Individual Consultancy for Health facilities construction monitoring

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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

How can you make a difference?

Purpose of Activity/Assignment:

To provide technical advice about, plan, monitor and supervise all ongoing construction projects in Sofala, Zambezia, Nampula, Cabo Delgado provinces and beyond.

Scope of Work:

Under the guidance and supervision of the UNICEF Construction Specialist based in Maputo and Chief of Field Office, the consultant will provide technical advice on conformity with the approved construction designs, bills of quantities (BoQ)/drawings, and quality construction materials; elaborating on documentation and conducting tender processes; monitoring the progress of construction; perform quality control inspections; provide independent assessment for certification of completed works in Sofala, Zambezia, Nampula and Cabo Delgado provinces based in the Beira Field Office. The key purpose of the position is to provide the Section technical guidance and capacity in the activities of Health facilities (Neonatal Units and Health centers) resilient construction/rehabilitation, WASH facilities and installation of oxygen piping. Ensure that all construction and rehabilitation work implemented directly or indirectly by UNICEF shall be in line with the organization’s commitment toward Building Back Better strategy and Inclusive Health.

Scope of Work: The National Construction/Civil Engineer shall provide technical advice about, plan, monitor and supervise all ongoing construction projects in Sofala, Zambezia, Nampula, Cabo Delgado provinces and beyond. Key tasks of the job include:

1) Close coordination and communication with stakeholders (Contractors, Supervision Firms and Government Construction Unit).

2) Monitoring of construction sites to control quality of work in terms of design, specifications, and material as per BoQ; Provide necessary technical assistance to supervision and contractor’s engineers.

3) Participate in weekly meetings with Supervision and Contractor to discuss the progress, address critical issues and undertake corrective measures accordingly.

4) Review and approve the weekly and monthly reports submitted by Supervision Firms. Identify problems and constraints and take necessary actions upon discussion with the contractors and supervision firms

5) Review and approve the payment request submitted by Contractors and Supervision Firms.

6) Keep all Work Plans (Programs of Work) updated as a tool to monitor Progress of construction work.

7) Attend Infrastructures Department / MoH and their local representation, Health Section and different Field Office regular meetings. Support UNICEF staff Field Missions to construction sites and Donor´s visits and reports.

8) The engineer should report on progress on weekly/monthly basis.


Provide on-site monitoring of construction works including WASH facilities and evaluate the quality of construction works upon completion or at certain milestone process and make recommendation for payments to be made to contractors and supervision firms. Ensure government’s endorsement and certification to all the constructed facilities.

Review and approve the weekly and monthly progress reports submitted by Supervision Firms.

Undertake field visits to UNICEF construction project sites for the participation in, or observation of project activities and local conditions. Prepares routine reports on results of visits and project progress

Undertake in coordination with UNICEF Field Office arrangements for field visits to construction project sites for local government and other partners, which include providing information and briefing on project activities and status

Develop/review the design, BoQ and workplan for construction/rehabilitation activities including the premises of the field office in coordination with program sections and ensure technical specifications and contractors’ works meet the needs and requirements of beneficiaries

Prepare construction progress updates for the different purposes advised by the Field office and Education Section that could be included in briefing notes to donors or on annual and other reports, as required by UNICEF CO and Education Section.

Review and evaluate the technical, institutional and financial feasibility, constraints of the project and monitor compliance to ensure objectives and targets are achieved.

Ensure detailed records are kept contributing to the preparation of official reports, including the donor reports, enabling real-time tracking of construction progress.

Deliverables and Payments

Work Assignments Overview

  • Detailed monthly progress report highlighting and quantifying or qualifying achievements/outs of the listed key tasks.


  • Conclusion and reception of 80% of remaining GPE Health centers and Newborn Units


By 15/1/2024

Work Assignments Overview

  • Detailed monthly progress report highlighting and quantifying or qualifying achievements/outs of the listed key tasks.


  • Conclusion and reception of 100% of remaining GPE Health centers and Newborn Units


By 15/2/2024

Work Assignments Overview

  • Detailed final progress report highlighting and quantifying or qualifying achievements/outs of the listed key tasks.


  • Sites for the Health facilities and neonatal units identified, and the assessment process launched


By 1/3/2024

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

  • Bachelor’s degree in architecture civil engineering

Knowledge/Expertise/Skills required:

Minimum of three years of professional work experience in construction

Work experience in public building construction processes and projects, especially schools, with knowledge of procurement, supervision, management, programming, and planning of works;

Familiarity with requirement and process on procurement in the context of Mozambique in general and construction works in particular;

Work experience with MINEDH and DPEs, NGOs and private companies on construction works

Knowledge of housing/public building construction and reconstruction especially in flood, cyclone, earthquake and drought-prone areas;

Familiarity with disaster risk reduction construction works and resilient infrastructures; ideally in school reconstruction and/or education in emergencies;

Exposure to and work experience in small towns and rural areas, including public consultations, community involvement and the capacity to deal with local community representatives and builders. Ability to conduct assessment, surveys, interviews, and technical training on the ground;

Proficiency using relevant software (Excel, Word, PowerPoints), and medium technical expertise in using GIS application, 3D Modelling programs, CADs and ArcGIS.

Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.

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.


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.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.

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