Job Opening

Posting Title: ENGINEER, P3
Job Code Title: ENGINEER
Department/Office: United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara
Duty Station: LAAYOUNE
Posting Period: 08 February 2019 - 30 March 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Engineering-MINURSO-111291-F-Laayoune (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), Laayoune. The incumbent will report to Chief Engineer, Engineering Section.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Engineer will apply professional engineering knowledge and expertise in performance of the following duties:
•Manages and oversees activities of the Engineering and Buildings Management Section
•Applies commonly used engineering calculations, practices and precedents in completing portions of larger projects related to the design, construction, or repair of buildings, roads,
bridges, airfields, helipads, waste disposal systems, flood control systems, water treatment facilities, electrical power generation and distribution systems, environmental control
systems, field defenses, and other related structures and activities in the field.
•Plans and designs specifications for projects.
•Conducts preliminary site investigations to obtain field data such as soil characteristics, drainage and other data required for building site selection.
•Prepares design layout for smaller or less complex portions of buildings and facilities.
•Develops technical data regarding materials, sizes, dimensions, and quantities and costs to be incorporated in formal specifications.
•Estimates costs of repairs of damaged buildings, facilities and systems to determine feasibility of repairs or replacement.
•Liaises with other engineers and mission specialists responsible for related specialized phases to arrive at mutually satisfactory approaches to problems by exchanging and comparing data.
•Conducts investigations to develop improved designs and construction techniques.
•Produces cost data and estimates on engineering-related requirements of current and planned field missions.
•Analyzes project proposals to ensure technical feasibility and to ensure that project objectives are attainable within prescribed resources.
•Conducts research on development of new technical systems and follow development to identify improved methods and equipment.

Competencies

Professionalism: Ability to apply engineering skills and to participate in engineering projects, including preparation of cost estimates, research of data and preparing graphs. 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.
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.
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.
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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in civil-engineering, architecture or other related fields. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Certification in Prince 2 Project Management is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in engineering or related area. Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first level university degree recognized by the United Nations. Relevant experience in planning, design and construction of engineering projects and experience in project and contract management is required. Relevant knowledge and experience in the implementation of infrastructure monitoring technologies is desirable. Proficiency in using Microsoft Office applications, MS Project and Auto CAD is desirable.

Languages

Fluency in English, (both oral and written) is required; Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by an informal interview.

Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

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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