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Civil Engineer (retainer position), Lviv

Job categories - Engineering
Vacancy code - VA/2021/B5116/22471
Department/office - ECR, RSMCO, Ukraine
Duty station - Lviv, Ukraine
Contract type - Local ICA Specialist
Contract level -LICA Specialist-9
Duration - Until September 2022
Application period - 02-Sep-2021 to 22-Sep-2021

Link for applying  - 

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Support for Rule of Law Reforms in Ukraine (PRAVO POLICE) Project The European U…

The Civil Engineer is a retainer based in Lviv, Ukraine to provide required services ensuring smooth implementation of the engineering works within ongoing and developing infrastructure activities. She/he is required to follow up on Work Plans and activities of contractors and report
accordingly to the Project Civil Engineer as a direct supervisor or designated alternate. The role will be based in Lviv with frequent field travels to different regions of Ukraine on an as needed basis.

The Civil Engineer provides technical assistance and expertise with reference to the construction works as well as field coordination, ensuring high quality and consistency of work, for the construction works. The Civil Engineer promotes a collaborative, client focused, quality and results-oriented approach in the Project Team.

Under the direct supervision of the Project Civil Engineer the Civil Engineer will undertake following tasks/duties in geographically determined area of responsibility:
  1. Construction works supervision

  2. Quality Assurance

  3. Monitoring and progress controls

1.  Construction works supervision

  • Provide expert opinion/advice to the Project Managers and the Project Civil Engineer on all engineering issues for assigned works. 

  • Conduct needs assessment of the building and structures that are to be reconstructed and
    provide comprehensive needs assessment reports.

  • Contribute to development, implementation, monitoring and updating of the Project plans and strategies in order to ensure delivery according to the scope budget and time.

  • Provide regular reports to the Project Managers and the Project Civil Engineer and provide inputs for the periodic and final Reports to inform donors and the key stakeholders on Project progress.

  • Manage contractors and contract execution to ensure delivery according to the scope, budget and time and in compliance with the technical documentation.

  • Formulate and/or check and revise Terms of Reference, scope of works and all technical documents/designs in line with national legal framework and UNOPS norms and standards.

  • Ensure that documentation on site are kept according to the valid law for planning and construction (daily logs, quantity books, approvals, act of appointments, tests, attest documentation).

  • Maintain the cooperation with the construction supervisors, contractors, designers and local authorities.

  • Ensure the Construction Supervisor provides reports on the activities specified within the valid law for planning and construction.   

  • Ensure respect of Health and Safety procedures on the site and notify the Supervisor of any irregularities immediately after.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by Project Civil Engineer in the agreed timeframe.

2. Quality Control
  • Supervise the quality of the construction materials and collected attest documentation.

  • Verify and contribute to technical specifications of products, apparatus, services and associated quality material

  • Ensure the contractor provides method statement for works prior commencement and perform the quality check of the presented document.

  • During the Defect Notification Period (DNP), intervene as required and liaise with the contractor to fix in a timely manner issues that arise and covered by the defect notification period.

3. Monitoring and progress controls

  • Conduct needs assessment of the building and structures that are to be reconstructed and provide comprehensive needs assessment reports. 

  • Review and contribute to Contractor’s Quality Health and Safety, Social and Environment plans and ensure its compliance.

  • Ensure on site works are provided in accordance to all Health and Safety, Social and Environmental requirements, norms, national and international best practices  

  • Hold sites coordination meetings with the contractors, technical supervisors and other stakeholders as necessary and provide minutes of meeting for construction-related meetings.

  • Provide Site Visit Reports on Project related activities, specifying work progress and arising issues

  • Contribute to development, implementation, monitoring and updating of the Project plans and strategies in order to ensure delivery according to the scope budget and time.

  • Provide UNOPS with photographic (before, ongoing, after) and reports including lesson learned.

  • Masters degree  in Civil Engineering is required.
  • Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering in combination with 2 additional years of experience may be accepted in lieu of a Masters degree.
  • Certified/Registered for construction supervision and quality assurance from the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing Ukraine is desirable.
  • Certified/Registered for consultant engineer would be an asset.
  • Project Management certification (for example PRINCE2® Foundation) would be an asset.
  • Driving licence (B category) is desirable. 

  • Minimum two years of relevant professional civil engineering experience is required. 
  • Experience in civil works design and construction, supervision and/or implementation of buildings construction and reconstruction for medium to large scale construction projects is required.
  • Experience in working with the EU and/or a UN agency would be a strong asset.

Language Requirements

  • Fluency in Russian and Ukrainian is required.
  • Working knowledge of English is required. 


  • Ability to travel independently. 

  • Strong computer skills and advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Office. 

  • Knowledge of a CAD software. 

  • Familiarity with FIDIC Contracts is desirable.

Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

This is a local position, it is therefore open to Nationals of Ukraine and to individuals who have a valid residence/work permit.

Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement (ICA) - retainer
Contract level: Local ICA, Level 9
Contract duration: Until September 2022

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.


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