Civil Engineer

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Ukraine Office Information

With presence and experience in Ukraine since 2016, UNOPS has provided, on behalf of the Government and people of Ukraine, project management and procurement services to support the national reform and sustainable development agenda, take environmental and climate action, strengthen the rule of law, improve energy and healthcare solutions, as well as address economic and governance institutional weaknesses.

The invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 has led to a severe and highly complex humanitarian emergency with a global impact not witnessed in Europe for over 70 years. The international response to the Ukraine crisis has been significant, with exceptional support being provided by many donor countries and organizations. UNOPS, with its ability to add considerable value in its core mandated areas of infrastructure, procurement, and project management services, is part of the response to the ongoing emergency and is augmenting its capacity to be able to provide robust and timely support over the long term, through the recovery and eventual reconstruction phases.

Recognising the enormity and complexity of the challenges ahead, UNOPS has established dedicated Ukraine Country Offices (based in Kyiv and Mykolaiv), from where UNOPS’ operations will, with the support of the UNOPS ECR Regional Office (based in Geneva) and UNOPS’ HQ (Copenhagen), be planned, resourced, implemented, managed and controlled in the months and years ahead.

About the role

UNOPS Ukraine Country Office is looking for a Civil Engineer to provide the required services ensuring smooth implementation of the engineering works within ongoing and developing infrastructure activities in Mykolaiv. Specifically, the role is expected to provide engineering support for the design, rehabilitation and construction works of households, buildings and shelter facilities in Mykolaiv.

The Civil Engineer is required to follow up on Work Plans and activities of contractors and report accordingly to the Senior Project Manager as a direct supervisor or designated alternate. The role will be based in Mykolaiv 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.

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



Under the direct supervision of the Senior Project Manager or designated alternate, the Civil Engineer will undertake following tasks/duties in geographically determined area of responsibility:

  1. Preconstruction services
  2. Construction works supervision
  3. Quality Assurance
  4. Monitoring and progress controls

1. Preconstruction services

  • Support various UNOPS teams with technical details during Business Development and Pre-Construction Stages (e.g. draft technical part of Needs Assessments, ToRs and similar tasks).
  • Conduct needs assessment of the building and structures that are to be reconstructed and provide comprehensive needs assessment reports.
  • 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.
  • Support Project Managers, Senior/Lead Engineers and Procurement with drafting Design Briefs and collating initial data for various Consultants’ assignments.
  • Review the drawings, specifications and other deliverables prepared by the design consultant to ensure its consistency, completeness, compliance to Design Briefs, and to UNOPS design guidelines.
  • Support the Senior Project Manager and the Lead Engineer to coordinate with the UNOPS Design Review process.
  • Coordinate with the design consultant to ensure that the feedback from UNOPS Design Review team, and the relevant authorities are incorporated in the final design package prior to the construction tender.
  • Support the UNOPS Procurement in the preparation of terms of reference for the construction tender and collate technical documents for the tender package.
  • Support the Senior Project Manager and the Lead Engineer to respond to the request for clarifications from the bidders during the tender solicitation stage.
  • Participate in the tender evaluation process, as required.

2. Construction works supervision

  • Provide expert opinion/advice to the Senior Project Manager and the Lead Civil Engineer on all engineering issues for assigned works.
  • 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 Senior Project Manager and the Lead 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 is 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 contractor 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 the Lead Civil Engineer in the agreed timeframe.

3. Quality Assurance

  • Supervise the quality of the construction materials and collect attest documentation.
  • Verify and contribute to technical specifications of products, apparatus, services and associated quality material
  • Ensure the contractor provides a method statement for works prior to commencement and performs 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 are covered by the defect notification period.

4. Monitoring and progress controls

  • Review and contribute to the 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 site 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 photographs (before, ongoing, after) and reports including lessons learned.




  • A Bachelor’s degree in infrastructure-related fields such as civil or construction engineering, architecture, construction management or a similar field is required

Work experience

  • 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.


  • Driving licence (B category) is required.
  • Certification/registration 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.


  • Fluency in Ukrainian is required.
  • Working knowledge of English is an advantage.


  • Ability to travel independently is required.
  • Strong computer skills and advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Office Package, Google Workspace, or similar, are required.
  • Knowledge of autoCAD or similar software is required.
  • Familiarity with FIDIC Contracts is desirable.



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.



Contract type: ICA
Contract level: Local ICA Specialist
Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.’

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

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


  • Please note that UNOPS does not accept unsolicited resumes.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.
  • UNOPS embraces diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity. Our workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities. UNOPS seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce.
  • Qualified women and candidates from groups which are underrepresented in the UNOPS workforce are encouraged to apply. These include in particular candidates from racialized and/or indigenous groups, members of minority gender identities and sexual orientations, and people with disabilities.
  • We would like to ensure all candidates perform at their best during the assessment process. If you are shortlisted and require additional assistance to complete any assessment, including reasonable accommodation, please inform our human resources team when you receive an invitation.

Terms and Conditions

  • 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 (they take around 4 hours to complete) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS. For more information on a retainer contract here.
  • All UNOPS personnel are responsible for performing their duties in accordance with the UN Charter and UNOPS Policies and Instructions, as well as other relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, all personnel must demonstrate an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a manner consistent with UN core values and the UN Common Agenda.
  • It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential personnel. Recruitment in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.


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