Chief Civil Engineer Employment Opportunity – Uganda Railways Corporation (URC)

Organisation: Uganda
Railways Corporation (URC)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to:  Managing Director
About URC:
Uganda Railways Corporation (URC) is a body corporate established under
an Act of Parliament to construct, operate and maintain railway, marine and
road services both inside and outside Uganda for the carriage of passengers and
goods. As a result of privatisation of operations, the mandate of URC changed
from that of an operator to that of asset holder, concession monitor and
advisor on railway technical matters.
Job Summary: The Chief Civil
Engineer is the overall leader of the Civil Engineering Department and
responsible for planning, monitoring, supervising and reviewing the
infrastructure aspects of the Corporation which comprises railway tracks (the
Permanent Way), bridges, culverts, level crossings, ports, real estate,
stations and terminals, container hard standings, utility lines and land, etc.
Key Duties and
  • Keenly monitor the Railway Concessionaire
    (RVR)’s compliance with the infrastructure concessionaire obligations and
    regularly reporting thereon.
  • Review RVR’s infrastructure investment
    plans to assess their need, reasonableness and compliance with the
    concession requirements, and drafting any necessary comments therefrom.
  • Inspect RVR’s infrastructure investment
    work to establish its compliance with the approved investment plans and
    the applicable laws/regulations/standards.
  • Provide civil engineering support to the
    Corporation’s Finance Department and Concession Department on concession
  • Process applications for level crossings
    and railway sidings including liaison with RVR (where applicable) and
    carrying out the necessary engineering design work.
  • Oversee the regular inspection of the
    Corporation’s non-conceded infrastructure to assess its condition and to
    determine its rehabilitation, repair and/or maintenance requirements.
  • Prepare the Civil Engineering Department’s
    annual work plans, annual procurement plans and annual budgets.
  • Initiate the procurement initiation of
    required works, supplies and services in accordance with the Corporation’s
    annual budget and annual procurement plan.
  • Manage the preparation of statements of
    requirements (designs, drawings, specifications, bills of quantities,
    schedules, etc.) and cost estimates for required civil engineering works
    and supplies.
  • Oversee the preparation of statements of
    requirements (terms of reference) and cost estimates for required civil
    engineering consultancy and non-consultancy services.
  • Oversee the provision of the civil
    engineering support to the Corporation’s Procurement and Disposal Unit
    including conducting pre-bid site inspections, answering pre-bid queries,
    evaluation of bids, negotiation of contracts and drafting of contracts.
  • Prepare and submit civil engineering plans
    and reports to the different stakeholders.
  • Oversee the management of the
    Corporation’s properties (land and estates).
  • Supervise the staff of the department.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate should preferably hold
    a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or its equivalent from a
    recognised institution. Possession of a relevant Master’s degree from a
    recognised institution will be an added advantage.
  • Membership of the Uganda Institution of
    Professional Engineers (UIPE) and registration with the Uganda Engineers’
    Registration Board (ERB)
  • A minimum of fifteen (15) years, at least
    five (5) of which at senior level, as a civil engineer with a busy
    Public-Sector organisation involved substantially in the planning, design,
    construction, rehabilitation, repair or maintenance of civil engineering
  • Previous experience with a railway
    organisation and permanent way (railway track) engineering experience will
    be an added advantages.
  • Be highly computer literate with excellent
    knowledge of Microsoft OFFICE, Microsoft PROJECT and Autodesk AUTOCAD.
  • Good working knowledge of the Uganda
    Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets (PPDA) law and
    regulations. Basic knowledge of the procurement rules and procedures of at
    least one of the major multi-lateral funding agencies (World Bank,
    European Development Fund, African Development Bank, etc) will be an added
  • Excellent report writing skills.
  • Proven ability to work under pressure in
    order to meet tight deadlines.
  • Be a Ugandan citizen.
  • Age: Above 43 years
How to Apply:
All candidates are strongly encouraged to send their applications
accompanied with a current CV clearly stating current position and
responsibilities, photocopies of academic certificates and testimonials and
complete addresses and telephone numbers of three (3) referees and their e-mail
addresses to the address indicated below;
Office of the Managing Director,
Plot 57, Nasser Road,
P.O Box 7150, Kampala.
Deadline: 29th
August, 2016
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