Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Disengagement Observer Force
Posting Period: 19 February 2021 - 05 March 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Engineering-UNDOF-150455-F-Amret al Faouar (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF). The Engineering Technician will be based in Amret Al Faouar, Syria and report to the Chief Engineering


Within delegated authority, the incumbent at this level will be responsible for the following duties:


•Coordinates specific engineering and work projects with other units within the section.
•Coordinates with engineers and other civilian or military specialists in the mission to agree on work requirements and priorities.
•Coordinates and manages cleaning services and related camp management and maintenance services.
•Oversee technical and Administrative work in technical and general engineering activities in the missions, related to construction and maintenance activities such as; ground maintenance, accommodation etc.
•Implement projects, or parts of larger projects, relating to the construction or repair of buildings, facilities or related structures.
•Manages a team of tradesmen, national and international junior staff.
•Plans, directs, and coordinates activities of either UN staff and/or contractor's staff, including out sourcing type of contracts, and all related administrative work and supervision of personnel.
•Oversees and evaluates works performed by contractors.
• Locates viable water sources and abstraction points including surface (river, lake, steams) and ground water sources (wells, boreholes, infiltration galleries).
• Supervises drilling of wells and boreholes and construction of surface water intakes.
• Plans scheduled maintenance on all the installations and equipment related to water supply, sanitation and treatment systems.
• Oversees emergency works and repairs of various water supply, sanitation and treatment systems.
• Prepares and analyzes the reports related to the performance of water equipment in the field including boreholes, pumps, main supply, storage tanks and distribution networks.
• Monitors, records and archives reports pertaining to inspection, service and repair of purification / water treatment plants and all other water related equipment.
• Monitors and ensures adequate stock levels of spare parts for water supply and sewerage works and control panels as well as necessary tools and equipment, and provides lists of periodic requirement of same well in advance for the purpose of raising requisitions.
• Consolidates and reviews daily chemical and bacteriological analysis of water and treated wastewater effluent and recommend improvements.
• Assists in preparation of scope of works for water and waste water systems by providing field based input.
• Assists in preparation of technical evaluations.

•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 specific engineering and maintenance 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 or services.
•Produces cost estimates for construction, repairs and maintenance in specific area of engineering and facilities maintenance expertise.
•Administer Engineering Assets within the area of responsibility in accordance with the organizational policies, rules and procedures.
•Identify resource requirements for his/her are of responsibility in connection with budget preparations
•Prepare and follow-up work orders for engineering works.

Management and reporting:

•Oversees technical and administrative work in the technical and general engineering activities in the mission, related to construction/installation and/or maintenance.
•Approves and follows up work orders for engineering works and services.
•Liaises in coordination with the Section Unit Chief or Chief Engineer regularly as well as with Clients, Security and Safety, Environmental, Health and Logistics Services.
•Monitors and reports on progress of engineering projects and maintenance services.
•Periodically provide inputs for assessment of performance levels of assigned local and International Staff.



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 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 concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the 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 amounts 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.

Technological Awareness:

Keeps abreast of available technology; Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; Shows willingness to learn new technology


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 desirable. Recognized and valid License in one of the trades (carpentry, plumbing, welding, or similar) is highly desirable. The minimum years of relevant experience is reduced to five years for candidates who possess a first level University degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years of relevant experience in the field of engineering and construction is required
Experience in international operations in a post conflict environment is desirable.
Experience in the field of Water and Sanitation is desirable


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


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

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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