Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Office at Geneva
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 21 November 2018 - 04 January 2019
Job Opening Number: 18-Engineering-UNOG-105183-R-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Engineering Unit, Facilities Management Section (FMS), Central Support Services (CSS), Division of Administration at the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG). The Electrical Engineer reports to the Chief of the Engineering Unit.


Under the supervision of the Chief of the Engineering Unit, the incumbent is responsible for the following duties:

(a) Clients' relationships – Develops and implements capital improvement and maintenance plans by:

-Gathering of data, analyzing and anticipating evolving needs of the Unit’s clients;
-Conducting inspections of the technical infrastructure of the Palais des Nations and its annex buildings;
-Monitoring technological developments and keeping abreast of changes in standards and regulations;
-Submitting master capital improvement plans based on clients’ needs, technical infrastructure inspections, technological developments, and standards and regulations;
-Preparing budgetary projections that serve as a basis for requested capital improvements;
-Establishing performance indicators for outsourced services;
-Drafting specifications for capital projects and maintenance services;
-Analyzing tenders and drafting procurement recommendations;
-Technical and financial monitoring of facilities;
-Monitoring the performance of external contractors;
-Assisting to prepare or preparing maintenance plans.

(b) Promotes continuous improvement of the Unit’s performance by:

-Ensuring technology transfer from external companies to the Unit’s technical staff;
-Participating in the development and implementation of the Unit’s technical and organizational work standards;
-Participating in the development of training plans for Unit staff;
-Providing technical support to the Unit supervisors;
-Coordinating his/her work with that of other Unit staff members and the Unit’s activities with relevant external parties (Buildings Unit, Information and Communication Technology Service, clients);
-Providing staff members of the Unit with specialized training, as required;
-Carrying out performance analyses and suggesting and implementing corrective action as part of the continuous improvement process.

(c) Contributes to the Strategic Heritage Plan (SHP) on all technical aspects as required by:

-Communicating with SHP and FMS operational expert to provide technical information on existing equipment, maintenance and operations;
-Providing SHP and FMS operational expert with necessary information on maintenance contracts in order to extend or implement new maintenance contracts;
-Ensuring information transfer from SHP and FMS operational expert to the FMS team in regards to future installations and equipment;
-Coordinating BFMS works to ensure harmonization between FMS project and future SHP project;
-Participating with FMS operational expert in analysing technical design concepts and its impact on future FMS maintenance and operations;
-Replacing FMS operational expert in his/her absence.

(d) Assists with tracking equipment data and building maintenance history records in Umoja Plant Maintenance module by:

-Coordinating with all Engineering subunits to gather information regarding existing preventative maintenance programs;
-Drafting preventative maintenance programs, tasks and scheduling for existing equipment as well as for any new installations;
-Participating in implementing the new preventative maintenance plans in Umoja Plant Maintenance module;
-Working with other CSS staff members to incorporate any new preventative maintenance programs, tasks and scheduling in Umoja Plant Maintenance module.

(e) Performs other related duties as required.


Knowledge of electrical installation standards of the host country and/or EU. Knowledge of electrical systems and networks in buildings such as high voltage (power) and low voltage (IT/CCTV). Demonstrated application of sound engineering principles and technical problem solving. Ability to participate in engineering projects, including preparation of cost estimates, research of data and preparing graphs. Knowledge of host country standards and construction codes. Ability to identify and analyze engineering data of significant depth and complexity. 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.

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.

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.

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.


Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in electrical engineering is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A degree which meets local regulations in order to obtain the authorization to perform electrical installations delivered by Eidgenössosches Starkstrominspektorat (ESTI – "Inspection fédérale des installations à courant fort", and which is in line with article 8 of the “Ordonnance sur les Installations électriques à Basse Tension, OIBT” is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in electrical engineering is required. Experience in project management within a multidisciplinary team is required. Experience in maintenance and/or renovation projects of electrical installations is desirable. Experience in renovation and upgrading of electronic security installations or low voltage cabling infrastructure is desirable. Experience as the respondent for a current authorization to perform electrical installations delivered by the local authorities Eidgenössosches Starkstrominspektorat (ESTI - "Inspection fédérale des installations à courant fort") is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

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.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

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