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New York City

  • Organization: UN
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: FG I, Function Group 1, Contract Agent
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
  • Closing Date: 2022-06-29

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Electrical and Machine Shop under the Electrical Unit (EU), Plant Engineering Section (PES), Facilities and Commercial Activities (FCAS), Division of Administration (DOA), Department of Operational Support (DOS). The incumbent reports to the General Foreperson and the Lead Mechanic of the Electrical Unit.
The Department of Operational Support was established to provide operational advisory services to operating entities across the Secretariat, including other departments, offices away from headquarters, field missions, and regional commissions. The Facilities and Commercial Activities Service (FCAS) operates the Headquarters complex, striving to provide effective and efficient planning, management, maintenance and operation for all existing physical facilities and assets at the UN Headquarters, New York. FCAS also supports office and conference facilities, property management, travel and transportation services, archives and records management, mail and pouch operations, catering, giftshop and the United Nations Postal Administration.


Under the overall guidance of the Foreperson and direct supervision of the Working Leader of the Electrical and Machine Shop, the incumbent shall perform the following duties and responsibilities:

• Maintenance and repair of automated door systems, rolling doors, and door hardware, including vendor oversight functions.
• Repair and maintenance, including contractor supervision of security barrier systems.
• Respond to service calls; investigate complaints by performing inspection of the area, make necessary adjustments, repair and/or replace defective controls and other associated equipment, and report to the supervisor as required.
• Perform welding repairs of equipment and structural components of the building, ensure the safety of occupants of the United Nations facilities during all maintenance, repair and installation works.
• Fabricate custom parts and equipment.
• Fabricate and install security cages and other construction activities requiring expertise in welding as required.
• Follow work procedures and schedules; record work time and materials used for work orders; assist in basic data entry and process assigned work orders generated from the Computerized System (iNeed).
• Use materials and equipment efficiently, maintain inventory records of equipment, tools, and materials used for maintenance activities; assist in verifying the level of stocks regularly and request approval for ordering spare parts.
• Perform other duties as required.


• Professionalism: Knowledge of the latest technology related to repairs and maintenance of various equipment. Ability to prioritize activities and assignments and adjust priorities as required. Ability to to use hand and power tools connected to the machinist trade in a safe and efficient manner. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

• Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

• Technological Awareness: 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.


High school diploma or equivalent Trade School diploma is required.

Job - Specific Qualification

A technical or vocational certificate in Welding, Machinery, Mechanic, Tool Maker, or
related trade is desirable. If applicable, a copy of the certificate must be included in your

A NYC Certificate of Fitness for Torch Use of Flammable Gases for Hot Work Operations is
desirable. If applicable, a copy of the certificate must be included in your application.

Passing the Trades and Crafts Examination (TCT) is a prerequisite for selection consideration
in the Trades and Crafts category in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not
passed the test at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an
application. Staff members who were granted a fixed-term, continuing or permanent
appointment as a result of having passed a predecessor test recognized by the Office of
Human Resources Management, and who have continuously held such appointments, are not
required to take the new test.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of work experience as a Machinist, Mechanic, or related trade,
including experience in the use of hand power tools related to the trade is required.

Experience as a NYC Licensed Welder is desirable.

Experience in the maintenance and repair of electronic control systems is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.

This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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.

Physical requirements: The Machinist makes repairs and installation from ladders, scaffolds and platforms, which require the incumbent to work in tiring and uncomfortable positions. Physical requirements include the use of hands for simple grasping and fine manipulations, frequent walking, standing, sitting, bending, squatting, crawling, climbing, reaching and
loading/unloading materials and equipment from storage to job sites. Frequently lift materials weighing up to 40 lbs.

Condition of the workplace: Machine shops are usually noisy. Constant danger to the skin and eyes from flying metal chips, abrasive particles, and hot metal. Skin irritation is possible from contact, lubricants, and abrasive compounds. Danger of being injured from cutting tools, grinding wheels and moving machine parts. The selected candidate is required to work either day or evening shifts, and possibly weekends on rotation as necessary. It is expected that they will assigned to different workshops to learn all aspects of their trade.

***The selected candidate must meet inoculation (vaccination) requirements against SARSCoV- 2 (Covid).***

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.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side 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


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