• Added Date: Wednesday, 02 June 2021
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 14 June 2021

Position Title: Engineer

Duty Station: Abidjan, Cรดte d'Ivoire

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P3

Type of Appointment: Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 14 June 2021

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. Read more about diversity and inclusion at IOM at

Applications are welcome from first- and second-tier candidates, particularly qualified female candidates as well as applications from the non-represented member countries of IOM. For all IOM vacancies, applications from qualified and eligible first-tier candidates are considered before those of qualified and eligible second-tier candidates in the selection process.

For the purpose of this vacancy, the following are considered first-tier candidates:

  1. Internal candidates

  2. Candidates from the following non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Fiji; Gabon; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Luxembourg; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include:

All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.


IOM has been operating in Cรดte dโ€™Ivoire since 2001 to support Ivorian authorities efforts to manage migration effectively.

Since 2017 IOM Cรดte dโ€™Ivoire has extensively worked in partnership with the Territorial Surveillance Directorate (Direction de la Surveillance du Territoire, DST) from the Ministry of Interior and Security to enhance border management capacities of relevant authorities at the local, regional and national level as well as to promote social cohesion and engagement of border communities.

Particularly, support has been provided for the identification and technical assessment of sites across the country potentially suitable for Border Post construction in line with the counterpart strategical priorities. Over the past years, six Border Posts have been constructed and equipped in the North, West and East border areas.

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission and the direct supervision of the CBMM Programme Manager, in coordination with the IBM Regional Thematic Specialist at the Regional Office in Dakar, the successful candidate will be responsible and accountable for the planning, management, implementation and supervision of civil engineering and infrastructure works under the IBM portfolio

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Plan, control and manage the overall implementation of civil engineering and infrastructure works and ensure timely and quality delivery in compliance with projectsโ€™ specifications, donor requirements as well as with IOM rules and quality standards.

  2. Coordinate technical designs and specifications and provide technical advice and assistance to relevant missions within the West African Region on border infrastructure construction and rehabilitation components under national and regional projects.

  3. Manage and coordinate financial/budgetary planning, monitoring and reporting on financial expenditures, exercise overall quality control, including compliance with procedures for all infrastructure components of national and regional projects, and review progress payment application for work completed.

  4. Supervise and provide guidance to the engineering teams in charge of on-site implementation and the monitoring of construction and/or rehabilitation works. Ensure that Detailed Engineering Documents (DED) preparation is properly and efficiently completed, issue instructions and certify prepared documentation.

  5. Prepare or coordinate the preparation of technical reports as well as monitoring and evaluation reports of all infrastructure components of national and regional projects. Assess contractor performance and prepare site reports as required.

  6. Develop detailed and clear risk management plans for infrastructure, construction and rehabilitation works, taking into account the local operating environment and any local issues relevant to each site.

  7. Lead technical visits and assessments in selected areas for civil engineering and infrastructure works and prepare relevant reports, briefs and other documents as may be required.

  8. Develop architectural and engineering designs as well as any other technical and financial documentation required for construction or rehabilitation works.

  9. Coordinate with and advise the Procurement and Logistics Unit for the identification, preparation and follow up on tendering and contracting processes (Bill of Quantities, required supplies and equipment, cost estimates and construction workplans).

  10. Interface and coordinate with Government technical focal points at the central and community levels on all aspects of project implementation, monitoring and follow up for infrastructure works of national and regional projects.

  11. Initiate and take part in discussions with Government and UN agency focal points and donors for future collaboration.

  12. Oversee and certify the Quality Assurance (QA)/Quality Control (QC) monitoring of the quality delivery of engineering works of relevant consultants and appointed construction firms, and ensure testing, commissioning and the accurate infrastructure handover to the beneficiaries.

  13. Assess and follow up on lessons learnt, beneficiary feedback and the overall impact of implemented activities.

  14. Prepare or coordinate timely and quality project reporting as per donor requirements.

  15. Identify and develop project proposals on civil engineering areas of work and related budget estimates and plans.

  16. Develop Terms of Reference for feasibility studies to be undertaken as required.

  17. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


โ€ข Masterโ€™s degree in Civil Hydraulic, Environmental Engineering, Architecture, Civil Engineering or other related field and five years of relevant professional experience; or

โ€ข University degree in the above mentioned fields and seven years of relevant professional experience.


โ€ข Experience in urban planning, architectural design, construction project management.

โ€ข Good knowledge of project development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation as well as procurement procedures

โ€ข Excellent analytical, writing and reporting skills

โ€ข Previous experience with international NGOs, United Nations, Bilateral or Multilateral agencies in diversified cultural background and hard work situation is preferred.


IOMโ€™s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.

External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese).

For all applicants, fluency in English and French is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of local languages are an advantage.

Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.


Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database


Required Competencies:

Values - all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values:

โ€ข Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.

โ€ข Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.

โ€ข Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies โ€“ behavioural indicators level 2

โ€ข Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.

โ€ข Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.

โ€ข Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.

โ€ข Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organizationโ€™s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.

โ€ข Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

Managerial Competencies โ€“ behavioural indicators level 2

โ€ข Leadership: provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organizationโ€™s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential.

โ€ข Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.

โ€ข Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organizationโ€™s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.

IOMโ€™s competency framework can be found at this link.

Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.


Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.

Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

This selection process may be used to staff similar positions in various duty stations. Recommended candidates endorsed by the Appointments and Postings Board will remain eligible to be appointed in a similar position for a period of 24 months.

The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in the Professional Category of staff members. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty stationโ€™s country cannot be considered eligible.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted.

This vacancy is archived.

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