Project Engineering Officer, SC8, Cox’s Bazar, Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Country: Bangladesh

Field location: Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Office: WFP in Cox’s Bazar


WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.


WFP has been supporting 1.4 million people in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh: 862,000 Rohingya refugees and host community Bangladeshi under the L3 emergency operation. The 2020 Joint Response Plan seeks to strengthen protection and solutions for Rohingya refugee women, men, boys and girls; deliver quality, life-saving assistance to people in need; foster the well-being of communities in Ukhiya and Teknaf Upazilas; Multi-sector assistance including food, water and sanitation, shelter, and access to healthcare and education will continue and be improved in 2020 for Rohingya refugees.

WFP is envisioning a large scale-up of the existing engineering projects to meet the food security needs of all of the new refugee influx and site management engineering project requirements. In parallel, WFP envisions a cash transfer assistance programme targeting host communities that are suffering under the pressure of the large population increase in the area. The plan for host community assistance is to provide conditional cash transfers with the objective of enhancing livelihood opportunities.



Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.

Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).

Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.

Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.

Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.

Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.

Create an "I will"/"We will" spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.

Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.

Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.

Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams‘ priorities and preferred working styles.

Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.

Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.

Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.


To provide construction and engineering expertise and contribute to the efficient delivery and quality outputs.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The Project Engineer shall be responsible for ensuring that the project is progressed to the highest standards of cost, quality and health and safety, in accordance with the contracts / agreements. The following non-exhaustive list of duties shall be considered to be the responsibility of the Project Engineer:-

Planning and Implementation of the project in accordance with the specifications & standards provided in the project documents;
Liaison with project stakeholders to confirm the current status of project elements, determine their level of input to the project;
Develop a project implementation plan that is conscious of local constraints and supervise the construction activities of the project directly on site on regular basis;
Establish, develop and manage a project implementation team, consisting of locally contracted staffs and / or third party service providers, such that the team is capable of bringing the project through to completion at the end;
Engagement with local authorities in relation to the receipt of site allocation, planning and approvals, as necessary to deliver the project;
Creation of cost, time, quality and risk and associated performance monitoring matrices on the project that can be easily assessed, reviewed and updated throughout the project duration;
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Maintaining project records - preparation of reports, including technical appraisals, contract documentation, project updates, stakeholder briefings, and any other relevant reports as may be required from time to time;
Collaboration with other departments as necessary to ensure the successful delivery of the project; Foster a strong work ethic within the project team and establish commitment to the successful delivery of the project;
With the support of the Line Manager, prepare detailed tender packages for partners / vendors like CP, surveyors, designers, specialists and contractors needed to implement the project;
Management of technical aspects of the procurement actions undertaken through all stages including evaluation and award;
Prepare outline project cost estimates, based on level of information available. Update said estimates throughout the project duration as more detailed information becomes available;
Ensure that all contractual controls (bonds, guarantees, securities, insurances) are implemented on Contracts / Agreements, using standard forms and from financial institutions approved;
Long Description

Process, in consultation with the Line Manager, interim and final payments to service providers.

Provide recommendations to the designated Finance Unit in relation to certifying payments on the project;
Preparation of variations to address adjustments required to contractual agreements. Preparation of all necessary supporting documentation for the approval by the Line Manager;
Assistance in the settlement of the Audits and Enquiries (if any) pertain to the Project;
Establish quality assurance procedures in line with international best practice and applicable national norms;
Assurance of the quality of the works during design and construction, continuously inspecting the materials, undertaking tests and generally ensuring a high standard of workmanship and compliance with the specifications and relevant national/international design standards;
Establish QA/QC plan of the project and ensure QA/QC during implementation phase by involving in direct site supervision, works inspection, etc.

Ensure that the construction project abide by relevant national/international standards of health and safety for the works, adjacent properties, all site personnel and the general public. In the absence of national standards, the Project Engineer shall agree the international standards that shall be referenced;
Notification to the Line Manager of any serious breaches to health and safety rules on theproject; and Reporting of all health & safety incidents and accidents in weekly progress reports.

Prepare and/or review designs, drawings, technical assessment report and construction contract documentation;
Establishment and maintenance of project performance monitoring, evaluation and reporting up to project completion;
Approval of handover documentation including as-built drawings, material reports and manuals; and ensure proper project close out.


Education: Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from any renowned institution. Masters or equivalent degree will be preferrable.

Experience: Minimum 8 years of relevant experience at increasing levels of responsibilities. Experience in engineering design and construction

Knowledge & Skills:

Good communication and leadership skills.

Good knowledge and experience of techniques, instrumentation and software packages.

Knowledge and experience of design, planning and supervision of construction projects.

Good knowledge of local and international engineering and construction standards, processe and norms.

Desirable knowledge of engineering contract formats, modalities and obligations. Knowledge in FIDIC forms of contracts is desirable.

Good knowledge of project processes and techniques.

Languages: Excellent written and oral communication skills in both English and Bangla.


Capability Name

Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level

Business Support Services & Reporting

Exhibits ability to convert business plans into clear actions for team members to support the implementation of the program. Collects and reports data to draw out fact-based insights.

Internal Controls & Risk Management for Administration and Engineering

Utilises understanding of risk management approaches and internal controls to monitor projects and programmes to confirm regulatory compliance, ensure data integrity and ensure client satisfaction.

Resource Management for Administration and Engineering

Monitors trends in staffing and resource usage to anticipate and escalate potential issues to programme leaders and key clients.

Specialised Knowledge in Engineering

Applies advanced engineering knowledge in own area of responsibility and working knowledge of other engineering disciplines to provide technical support to operations and projects. Leads independent action and decision making in an engineering context.

Engineering & Project Management

Demonstrates a strong proficiency in developing project scopes, engineering and design proposals, and identifying required tasks and milestones. Applies working knowledge of project management tools, engineering technologies, techniques and best practice to track and monitor project progress, delivering projects on schedule and on budget.


Experience of working within the Humanitarian Community or Development Sector


Contract Type : SC8

Contract Duration : 12 months

Duty Station : Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Nationality : Bangladeshi

Monthly Salary : BDT. 188,945

Number of post : Two (02)


17 January, 2021


Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.