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Site Engineer (Naigombwa)

  • Post-graduate education
  • Engineering, architecture
  • Experienced (senior worker)
  • 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:
To implement and provide technical support of infrastructural installations, designs and liaise with the project engineer and other technical staff at the centre.

  • 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 Postgraduate Qualifications in Hydraulic Structures, Water Resources Engineering/Management, Irrigation and Drainage from a recognised University /Institution.
  • At least three (3) 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. Provide technical advise on a construction site for contractors, subcontractors, craftspeople and operatives;
  2. Ensure that all materials used and work performed are in accordance with the specifications;
  3. Manage, monitor and interpret the contract design documents supplied by the consultant/architect/contractor.
  4. Liaise with any consultants, contractors, sub-contractors, supervisors, planners, quantity surveyors and the general workforce involved in the project;
  5. Liaise with the local authority (where appropriate to the project) to ensure compliance with local construction regulations and by-laws
  6. Liaise with district officials, farmers, architects, engineers and surveyors on behalf of the project, including attending regular meetings to keep them informed of progress;
  7. Carry out day-to-day management of the site, including supervising and monitoring the site labour force and the work of any contractor and subcontractors
  8. Oversee quality control and health and safety matters on site;
  9. Maintain proper records of all procurement documentation and develop a monitoring and reporting system in line with the IDB’s progress reporting requirement;
  10. Generally, observe the implementation progress of the Project and advise the Project Engineer and the Project Coordinator on issues that need attention and improvement on site;
  11. Follow-up closely on the day to day activities of the consultants’ and contractor’s works on site with the view to ensure that they adhere to the project implementation schedule and generally advise the Project Engineer and Project Coordinator on progress;
  12. Advise the Project Coordinator on possible problems that might be encountered during study, surveys and construction and recommend appropriate solutions (in particular identify possible sources of delays, cost overruns, and propose measures to overcome them);
  13. Participate in the preparation of the Project Completion Report at the completion of the Project for submission to the Government and IDB; and
  14. Support the conduct of environmental impact assessments for all construction works
  15. Facilitate technical training activities.
  16. Review the results of activities of the project and provide recommendations for the improvement of the project’s work-plan.
  17. Perform any other assignment in the field of competence as may be required.
  18. Perform any other 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: Experienced (senior worker)

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 3 years
Required skills: Construction management; Reporting; Operative management; Contractual negotiations; Work place safety; 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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