Dec 212016

Organization: Chemonics
Country: Zambia
Closing date: 30 Dec 2016

Chemonics seeks an engineering consultant for the Global Health Supply Chain (GHSC) program – Procurement and Supply Management (PSM). GHSC-PSM ensures uninterrupted supplies of health commodities to U.S.-government funded initiatives worldwide. PSM Zambia is setting up five warehouses around the country to increase the storage capacity of Medical Stores Limited and alleviate central warehouse storage constraints. The engineering consultant will help prepare specifications and an approval package for procurement solicitation for a prefabricated warehouse in Luanshya, and provide implementation oversight. The engineering consultant will report directly to the GHSC-PSM country director in Zambia. The assignment duration is six months with a total level of effort not to exceed 90 days, with the possibility of extension. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work closely with the prefabricated warehouse consultant and GHSC-PSM team in Zambia to develop the procurement and installation specifications and other related documents to be used in the request for proposals for the prefabricated warehouse
  • Conduct site visit to the selected warehouse site in Luanshya
  • Develop bidders’ guidance, participate in the bidders’ conference, and help evaluate submitted proposals
  • Perform an engineering review of the subcontract’s technical component used to award the warehouse contract
  • Work with the technical assistance provider to document quality testing for concrete slab strength per the required standards
  • Liaise with central and local government agencies and other stakeholders to secure all necessary documentation for the prefabricated warehouse
  • Monitor the installation of the prefabricated warehouse
  • Provide monthly written reports and submit all required documentation to the PSM team


  • B.S. degree in civil, mechanical, or structural engineering
  • Valid registration/certification/professional license for engineering design and oversight under Zambian law
  • Minimum 10 years of experience supervising and overseeing engineering construction projects, including experience monitoring quality, costs, and construction work schedules
  • Demonstrated engineering experience building or performing construction management services for commercial offices, apartment complexes, or industrial facilities
  • Experience revi​ewing, interpreting, and approving engineering plans, shop drawings, specifications, bill of materials, and construction invoices
  • Demonstrated leadership, integrity, and versatility
  • Full working proficiency in English
  • Must be able to work legally ​in Zambia

How to apply:

Send electronic submissions of your CV and cover letter to by December 30, 2016. Please include “engineering consultant” in the subject line of the email. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted. ​​

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