews as appropriate.

2. Personnel management

  • Lead and motivate the Construction teams.

  • Ensure that behavioral expectations of team members are established.

  • Ensure that performance reviews are conducted.

  • Identify outstanding staff and bring them to the attention of the Supervisor.

  • Have a thorough understanding of UNOPS personnel contract modalities (including ICA and Staff). Ensure safety and security for all personnel and comply with UN DSS standards.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Advanced University Degree in Civil & Structural Engineering, Architecture, Geotechnical Engineering or other relevant discipline is required.

  • University Degree (bachelor’s degree / first level) with a combination of 5 additional years of relevant professional experience in Architecture, Civil & Structural Engineering or other relevant discipline may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in Architecture, Civil & Structural Engineering Design and implementation is required.

  • Experience in site supervision is an asset.

  • Experience in construction activities incorporating vertical structures is an asset.

  • Experience working on projects in conflict/disaster prone areas is an asset.

  • Experience working in Africa and Indian Ocean Islands is an asset.

Language Requirements

  • Excellent written and spoken English language is required.