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Individual consultant – Construction Engineer

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  • Post Date: May 24, 2020
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Job Overview

Job Number: 531817
Locations: Africa: Zimbabwe
Work Type : Consultancy

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, Health

UNICEF has been operating in Zimbabwe since 1982. We are a team of passionate professionals committed to the protection and fulfillment of children’s rights.

The current UNICEF-Government of Zimbabwe Country Programme of Cooperation (2016-2020) aims to support Zimbabwe to sustain and build upon the gains achieved for children during the 2012-2015 Country Programme of Cooperation. The programme focuses on improving the quality of social services, increasing access to services, and helping to build national and sub-national capacities to provide low-cost, high-impact interventions for all children, especially the most vulnerable.

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How can you make a difference?

To ensure comprehensive technical oversight, UNICEF is seeking to engage a Construction Engineer to manage the two above mentioned construction activities. The Construction Engineer will work together with MoHCC, Local Government (Ministry of Public Works and Construction) and serve as the direct liaison with the institutions contracted to do the job.

The Construction Engineer will offer independent technical guidance and monitoring of all phases of project implementation and ensure that the construction projects adhere to regulations, other expected standards, and time frames. There is no such existing engineering expertise within the Health & Nutrition Section, nor the required staff time to accomplish such intensive oversight and liaison

The specific objectives of the assignment:

  • To evaluate and select a qualified contractor who will deliver the finished projects within the allocated time.
  • To engage with the contractor and provide on-site support as they initiate and complete their activities, while simultaneously liaising with the Ministry of Health and Child Care and Ministry of Public Works and Construction to provide updates and troubleshooting as necessary.
  • To check on feasibility of building design in relation to other structures in the area and to ensure minimum environmental impact.
  • To routinely monitor progress of construction in terms of quality and adequacy of building materials used, standards and timeliness.
  • To provide UNICEF with regular updates on implementation of the various activities taking place at every stage of the bid construction process.
  • To provide UNICEF with regular updates on implementation of the various activities taking place at every stage of the bid and construction process.

Scope of work:

This job will take place in two phases, remote support and in-country

Phase 1: Remote support / desk work

Inception report

  • Develop the work plan for the implementation for the quality assurance strategy and monitor compliance to ensure objectives and targets are met and achieved.

Design review and pre-bidding and bidding

  • Review designs and architectural drawings and engineering estimation: –

    • Design a PDF (already provided)
    • Detail of location (already provided)
    • Engineering Estimates
  • Review and verify proposed building plans for technical soundness; check and approve material and equipment incorporated in the works, ensuring compliance with designs, specification and safety regulations. All proposed works should be approved by relevant government authority prior to commencement of works.
  • Assist in the review and evaluation of the technical, institutional and financial feasibility and constraints of the project in coordination and collaboration with government and other partners.

Provide expertise in pre-bidding and bidding process.

Pre-bidding process

  • Conduct pre-bidding meeting with potential contractors
  • Review, assess and short list expression of interest
  • Initiate Request for Proposals (RFP)/Prequalification

Bidding process

  • Analyze and evaluate received bids in collaboration with concerned government counterparts
  • Draft and issue bid and contract award
  • Interpret for the Contractor the contents and intents of the Construction Contract Documents, such as the working drawings, specifications and general conditions.

