United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Construction Manager
Job Number: 557935
Contract Type: Temporary Appointment
Categories: Supply Management
TA: 364 days
How Can You Make a Difference?
- Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Chief of Supply and Logistics, the incumbent will be responsible for managing the Construction Unit and all construction activities in the Country Office (School infrastructures, Health Centers, Oxygen Plants, Warehouses, etc.) and providing technical guidance to UNICEF Programmes and Operations on construction and rehabilitation activities.
- Preparation of construction annual workplan including human resources and finance management
- Collaboration with UNICEF Programmes and Operations, and coordination with Government counterparts
- Preparation and oversight of design and technical documents
- Support to procurement process including contracting and LTA management
- Monitoring of construction projects including site visits, contract management and reporting
To Qualify as an Advocate For Every Child You Will Have
- An Advanced University Degree is required in Civil Engineering, Construction Egineering, Architecture or other relevant area, or relevant first-level university degree (Bachelor’s) in conjunction with a valid relevant professional certification is required.
- A First level University Degree (Bachelor’s) in a relevant technical field (as identified above), in conjunction with additional two (2) years of relevant work experience may be taken in lieu of an advanced university degree.
- A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant experience, at the national and/or international levels, in project management, site supervision, quality assurance and/or other directly-related technical fields is required.
- Understanding of development and humanitarian work.
- Emergency experience an advantage. Skills:
- Ability to resolve difficult, complex and sensitive situations often under pressure;
- Ability to initiate and manage change in a diverse environment;
- Ability to clearly and concisely express ideas and concepts in written and oral form.
- Ability to manage and monitor the effective use of financial and human resources.
- Ability to supervise and direct a team of professional and support staff.
- The ability to allocate appropriate time and resources for successful achievement of goals and foresee risks and allow for contingencies when planning.
- Ability to implement clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies, identify priority activities and assignments, adjust priorities as required.
- Ability to work strategically to realize organizational goals, develop strategies, set clear visions.
- Advanced communication and negotiation skills to establish and maintain trusted partnerships for achievement of objectives and to develop close and effective working relationships with diverse stakeholders.
- Skill in the identification of new opportunities or requirements to meet challenges in the field and propose changes.
- Strong knowledge of latest developments and technology in construction industry.
- Strong understanding of construction project cycles, from programme needs assessment, through planning, procurement and contracting, monitoring the execution of work and evaluation of project outcomes.
- Strong overall knowledge and understanding of UNICEF programmes, public procurement principles, financial and legal aspects of construction issues, ethics and risk management of construction projects.
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset.
For every Child, You Demonstrate
- UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it.
UNICEF competencies required for this post are:
- Builds and maintains partnerships
- Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness
- Drive to achieve results for impact
- Innovates and embraces change
- Manages ambiguity and complexity
- Thinks and acts strategically
- Works collaboratively with others
- Nurtures, leads and manages people.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
Application Closing Date
27th December, 2022 (W. Central Africa Standard Time).
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online
- UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children.
- For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates are encouraged to apply.
- Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
- Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
- UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions.
- Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF.
- UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.