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Expert Project Engineer Nat. Expert UNDP Zambia

Expert Project Engineer

Expert Project Engineer

National Expert
Host entity
Location, Country
Mporokoso, Solwezi (ZMB)
Language skills
Expected Starting Date
12 months
Application deadline
Eligibility criteria
Minimum age: 35 years old. Applicants must nationals of or legal residents in the country of assignment.
Description of task

Under the overall supervision of the Governance and Gender Advisor and the direct supervision of Gender Programme Coordinator, the Project Engineer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Project implementation:
    • Execute the project according to the project plan and supervise daily works;
    • Develop forms and records to document project activities and set up files to ensure that all project information is appropriately documented and secured;
    • Monitor the progress of the project and adjust as necessary to ensure the successful completion of the project;
    • Establish a communication schedule to update stakeholders including appropriate staff in the organization on the progress of the project;
    • Review the quality of works completed with the project team on a regular basis to ensure that it meets the project standards.
  • Design Development:
    • Establish and coordinate the formal and informal communication structure, processes, and procedures for the design development of the project;
    • Prepare a detailed construction design and supportive documents based on an updated indicative construction programme;
    • Manage, coordinate and integrate the construction design in a sequence to suit the project design and quality requirements in two sites – one after another;
    • Conduct and record the appropriate planning, design, coordination, and management meetings, including facilitating inputs for the design on constructability;
    • Manage, coordinate and expedite the preparation of all ‘as-built’ drawings and design documentation.
  • Tender documentation and procurement:
    • Provide support in the development of the procurement strategy for contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers;
    • Ensure appropriate insurances required for the implementation of the project by the contractor(s) are provided during the procurement stage;
    • Conduct the reconciliation of tender prices within the project budget;
    • Establish the format and procedures for monitoring and control of the cost of the works;
    • Facilitate the approval of the tender recommendation(s) by stakeholders.
  • Construction documentation and management:
    • Review detailed architectural or engineering designs prior to mobilization of works, manage all site instructions issued to the contractor and coordinate the handover of the site to the contractor;
    • Regularly monitor the performance of the contractor against the Programme of Works and Method Statement and report on any review and/or adjudication circumstances and entitlements that may arise from any changes required to the Contract Programme and Method Statement;
    • Establish efficient procedures for quality assurance, verifying contractor performance, reporting progress and problems in a timely manner, including quality control reports and quantity survey records;
    • Establish effective procedures for monitoring and controlling cost variations, including, but not limited to requests for variation or change orders, requests for time extension, and contractor’s claims and invoices;
    • Monitor and certify all necessary testing and commissioning conducted by the contractors, review and manage any adjudicated contractual claims and monitor long lead items and off-site production by the contractors and suppliers;
    • Prepare fortnightly project reports;
    • Facilitate and monitor the issuance of Works Completion Lists and the Certificate of Work Completion in the two project sites.
  • Cost Management:
    • Prepare and submit periodic cost reports during construction and conduct valuations for all submitted claims by the contractor and certify payment claims;
    • Track changes to design and/or construction works and adjust budget projections accordingly.
  • Evaluation:
    • Ensure that project deliverables are met on time, within budget and at the required level of quality;
    • Evaluate the outcomes of the project as established during the planning phase.
  • Project close out:
    • Ensure and review the issuance of the Works Completion Certificates;
    • Oversee handover of all operating and maintenance manuals, warranties and guarantees;
    • Manage and expedite the procurement of all statutory compliance certificates and documentation;
    • Manage the finalization of the Health and Safety File for submission to the client;
    • Coordinate and manage the rectification of defects during the Defects Liability Period;
    • Manage the preparation of the final account at project completion;
    • Coordinate and review the issuance of the Final Completion Defects list and Certificate of Final Completion;
    • Prepare and present the Project Closeout Report.
Required degree level
Master degree or equivalent
Educational additional comments

Master's degree or equivalent in Civil Engineering, Building Science, Structural Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management or related field. Professional Body Membership is an added advantage.

Required experience
180 Months
Experience remark
  • A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in construction management or related field;
  • Experience in engineering design, management and reporting using results framework is desirable;
  • Excellent oral and written skills;
  • Excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners;
  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
  • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment;
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;
  • Have affinity with or interest in UNDP, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development.
Language skills
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
Area of expertise
Civil engineering and construction supervision
Area of expertise details
  • Demonstrated interest and or experience in construction management and supervision.

Driving license
Competencies values
Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Client Orientation, Commitment and Motivation, Communication, Empowering Others, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Judgement and Decision-making, Knowledge Sharing, Managing Performance, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Self-Management, Technological Awareness, Vision, Working in Teams
Application procedure
* Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first register your profile at Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply. * Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first update your profile at Then go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply. Application deadline: 27 September 2021