Job Opening

Posting Title: CHIEF ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN, FS6
Job Code Title: ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN
Department/Office: United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan
Duty Station: KHARTOUM
Posting Period: 31 December 2020 - 13 January 2021
Job Opening Number: 20-Engineering-UNITAMS-147562-F-Khartoum (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS). The United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2524 (2020) authorizing the mandate of UNITAMS which is to assist the political transition, progress towards democratic governance, in the protection and promotion of human rights, and sustainable peace; support peace processes and implementation of future peace agreements; assist peacebuilding, civilian protection and rule of law, in particular in Blue Nile and South Kordofan (the Two Areas) and Darfur; and support the mobilisation of economic and development assistance and coordination of humanitarian assistance.

The position is based in Khartoum and is located in the Supply Chain and Service Delivery /Engineering Unit. The incumbent will report to the Chief of Supply Chain and Service Delivery.

Responsibilities

Within the limits of delegated authority, the Engineering Technician will be responsible for performing the following duties:

Operations
•Planning and coordination of mission wide engineering projects with relevant stakeholders.
•Coordinates with engineers and other civilian and/or police specialists in the mission on work requirements and priorities.
•Manages a team of tradesmen, contractors, national and international staff.
•Plans, directs, and coordinates activities of either UN staff and/or contractor’s staff, including outsourcing type of contracts, and all related administrative & logistical work and supervision of personnel.
•Supervises installation of various engineering equipment according to applicable standards.
•Makes informed decisions pertaining to alterations or variances at construction and maintenance sites.
•Oversees and evaluates works performed by contractors.
•Manages and controls engineering assets at the work site.

Administration
•Carries out technical assessments of existing buildings, infrastructure.
•Assists in preparation of budget estimates for future human resources, equipment, materials, supplies and contractual services relating to planned engineering activities.
•Determines materials, dimensions and quantities to be included in project specifications.
•Develops statements of work for contractual services.
•Assists in technical evaluation of bids and proposals for various projects, equipment, materials or spare parts.
•Plans and designs specifications for specific area of expertise projects, equipment, materials or spare parts.
•Produces cost estimates for construction, repairs and maintenance in specific area of expertise.

Management and report
•Oversees technical and administrative work in the technical and general engineering activities in the missions, related to construction/installation and/or maintenance.
•Manages budget allotments for engineering projects under his/her supervision.
•Approves and follows up work orders for engineering works.
•Liaises in coordination with Chief Supply Chain and Service Delivery regularly and with Security and Safety, Environmental, Health & Medical and Mission Support sections.
•Monitors and reports on progress of engineering projects.
•Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Demonstrated professional competence and in-depth knowledge of engineering practice. Well-developed technical skills; knowledge of construction and building maintenance standards, methods, practices and materials; project management skills and demonstrated ability to manage multiple, concurrent projects; demonstrated initiative and practical problem-solving skills. Shows pride in work and 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 and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments and 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.

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.

Education

High school diploma or equivalent is required. Technical or vocational certificate/diploma in Civil Engineering Technology, construction, project management or in a relevant engineering discipline is required.
Recognized and valid license in one of the trades (electrical, construction, carpentry, plumbing, welding, or similar) is highly desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years of relevant experience in the field of engineering and construction including a minimum of four (4) years of supervisory responsibility is required. The minimum years of relevant experience is reduced to five years for candidates who possess a first level University degree.
Experience in international operations in a post conflict environment is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Arabic is required.

Assessment

Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This job opening is being advertised for advance planning purposes pending formal approval of the relevant funding and staffing structures. An appointment may be terminated, or post level adjusted in accordance with the Staff Rules for such reasons as abolition of post or reduction of staff or committee funding approvals, for example in the event that the funding for the post is not approved or the mandate of the mission is not extended.

The selected candidate will be expected to deploy in time to commence work no sooner than 1 January 2021.

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 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. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.

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.

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.

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No Fee

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