Construction Manager, (P-4), Fixed Term, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), #112448

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 02 June 2020
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 16 June 2020

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.

And we never give up.

For every child, infrastructure

Under the technical guidance of the Senior Supply and Logistics Manager, the Construction Manager will be responsible for coordinating UNICEF infrastructure construction activities in the Country Office.

The key purpose of the post is to provide the Construction Unit with technical leadership and management capacity for construction/rehabilitation projects for the benefit of the various Country Program activities, in close coordination with Health, Education, Child protection, WASH and Emergency sections as well towards Operations Section requirements.

The Construction Manager will be responsible to ensure that all parties under the contractual obligations meet their tasks and responsibilities as efficiently and effectively as possible, delivering the services as established in the contract. She/he will manage the implementation of procurement processes,and elaborate the Statement of Works and solicitation documents in conjunction with the Programme Sections, ensuring full compliance within UN/UNICEF rules, regulations, policies, guidelines and strategies.

How can you make a difference?

1. Planning

Ensures that ongoing and forecasted construction activities are planned as per time, budget and quality expectations, and that necessary resources and processes are in place. Advise and support programme sections and field offices with the identification and planning of their construction activities, participate and review construction related components in proposals, and ensure feasibility and fitness for purpose. Contribute to the preparation of the Country Programme recommendation by drafting relevant sections of CPSS, PSS and other documentation ensuring accuracy and consistency with established rules and regulations.

2. Oversight

Ensures UNICEF’s monitoring of all construction related activities, assess local conditions and resources, oversee the completion of UNICEF outputs and ensure the appropriate level of stakeholder’s management and policy compliance throughout the project lifecycle, including monitoring the flow of supply and non-supply assistance. Under the guidance of the Chief Supply, be responsible for the development and implementation of identification, appraisal and selection mechanisms for technical partners, supplies and equipment, for construction activities. Evaluate and analyze financial and supply reports to ensure appropriateness of documentation, expenditures are within allotments, data is consistent withprogramme information data base system (PIDB). Report to the Supervisor and/or Head of Office the outcome of reviews.

3. Management

Manage a team of professionals in the field of construction at country level, ensure that all team requirements are met such as Performance Evaluation (PRA/PER), on the job training and self-development. Where necessary, support the performances of staff by implementing a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP). Attend technical cooperation meetings and undertakes follow-up action and coordination related to construction/rehabilitation activities undertaken by UNICEF in DRC. Enable team to perform and achieve set objectives and agreed delivery performances, as established by Chief Supply. Drafts relevant sections of reports (required for donors, management, annual reports, etc.).

4. Innovation

Under the guidance of the Chief Supply, Drive innovation through the development of prototypes for the benefit of Programme Sections: Design construction solutions and conduct evaluation activities in support of the entire UNICEF office. Compile and update list of best practices in construction and design, contribute to the development of UNICEF policy in terms of construction activities and share findings with partners, service providers, national counterpart, and other stakeholders. Select and compile training and orientation materials for those involved in programme implementation, including donor and media visits.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in civil Engineering or Building Construction.*A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree. A minimum of eight (8) yearsof relevant professional experience in construction with a focus on capacity building, design, cost, supervise, training/mentoring, communication, program monitoring and evaluation, some of which would have been in development work. Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is an added advantage. Specialized training/experience in emergency response management highly desirable. Fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The functional competencies required for this post are...

Leading and supervising (II) Formulating strategies and concepts (II) Analyzing (II) Applying technical expertise (II) Planning and Organizing (II) Relating and networking (II) Coping with set-back and pressure (II)

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


* 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.

* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receivingan offer.

* Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offer of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service.

This vacancy is archived.