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Project Engineer

  • Post-graduate education
  • Engineering, architecture
  • Expert (non-managerial)
  • Full Time
  • Temporary
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Job Summary

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries received funding from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) to support government of Uganda’s efforts to attain rice self-sufficiency through “Enhancing National Food Security through Increased Rice Production (ENRP) Project.” The project will contribute to the increase in production, marketing and consumption of rice for improved Nutrition, Food Security and Incomes in Uganda as well as support, build and strengthen the institutional and technical capacities, for sustained agricultural growth that contributes to the poverty alleviation and food security.

Job Summary:
Heading, Coordinating, planning, designing and implementing of all project engineering activities and ensure close liaison with the project management and steering committee.

  • An Honours Bachelors of Science Degree in Agricultural Engineering, Water Resources or Irrigation Engineering, Civil Engineering or Mechanical Engineering from a recognised University /Institution.
  • Must have Master of Science or Postgraduate Qualifications in Hydraulic Structures, Water Resources Engineering/Management, Irrigation and Drainage from a recognised University /Institution.
  • At least five (5) years’ experience of construction management and good knowledge of coordinating, planning, designing and implementing engineering projects.

Applicants should fill Public Service Commission (PSC) Form 3 (2008) here:, in triplicate and attach certified copies of academic certificates and testimonials, appointment letters as evidence of working experience and two referees, one of whom must be a current or previous employer and most recent passport photographs. Applications should be addressed to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, P.O. Box 102, Entebbe, and delivered to the Open Registry.


  1. Draw/Review Terms of Reference for irrigation studies and Environmental assessment.
  2. Carry out an Evaluation of Engineering aspects of the project.
  3. Carry out supervision for activities under review for delivery.
  4. Preparation of Progress Reports (including Quarterly and Annual Reports).
  5. Support the conduct of environmental impact assessments for all construction works.
  6. Supervision of the consultant to comply with the Terms of Reference, Technical Specifications and drawings in the contract and any other regulatory and contractual obligations related to Engineering.
  7. Prepare, schedule, coordinate, and monitor all assigned projects as well as Monitor compliance in all areas
  8. Build capacity of MAAIF and district staff, and project beneficiaries in irrigation and drainage development, and Irrigation infrastructure Management and maintenance through Water Users Associations (WUA)
  9. Participate in the preparation of all procurement documents related to the procurement of consultancy services and contractors for the implementation of the Project;
  10. Participate in contract negotiations with the consultants recommended for award of contract;
  11. Maintain proper records of all Engineering procurement documentation and develop a monitoring and reporting system in line with the IDB’s progress reporting requirements;
  12. Observe the implementation progress of the Project and advise the Project Coordinator on issues that need attention and improvement;
  13. Follow-up closely on the activities of the consultant’s and contractor’s works with the view to ensure that they adhere to the project implementation schedule and generally advise the Project Coordinator on progress; as well as monitor the progress of the works by comparing the actual progress with the approved programme of the works and recommend to the Contractor the appropriate measures to be taken, in case the works are behind schedule;
  14. Participate in organizing and always attending site meetings to review progress of the Works.
  15. To prepare draft agendas and minutes of meetings of all formal visits in which he participates;
  16. Advise the Project Management on possible ways to avoid unforeseen extra expenditures for the project; as well as on any possible claim or contractual problems arising during the works.
  17. Ensure that consultants prepares reports at all stages of the project and that the views of the Government, IDB and other stakeholders are duly incorporated in the final reports;
  18. Perform any other relevant duties as may be instructed by the Supervisor.

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Contract type: Temporary
Job type: Full Time
Location: Entebbe
Area of work: Engineering, architecture
Seniority: Expert (non-managerial)

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 5 years
Required skills: Construction management; Project monitoring and evaluation (M&E); Document and archive management; Contractual negotiations; Project preparation and planning; Project implementation; Engineering
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

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Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (Uganda)

GovernmentalCompany size: 1000+ people

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries consists of MAAIF headquarters and eight ‘semi-autonomous’ agencies. MAAIF HQ consists of two commodity-based Directorates (Animal Resources and Crop Resources) each with three Departments, two stand-alone Departments (for Planning and Finance and Administration) and three other specialist units. The agencies are NARO, NAADS, the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA), the Cotton Development Organisation (CDO), the PMA Secretariat, the Dairy Development Authority (DDA), the National Genetic Resource Information Centre and Data Bank (NAGRIC&DB), and the Coordinating Office for the Control of Trypanosomiasis in Uganda (COCTU). Each of these agencies, operating at both national and sub-national levels, is responsible for the execution of approved plans and resources in their budgets, leaving MAAIF HQ to concentrate on agricultural policy formulation, support and supervision (especially of Local Governments), sector planning, regulation, standard setting, quality assurance and sector monitoring and guidance. This structure dates back to the 1998 post-constitutional restructuring put in place in response to the legal and policy changes that followed the enactment of the Local Governments Act (1997). In a bid to further improve the structure, and in light of changes arising from the establishment of the PMA framework, a Core Functional Analysis of MAAIF was undertaken in 2001. This made clear the sub-optimal nature of the Ministry at that time and proposed a new structure. However, this was not implemented, largely because of lack of consensus within MAAIF and other key ministries. The result is that a structure which was judged inappropriately configured in 2002 is still in place now, as MAAIF gears up to address the major challenges ahead. The Ministry has responded already however, by mounting a number of studies to try to forge a way forward. In 2009, a MAAIF Restructuring Report (MRR) was submitted to the Ministry of Public Service (MoPS), recommending changes to the structure. In the course of the dialogue with MoPS, a further study (the Review of the MAAIF Restructuring and Reform Process, GoU, 2010) was undertaken and, following wide consultations with MAAIF stakeholders, and having regard to previous efforts at restructuring, the work developed a modified structure to the one proposed in MRR. Essentially this was based on a four Directorate structure with two new Directorates (Fisheries Resources and Policy, Planning and Support Services) being created. The proposals were presented at a MAAIF Restructuring Workshop on 4th February 2010 and the MAAIF Top Management team and the Development Partners (DPs) approved the proposed macro-structure. This will be described and elaborated in Programme 4 below, along with the plan for how to transition to this new structure.

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