Drainage Engineer

Nairobi, Kenya
Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
Type of contract:

Drainage Engineer

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Application closing date: 19 November 2018

Background Information – Job-specific

The Somali Urban Investment Planning Project (SUIPP) financed by the World Bank-managed Somali Multi-Partner Fund (MPF) is supporting the preparation of feasibility studies and detailed engineering designs for urban roads in two cities of Somalia (Kismayo and Baidoa). The project is currently under preparation for carrying out feasibility studies and detailed engineering designs for 30km of urban roads in Kismayo (8 roads) and 20km of urban roads in Baidoa (6 roads). The detailed engineering design output will lead to a follow-on investment project on the implementation of road rehabilitation works.

Under the overall supervision of the Project Manager, the Drainage Engineer will apply his/her technical expertise to deliver road drainage related tasks to support feasibility studies and detailed designs of the urban roads in Kismayo and Baidoa. Specifically, the incumbent will be responsible for (but not limited to) the following substantive tasks and will work closely with Engineers, Draftspersons and other project staff working in feasibility studies and detailed design phase.

 Functional Responsibilities

  • Review available rainfall data and other climatic records, past studies and describe the climatic characteristics of the proposed project areas.
  • Review the performance of the existing drainage system taking into account of the hydraulic capacity, assets condition, maintenance requirements, storm water quality management etc. and make recommendations for road drainage improvements.
  • Investigate the drainage characteristics of the subject project catchments / sub-catchments, establish design flows, determine the most appropriate drainage systems including system layout, outfall locations, conceptual designs, preliminary cost estimates etc. and provide input to the feasibility assessment and design teams.
  • Effective coordination with the design team and external stakeholders to ensure the most practical and optimum drainage solutions are developed for implementation.
  • Identify and assess the maintenance requirements of the road drainage assets and provide input to the development of operations and maintenance plans to ensure that they are effectively operational and sustained throughout the design life.
  • Prepare the drainage investigation report including details on data collection and analysis to be included in the design report.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on Water Engineering or Drainage Engineering (or related discipline) is required.
  • A bachelor degree in Civil Engineering or related discipline with an additional two years of post-qualification experience in hydraulic/hydrological studies, roadway drainage design or related fields may be considered in lieu of the master’s degree.

Work Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in road drainage related studies or investigations and/or road design and/or roadway drainage design or related field is required.
  • Past experience in Africa and/or in a developing country and/or post-conflict context is desirable.

Interpersonal Skills

  •  Excellent verbal and written English required;
  •  Computer literacy (ICT) desirable;
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high-quality reports and documentation required;
  • Demonstrated organisational skills with the ability to prioritize workload and complete projects under deadlines within budget constraints required;
Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: Short-term ICA Contract level: IICA-2 Contract duration: Open-ended subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and/or satisfactory performance
UNOPS – East and Southern Africa Hub Located in Nairobi, Kenya, UNOPS East Africa Hub manages a growing portfolio of engagements, including associated strategic and operational risks.The East Africa sub-region currently consists of an established operations center in South Sudan, an office in Somalia and a portfolio of engagements.This portfolio includes transactional projects in partnership with the Nairobi based UN Agencies UN-Habitat and UNEP, in addition to multiple ‘operational’ projects in Tanzania, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya and several Atlantic and Indian Ocean island states.
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