Phase 2: In-country / construction supervision

  • Inspection and examination of the actual construction works with such frequency and duration as may be necessary to fully instruct the Contractor’s representatives on the work, the merits of the material and workmanship, and seeing to it that the work is done, in every particular aspect, strictly in accordance with the plans and specifications. During such project visits and on the basis of Consultant’s observations, the Consultant shall keep UNICEF informed of defects and deficiencies in the work of contractors and shall condemn work found failing to conform with the Contract Documents, Annexes or Special Provisions of the Construction Contract, if any, and decisions of UNICEF as conveyed.
  • Identify problems and propose alternative courses of action to accelerate/improve programme delivery.
  • Ensure compliance with the Zimbabwe national construction codes and that all constructions are jointly supervised by the district works superintendent or equivalent. Final approval of works should be done by Government Engineers.
  • Verification of technical quality and cost effectiveness of works undertaken and give guidance where there are variations.
  • Implementation of relevant construction quality assurance and control system including but not limited to cost and time parameters.
  • Preparation and submission to UNICEF of weekly and monthly progress reports of all the sites detailing the following:
    • Site construction progress (percentage completed) and compared to the baseline (original) program.
    • Current payment certification status.
    • Current forecast completion date.
    • Resources being provided by contractors.
    • Current or anticipated problems and proposed solutions including likely deviations from timing and costing plans.
    • Quality and efficiency of supervision set up.
    • Variation orders issued (from the original scope of works) with cost, time and quality reporting elements.
  • Verification and certification of works done and make recommendation to UNICEF on all claims of the Contractor(s) relating to the execution and progress of the work, such as progress payments, variation orders, contract time extensions and suspensions.
  • Documentation of lessons learned in the construction works for sharing and wider dissemination during the construction process and advise UNICEF regularly.
  • Maintenance of a filing system for all site memos and instructions, measured quantities of work and material on site, reports, and other documents and correspondence pertaining to the construction activities.
Tasks/Milestone: Deliverables/Outputs: Timeline
Inception report


To submit an inception Report and a concise work plan



A detailed plan of the workflow and a Gantt chart of activities


Output: A detailed report on how work is going to be done and the schedule of the expected output.

7 days



Design review, pre-bidding and bidding



Provide expertise in designs and architectural drawings preparation and review, preparation of Bill of Quantity and engineering estimate tendering and bidding review


1. Completed design

2.Completed BOQ with engineering estimate

3.Approved LPA

4. Completed evaluation and selection of contractor

Output: Architectural drawings and details design document, Bill of Quantity and engineering estimate completed

Technical support in Local Procurement Authorization (LPA) and bidding document preparation


June to July 2020



Construction Supervision

In country

Travel regularly to the 4 health posts and 1 Dry Stores identified for construction and through deploying the latest construction management principles, ensure the construction works are completed on time, within budget and to the required quality.


1 Dry store and 4 Health Posts constructed to the required specification.

Output: Building works on 4 health posts and 1 dry store completed on time, within budget and to the specified quality.

August to December 2020



Progress Reports and work plans


Preparation and submission to UNICEF of weekly progress reports of all the sites as well as monthly work plans for review and approval by the supervisor.


Weekly reports for each site outlining progress against planning, financial expenditure and recommendations; monthly work plans approved by the supervisor.

Output: Progress reports made weekly/monthly to support management decisions on the construction works; work plans developed on a monthly basis.

August to December 2020



Payment Certification


Review the payments requests from each contractor and make recommendations to UNICEF Supply Officer of which are valid pays within one week from time of receipt from the contractor.


Recommended payment statements per contractor per site.

Output: Genuine and due payments made to contractors on time.

July to December 2020



Certify completion of works

In country

For each site, upon completion by contractor, jointly with government engineers, conduct final inspection, prepare the snag list, and facilitate handover to government upon satisfactory completion of works.


For each site, a handover report duly signed by government officials. Final summary report including lessons learned


Output: Completed works handed over to government satisfactorily.

August to December, 2020



To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • A University degree in Civil Engineering, Architecture or related Building Sciences.
  • A minimum of five [5 years] of relevant professional experience preferably in the Health sector
  • 5-8 years of experience in construction sector in Zimbabwe;
  • Experience in the design, and management development projects, and working with local communities;
  • Good analytical and writing skills and Fluency in English and Local languages of any of the targeted districts.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.

If interested and available to undertake the consultancy, please submit your application online and attach the required documents including the technical and an all-inclusive financial proposal (detailing professional fees, DSA, airfare etc where necessary).

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The functional competencies required for this post are…

View our competency framework at:


UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

Closing Date Thu Jun 04 2020 

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