Closing date: Tuesday, 19 September 2023

Civil engineer

( 2308156 )

Grade : No grade

Contractual Arrangement : Special Services Agreement (SSA)

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 3 mois

Job Posting: Sep 5, 2023, 2:39:37 PM

1. Background

As part of the implementation of its 2022-23 work plan, the WHO Burkina Faso office is in the process of finalizing an agreement with a donor for the construction of a store and warehouse for the benefit of a national beneficiary. The said project is planned over a period of one year. To carry out this large-scale project, the WHO country office intends to recruit a national civil engineer for technical monitoring of the construction work.

Missions / Tasks / Deliverables

The Civil Engineer will work collaboratively with technical staff, regional and country office counterparts, donors and other key stakeholders and ensure the application of WHO rules and regulations, rules and guidelines financial statements, the exercise of judgment and previous experience in their application. Duties require constant contact to obtain and communicate information, and coordinate program activities, and communicate with counterparts in WHO/HQ and regional offices, to obtain cooperation and resolve problems, if any. The work is regularly reviewed in discussion with the supervisor, during information sessions and debriefing.

2. Deliverables

Specifically, under the direct supervision of the Construction Project Administrator, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following responsibilities:

  •  Assist in the development of a clear project file;
  •  Attend project launch meetings;
  •  Assist in the preparation of the specifications and the preambles of the work;
  •  Advise on procurement policy for the project;
  •  Advise on rights, constraints, consents and approvals;
  •  Define the services and scope of work required;
  •  Inspect the site and provide advice on necessary site or other surveys, analyses, tests and investigations when necessary, including the availability and location of infrastructure and services;
  •  Determine the availability of data, drawings and plans relating to the project;
  •  Provide advice on criteria specific to own scope of work that could significantly influence the lifecycle cost of the project;
  •  Ensure the design and supervision of construction works (buildings, roads and other infrastructure);
  •  Assist in the preparation of technical project documents;
  •  Assist in defining a timetable for implementing activities;
  •  Ensure regular and rigorous monitoring of the materials used and the composition of the various inputs;
  •  Facilitate the implementation of project activities among the various stakeholders;
  •  Maintain a close monitoring table for the implementation of project activities;
  •  Carry out a monthly update on the level of work execution;
  •  Follow up on outstanding items with partners;
  •  Advise WHO on major technical actions to be taken within the framework of the project;
  •  Ensure general supervision of construction work;
  •  Follow up on outstanding items with partners;
  •  Perform other related duties as needed or directed, including providing support to other areas of the job.

3. Qualifications, experience, skills and languages


Education :


 Master’s degree in engineering, infrastructure and construction, urban planning, architecture, water and sanitation or a related field.


 Higher diploma in real estate management and development.

Experience :


 At least two years of relevant experience in the field of engineering and management of building construction, town planning, architecture, water and sanitation or in a related field.


 Experience working in a large team (10 and more) or in another United Nations System (UNS) Agency would be an asset. Experience based on Oracle or other ERP systems is also an asset

Functional skills and knowledge:

  •  Ability to work and produce results under pressure and meet deadlines;
  •  Excellent interpersonal skills, diplomacy, tact and discretion;
  •  Good judgment and initiative;
  •  Excellent analytical and writing skills are essential;
  •  Proven experience in project management, monitoring and evaluation, information collection, data management and reporting;
  •  Strong expertise in analyzing, organizing and monitoring costs and expenses to verify compliance and determine the impact and results of awarded grants;
  •  Ability to motivate others and work under pressure to meet defined deadlines;
  •  Previous experience supporting work planning with proven ability to proactively problem solve;
  •  Proven skills in organizing, presenting and writing in a clear and concise manner, combined with a commitment to quality and customer focus, including the ability to facilitate training and build capacity of team members;
  •  Excellent interpersonal skills, discretion, tact and diplomacy;
  •  Good knowledge of IT tools (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook and Internet).

Essential skills:

  •  Promote integration and teamwork;
  •  Respect individual and cultural differences and ensure that everyone participates;
  •  Communicate credibly and effectively;
  •  Produce quality results;
  •  Promote WHO’s position as an authority on health.


Essential:  Excellent knowledge of French

Desirable:  Working knowledge of English (intermediate level) would be an asset

4. Supervision Technique

The Civil Engineer reports to the general supervision of the WHO Representative with direct supervision of the Office Construction Project Administrator.

5. Place of assignment

The Civil Engineer will be based at the WHO Representation Office in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

6. Voyage & missions

Depending on the needs, the candidate will be required to carry out field missions.

7. Fees and budget (Travel cost excluded)

The consultant will be paid at the grade equivalent to NO-B of the SNU salary scale in Burkina Faso

Monthly salary: 1,681,917 Currency: XOF Grade: NOB equivalent

The salary will be paid monthly upon presentation of the deliverables mentioned above.

Initial recruitment period: Three months with the possibility of renewal subject to availability of funds and after satisfaction of the results.

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