Job Opening

Posting Title: ENGINEER (2 posts), P3
Job Code Title: ENGINEER
Department/Office: United Nations Office at Geneva
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 31 May 2021 - 14 July 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Engineering-UNOG-155782-R-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

These posts are located in the Engineering Unit, Facilities Management Section (FMS), Central Support Services (CSS), Division of Administration at the United Nations Office at Geneva, (UNOG). The Engineers report to the Chief, Engineering Unit.


Under the supervision of the Chief, Engineering Unit, the Engineer will be responsible for the following duties :

(a) Client relationships – Development and implementation of capital improvement and maintenance plans.
• Gathers of data, analyzes and anticipates evolving needs of the Unit’s clients;
• Conducts inspections of the technical infrastructure of the Palais des Nations and its annex buildings;
• Monitors technological developments and keeps abreast of changes in standards and regulations;
• Submits master capital improvement plans based on aforementioned components (clients’ needs, technical infrastructure inspections, technological developments, and standards and regulations);
• Prepares budgetary projections that serve as a basis for requested capital improvements;
• Establishes performance indicators for outsourced services;
• Drafts specifications for capital projects and maintenance services;
• Analyzes tenders and drafts procurement recommendations;
• Monitors technical and financial aspects of facilities;
• Monitors the performance of external contractors;
• Assists in preparing maintenance plans.

(b) Promotion of continuous improvement of the Unit’s performance.
• Ensures technology transfer from external companies to the Unit’s technical staff;
• Participates in the development and implementation of the Unit’s technical and organizational work standards;
• Participates in the development of training plans for Unit staff;
• Provides technical support to the Unit supervisors;
• Coordinates his/her work with that of other Unit staff members and the Unit’s activities with relevant external parties (Buildings Unit, Information and Communication Technology Service, clients);
• Provides staff members of the Unit with specialized training, as required.

(c) Assists with tracking equipment data and building maintenance history records:
• Coordinates with all Engineering subunits to gather information regarding existing preventative maintenance programs;
• Drafts preventative maintenance programs, tasks and scheduling for existing equipment as well as for any new installations;
• Participates in implementing the new preventative maintenance plans in future preventative maintenance software;
• Works with other CSS staff members to incorporate any new preventative maintenance programs, tasks and scheduling in future preventative maintenance software in relation with BIM.

(d) Contributes to the Strategic Heritage Plan (SHP) on all technical aspects as required:
• Communicates with SHP and FMS operational expert to provide technical information on existing equipment, maintenance and operations;
• Provides SHP and FMS operational expert with necessary information on maintenance contracts in order to extend or implement new maintenance contracts;
• Ensures information transfer from SHP and FMS operational expert to the FMS team in regard to future installations and equipment;
• Coordinates FMS works to ensure harmonization between FMS project and future SHP project;
• Participates with FMS operational expert in analyzing technical design concepts and its impact on future FMS maintenance and operations;
• Replaces FMS operational expert in his/her absence.

(e) Performs other related duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of Heating, Ventilation and Air conditioning control systems (HVAC). Demonstrated application of sound engineering principles and technical problem solving. Ability to participate in engineering projects, including preparation of cost estimates, research of data and preparing graphs. Knowledge of host country standards and construction codes. Ability to identify and analyse 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.

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.

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.


Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in mechanical engineering. A first-level university degree in mechanical engineering in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A certificate or specialized course in Heating, Ventilation, Air conditioning (HVAC) is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in mechanical engineering related to building engineering and/or Heating, Ventilation, Air conditioning (HVAC) is required.
Experience in project management within a multidisciplinary team is required.
Experience in maintenance and/or renovation projects of electrical and/or mechanical installations is desirable.
Experience in Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) is desirable.
Experience in the United Nations Common System is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the positions advertised, fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of another UN official language 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 availability of funds.

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.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to 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.

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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