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Programme engineer (Climate Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction and Education Programme), P2

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Reference code : SVN2012/42(O)-EXT


Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) in Pohnpei and direct supervision of the Programme Manager (PM) for the Climate Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction and Education Programme (CADRE) being implemented throughout the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), the successful candidate will be accountable and responsible for providing engineering and construction management support to the Mission in the FSM and the RMI for the implementation of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction activities.

Specifically, this position will entail project management of 15 - 20 individual sites in which IOM is implementing physical climate adaptation and hazard mitigation measures, such as: installation of retaining walls, water harvesting systems, sea walls, etc.

Core functions/ responsibilities

• Develop a Programme Quality Management and Safety System, monitoring mechanisms and technical specifications for all construction projects and ensure that the mechanisms for ensuring quality are strictly followed.
• Prepare designs including, architectural plans, specifications, Bills of Quantity, construction documents and drawings that address the basic design elements for each site.
• Review and approve all final designs, blueprints and other plans submitted by external entities to ensure international building standards are adhered to, as well as, local standards, where applicable.
• Provide school building systems that employ construction techniques that are technically complete and correct within the established design parameters; specifically U.S. Building Standards.
• Identify appropriate consultants and international specialists to conduct technical assessments to determine the hazard resilience of specific sites and any climate adaptation requirements, in consultation with the PM. Facilitate and monitor the output from external technical consultants to ensure the delivery of high quality product/services, collection of accurate information and efficiency in methodology, while providing technical and managerial advice as needed.
• Arrange all construction-related procurement and logistics for the Programme in accordance with IOM procurement regulations, donor guidelines in coordination with the PM and in close coordination with the Mission's Procurement and Logistics department, and wherever necessary the Field Procurement Unit - Manila.
• Ensure individual project budgets and schedules are met, in consultation with the CoM and PM.
• Coordinate meetings, work plans, schedules, site visits, design changes, between contractors, donors, third party reviewers, and other partners within the Programme.
• Participate in programmatic meetings with local government, donors and stakeholders on a regular basis to ensure donor relations, to ensure technical input. Attend and participate in design conferences and other meetings with clients as necessary to establish design parameters.
• Prepare timely, accurate, regular and well written site reports for all adaptation and mitigation projects implemented under the Programme. Coordinate groundbreaking ceremonies and handovers with the public information Assistant to ensure coverage of the events.
• Offer support as requested to all IOM colleagues/programmes on design and other technical construction matters.
• Undertake regular inter-state travel in direct support of programme and other travel as requested by the PM.
• Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Desirable competencies


• takes responsibility and manages constructive criticism;
• works effectively with all clients and stakeholders;
• promotes continuous learning; communicates clearly;
• takes initiative and drives high levels of performance management;
• plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;
• displays mastery of subject matter; g) contributes to a collegial team environment;
• incorporates gender-related needs, perspectives, and concerns, and promotes equal gender participation;
• displays awareness of relevant engineering and technological solutions;
• works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.


• effectively applies highly specialized technical knowledge to deliver on set objectives;
• effectively coordinates actions with other implementing partners;
• works effectively with stakeholders, beneficiaries and the broader community to advance country office or regional objectives.

Desirable qualifications and experience

• completed Master's degree from an accredited academic institution, preferably in Civil Engineering, Architecture, Urban Planning, Construction or Project Management or closely related areas;
• two years of professional international experience (or four years for candidates holding a first level university degree) in the field of international development and/or humanitarian assistance;
• professional accreditation as an engineer and/or architect preferably from a U.S. based accrediting entity;
• work experience in remote or hardship post-conflict environments in post-disaster recovery and reconstruction, including experience in managing construction-related projects highly beneficial;
• sound knowledge in project and construction management essential;
• experience in Australian Agency for International Development funded projects an added advantage;
• good understanding of a range of climate adaptation and hazard mitigation practices;
• experience in implementing climate adaptation and/or disaster risk reduction projects in the Asia and Pacific region highly advantageous.


• Thorough knowledge of English.

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    Micronesia, Fed States of

  • Additional location info Pohnpei
  • Closing Date 17 May 2012

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