Engineering Associate (three positions), Belgrade, Serbia

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Serbia

City: Belgrade

Office: UNDP Belgrade

Closing date: Monday, 16 January 2023

Job Identification : 7561

Locations : Belgrade, Serbia

Posting Date : 01/11/2023, 11:25 AM

Apply Before : 01/16/2023, 11:25 AM

Job Schedule : Part time

Agency : UNDP

Grade : NB3

Vacancy Type : National Personnel Service Agreement

Practice Area : Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery

Bureau : Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS

Contract Duration : 6 months

Education & Work Experience : Bachelor’s Degree - 3 year(s) experience OR High School certificate- 6 year(s) experience

Required Languages : Serbian and English language

Vacancy Timeline

2 Weeks

Job Description


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

The project "Advanced Capacity for Accelerated Delivery Initiative" (ACADI) is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Public Investments (MPI) with the purpose to increase MPI`s capacity to implement projects funded by loans thus ensuring timely and impactful implementation. Up to now, ACADI project has been provided with specialised expertise in the areas of project management, public procurement, finance, law, technical sciences, and administration to implement loans and blend loans with budgetary funds. The Project ACADI has eight Outputs linked to different type of activities and this assignment will be linked to the following: Water and wastewater activities:

Support improvement of water supply in selected municipalities especially in the context of less available water sources due to climate change and overall pollution.

Construction works related to wastewater and sewage systems.

Infrastructure investments:

Investment measures regarding the rehabilitation, extension, and/or new construction of social infrastructure in municipalities and town districts which are structurally weak and/or strained by the refugee crisis. The purpose of these activities is to improve social infrastructure services for the local population and in particular vulnerable groups, such as ethnic minorities (for example Roma) and returnees from failed migration attempts.

In order to implement ACADI project, it is necessary to establish Project Implementation Unit (PIU) that will provide necessary expertise to perform tasks and duties mainly related to the preparation and implementation of investment programmes.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager, the Engineering Associate has the responsibility to support infrastructure activities related to the design, supervision and quality assurance. The Engineering Associate should provide technical expertise and support assuring that the projects produce the results specified in the Project Documents for the infrastructure components, to the required standard of quality and within the specified constraints of time and cost

Specific responsibilities will include assistance in the implementation of activities with the aim of achieving the following project results:

Assisting in production of infrastructure project design documentation such as pre-feasibility and feasibility study, preliminary design, main design, revision of design documentation.

Facilitation of needs assessment process with the beneficiary, support in design of tender documentation, preparation and execution of tender processes for procurement of goods and services, procurement guides, provide inputs for contracts for goods and services.

Assisting in supervision of project design development process, coordination and supervision of construction works.

Suggest and advise on how to resolve problems and/or conflicts and recommend corrections in terms of design, materials or the quality of work and managing these corrections upon the approval by the Project Manager.

Support during the on-site monitoring of quality and quantities of works, costs, schedule, safety and environment issues, in full compliance with the applicable laws, bylaws, regulations, technical standards and legal requirements in the Republic of Serbia.

Support to project management of works with adherent installations aimed at energy efficiency improvements, and related environmental management issues.

Reporting on on-site monitoring.

Provide early warning to the Project Manager of potential problems and/or critical issues regarding the infrastructure improvement and execution of the works.

Collection, analysis and presentation of background information for preparation of project annual work plans and progress reports.

Providing inputs for creation of project monitoring and evaluation framework.

Ensuring full compliance of activities with established project management rules, regulations, and policies.

Drafting correspondence on project engineering issues for Project Manager, as required.

Liaising with contractors, municipalities and other partners on project matters

Institutional Arrangement

Engineering Associate will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the Project Manager and in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Investment. Under this vacancy announcement 3 persons shall be engaged at 90% part-time working status.



Achieve Results:

LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline

Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements

Learn Continuously:

LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback

Adapt with Agility:

LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible

Act with Determination:

LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident

Engage and Partner:

LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:

LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Thematic Area



Business Direction and Strategy

Effective Decision Making

Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority, area of expertise and resources

Business Management


Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and programme performance and results

Digital & Innovation

Tech literacy

Ability to apply new digital tools or adapting their original use to create new insights, fresh perspectives or develop solutions. Understand the potential as well as the limitations of certain technological developments; being able to identify how technology can add value when it’s used as a ""means to an end".

Digital & Innovation

Systems thinking & transformation

Understand that complex problems need a non-reductionistic, holistic approach. Ability to explore challenges from multiple

perspectives by zooming in and out, with a focus on relationships and flows rather than individual

elements; understand how certain dynamics and

conditions are driving and influencing an issue.

Required Skills and Experience


Secondary education

Bachelor’s Degree in civil engineering, mechanical engineering or a related field will be given due consideration.


At least 6 years of relevant experience in construction-related project management, in particular in the fields of:

Construction Engineering - including structural designs engineering

Water Supply and Sewerage Engineering

Low Rise Civil Engineering works - including traffic infrastructure works

Safety measures and Fire Protection of buildings

Energy Efficiency

Mechanical Engineering

Alternatively, if in possession of Bachelor’s degree, 3 years of relevant working experience would be required.


Excellent knowledge of Serbian and English (written and spoken).

Required skills:

Good organizational and time management skills

Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Demonstrates integrity by modeling ethical standards.

Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to critical feedback.

Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors.

Excellent information technology skills, including word processing, database applications, presentation software, and internet

Ability to work under very tight deadlines.

Evidence of ability to express ideas clearly; to work independently and in team

Ability to summarize and systematize complex information

Ability to deliver when working under pressure and within changing circumstances

Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude Excellent negotiating and leadership skills

Responsible, communicative, well-organized, team-oriented person

Ability to demonstrate a sense of self-assuredness.

Strong communication and interpersonal skills

Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section:

Possession of the following license would be considered an asset: 313/413, 314/414, 310/410, 317/411, 381, 330/430, 336/436,

Certified user of AutoCAD.

Possession of certificate on passed exam of the Ministry of Interior on fire protection would be considered as an advantage.

Proficiency in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems

Knowledge of BIM would be an advantage.

Work experience in international organization and/or government institution would be an asset,

Knowledge of national legislation

Familiarity with Law on Planning and Construction requirements

The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.

A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.

Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.


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