Engineer Intern, Multiple positions

Job categories Engineering
Vacancy code VA/2022/B5329/23067
Department/office AFR, KEMCO, Zimbabwe
Duty station Chimanimani/Chipinge, Zimbabwe
Contract type Intern
Contract level Intern
Duration 6 months with possibility of extension
Application period 10-Jan-2022 to 25-Jan-2022

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

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  1.  Background Information - Zimbabwe

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.

Purpose and Scope of Assignment Specifically, the engineering interns will be re...

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

While no professional experience is required for an internship, experience in th...

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 ...

Contract type: Internship Contract level: N/A Contract duration: 6 months This ...

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