Project Engineer and Retooling Specialist Jobs – Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST)


Job Title:    Project Engineer and Retooling Specialist (Re-advertised)

Organization:  Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST)

Project Name: National Science, Technology, Engineering and Innovation Skills Enhancement (NSTEI-SE) Project

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Project Coordinator


About US:

The Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) is a Government agency established in 1990 by an Act of Parliament (CAP. 209) of the Laws of Uganda. The agency is mandated to facilitate the development and implementation of strategies for integrating Science and Technology (S&T) into the national development process.


About NSTEI-SE Project:

The National Science, Technology, Engineering and Innovation Skills Enhancement (NSTEI-SE) Project is a five (5) year intervention by the Government of Uganda to provide state-of-the-art specialized infrastructure and equipment, including techno training facilities to ensure that Ugandans acquire skills for designing, implementing and managing key infrastructural projects and create globally competitive businesses.


Job Summary:  The Project Engineer will conduct scientific and technical analysis of the facilities, equipment required and provide the input-output coefficients for different training and production facilities of the Project.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

·         Design, review and develop civil engineering systems, engineering workshops, mechanical system parameters and solutions in line with the prevailing technology/engineering trades, national and industry standards and Occupational Health and Safety guidelines.

·         Design and implement a framework for organizing, supervising, monitoring and evaluating the training and retooling aspects of the Project in line with M&E/L framework, technology/engineering trades and standard Instructional Design & Evaluation competencies

·         Initiate and provide input in a project functional analysis with reference to competency-based curriculum and training components, fees and collection structure, recruiting trainees including scientists & innovators, certification, assessment and placement in line with the project mission, mandate and prevailing national and industry standards.

·         Review training and learning resources and processes including trainers of trainers (ToTs) and equipment-student ratio in line with technology/engineering trades and standard Instructional Design & Evaluation competencies

·         Design and implement a framework for networking with industries in each technology/engineering trade for industry-led training programs, customized training programs and job placement opportunities for the trainees in line with the mission and mandate of the project

·         Design and implement an end to end framework for project planning, design, workflow, monitoring and evaluation, post-closure and support
internal and external resources to ensure timely delivery of the project, expected quality and allotted budget in line with the national and industry standards.

·         Design and implement a framework for operationalization of project components, quantity surveying and risk analysis in line with engineering trades and the prevailing national and industry standards.

·         Develop and implement a framework for simulating (e.g. virtual dry-runs) the project in terms of its components, timelines, operations, evaluations and closure in line with the project cycle.

·         Develop and manage subordinate staff performance through coaching, appraisal and feedback in line with talent management policy


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·         The ideal candidate must hold a Master’s Degree in any Engineering field with at least Ten (10) years of professional experience in Mechanical Engineering projects designs, implementation and post evaluation

·         Degree in Technical and Vocational Education Training, or related field of study.

·         Certified member of the International Association of Professional Mechanical Engineers (IAPME)is an added advantage.

·         A registered member of the Uganda Institute of Professional Engineers (UIPE) and Engineers Registration Board (ERB).

·         Knowledge of one or more international competency systems and innovative ideas for curriculum development and training provision.

Design (Mechanical, civil):

·         Knowledge and experience in mechanical and civil engineering designs

Machine operations:

·         Demonstrable experience in dealing with manufacturing equipment on shop floor. Practice learning and teaching:

·         In-depth knowledge and understanding of the operation of factory learning models, including assessment and certification procedures.

·         Ability to contribute to and comfortably work in a multidisciplinary setting.

Project management:

·         Demonstrable experience and knowledge in engineering projects cycles and training and learning cycles

Software application:

·         Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the use of modern engineering tools such as computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) software to design product blueprints.

·         Experience in supervising engineering projects involving system installation

Technical training

·         Substantive knowledge and verifiable experience in developing and analysing training frameworks and methodologies.

·         Proven track record of training curricula (and manual) development and/or working on TVET-related programmes.

·         Significant experience in developing training modules.

·         Demonstrable experiences in instructional design and evaluation

Personal attributes

·         Resilience and commitment: Ability and willingness to work long hours, take responsibility for delivery and meet tight deadlines.

·         Excellent communication skills.


How to Apply:

If you believe you have the relevant qualifications and experience, please send your detailed Application and CV demonstrating possession of the relevant competencies, current position, names and addresses of three referees via email to Please quote the position of interest in the subject line. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Deadline: 6th November 2020 by 5:00pm


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