Job Opening

Posting Title: ENGINEER, P4 [Filled from Roster]
Job Code Title: ENGINEER
Department/Office: United Nations Office at Geneva
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 02 December 2019 - 15 January 2020
Job Opening Number: 19-Engineering-UNOG-127405-R-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Strategic Heritage Plan (SHP), United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG). The incumbent will report to the Chief, Programme Management Support, SHP. The engineer will be responsible (as part of the Strategic Heritage Plan team) for managing the programme planning process, the contract management process and all the support services for the construction works and for the renovation works (the SHP) of the Palais des Nations in Geneva with respect to timeline schedules, milestones, key deliverables, requisitioning, vendor performance and logistics. The Engineer reports to Chief of Programme Management Support.


Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Programme Management Support, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

- Manages the programme planning process, the contract management process, the support services and the related cost and quality control activities for the construction and renovation works (the SHP) of the Palais des Nations in Geneva with respect to timeline schedules, milestones, key deliverables, requisitioning, vendor performance, logistics, and budget.
- Manages (as part of the Strategic Heritage Plan team) the requisitioning and contract management requirements for the renovation and restoration works of the Palais des Nations in Geneva with respect to timeline schedules, key deliverables, and budget.
- Evaluates projects and proposals (including for changes and variations) for realistic quantities and costing.
- Analyses the proposed planning, change processes, and construction contracting strategies and provides expert opinion on their feasibility and implementation.
- Evaluates and reviews emerging design and construction proposal documents for accuracy, -soundness, contractual compliance and realistic costing.
- Recommends solutions to design planning and renovation challenge. Evaluates the proposed solutions, taking into account such factors as user requirements, aesthetics, architectural integrity, sustainability, local regulations, occupancy phasing, available budget and existing contractual conditions.
- Keeps abreast of significant trends related to the development of improved planning, architectural, contractual and engineering means and methods through relevant professional journals.
- Participates in the overall efforts of the team by studying the critical determinants relating to strategic planning, design and renovation works.


•Professionalism: Demonstrated knowledge in the field of contract and/or project management, including knowledge of quality assurance, service and commodity contracts; practical knowledge of contract law and management of service and commodity contracts in the context of a large and complex construction project; demonstrated fiscal awareness and responsibility and knowledge of UN financial regulations and rules; ability to develop, maintain and supervise management control systems; ability to apply technical expertise to resolve a range of issues/problems. Ability to apply scientific and engineering principles to improve environmental-related protection of human health and enhance the quality of human life; Ability to identify and evaluate design, planning and renovation proposals.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.

•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.

•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.

•Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.Communication: Excellent drafting skills are required. Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in engineering or related fields. A first-level university degree in the above mentioned fields, or a first-level university degree and a professional qualification from a recognised engineering institution, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

At least seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in managing construction and renovation projects of large office facilities is required.
Previous work experience in International Organizations with specific reference to construction management, procurement requisitioning and contract management of construction-related services is required.
Proven experience in overseeing technical teams is required.
Experience in engineering, facilities management, project management, construction costs and quality is desirable.
Experience of managing contracts based on the templates of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers ("FIDIC contracts") is desirable.
Experience of quantity surveying, project cost control activities and computer-aided design program AutoCAD is desirable.
Experience in procurement within the United Nations Common System 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 French is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will 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, 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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