United Nations World Food Programme : Civil / Road Engineer


Qualified women and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

WFP celebrates and embraces diversity.

It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.

JOB TITLE:                                            

Civil / Road Engineer

TYPE OF CONTRACT:                     

Special Service Agreement (SSA) 9



DUTY STATION (City, Country):  

Goma, DRC


Office Upgrade and Engineering Section Admin & Finance Unit CO Kinshasa


11 months

NUMBER OF POSITION:               1


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.


With 27.3 million highly food-insecure people, DRC is the largest food security crisis in the world in absolute numbers. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has the highest estimated number of food-insecure people worldwide, with 27.3 million people who are food insecure between February and July 2021, representing about 28% of analysed population. Of this figure, 20.5 million people are facing “crisis” levels (IPC Phase 3) and 6.7 million people are facing “emergency” levels (IPC Phase 4) of food insecurity. An additional 41 million people are in a “stressed” state with high risk of slipping into food insecurity. Humanitarian actors continue their assistance operations despite the difficulties of access and insecurity in several provinces of the country; following the crisis in the East, WFP has scaled up its operation in 2022 despite funding challenges.


The incumbent will be responsible for overseeing the rehabilitation and maintenance of the runways in DRC for WFP/UNHAS, and will work closely with clients, decision makers, industry stakeholders and consultants, requiring the development and approval of robust design solutions through collaboration, trust, and proactive management of client requirements.
The role will be based in Goma but will involve extensive travel throughout DRC to supervise the works onsite. In the performance of his/her functions, the incumbent will be under the direct supervision of the Head of the Office Upgrade and Engineering Section CO KINSHASA and will coordinate with the Chief Air Transport Officer (CATO) on project works.


Represent WFP onsite during runway rehabilitations and provide supervision of nominated contractors. To provide accurate and timely reports on outputs to enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to the stakeholders.
Develop and maintain positive working relationships with site operational teams, contractors, local aviation authorities (RVA), service providers and business support services.
Contribute to preparedness actions, providing technical recommendations and guidance and monitor the management of risks.
Conduct periodic assessments and prepare the scope of work required for runway improvements at the airports operated by UNHAS, in close coordination with the UNHAS team and the crew operating at such runways/airport. Collect all pertinent documents/evidence to support rehabilitation requests, such as aerial photographs, site plans, crew reports, technical evaluations, etc.
Help to identify local contractors capable of carrying out the proposed works in a costly effective manner and follow up on the WFP administrative and procurement processes.
Adhere to safe work practices in accordance with the requirements of the Contracts andWFPpolicies.
Highlight technical, safety and security issues during site supervision.
Perform any other duties as required.


• Conduct on-site assessment(s) providing detailed reports related to works required, including cost estimates and timelines.
• Provide Project Management for the runway rehabilitation works.
• Advise on planned operations and maintenance schedules and inspections for the runway project(s).
• Ensure adherence to health, safety, and environmental aspects are reasonably implemented in line with WFP guidelines and directives.



First University degree in Civil / Road Engineering or related Engineering discipline. Hold or be eligible for Accreditation to “Professional Engineer” or “Chartered Engineer” status, or recognised equivalent by an appropriate national or international regulatory authority.
Additional qualification in Projects, Construction or Building Services, Occupational Health and Safety, is an asset.


At least three years or more of progressively responsible professional experience in a relevant position with the preferably within an international organization. A civil engineer with experience in airports sector including runways, aprons and landside access facilities is also an asset.
Experience of working on road rehabilitation projects using the HIMO and HIE methods.
Proven management of teams in engineering projects in DRC
Developed knowledge in road engineering and supervision in DRC.
Experience as project manager and site manager in DRC

Knowledge & Skills:

Excellent organizational, communication and negotiation skills
Proven experience in supervising projects of a similar scope
Willingness and resilience to be deployed in remote and isolated locations while supervising projects on-site.
Extensive experience as a technical adviser, providing expert guidance in leading projects in DRC.
Autocad Skills – to provide engineering drawings if necessary. (Desirable)
Knowledge of the mandate and intervention mechanisms of the United Nations system agencies
Ability to work effectively with people of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.


Fluency in French language (level C). Knowledge of English (level B). Knowledge of local languages for communication with the contractors is desired.





Ref.: VA 832810

Kindly note the only documents you need to submit at this time are your CV and Cover Letter.  Additional documents such as passport, recommendation letters, academic certificates, etc may potentially be requested at a future time.

For candidates who experience problems accessing WFP E-recruitment platform and need accommodations in applying, please contact [email protected] mentioning the VA number in the subject line.

All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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.



Du fait du caractère gratuit de la rubrique emploi de notre site, Radio Okapi n'a pas toujours la capacité de modérer toutes les annonces publiées. Nous attirons donc votre attention sur le fait que Radio Okapi ne peut pas être tenue pour responsable des annonces publiées de bonne foi qui s’avéreraient de nature frauduleuse.

Nous essayons autant que possible de vérifier toutes les offres d'emploi qui nous parviennent. Cependant, soyez vigilant avant de candidater et refusez systématiquement tout "employeur" vous demandant de l'argent pour votre dossier de candidature