Trainee Engineer

CTG, Somalia
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Job Summary

Job Description

Overview of CTG:

  • CTG support and manage humanitarian projects in fragile and conflict-affected countries around the world. With past performance in 15 countries – from the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia and Central and South America – we offer a holistic fabric of project management, implementation and support. Skilled in emergency response to crises such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, we can act quickly (crisis response teams can be on the ground in 24 hours) and to establish structured operations in high-risk environments. CTG recruit and manage qualified, skilled teams with extensive experience operating in challenging conditions.

Overview of the position:

  • Our client is an operational arm of the UN, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peace building, humanitarian & development projects around the world. Mandated as a central resource of the UN, our client provides sustainable project management, procurement & infrastructure services to a wide range of govt's, donors & UN organizations. With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, they offer their partners the logistical, technical & management knowledge they need, where they need it. By implementing around 1,000 projects for their partners at any given time, our clients make significant contributions to results on the ground, often in the most challenging environments.
  • Community roads Mogadishu / Garowe overseen – Mogadishu / Garowe, Trainee Engineer to assist Senior Project Engineer in supervision, monitor & control quality of the contractor’s works.
  • The Trainee Engineer provides technical assistance & expertise with reference to the construction works as well as field coordination, ensuring high quality & consistency of work, for the a / m construction works. The Project Engineer promotes a collaborative, client focused, quality & results oriented approach in the project team.

Role objective:


  • General construction.
  • Design management.
  • Construction supervision.
  • Knowledge management.

General construction:

  • Implement work activities with the Senior Project Engineer & Project Engineer.
  • Take timely action to prevent potential delays & / or cost overruns that can be avoided.
  • Report & recommend remedial actions regarding potential delays and / or cost overruns to the Senior Project Engineer.
  • Provide supervision of project work progress & quality for on time project delivery.
  • Monitor contractor presence on the project site, including BOQ as per approved contract.
  • Provide data & information about project work to Senior Project Engineer (or Project Engineer) for reporting purposes.
  • Assist with weekly & monthly reporting with the Senior Project Engineer (or Project Engineer) detailing all project matters including quality, health, safety, environmental & financial, as well as any issues relating to possible delays, cost overruns, variations & any other matter as agreed with the Senior Project Engineer (or Project Engineer).

Design management:

  • Assist the Senior Project Engineer to outline design requirements (e.g. timeline) to procure design services, including concept, preliminary & final stages where applicable.
  • Assist the Senior Project Engineer to manage the design plan ensuring deliverables are available on time & to the required quality.
  • Prepare the BOQ for comment & approval by the Senior Project Engineer.
  • Assist the procurement team with technical assistance in preparation of tender documentation & bid analysis where required.

Construction supervision:

  • As tasked by the Senior Project Engineer, supervise construction works & administer works execution as per the contractual provisions & the design specifications.
  • Ensure quantity / quality control & time schedule consistency.
  • Verify that works are consistent with the project technical specifications & inform promptly of eventual deviations.
  • Support the overall management of works implementation to ensure constructions works are completed on time, within budget & to quality standards.
  • Provide regular supervision of the project work progress & quality for on time delivery.
  • Assist the Senior Project Engineer in the preparation of project / contracts related documentations such as periodic progress reports, site monitoring reports, stake holder meeting minutes, engineer’s instructions & variation orders, contractor’s bills review reports, certifications, client hand over documents & contracts close out reports.
  • Oversee surveying works, engineering control of the works etc.

Knowledge management:

  • Assist in providing training & technology transfer to national personnel & contractor’s personnel & advice on good construction practices, good environmental management practices & appropriate health & safety standards during construction.
  • Contribute to the dissemination & sharing of best practices & lessons learned for development planning & knowledge building.

Feasibility study / needs assessment:

  • Complete needs assessment organizes preliminary studies & monitor / supervising consultants.
  • Support the review of requests for new construction & rehabilitation works.
  • Carry out assessments & prepare reports with recommendations for follow up actions.
  • Assist the Project Manager in redacting the tender dossier, with focus to the technical documents (drawings, BOQ, technical specification & standards).

Impact of results:

  • The effective & successful achievement of results by the Project Engineer directly impacts on achievement of the projects & consequently reinforces the visibility & image of our client as an effective service provider in project services, management & strengthens its competitive position as a partner of choice in sustainable development & project services.

Project reporting:

  • The Trainee Engineer will report to the Senior Project Engineer [or Project Engineer].

Team management:

  • This role does not have any team management responsibility.

Geographical experience:

  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in Africa (desirable).


  • Degree in Civil Engineering is required.
  • AutoCAD certification is desirable.
  • Project management certification (for example PRINCE2® Foundation is desirable).


  • Strong competency in AutoCAD.


  • Full working knowledge of English / Somali is essential.
  • Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

Required Competencies:

Core competencies:

  • Develops & implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term & externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates & perceives the impact & implications of future decisions & activities on other parts of the organization. (Applicable only for levels ICS-10 & above).
  • Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences & encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational & ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity & inclusion.
  • Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs & inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
  • Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners & always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds & maintains strong external relationships & is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
  • Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self & / or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities & takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
  • Open to change & flexible in a fast-paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
  • Evaluates data & courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation & creativity to problem solving.
  • Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise & open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings & needs of others. Actively listens & proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion & finding common ground.

Functional competencies:

  • Demonstrates knowledge of highway construction & commitment to continuous learning.
  • Demonstrates results orientation & focus on solutions.
  • Ability to develop & maintain effective work relationships with clients, donors & other stakeholders.
  • Ability to plan work in a collaborative manner & to manage priorities.
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve the goals of the project & in accordance with UN shared goals.
  • Consistently approaches work with energy & a positive, constructive attitude.
  • Remains calm, in control & good humored even under pressure.

Technical competencies:

  • The Trainee Engineer is responsible for keeping abreast of new developments in engineering.

Other relevant information:

  • To be advised.