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  • Organization: UNGSC - United Nations Global Service Centre
  • Location: Brindisi
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Environment
  • Closing Date: Closed

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC) provides critical Supply Chain, Geospatial, Information and Telecommunications Technologies services and Training to all peacekeeping and special political missions around the world as well as to other UN Offices, Agencies Funds and Programs.
This position is located in the Environmental Technical Support, Planning and Sourcing Support Section, Supply Chain Service, based in the United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC) in Brindisi. The incumbent will report to the Chief Environmental Technical Support (ETS).


Within delegated authority, the Environmental Engineer (Energy) will be responsible for the
following duties:

• Introduces and implements the Department's Environmental Guidelines in the mission and supports the strategy implementation's working group on energy.
• Provides guidance in accordance with Department of Operational Support Policy and Guidelines and host country environmental standards for the establishment and implementation of the mission's environmental objectives and plan.
• Supports missions in the development of their respective budget with focus on energy savings and improving energy production systems.
• Prepares consolidated reports on environmental actions of all mission sites and identifies problem areas to be addressed by the relevant Sections within the mission.

• Develop conceptual design, feasibility studies and multi-year plans of hybrid energy systems including renewable energy, energy storage, diesel and power electronic equipment (inverters) to upgrade and improve power generation facilities in field missions.
• Reviews statements of work, contracts and services for engineering projects related to the energy field, in accordance with international and local environmental standards.
• Formulates and evaluates procedures and projects for the Environmental Unit.
• Coordinates all activities related to environmental compliance in the mission's military, police and civilian components.
• Prepares energy action plans and strategy implementation plans, guidance materials and instructions aimed at achieving environmental objectives.

• Analyze and understand power and energy data from energy metering systems and fuel management systems to build up energy production and energy consumption detailed models and business cases
• Assess the existing energy infrastructure of the mission (including, but not limited to diesel generators power houses) and propose innovative technical solutions to reduce fuel consumption and operating cost (renewable energy, storage system, hybrid power station).
• Design and implement electrical systems for energy infrastructure projects including power generation, metering, power transformation and power transmission in LV and MV
• Develops and implements training activities aimed at building mission capacity to meet mission environmental objectives.
• Develops and maintains liaison with other UN agencies, local authorities and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the mission area.
• Keeps up to date on environmental developments.

• Performs other duties, as assigned.


Thorough knowledge of environmental engineering with specific experience in sustainability and energy management; ability to develop comprehensive arguments for and against the suitability of pragmatic and robust technologies that provide benefits towards sustainability improvements in Field Mission operations; familiarity with the UN Environment policies and ability to demonstrate experience in successfully meeting similar requirements. 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.

Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match 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; 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.


Advanced university degree (master's degree or equivalent) in environmental engineer or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Job - Specific Qualification

Training or certificate in energy systems and renewable energy related field is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (05) years of progressively responsible experience in the scientific and
engineering aspects of environmental, energy engineering or related fields is required.

Experience in using Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Power Point), MS Project,
electric design software is required.

Environmental and energy engineering experience in international peacekeeping, post conflict
environment, field or military operations is desirable.

Experience in using methodologies for project planning, coordination, execution, and evaluation of energy standards and proven ability in analytical work is desirable.

Experience in using other engineering design software such as PVSyst, HelioScope, Auto
CAD is desirable.


English and French are the official languages of the United Nations. For this position fluency in oral and written English is required; knowledge of French is desirable.


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

Special Notice

This position is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to

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.

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.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

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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