Engineer Intern : UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services



Job Summary


UNOPS Office in Zimbabwe falls under the purview of the UNOPS KEMC (Kenya Multi-Country Office). Located in Nairobi, Kenya, the KEMC manages a growing portfolio of engagements, including associated strategic and operational risks. The KEMC sub-region currently consists of an established Operation Centre in Nairobi/Kenya which manages a portfolio of engagements in multiple countries in East and Southern Africa. This includes a large portfolio of infrastructure, procurement, and project management service projects in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and several Island states.

UNOPS manages a range of infrastructure projects in Zimbabwe in different sectors including education, health, agriculture, transport applying different implementation approaches such as labor-based and outsourced designers/contractors but always with direct supervision from UNOPS.

Following the devastation caused to life, livelihoods, and property by tropical storm Idai in March 2019, the WB has allocated up to US$ 75 million to finance a recovery project for Zimbabwe and the African Development Bank has allocated US$ 25 million. The projects address both early and mid-term recovery needs in multiple sectors (livelihoods, health, education, agriculture, transport). UNOPS manages the WB funds and has established a Project Implementation Unit (PIU) to engage multiple UN partner organizations to deliver specific components of ZIRP. UNOPS is the Implementation Agency for the AfDB project.

UNOPS is in the advanced stages of negotiations with the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement, Zimbabwe and IFAD to support the implementation of rehabilitation work for two irrigation schemes in Manicaland province, namely Romsley and Cashel Valley. Under this project funded by IFAD, UNOPS will be responsible for the delivery of designs and quality delivery of reconstruction of these irrigation schemes and the management, monitoring, and oversight of the project implementation.

2. Background Information - Job-specific

Under the overall supervision and guidance of the Lead Engineers, the Engineer Interns will use their technical expertise as required to assist in supervising and coordinating site activities.

The interns will be required to deliver high quality products to tight deadlines. Additionally, the interns will also closely collaborate with other project team members.

The interns will be responsible to abide by the security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

The internship's learning opportunities are:

Apply, expand and consolidate their engineering knowledge in a real working environment.

Active participation in the supervision and coordination of site activities.

Participate in the revision, cleaning and maintenance of the spatial database produced for the project.

Learn from real situations how to work in a team and deliver quality products within set timeframes.

Learning through practical experience.

Understanding of international organisations' project management practices.

Knowledge of UNOPS project management systems, including online platforms and Google Suite.

Exposure to UNOPS Zimbabwe projects.

Duties and Responsibilities


Purpose and Scope of Assignment

Specifically, the engineering interns will be responsible for the following tasks under the close supervision and guidance of the Lead Engineers:

Assist in performing/reviewing design works of buildings, roads, bridges, water & sanitation systems, irrigation systems, energy supply networks and other structures to the Design standards.

Assist in supervising the works on site on a daily basis.

Assist in collating feedback and preparing reports.

Technical tasks:

Assist in preparing/reviewing design briefs and design reports that address specific clients and stakeholder requirements and specifications as and when necessary.

Assist in preparing comprehensive design documentation that will include and not limited to Design report, drawings, specifications, design review checklist, bar bending schedules and other project documents to meet the required quality and detailing using latest design software and Codes.

Assist Architects, Engineers and Quantity Surveyors in the planning of projects and scheduling of tasks.

Assist in ensuring the documents prepared meet the quality standard requirements.

Assist in timely delivery of the expected outputs.

Assist in producing bills of quantities of the proposed works.

Assist in carrying out research and identify appropriate technologies/techniques/designs that can be incorporated in the project design.

Assist in the supervision of construction works.

Assist in preparing daily site logs and health & safety logs.

Assist in carrying inspection of works and recording such inspection at specific milestones during the life of the construction in line with the projects’ specifications.

Assist in witnessing and recording quality control checks (such as concrete slump test, sampling of cubes, crushing of cubes, spacing/number/size and cover of reinforcement, etc., vibrating of concrete, etc.).

Assist in the preparation of site progress reports including images and videos as required.

Assist in following up project progress versus planned schedule and raise any deviation with supervisors.

Assist in coordinating the team effort to complete any task as would be required and appropriate if assigned.

Qualifications and Experience


Must be enrolled in a University Degree Programme in Civil, Structural, Agriculture Engineering or other relevant Engineering Programme.
Applicants who have graduated from such studies within the last three years will also be considered eligible for the position.

While no professional experience is required for an internship, experience in the construction industry will be an added advantage.

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