UN Job Opening
Addis Ababa - Ethiopia

Department/Office:Economic Commission for Africa
Duty Station:ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period:24 October 2018 – 22 November 2018
Job Opening Number:18-Engineering-ECA-104404-R-Addis Ababa (X)
Staffing ExerciseN/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Africa Hall Project Management Office within Division of Administration at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The incumbent works under the direct supervision of the Project Architect/Engineer of the Africa Hall project and overall supervision of the Project Manager.


Within delegated authority, the Clerk of works will be responsible for performing the following duties: 

•Assist the Project Engineer/Architect and Project Manager in reviewing the designer’s site plans and specifications to ensure they are in compliance with defined project scope as well as construction contract(s) in force; 
•To preliminarily verify and advise on all proposed construction materials for the project, and ensure that they meet the specifications in terms of quality and adherence to contractual documents;
•To accompany the consultant while inspecting the contractor’s work and record the progress of the construction, including site logistics, swing space plan and its surroundings to ensure compliance with project plans and specifications, guidelines on environmental management and housekeeping/safety/security on the site, and to identify and record any unexpected issues of concern that need to be managed with the contractor; 
•To accompany the consultant in the inspection/monitor, and record the workmanship and practices of the contractor and or crews engaged in the construction and ensure the work is executed in compliance with the design plans and specifications as provided for in the construction contract; 
•To preliminarily monitor the design/construction work schedules to ensure that progress is maintained as proposed and advise the PE accordingly;
•To monitor safety at the construction site in so far as the execution of the construction work is concerned. 
•To accompany the consultant in monitoring the construction and its compliance with the specifications and design drawings prepared by the architect; 
•Performs any other duties as requested by the Project Architect/Engineer, Project Manager and/or Director of Administration.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
In addition to the normal and regular interaction with all the AH Team Members, the Clerk of works will be liaising and dealing on a daily basis with the followings:
I.Representatives of the Lead Consultant in charge of technical advisory on Construction Contract Administration
II.Representatives of the Contractor(s) in charge of the works execution
III.Focal points of the other ECA Offices such as : SSS, FMS, SCMS


• Professionalism: Ability to apply engineering skills and to participate in engineering projects, including preparation of cost estimates, research of data and preparing graphs. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and under pressure. Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines, and achieving results. Motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

•Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

•Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments. Adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of resources and time for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.


A first-level university degree in civil engineering and/or architecture is required. Certification in Project Management such as PRINCE II or similar Project Management certifications is highly desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of two years progressive responsible work experience in architectural building and/or civil engineering (with focus on Quality Control and/or Works Supervision) is required. Experience as a superintendent or building supervisor in at least three building projects with more than 5000 m2 or more is highly desirable. Experience as an inspector of architectural building, renovation, site, finishes or other specialty system works is desirable. Experience in using MS Project or similar software is also highly desirable.


“Fluency in one of the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat, English or French is required, knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.” knowledge of Amharic is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a written assessment exercise followed by competency -based interview.

Special Notice

Recruitment for this post is exclusively local and is open to citizens of Ethiopia only. -This is a project post and the initial appointment will be for a period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate-and/or the availability-of funds. -Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. UNECA is committed to promoting geographical distribution and gender equality within its Secretariat. Therefore, women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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