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Maintenance Engineer (P-3)


  • Organization: CTBTO - Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
  • Location: Vienna
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Mechanics and Electronics (Engineering)
  • Closing Date: Closed
VA ID:  1944
Grade Level:  P-3
Division:  International Monitoring System Division
Section:  Monitoring Facilities Support Section
Unit:  Maintenance Unit
Type of Appointment:  Fixed Term Appointment
Date of Issuance:  15 November 2023
Deadline for Applications:
30 December 2023
Vacancy Reference  VA17-1944-2023 
Reporting Date:  As soon as possible

Please note that all candidates should adhere to CTBTO Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity.

Qualified female applicants and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

 A roster of suitable candidates may be established for similar positions at the same level as a result of this selection process for a period of two (2) years.

Organizational Background

The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization with its headquarters in Vienna, Austria is the international organization setting up the global verification system foreseen under the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which is the treaty banning any nuclear-weapon-test explosion or any other nuclear explosion. The Treaty provides for a global verification regime, including a network of 337 stations worldwide, a communications system, an international data centre and on-site inspections to monitor compliance.

Organizational Setting

This position is located in the International Monitoring System (IMS) Division that applies engineering and science to develop, instantiate, and operate measurement stations around the world and to receive, process and disseminate the data collected by these stations as well as related analysis products.

Reporting Lines

Under the supervision of the Head, Maintenance Unit, the incumbent will be responsible to:

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan, manage and implement maintenance activities for the monitoring facilities of the International Monitoring System (IMS), including corrective and preventative maintenance, overhauls, equipment replacement of the main station systems, power supply, grounding and lightning protection, intra-site communication, data acquisition and station infrastructure in coordination with equipment providers, station operators, and other contractors; 
  • Troubleshoot equipment remotely as well as during on-site visits to inspect, maintain or repair installations as needed, prepare related reports, and participate in major repairs, upgrades and revalidations of IMS stations as required; 
  • Participate in evaluation of station performance, including review, preliminary evaluation, classification of reports and maintenance of station records; 
  • Support tracking of equipment downtime and problem history and provide support to sustain IMS stations in cooperation with the Monitoring Facilities Support Section’s Logistics Support Unit;
  • Provide technical input for the establishment of contractual arrangements and agreements with designated institutions in host countries and other contractors for services required to sustain IMS facilities; perform technical evaluation and assessment as required;
  • Support the development and implementation of procedures for the reliable operation, maintenance and overall sustainment of IMS facilities, including the development and review of station specific technical documentation; 
  • Provide support to IMS training activities and workshops, including development of technical training programmes, preparation of learning material and equipment, delivering presentations and hands-on training sessions;
  • Interact with government officials in countries that host IMS facilities on all matters relating to the maintenance of IMS stations; 
  • Performing other duties as assigned. 


University degree in engineering (preferably electrical engineering) or a related field.

Work Experience and Qualifications

  • At least five (5) years of relevant work experience in installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of  monitoring facilities and data acquisition systems, including field work experience;
  • Knowledge of data acquisition systems, networking communications (such as TCP/IP), and GPS instrumentation is desirable;
  • Strong experience with power supply of monitoring facilities in remote/harsh environments, lightning protection and grounding systems is desirable;
  • Experience in troubleshooting and/or maintenance of electronic equipment which may be in harsh/remote environments is desirable;
  • Work experience with national or international monitoring networks is desirable;
  • Experience with development of technical documentation is desirable;
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in a multicultural environment is essential;
  • Excellent organizational skills and proven ability to deliver projects within assigned deadlines;
  • Ability to prioritize and manage a high-volume workload in a fast-paced work environment.


Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are essential; knowledge of other official CTBTO languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is desirable.


  • Professionalism - Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations;
  • Communication - Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from other and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed;
  • Planning and organizing - Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary;
  • Team work - Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team members; supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings;
  • Accountability - Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable;
  • Creativity - Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches; 
  • Client orientation - Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive relationships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress and setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to clients;
  • Commitment to continuous learning - Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve;
  • Technological Awareness - Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks, shows willingness to learn new technology.


CTBTO offers an attractive compensation and benefits package in accordance with the policies of the International Civil Service Commission. For more information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, see link: The salary offered may be subject to deductions to the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund and/or Health Insurance Scheme.

Additional Information

  • All applications must be submitted through the CTBTO e-Recruitment system before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.
  • Incomplete applications and submission of employment history in formats other than the CTBTO Employment Information Form will not be considered
  • The CTBTO Preparatory Commission retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy; to make an appointment at a lower grade in particular if the candidate has less than the qualifications required; to make an appointment with a modified job description, or to offer a contract term for a shorter duration than indicated in the vacancy announcement.
  • Please note that the CTBTO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list.
  • The CTBTO reserves the right to undertake correspondence only with shortlisted candidates.
  • Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process.
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