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New York City

  • Organization: UN - United Nations
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: Senior level - P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

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 (OSCM), 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, Global Service Centre 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 (UN) 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 the Sourcing Support Service or designated official.


Within limits of delegated authority, the Chief of Section, Engineering Support Section (ESS) will be responsible for the following duties:

• Directs the work of the Section, manages its resources and exercises supervisory control over the professional execution of the work carried out within ESS, ensuring that missions' engineering support requirements are met in accordance with established policies, procedures and standards in the most efficient and expeditious manner.

• Oversees and coordinates the Section's ongoing support activities by directing responses to operational requirements, defining issues and means, taking decisions and rendering advice on the resolution of complex engineering support problems of great intricacy, monitoring/following-up on matters for which the Section has responsibility and approving all outgoing correspondence.

• Establishes a broad range of performance goals (short- and long-term) and improvement projects for the Engineering Support Section to enhance responsiveness and efficiency of the engineering support to field missions, and monitors their implementation and related achievements.

• Ensures the timely and responsive implementation of the Performance Appraisal System (PAS) within the Section and provides general guidance and counseling to the staff of the Section as necessary.

• Provides general engineering policy guidance, technical support and specialist advice on the complex, multi-faceted civilian and military engineering support activities, such as vertical and horizontal construction projects; buildings management activities; technical services including maintenance, repair and rehabilitation programmes; engineering contracts such as specialized support services; and the acquisition of engineering/construction related equipment goods and related assets.

• Establishes and manages a portfolio of contracts to meet engineering related requirements in accordance with established policies, developed programmes and category management strategies, with a total value in excess of US$ 160 million annually.

• Supports the overall management and control of UN-owned facilities, infrastructure and engineering equipment, which involves asset redistribution, establishment of types and quantities of engineering assets to be kept on stockpile and decisions on priorities for engineering assets required by field missions.

• Undertakes periodic inspection visits to field missions to remain current on problems and features of the construction, building management and military (combat) engineering related support operations.

• Develops strategy and direction for the engineering support in field missions, determines corresponding support concepts and generic resource requirements, entailing the formulation or updating of policies, procedures and practices, including, but not limited to the development of improved-programming methods, the updating of engineering related documentation contained in the logistics directives and other field operations related manuals, and the collaboration in developing better contracting policies and contracts management procedures.

• Oversees the development, implementation and up-dating of comprehensive guidelines and contingency plans on the engineering support in field missions, such as accommodation and other engineering standards, scales of issue, standardization of equipment, property control, memoranda of understanding, guidelines to troop contributing countries and Letters of Assist, and liaises on these issues with the counterparts in field missions, DOS and other Departments within the Secretariat.

• Initiates, in liaison with other Divisions and Services of the Office of Supply Chain Management and counterparts in other Departments and UN Agencies, the long-range development planning for an efficient establishment, sustainment and liquidation of prospective UN peace-keeping or other missions and directs the formulation of corresponding master plans and procedures pertaining to engineering support aspects.

• Deputizes for the Service Chief during absences.

• Approves draft response to internal and external Audit notes, observations, or management letters on issues under the purview of the Section. Initiates remedial action as required.

• Maintains close contacts or liaison with other offices in and outside of the Secretariat to ensure free exchange of information and provision of full assistance and co-operation on engineering and related support matters in connection with peacekeeping and other field mission activities.

• Participates in initial, periodic and exit discussions and briefings with Special Representatives of the Secretary-General (SRSGs), Force Commanders, Chief Military Observers, Chiefs of Staff, Chief Administrative Officers (CAO/DOA) and other senior officials of peacekeeping and other field missions.

• Liaises with the Executive Office (Headquarters Client Support Service (HQCSS)) on matters relating to the Section's resource requirements such as staffing, personnel administration, equipment and supplies.


• Professionalism: Ability to apply engineering skills and to participate in engineering projects, including preparation of requirements, research of data and implementation of innovative solutions. Ability to identify and analyze engineering data of significant depth and complexity. Ability to manage resources, coordinate and monitor progress and results. 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.

• 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.

• Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

• Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in civil, mechanical or electrical engineering, supply chain management 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.

Work Experience

• A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in engineering, supply chain management, logistics planning, contract management, or related field is required.

• A minimum of two years of practical experience in the planning and support of field operations (inclusive of peacekeeping operations, special political missions, agencies, funds and programmes), or other similar international organizations is desirable.

• Supervisory and project management experience for large complex engineering projects is desirable.

• Experience in developing and measuring performance indicators for engineering projects is desirable.

• Experience in the development and implementation of innovative engineering solutions, including renewable energy solutions, is desirable.

• Experience in research and development of sourcing solutions for engineering requirements, including establishing long-term agreements 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 official United Nations language is desirable.


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

Special Notice

• This position is financed by the Support Account. Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.

• Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.

• 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.

• 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.

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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