Republic of North Macedonia
Ministry of Transport and Communications
Recruitment of Individual Consultant
Job Position: Transport Infrastructure Expert
General Information: The Ministry of Transport and Communications intends to engage 4 (four) highly qualified individual consultants to provide services as Transport Infrastructure Experts to the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) for implementation of the two projects financed by the World Bank, the Trade and Transport Facilitation Project and the Local Roads Connectivity Project (under one name ,,the Project”). The PIU will be established in the premises of the Ministry of Transport and Communications and headed by the Project Director.
Project Background: The Trade and Transport Facilitation Project will include a combination of investments, technical assistance and regulatory and institutional reforms. It will primarily focus on adoption and implementation of a National Single Window (NSW) solution, improvement of the border crossing facilities on the two selected trade corridors BCP at Deve Bair and BCP at Kjafasan, deployment of an Intelligent Transport System (ITS) on the A1 motorway, and technical assistance. The Local Roads Connectivity Project (the LRCP) is envisaged to support the selected Municipalities by investments in reconstruction, rehabilitation and upgrading of local roads/streets that will enhance their mobility, connectivity and road safety. Moreover, the investments may include: sidewalks, bike paths, street lighting, slope and landslide stabilization, junction improvement, pedestrian crossings, water drainage and capacity building of the municipal staff.
Position Objective: To plan, monitor, control and give technical advice on all the civil engineering and/or architectural engineering related activities, in close cooperation with the Project Director and the contractors, supervisors, consultants, the Ministry of Transport and Communications and other agencies. He/she will closely monitor the implementation of the activities in order to coordinate the inputs from the different actors, ensure excellent technical execution, quickly address design challenges and efficiently react to unexpected developments. Aware of the project cycle and Procurement Plans, the implementation of activities as per contract specifications and in compliance with the national legislation and the legal/regulatory framework of the World Bank, he/she will ensure that works, goods and services are satisfactorily completed on time, within the budget, aligned with the contractual requirements and in a coherent way across the Projects components. The consultant shall interact and liaise with a significant number of different authorities, ministries, municipalities, designers, contractors, consultants, a number of other external bodies, the World Bank, other partners, and other agencies. Creativity, initiative, analytical capacity and team work are therefore required to cope with such diverse demands and actors, which makes working experience desirable. The main challenge is to ensure that the contractors / consultants produce an acceptable quality of work within the budget allowances and time, so that the objectives of the Projects are achieved.
Tasks and Responsibilities: Ensure supervision, monitoring and management of all transport and engineering activities included in the Local Roads Connectivity Project and Trade and Transport Facilitation Project; Assist and work together with the other Project Officers on the Local Roads Connectivity Project and Trade and Transport Facilitation Project; Liaise with the Procurement Expert, the Project Director and with all the relevant Ministries / Municipalities and their focal points / designers / agencies / project beneficiaries regarding improving the quality and readiness of the design documents and providing inputs into the Procurement Plans for efficient procurement process; Provide technical input, administrative and managerial support to the municipalities in the process of preparation the design documents and improving the quality of the design documents; Provide technical input and assist the Procurement Expert in preparation of Procurement Documents, Technical Specifications, Requests for Proposals, Terms of References, etc.; Assist the Procurement Expert in the evaluation of bids and preparation of contract documents for works/services/supply of goods; Review and evaluate contractors’/consultants’ technical documentation, drawings, designs, working schedule, health and safety; Ensure implementation of the construction/reconstruction/rehabilitation/upgrading activities against the timeline/critical paths, quality, quantities, safety, project monitoring indicators; Conduct regular on-site visits for design and construction verification and validation; this should lead to high quality execution, identification of areas for improvement and both conception and implementation of a corrective action plans; Ensure with Procurement and Financial Officers the reporting mechanisms (as reflected in the Project Operations Manuals) and documentation systems are in place, including drafting reports to the World Bank and the Project Director: Cost, Time, Resources, and Scope (along with Performance related measures, Quality, HSE & Environmental); Issue Monthly Progress Reports to the Project Director and brief him/her minimum of once a week on progress and challenges while providing sound solutions to overcome implementation difficulties; Assist the Project Director in preparing the PIU Reports (quarterly, midterm and completion).
Knowledge, experience, skills and competences:
Educational qualifications of at least a University Degree in Civil Engineering/Architectural Engineering (where a university degree has been awarded on completion of a minimum of three years of study in a university or equivalent institution);
Area of professional expertise: Civil Engineering/Architectural Engineering;
Minimum 3 years of experience in Design/Construction/Supervision/Contract Monitoring of Transport Infrastructure Projects and/or Construction/Reconstruction of buildings;
Additional qualifications or training in Project Monitoring/Contract Monitoring;
Excellent knowledge of English language (reading, speaking and writing) and fluency in Macedonian language;
Computer skills: AutoCAD, Word, Excel, scheduling tools (eg: MS Project or similar);
Managerial skills: Self-planning & organizing, problem solving, work under pressure, communication, teamwork, initiative;
Desirable: Knowledge in relevant national legislation.
Applications: The candidates should e-mail their Letters of Application, CVs, and Letters of Motivation (all documents in English language) to the following e-mail: email@example.com or to submit them to the archive of the Ministry of Transport and Communications to the following address: str. Dame Gruev No.6 in Skopje. The deadline for submitting the applications is 15 days from the date of publishing. The candidates can find the ToR for the announced job position in the following link
MKD Transport Infrastructure Expert TOR MoTC