Project: Roads for Development Phase 2 (R4D2)
Duration: Long Term until June 30, 2024
ARF Level: C3
Location: R4D2 Head Office, Port Vila, Vanuatu
Reports to: Senior Engineering Adviser
The Vanuatu Roads for Development Program Phase 2 (R4D2) is a 5-year (2019-2024) transport infrastructure support program funded by the Government of Australia (GoA) through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to support the Public Works Department (PWD) under the Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities (MIPU). R4D2 is focused on improving and maintaining national road access for rural and urban populations. Adam Smith International (ASI) is the managing contractor for this program.
The responsibility of the Engineering Adviser (Operations) is to provide technical assistance, guidance, and mentorship to the counterparts in Public Works Department (PWD) and to support road works planning, delivery, and capacity building as a road network manager. This will include, but not limited to, the following key functions and tasks:
• Guide/assist counterparts and provide technical guidance/assistance on road works activity planning, designing, costing, contract documentation, implementation, time/cost/quality control, and completion.
• Guide/assist counterparts for project management to achieve operational efficiencies and complete the contracts within time and budget.
• Ensure works adhere to the PWD Roads and Bridges Design Guide, Standards, Specifications, and ensure climate change and disaster resilience, environment, and safety considerations are addressed.
• Train and mentor divisional personnel and contractors on road projects, operation and maintenance.
• Provide capacity development and quality control support for road works delivery through continuous mentoring and on-the-job training for counterparts, local consultants, small-scale contractors, and communities.
• Provide guidance and support to the MIPU/PWD around the development, review and updating of the Force Account Strategy.
• Operational Planning – Provide mentorship and guidance to the counterparts preparing medium-term plans (MTP) and annual work plans (AWP) in line with the GoV’s high-level goals, the public roads policy, and the strategy for road works, operations, maintenance, as well as renewals for both capital and recurrent funding streams.
• Supplementary Workplans – Provide support to PWD HQ in the preparation of supplementary work plans to address emergencies through additional funding and/or through work plan revisions.
• Mentor/guide the PWD RIMS officer on the collection and processing of road asset information.
• Guide/support the PWD RIMS officer for public roads declaration, reviewing, and updates.
• Support monitoring and reporting against PWD plans on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis
• Support and contribute to M&E studies.
• Support PWD HQ and its divisions to ensure PWD’s safeguard requirements such as GEDSI, Workplace Health & Safety (WHS), and Environmental Safeguards are adhered to.
• Other duties as assigned by the Senior Engineering Adviser and/or Team Leader.
• Main Counterpart – PWD Manager Operations
• Secondary Counterparts – PWD Principal Engineers, Fleet Manager, Divisional Managers, Project Engineers, and Divisional Engineers
• Reports to, works with, and receives strategic direction from the Senior Engineering Adviser and Team Leader; and
• Reports to the Australian High Commission Team when necessary and in coordination with the Team Leader.
Required Qualifications and Experience
• Relevant qualifications in civil engineering, ideally with a focus on road network planning, operations and management;
• Demonstrated experience in strategic and operational planning within a road network manager context;
• Demonstrated experience working within public sector agencies, ideally in the Pacific or a similar setting;
• Demonstrated experience in developing the capacity of government agencies and staff, ideally in the Pacific or a similar setting;
• Demonstrated experience in contract project management and administration, project development and procurement;
• Demonstrated experience in asset and network management systems;
• Knowledge of and experience working in a remote setting, ideally in the Pacific or a similar setting;
• Understanding of and commitment to Australian aid safeguard issues, specifically child protection, gender mainstreaming, and disability inclusion;
• Detailed understanding of safety and environmental protection on the road programs;
• Excellent stakeholder engagement, communication, and relationship management skills.
• Demonstrated experience in the management of contracts and contractors, focused on ensuring quality outputs;
Please submit your application with the subject ‘Engineering Advisor Operations R4D2’ to [email protected]
Applications should include a cover letter addressing the TOR selection criteria and an up-to-date CV.
Adam Smith International is an equal opportunity employer – women and candidates from diverse backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as well as Ni-van, are encouraged to apply.