Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant Engineer / Surveyor
Department/Office: Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission
Duty Station: DAKAR
Posting Period: 29 December 2021 - 06 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations support for the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission-171597-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service


During the exercise, the Consultant Engineer/Surveyor will interact with the Contractor’s personnel and with the technical representatives from Cameroon and Nigeria and facilitate the understanding of the requirements set forth in the Scope of Works. The Consultant Engineer/Surveyor will channel to the UN Project Engineer concerns reported by the technical representatives from Cameroon and Nigeria over contractors’ performance as well as any difficulties reported by the Contractor. He/She will assist the United Nations in reaching solutions. The total number of i) pillars constructed, ii) templates of acceptance of works and iii) acceptable reports will be key performance indicators.

Work Location

Yaoundé (Cameroon) – with frequent field visits to border areas: Lot 6

Expected duration

4 months renewable for a maximum of additional 2 months depending on funding

Duties and Responsibilities


The mandate of the Cameroon- Nigeria Mixed Commission (CNMC) is to ensure the peaceful implementation of the judgment of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of 10 October 2002 on the land and maritime boundary between Cameroon and Nigeria, which entail construction of demarcation pillars along the boundary line between the two countries.

Accordingly, CNMC has launched Lot 6, which consist of the construction of 327 boundary pillars along the boundary between Cameroon and Nigeria. The project is expected to commence on 15 January 2021 for a period of 4 months. The construction works will be executed by qualified external contractors selected by the United Nations Procurement Division. The Project is overseen by a tripartite project structure established by the Mixed Commission and composed of representatives of the delegations of Cameroon, Nigeria and the United Nations.

In this complex and sensitive environment, the CNMC would benefit from the work of a Consultant Engineer/Surveyor to monitor and supervise pillar emplacement activities conducted along the northern part of the Cameroon-Nigeria boundary proximity to the town of Garoua, Yola, Gurin, Faran, Koma, Beka, Pomla, Rabo, Tchamba, Wangay, Kobi, Mubi, Maiha, Belel, Mayo Oulo, Tchevi and bourrah.

The Consultant Engineer/Surveyor will work under the general supervision of the CNMC Program Manager based in Dakar, Senegal, and will report directly to the UN Project Engineer who acts as his/her immediate supervisor in the areas of operations. His/her work will require frequent visit to the Cameroon and Nigeria border areas (Garoua, Yola, Gurin, Faran, Koma, Beka, Pomla, Rabo, Tchamba, Wangay, Kobi, Mubi, Maiha, Belel, Mayo Oulo, Tchevi and Bourrah).

Qualifications/special skills


• Professionalism: Solid knowledge of engineering surveying techniques, site construction management, supervision and certification of works is required. Knowledge and exposure to a vast range of surveying methodologies including competence in the use of the latest survey technologies on the market is expected. A demonstrable ability to work under severe physical conditions without guidance and shows impartiality in discharging the expected duties. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
• Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
• Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
• Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology. Proficiency in the use of computers and working knowledge of software in particular MS Office programs, database and internet. Knowledge of GIS is an asset. Ability to work with HF and VHF radios, satellite phones, GPS equipment and other communication equipment. Knowledge of techniques on engineering surveying, site construction management and supervision of works.


Education: Advanced university degree or equivalent in Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering, Geodesy, Geomatics and/or other related disciplines. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: Minimum of 7 years of professional experience in engineering surveying, supervision of civil works, construction management and logistics, certification of civil works, etc. A demonstrable knowledge of surveying techniques as well as Global Positioning Systems (GPS and GLONASS) both in the field and in data processing and computing is required. Knowledge of construction techniques related to concrete works, laboratory and surveying /positioning techniques, site construction management, and supervision of works, control of bill of quantities, quality control of materials is required. Ability and experience in writing technical report is required. Project management experience in UN projects as well as other international projects outside the UN is desirable. Experience in working in field environment and under hard conditions is an asset.

Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in one language is required. A working level of the other languages is an asset

No Fee


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