New York City (United States of America)
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Engineering Support Section (ESS), Sourcing Support Service in the Logistics Division, Office of Supply Chain Management, Department of Operational Support (DOS) at Headquarters.
The Department of Operational Support was established to provide end-to-end operational support, advisory services and other solutions to operating entities across the Secretariat, including other departments, offices-away-from headquarters, field missions, and regional commissions.
The Office of Supply Chain Management includes the Office of the Assistant Secretary- General for Supply Chain Management, Logistics Division, Procurement Division, Uniformed Capabilities Support Division, Umoja Coordination Service and the Enabling and Outreach Service. The Logistics Division performs a central role in the implementation of end-to-end supply chain management across the United Nations operations. The Division provides direction and advice on logistical matters, monitors and assesses the delivery of strategic transportation and support services, and directs the delivery of transportation and specialist support services in the functional areas of air transport, ground transport, engineering, medical and supply, inclusive of fuel, rations and general supplies and security equipment.
The incumbent will report to the Chief of ESS.
Within delegated authority, the Engineer will be responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:
• Analyzes and advises on the planning, design, construction and maintenance of electrical, mechanical and water/sanitation goods and services for major systems and facilities such as buildings roads, bridges, airfields, helipads, railways, docks, waste disposal systems, flood control systems, water 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.
• Evaluates, reviews and revises project documents, and technical proposals for electrical, mechanical and water/sanitation goods/services and conducts pre-award inspections.
• Recommends solutions to and oversees the development of technical statements of requirements (SoR) for electrical, mechanical and water/sanitation engineering goods and services that are required for competitive tender with the goal of maintaining readiness to meet future support requirements. Conducts technical studies on engineering topics, developing guidelines for the general planning and maintenance of programs and facilities and serves as Technical Expert on relevant Category Management Teams under the Business Area of Facilities and Infrastructure with the view of developing relevant strategies. Periodically reviews strategies in relevant engineering areas with the view to identify areas for improvement.
• Keeps abreast, through relevant engineering literature, of significant trends and the development of improved methods and equipment.
• Leads efforts of team studying critical problems relating to design or construction of systems and facilities. Makes recommendations for resolution of problems in specialized areas and advises Headquarters Committee on Contract cases pertinent to electrical, mechanical and water/sanitation solicitations and contracts
• Participates in planning missions, serving as technical adviser to committees or international meetings. Advises on recommendation of Headquarters Committee on Contract cases pertinent to electrical, mechanical and water/sanitation solicitations and contracts.
• Serves as the focal point on the Environmental Section’s Working Groups related to Energy and Water/Sanitation.
• Performs other related duties as required.
• 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 power supply, generators, PV and other renewable energy systems and associated environmental considerations for field camps. Ability to manage engineering projects. 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.
• Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours 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.
• 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in electrical, mechanical and/or water/sanitation engineering, or other related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
• A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in the field of electrical, mechanical and/or water/sanitation engineering is required.
• Experience in planning, design and implementation of electrical engineering projects in an international environment is desirable.
• Experience in engineering logistics in support of field operations, or other similar international organisation is desirable.
• Experience in research and development of sourcing solutions related to electrical, mechanical and/or water/sanitation engineering, including identification of requirements and conducting technical evaluations is desirable.
• Experience in the use of Power Business Intelligence (BI) or similar data analysis and visualization tool is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English 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 interviews.Special Notice
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
This post is financed by the Support Account. Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
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.
Applicants from troop- and police-contributing countries who are found most suitable and recommended for selection will be given due consideration for positions in a peacekeeping operation or Headquarters support account funded positions, taking into account their contribution to United Nations peacekeeping, in accordance with General Assembly resolutions 66/265 and 67/287. For the latest list of troop- and police-contributing countries, visit the following website: https://peacekeeping.un.org/en/troop-and-police-contributors.
United Nations Considerations
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The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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