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ENGINEER

Multiple locations

  • Organization: UNDOS - United Nations Department of Operational Support
  • Location: Multiple locations
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
  • Closing Date: 2024-04-21

Org. Setting and Reporting
These positions are located in the United Nations Field Peacekeeping Operations, Special Political Missions, Service Centers and Offices as applicable. The Engineer is responsible for applying standard engineering practices and precedents in the design, construction, maintenance, repair and liquidation of structures, facilities and systems required for peace-keeping and other United Nations field missions. Engineers at this level normally carry out portions of more complex projects assigned to a Senior Engineer. At Headquarters they report to the Chief of the Engineering Section; in peacekeeping missions they report to the head of unit or a senior engineer.
Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Engineer will apply professional engineering knowledge and expertise in performance of the following duties: (These duties are not all inclusive nor are all duties carried out by all Engineers) • Applies commonly used engineering calculations, practices and precedents in completing portions of larger projects related to the planning, design, construction, repair or maintenance of electrical, mechanical, water/sanitation and other civil engineering infrastructure for major systems and facilities such as camp infrastructure including building maintenance and construction, roads, bridges, airfield infrastructure, railways, docks, waste disposal systems, flood control systems, water and wastewater treatment facilities, and related structures and other engineering activities in the field needed for the logistics support of peace-keeping and other United Nations field missions. • Plans and designs specifications for projects. • Develops scope of works/requirements, specifications for civil, electro-mechanical, water and wastewater systems contracts, and other engineering goods/services. • Evaluates, reviews and revises project documents and technical proposals for construction services, electro, mechanical, water/sanitation and other engineering goods/services, and conducts pre-award inspections and other project management activities. • Conducts preliminary site investigations to obtain field data such as soil characteristics, drainage, power requirements/capacity demands, fuel requirements and cost implication, technical potential and other data required for building site selection. • Prepares design layout for smaller or less complex portions of buildings and facilities. • Develops technical data regarding materials, sizes, dimensions, and quantities and costs to be incorporated in formal specifications. • Estimates costs of repairs of damaged buildings, facilities and systems to determine feasibility of repairs or replacement. • Liaises with other engineers and mission specialists responsible for related specialized phases to arrive at mutually satisfactory approaches to problems by exchanging and comparing data. • Conducts investigations to develop improved designs and construction techniques. • Produces cost data and estimates on engineering-related requirements of current and planned field missions. • Analyzes project proposals to ensure technical feasibility and to ensure that project objectives are attainable within prescribed resources. • Conducts research on development of new technical systems, and follow development to identify improved methods and equipment. • Participates in mission planning, nominates as technical adviser to committees or international meetings. • Supports the Environmental Section's Working Groups related to energy, water and waste water management, and solid waste management. • Performs other related duties as required. Results Expected: A complete in-depth understanding of engineering problems posed in project documents, in which problems are typically complex and broad in scope, requiring some unusual applications of engineering principles.
Competencies
Core Competencies: Professionalism: -Ability to apply engineering skills and to participate in engineering projects, including preparation of cost estimates, research of data and preparing graphs. Ability to identify and analyze engineering data of significant depth and complexity - Knowledge of methodologies for project planning, execution and evaluation of engineering compliance standards and proven ability in analytical work -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 -Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Planning & Organizing: -Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies -Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required -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 -Uses time efficiently 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 partnerships 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 or setbacks in projects -Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client
Education
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Architecture or related appropriate area. A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of study with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Job - Specific Qualification
Not available.
Work Experience
A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience with facilities and infrastructure, or similar, in the areas of planning, designing and supervising engineering-related construction/commissioning/renovation projects (including for large design construction projects and facilities maintenance programs), and managing routine and non-routine maintenance and repairs is required.
Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Special Notice
The United Nations Secretariat maintains rosters of qualified and available candidates to fill anticipated job openings in peacekeeping operations, special political missions, and other field operations. The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the Engineer P-3 roster. The entire assessment process takes an average of four months; all applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) within 14 days of the conclusion of the process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently will be invited to apply for field mission vacancies open only to roster members. Roster membership does not guarantee selection. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 Nov 2023, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malta, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment. Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process. By accepting a letter of appointment, staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). Further, staff members in the Professional and higher category up to and including the D-2 level and the Field Service category are normally required to move periodically to discharge functions in different duty stations under conditions established in ST/AI/2023/3 on Mobility, as may be amended or revised. This condition of service applies to all position specific job openings and does not apply to temporary positions. Applicants are urged to carefully follow all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira, and to refer to the Applicant Guide by clicking on “Manuals” in the “Help” tile of the inspira account-holder homepage. The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.
No Fee
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.
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