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Saturday, 25 May 2013

PRINCIPAL CIVIL ENGINEER - Uganda Railways Corporation (URC)


Uganda Railways Corporation (URC) is a body corporate established under an Act of Parliament to construct, operate and maintain railway, marine and road services both inside and outside Uganda for the carriage of passengers and goods. Starting in November 2006, the operations of URC were privatised by way of a 25-year concession to M/S Rift Valley Railways Uganda Ltd (RVRU). As a result, the mandate of URC changed from that of an operator to that of asset holder, concession monitor and advisor on railway technical matters.
URC wishes to recruit suitably qualified and experienced professionals to fill the existing vacancies of Chief Concession Officer. This is a challenging opportunity requiring an individual who is able to demonstrate a high level of professionalism

Job Purpose
Reporting to the Chief Civil Engineer, the Principal Civil Engineer will be a key member of the Civil Engineering Department that is responsible for the infrastructure aspects of the Corporation’s current mandate. The Corporation’s infrastructure comprises railway tracks, bridges, culverts, level crossings, ports, buildings, container hard standings, etc.
Job Specifications
The duties and responsibilities of the position are:
Inspection of infrastructure construction, rehabilitation, repair or maintenance work performed by the railway concessionaire (RVR) to establish its compliance with the laid down standards and/or approved investment plans;
Inspection of infrastructure to assess its condition and to determine its rehabilitation, repair and/or maintenance requirements;
Preparation of technical documentation (drawings, specifications, bills of quantities) and cost estimates for required construction, rehabilitation, repair and/or maintenance works;
Preparation of terms of reference and cost ‘estimates for civil engineering consultancy services;
Provision of the civil engineering support to the Procurement and Disposal Unit including conducting pre-bid site inspections, answering pre-bid queries, evaluations of bids and negotiation of contracts;
Supervision and/or management of civil engineering contracts including certification of payments, and reviewing consultancy deliverables (reports);
Training of trainee civil engineers;
Any other departmental work assigned by the Chief Civil Engineer.
Possess a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or its equivalent from a recognised institution.
A relevant Master's degree from a recognised institution, membership of the Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers (UIPE) and registration with the Uganda Engineers' Registration Board (ERB) will be added advantages.
Have work experience of at least ten (10) years as a civil engineer with a busy civil engineering contractor and/or a busy civil engineering consulting firm and/or a public- sector organisation involved substantially in the design, construction, rehabilitation, repair or maintenance of civil engineering facilities.
Be computer literate to a high degree with excellent knowledge of Microsoft OFFICE and Autodesk,  AUTOCAD.
Have good working knowledge of the Uganda Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets (PPDA) law and regulations.
Basic knowledge of the procurement rules and procedures of at least one of the major multi­lateral funding agencies (World Bank, European Development Fund, African Development Bank, etc) will be an added advantage.
Have excellent writing skills.
Have the ability to work under extreme pressure in order to meet tight deadlines.
Be a Ugandan citizen.
Be not more than 35 years old.
Experience: 10
How to apply:
Interested and qualified candidates with relevant qualifications, experience and the core competences should submit their applications in a sealed envelope clearly indicating the position applied for addressed and delivered to the Office of the Managing Director URC, Plot 57, Nasser Road, P.O. Box 7150, Kampala. The applications should be accompanied with current CV, and indicate present position, current remuneration, and complete addresses of three (3) referees with working telephone contacts and email addresses. Certified copies of academic certificates and testimonials will be requested from only shortlisted candidates. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Application deadline: Applications should submitted by Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 4 pm.