Job Opening

Posting Title: Engineer (3 Positions), P3
Job Code Title: ENGINEER
Department/Office: United Nations Logistic Base
Duty Station: BRINDISI
Posting Period: 24 February 2020 - 24 March 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Engineering-UNLB-126473-R-Brindisi (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC) provides critical Logistics, Geospatial, Information and Telecommunications Technologies services and Training to all peacekeeping and special political missions around the world.

These positions are located within the Sourcing Support Unit (SSU) of the Supply Chain Service, United Nations Global Service Centre in Brindisi, Italy.

Under the direct supervision of the Unit Head within the Sourcing Support Unit and in line with the established United Nations Rules and Procedures, the incumbent will be responsible for providing operational and analytical support to UN field missions, and Global Category managers for Engineering. The incumbent will carry out projects assigned by the Unit Head and support activities pertaining to Standardization, Planning and Solicitation.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Engineer will manage all aspects of the engineering practice and operational support to the various established and new field missions and will be responsible for the following functions:

1. 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, railways, docks, waste disposal systems, flood control systems, water treatment facilities, electrical power generation and distribution systems, environmental control systems, field defenses, mine detection and clearance, and other related structures and activities in the field.
2. Plans and designs specifications for projects.
3. Conducts preliminary site investigations to obtain field data such as soil characteristics, drainage and other data required for building site selection.
4. Prepares design layout for complex portions of buildings and facilities.
5. Develops technical data regarding materials, sizes, dimensions, and quantities and costs to be incorporated in formal specifications.
6. Estimates costs of repairs of damaged buildings, facilities and systems to determine feasibility of repairs or replacement.
7. 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.
8. Conducts investigations to develop improved designs and construction techniques.
9. Produces cost data and estimates on engineering-related requirements of current and planned projects.
10. Prepares complex scope of works, technical specifications, bills of quantities for multimillion USD projects and coordinate the preparation of tender documents for various engineering projects, including participation in bidder's conferences, technical evaluation of bids; prototype inspection.
11. Analyzes project proposals to ensure technical feasibility and to ensure that project objectives are attainable within prescribed resources.
12. Evaluates, reviews and revises project documents, and analyze design specifications included in project proposals for accuracy, soundness, feasibility and cost.
13. Conducts research on development of new technical systems, and follow development to identify improved methods and equipment.
14. Performs other related duties as assigned by the Chief of Unit.

Competencies

Professionalism: Proven ability to apply engineering skills to develop complex engineering projects, including design, preparation of technical specifications, cost estimates, research of data and preparing graphs; ability to identify and analyze engineering data of significant depth and complexity; demonstrated ability to serve as technically responsible specialist in the field of engineering; 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.

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.

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in engineering, architecture, or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with 2 additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Certification in Project /Programme Management methodology by an accredited body (ie. PMP, PGMP, PRINCE 2 Foundation Project Management certification or practitioner level) is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in engineering or related area with emphasis on designing engineering projects is required.
Experience in drafting project and technical documents, including preparation of complex scope of work, involving goods and services typically for large projects with value of over one million US dollars is required.
Experience using the methodologies for project planning, execution and evaluation of engineering standards is desirable.
Experience in the use of drafting and design software (i.e. AutoCad, Revit and MS Project) is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of another official language of the United Nations is desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

• 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.

• Initial appointment against this post is for a period of one year and may be subject to extension. 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.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

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.

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No Fee

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