Somalia: Bridge Engineer

Organization: Government of Somalia
Country: Somalia
Closing date: 21 Aug 2018


Bridge Engineer

Terms of Reference

Position Title: Bridge engineer

Department: Public Works

Reporting to: Structural Engineer

CIM Level: A3

Duration: 30 Months (depending on continued budget availability and need for the position as well as satisfactory or better performance evaluations)

Duty Station: Ministry of Public Works, Reconstruction and Housing (MPWR&H)

About MPWR&H:

The Federal Ministry of Public Works, Reconstruction and Housing is responsible for managing, building and rehabilitating federal government buildings and the infrastructure of the country. The Ministry has always been the custodian authority of all infrastructures, buildings, bridges, highways and roads, land plots, land tenure, national infrastructure policy, urban planning and topographic and cartographic research in Somalia.

The Ministry is committed to deliver its mandate and functions in a transparent, accountable, effective and efficient manner. The Ministry is also committed to recruit a diverse and inclusive civil service work force that aims to best meet the needs of all Somali citizens.

Somalia Strengthening Institutions for Public Works Project (SSIPWP):

The SSIPWP project is the centre piece for building the capacity of the Federal Ministry of Public Works, Reconstruction and Housing (MPWR&H) and the recently established state-level Ministries and the Banadir Regional Administration (BRA) by developing more effective, efficient, inclusive and accountable institutions for public works and infrastructure.

The SSIPWP project is funded by the African Development Fund (ADF) and the Transition Support Facility (TSF) of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and implemented through a Tripartite Protocol Agreement between the Somalia Federal Government, African Development Fund and the United Nations Office for Project Service (UNOPS).

The purpose of the SSIPWP project is improve the capacities of MPWR&H, State-Level Ministries and BRA responsible for public works to enable them independently plan, manage and oversee infrastructure construction projects and maintenance of public works ( Project Appraisal Report, 2016).

Purpose of the position:

To provide bridges engineering plans and operational plans to the ministry’s Bridge Engineering department, ensuring that the teams’ activities help to achieve MPWR&H’s construction of bridges.

To contribute to the overall bridges, roads and other engineering delivery of MPWRH and to play a key role in external representation of MPWRH.

Scope of services:

Reporting to the Director of Public Works, the incumbent is responsible for and accountable to:

o The Bridges Engineer provides expert evidence and Bridges Construction advice to the MPWRH and

o Develops clear evidence-based Engineering positions on issues and assignments. The Bridges Engineer is also responsible for supporting the planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluating the impact of the MPWRH’s Bridges Construction activities.

Duties and Responsibilities, include, but not limited to:

o Establish a procedure to develop standard documentation for any bridge works under construction;

o Review the existing standard documentation for the construction of bridges in Somalia and propose any improvements deemed necessary;

o To review the design drawings as per the alignment of any existing bridge and/or acquired land for the project;

o Make any necessary changes in the design drawings as per the site conditions. Conduct an initial survey for the selected bridge works;

o Review the bills of quantity as per the final design drawings and calculate the final quantities;

o Conduct engineering surveys for the selected bridge works and structures;

o Review the hydrological and drainage design and modify it as per the project requirements on site;

o Develop geometric design from the survey results on either AutoCAD and/or Civil CAD programmes

o Develop a procedure to establish norms to define the project alternatives that will be evaluated for each bridge. As a minimum, two project alternatives will be evaluated (ideally more than two project-alternatives) for each bridge;

o Conduct quality assurance for the bridges under construction;

o Develop a procedure to establish norms to estimate the life-cycle cost of the project-alternatives being evaluated for each bridge, based on the condition survey of the bridges, traffic demand and the estimates of recurrent and periodic maintenance needs for each project-alternative;

o Assess the work activities for which labor-based construction methods are appropriate;

o Prepare and maintain proper record of progress reports. Assess and evaluate the contractor’s performance and resources;

o Manage a team of national and international staff as and where instructed by the Director of Public Works. Prepare the Bill of Quantities and the contract documents for each section of the bridge under construction;

o Prepare the drafts for contractual correspondence, interpret the contract conditions and specifications, monitor the progress of works, prepare work plans, minutes of meetings, etc. Follow up on bidding and contracting;

o Maintain good relations with all stakeholders and local authorities. Define a procedure for using the cost norms to establish the cost of rehabilitation and maintaining the bridge;

o Prepare the ‘as-built drawings’ and keep records of all events related to the works;

o Supervise the contractors in the implementation of the work;

o Perform any other duties deemed necessary by the Director of Public Works.

Required Qualification, Experience and skills:

o Minimum Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering with at least 5 years experience in structural engineering with focus on bridges. Qualifications or specialized training in Structural Engineering highly desirable.

o Solid experience of working on large bridge projects is required;

o Extensive experience in reviewing rural & urban bridge designs and maintenance needs is required;

o Experience in the application of labor-based appropriate technology and working with small to medium-sized contractors; i.e. use of local resources, appropriate standards for bridge construction and maintenance;

o Experience with tailoring and implementing training programmes for local staff or private sector sub-contractors;

o Experience of working in Somalia is an asset.

o Be a good mentor, capable of working with others in a participatory and capacity building manner;

o Ability to work long hours in fast-paced, often stressful environment;

o Ability to work in demanding cultural context with transitional government partners, under challenging physical conditions and poor national infrastructure;

o Highly motivated with a positive attitude and problem-solving approach.

o Excellent oral and written communication skills in Somali. Fluency in English highly desirable.

How to apply:

o Interested Somali candidates who meet the criteria above are encouraged to send their application letters and detailed CVs to, Closing date by 21st August, 2018 @5:00pm.Kindly indicate “**Bridge Engineer MPWRH & 00027/18**– Mogadishu, Somalia” on the subject line when applying.

o Qualified Female candidates is highly encouraged to apply.

o Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.