Survey, Design and Supervision Assistant Engineer

Bachelor's Degree   Multi Location Full Time 1504
Date Posted:Jun 30, 2022
Closing Date:Jul 20, 2022
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:8
Functional Area:Civil Engineering,Agriculture Engeenring,Construction Management,Quality Control (QC),Environmental Management
Salary Range:As per company salary scale
Years of Experience:3 - 5 Years
Contract Duration:6 month(s)
Possibility of Contract Extension: Yes
Contract Type:Service Contract
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations:


Organizational Setting

FAO Afghanistan is investing, across all 34 provinces, in resilience reinforcing actions that focus on protecting agriculture livelihoods and local ecosystems, boosting local production of nutritious foods and cash-incomes, and safeguarding critical agriculture sectoral development gains achieved over the past couple of decades through revitalizing rural markets and economy. In 2022-2023, FAO will, under the life-saving assistance Outcome (1) of the UN Transitional Engagement Framework (TEF), focus on the following four priority actions: (i) Safeguarding Wheat Seed Security, (ii) Enhancing Local Production of Nutritious Food, (iii) Livestock Protection and Dairy Sector Support, and (iv) Restoring Irrigation Structures to Boost Cash Incomes. Additionally, FAO will contribute towards resilience building activities under Outcome 2 of the TEF. 

There are a total of eight (8) positions, one position in each duty station: Bamyan, Gardez, Herat, Jalalabad, Kabul, Kandahar, Kunduz, and Mazar-e-Sharif. 

Job Summary:

Reporting Lines

The Survey, Design and Supervision Assistant Engineer will work under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative, the direct and technical supervision of the Head of Water Resource and Irrigation Team and Team leader/Regional Senior Survey and Design Specialist and in close collaboration with the Regional Coordinator.


Technical Focus 

The Survey, Design and Supervision Assistant Engineer will provide relevant technical assistance for efficient implementation of Water and Resilience Services within their regional office. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

Tasks and responsibilities

•   Assist the Head of Water and Irrigation Team, International Chief Technical Advisor and Team Leader/Senior Survey and Design Specialist in implementing all the activities in the region of his/her assignment.

•   Assist in preparing technical proposals of the schemes under irrigation rehabilitation works and river bank protection works after conducting the technical survey and design and cost estimates for the submission to the Team Leader regional office for review.

•   Supervise the work progress by the contractor or water user groups.

•   Support the Regional Team Leader and Survey and Design Specialist to coordinate with the with the implementing partners (IPs) to validate the quantification of work for cleaning of drainage canal system, soil and water conservation measures, and improving watershed management and minor repairs to upper catchment of Karez.

•   Monitor the beneficiary selection for cash for work (CfW) and the work progress in the field.

•   Support the Regional Team Leader and Survey and Design Specialist to coordinate with the other agencies and institutions at the regional level for smooth implementation of the water resource and irrigation-related works. 

•   Support the Regional Team Leader and Survey and Design Specialist to liaise with the main office (in Kabul) for timely availability of all inputs for implementation of the rehabilitation works carried out by the construction companies and the ones carried out by the implementing partners.

•   Support the Survey and Design Specialist to conduct training courses and on-the-job training of staff, and water user groups.

•   Support the Regional Team Leader and Survey and Design Specialist to report periodically on the progress of work in the regional Offices, and signal in advance problems that may hamper such progress and help solve them.

•   Performs any other duties as required.

Job Requirement:



Minimum Requirements

•   University degree (Bachelor) in Civil Engineering, Water Resources engineering, Irrigation engineering or agricultural engineering or other related areas; 

•   A minimum of three (3) years professional experience in water resource and irrigation engineering; 

•   Working knowledge (level C) of English and the local languages (Pashto and/or Dari); 

•   National of Afghanistan. 


FAO Core Competencies

•   Results Focus

•   Teamwork

•   Communication

•   Building Effective Relationships

•   Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement


Technical/Functional Skills 

•   Proven skill of technical survey and other data collection (maps, benchmark levels, etc.) for the design and preparation of drawings of irrigation works and river bank protection works.

•   Have skill to ensure all technical inputs and cost estimates related to the construction components are accurate, timely provided and included in the project proposals and budgets;

•   Have skill of the monitoring the quality control and progress of the construction works.

•   Have knowledge of finalizing the scope of works with the timeline needed for the implementation;

•   Have experience of design of irrigation, river bank protection works, watershed management works, karezez and the conservation ponds etc.

•   Proven skill to coordinate with the implementing partner NGO to get the desired outputs.

•   Have skill to develop technical documents based on national and international standards and codes of practice and based on the mandatory safety and health requirements

•   Proven skill to coordinate with the relevant institutions and the communities;

•   Having skill to contribute towards the preparation of various reports on the status of implementation/progress with irrigation works;

•   Good knowledge of the AutoCAD, MS Office package, Internet etc.



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FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions. 

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul, Nangarhar, Bamyan, Paktya, Kunduz, Balkh, Kandahar, Herat
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