Site Engineer Intern, Multiple positions

Job categories Engineering
Vacancy code VA/2020/B5329/20946
Department/office AFR, KEMCO, Zimbabwe
Duty station Multiple Positions, Zimbabwe
Contract type Intern
Contract level Intern
Duration 6 months with possibility of extension
Application period 23-Dec-2020 to 18-Jan-2021

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

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  1. Background – Zimbabwe

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is the operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world.  Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations.  With over 8,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, where they need it.  By implementing around 1,000 projects for our partners at any given time, UNOPS makes significant contributions to results on the ground, often in the most challenging environments.

The Zimbabwe projects fall under the purview of the UNOPS KEMC (Kenya Multi Country Office) located in Nairobi, Kenya. The Kenya Multi Country Office 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. 


Following devastation caused to life, livelihoods and property by tropical storm Idai in March 2019, the WB has allocated up to US$ 72 million to finance a recovery project for Zimbabwe and the African Development Bank has allocated approx. US$ 25 million. The projects address both early and mid-term recovery needs in multiple sectors (livelihoods, health, education, agriculture, transport). UNOPS has been requested to manage the WB funds and has established a Project Implementation Unit (PIU) and is the Implementation Agency for Community Infrastructure as well as larger public infrastructure under the AfDB-funded project. 

      2. Background Information - Job-specific

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

The interns will be required to deliver high quality products to tight deadlines. Additionally, the Interns will also closely coordinate with other projects’ team members.

The incumbents 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 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 organization's project management practices.

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

  • Exposure to UNOPS Zimbabwe  projects.

Purpose and Scope of Assignment Specifically, the incumbents will be responsible...

Must be enrolled in a University Degree Programme in Civil, Structural Engineeri...

While no professional experience is required for an internship, relevant work ex...

Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of other UN langu...

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and enc...

Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time Applications ...

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