Comunitatea Mea Program vacancies - Engineer

Position Title: Engineer

Program: Comunitatea Mea

Location: Chișinău, Moldova

Summary of the Comunitatea Mea Program:

Comunitatea Mea (CM) is a five-year (2018-2023), USAID-funded program that is strengthening local government in Moldova to become more effective, transparent, and accountable to citizens. The program is facilitating Moldova’s decentralization process, building local government’s capacity to meet citizens’ needs, and strengthening citizen confidence that democratic institutions improve their quality of life. To do so, Comunitatea Mea provides comprehensive assistance to local public authorities in communities throughout Moldova, who engage civic groups and businesses to improve public services.

Tetra Tech is a subcontractor to the prime CM implementer, IREX. Under this subcontract, Tetra Tech requires the support of an Engineer, who will work closely with local construction firms in all aspects of project planning, design, and oversight to produce results consistent with USAID, Moldova, and IREX standards. The Engineer will be Chisinau-based and will regularly travel to assigned municipalities throughout Moldova.

Main responsibilities and tasks:

  • - Support the planning, design and execution of construction, alteration, or repair (including dredging and excavation) of roads, power plants, buildings, bridges, water treatment facilities, and vertical structures;
  • - Provide engineering support to the Comunitatea Mea team, including project staff, subcontractors, construction contractors, and short-term technical assistance (STTA) resources;
  • - Provide advice and monitor the progress of infrastructure projects implementation, as well as advice on measures to be undertaken in streamlining and accelerating the physical and financial progress of the works;
  • - Support the Small-Scale Construction Project manager (SSCPM) and LPAs in the selection of specific infrastructure interventions, preparation of work plans and technical packages, field surveys and feasibility assessments, review of Bill of Quantities, regular status updates and progress reports, and all other major deliverables for the infrastructure activities;
  • - Support training and capacity building aspects of the program to ensure knowledge transfer to local officials and institutions, both public and private;
  • - Prepare and review Environmental Compliance Checklists, Mitigation Plans, Engineering Due Diligence Reports, Technical Specifications for bidding documents and participate in the evaluation of bids;
  • - Analyze sub-contracts and specifications, work with the SSCPM to prepare or approve scopes of work and timetables for the design and implementation of infrastructure activities in conjunction with work plans, USAID environmental and construction relevant regulations, and Tetra Tech and IREX policy and contractual obligations;
  • - Monitor and evaluate project performance and assist the SSCPM with Quality Assurance/Quality Control for all infrastructure projects;
  • - Assist with program budget and cost estimations;
  • - Assist the SSCPM with subprojects close-outs and with the issuance of Final Acceptance certificates and subsequent handover of projects to LPA beneficiaries;
  • - Assist the SSCPM on environmental compliance for all projects, including reporting and maintenance of files.
  • - Verification of technical documentation and Bill of Quantities

Quality Assurance and Reporting

  • - Ensure that relevant elements of the infrastructure plans are being successfully implemented;
  • - Provide inputs for the drafting of the project monthly and quarterly reports for USAID, as well as drafting other project updates and work plans as requested by COP or DCOP; and
  • - Support the team as needed to ensure that USAID and IREX rules and regulations are followed and that contract deliverable requirements are met.
  • - Provide support to Monitoring and Evaluation team.


  • - Contribute to team effort by undertaking additional tasks and responsibilities.

Qualifications: (minimum requirements)

Education: Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline such as civil, mechanical, electrical, construction engineering/planning, architecture, or a comparable discipline; Certification in engineering design, construction supervision, or management is highly desirable.

Work experience: At least 5 years’ experience in community construction and project management.  Substantial experience in engineering quality control including review of technical documentation, bidding documents, and scopes of work. Experience with electrical engineering is highly desirable.


  • - Broad range of experience in different Civil Engineering disciplines pertinent to public service delivery – i.e. roads and streets, drainage, building and facility rehabilitation, parks rehabilitation, urban forestry, street lighting, solid waste management, human waste management;
  • - Familiar with citing and writing standards and specifications for a wide range of civil works encompassing those disciplines noted above;
  • - Able to develop and manage training and capacity building for government staff and local contractors;
  • - Understanding of Moldovan building codes, regulations, and best practices is required; Knowledge of EU regulations, norms and standards as applicable to construction in Moldova is desired. 
  • - Outstanding cross-cultural relations and interpersonal communication skills;
  • - Requires an ability to work independently and as part of a team, accept responsibility, and be extremely discrete with sensitive information.

Languages: Fluency in written and verbal Romanian and Russian, working knowledge of  English preferred.

To apply:

Submit a cover letter and CV to: Please include “Engineer” in the subject line.

Deadline: August 23, 2021 at 9:00 am.

*Applicants will be selected for an interview on a rolling basis.