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Lead HVAC Controls Technician

New York City

  • Organization: UNDOS - United Nations Department of Operational Support
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Architecture, Building and Property Management
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
    • Renewable Energy sector
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located at the HVAC Shop, Mechanical Unit (MU), Plant Engineering Section (PES), Facilities and Commercial Activities (FCAS), Division of Administration (DOA), Department of Operational Support (DOS). The incumbent reports directly to the Foreperson, HVAC shop and also reports to the General Foreperson of the 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 direct supervision of the Foreperson of the HVAC Shop, the Lead HVAC Controls Technician has the following duties and responsibilities:

• Act as subject matter expert on all electronically controlled HVAC equipment and systems in UNHQ; assess, interpret and advise colleagues based on their knowledge and expertise with these specific equipment and systems (including Building Management Systems (BMS), Variable Frequency Drives (VFD), fire dampers and alarm systems).
• Provide on-site leadership, training and guidance to colleagues on the electronically controlled HVAC equipment and systems.
• Supervise all aspects of work on the electronically controlled HVAC equipment and systems.
• Perform corrective maintenance on all electronically controlled HVAC equipment and systems.
• Troubleshoot, repair and program electronically controlled HVAC equipment and systems.
• Complete and follow up on the corrective maintenance work orders pertaining to the electronically controlled HVAC equipment and systems.
• Troubleshoot integration faults when they occur and liaise and coordinate with internal staff and appropriate external contractors to resolve.
• Perform preventative maintenance on all electronically controlled HVAC equipment and systems.
• Install and test electronically controlled HVAC equipment and systems.
• Complete and follow up on the preventative maintenance work orders pertaining to the electronically controlled HVAC equipment and systems.
• Perform standard HVAC repair and maintenance functions as required.
• Perform other duties as assigned by the Foreperson of HVAC Shop, the General Foreperson of the Unit, or the Chief of the Plant Engineering Section.
• Perform other related duties as may be required.


Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence in the HVAC trade and its related functions, especially with respect to troubleshooting and control systems integration; identifies priority activities and assignments, foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. 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: Keeps abreast of available technology. Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. Shows willingness to learn new technology.


High school diploma or equivalent Trade School Diploma is required.

Job - Specific Qualification

EPA Universal Refrigerant License is desirable.

Q01 Refrigeration Engineering License is desirable.

OSHA Certification in Construction or General Industry workplace safety is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of experience in the installation, repair and maintenance of complex HVAC control systems, including diagnostic and repair of digital systems is required.

Demonstrated experience in the operation of computerized building management systems (BMS) is required.

A minimum of five (5) years working in a commercial or industrial setting is required.

Experience supervising staff is desirable.

Experience working with any of the following specific HVAC related systems: Johnson Controls Metasys (BMS), Liebert, United Cool Air, and/or Data Air CRAC units is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) 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

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 selected candidate will be required to perform night shifts on rotation, in order to perform required off-peak maintenance work as well as to provide prompt response in case of emergencies.

The work requires the ability to lift up to 50 lbs occasionally. Daily, the incumbent will have to be able to quickly walk between UNHQ buildings, walk up and down the stairs carrying tools, work in confined spaces, work in uncomfortable positions, work on the ladder (3' - 10' high) and, occasionally, work on platforms and scaffolding. The incumbent must maintain safety procedures at all times to avoid injury.

Passing the Trades and Crafts Test (TCT) is a prerequisite for selection in the Trades and Crafts category in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the TC 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.

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.

Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.

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.

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