UN Engineer Job Opportunities – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

 Job Title:             Engineer
Organization: United Nations
World Food Programme (WFP)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Position Grade: NOB
Reports to: Head of Supply
About US:
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline
agency against world hunger. It is the largest and longest serving humanitarian
agency in Uganda. . Currently WFP focuses on three priority areas: Saving lives
in Emergencies; Building Resilience through Predictable Safety Nets; Improving
Nutrition & Mother-and Child Health; and Supporting Small Holder Farmers to
Access Markets. WFP has operations in various parts of the Country.
Job Summary: The Engineer
manages the designs, provide construction/engineering expertise and
certification of the completed projects of the UN WFP.  The incumbent reports to the Head Of Supply
Chain or his or the designate, and are subject to overall normative and
technical direction by the Chief Engineer, WFP Engineering in relation to all
matters of engineering services and construction activities. The incumbent will
be involved in day–to-day practical engineering activities and analytical work.
Subject to the overall guidance, job holders complete assignments and provide
advice on engineering issues, applying the established norms, standards
regulations and providing expertise in making determinations and
recommendations across a range of daily activities.
Key Duties and
  • Under the direct supervision of the Head
    of Logistics and in close liaison with all the other units and the
    sub-offices, carry out assessment of construction related needs and
    provide the most viable options for management decisions.
  • Provide alternative designs where
    applicable for selected options and advise management on cost estimates
    for the designs.
  • Assist the Procurement Section, Programme
    Unit, Sub-Offices and occasionally partners in the identification of
    potential contractors.
  • Render support to the Procurement section
    in and in conformity to the WFP rules and procedures in the areas
    • Prepare bidding documents for
      tender purposes;
    • Tender evaluation;
    • Identification of competitive
    • Monitor and supervise
      construction works to ensure that they meet specified standards
    • Identify contractual
      shortcomings in time and recommend remedial action;
    • Carry out measurement of work
      progress and prepare work progress reports;
    • Advise management on
      satisfactory performance and issue final certificates of completion to
      facilitate payment processing.
  • Significantly contribute to the
    implementation of WFP Policies, standards, norms and practices ensuring
    compliance with wider WFP policies, procedures, guidelines and operations.
  • Provide engineering and project management
    services, apply best practices, standards and innovative technologies that
    comply with WFP standards and processes.
  • Actively contribute towards the analysis
    of project proposal to enable effective decision making on project
    technical feasibility.
  • Prepare evidenced based recommendations
    for senior staff on measures to improve WFP facilities suitability to
    operational purpose, safety, and efficiency of structures and equipment.
  • Collate data and contribute to preparation
    of accurate and timely reporting on outputs to facilitate informed
    decision-making and consistency of information presented to the
  • Take part in the technical or design
    review, exchange of knowledge and experience, keeping abreast of
    construction and engineering technologies, to facilitate implementation of
    innovative engineering solutions.
  • Provide support in the capacity building
    of engineering staff to facilitate the continued development and high
  • Build and maintain partnerships with
    internal and external clients to effectively meet clients’ expectations.
  • Actively contribute to preparedness
    actions, providing technical recommendations and guidance and monitor the
    management of risks.
  • Perform any other duties as may be
    assigned from time to time.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations
    UN World Food Programme (WFP) Engineer job opportunity should hold a
    Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or related Engineering discipline.
    Hold or be eligible for Accreditation to “Professional Engineer” or
    “Chartered Engineer” status, or recognised equivalent by an appropriate
    national or international regulatory authority.
  • Experience in working effectively under
    supervision on a large number of varied design and construction projects
    and taken responsibility for work elements which have been assigned.
  • Significantly contribute to projects
    demonstrating knowledge of engineering specialisations in relation to fire
    safety, seismic blast or environmental requirements.
  • Fluency (level C) in English language and
    the duty station’s language, if different.
Personal Competencies:
  • Business Support Services &
    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
  • 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.
4Ps Core Organisational
Capabilities (Purpose, People, Performance and Partnership):
  • 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
    Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in
    which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday
    Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall
    operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.
  • People:
  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s
    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
    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 &
    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
How to Apply:
All candidates who desire to join the United Nations World Food Programme
are encouraged to submit their applications online at the link below.
Deadline: 6th April 2017

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