Job Opening

Posting Title: Occupational Safety Assistant, G6 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: Occupational Safety Assistant
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 07 July 2021 - 21 July 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Safety-ESCAP-158766-J-Bangkok (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote sustainable and inclusive development and regional
connectivity in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP's role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership with policy oriented research and
analysis, normative support and technical assistance and capacity building, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.

The Occupational Safety Assistant is responsible for reviewing, monitoring and enforcing Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) on the construction site for the Seismic Mitigation
Project (SMP). The incumbent is required to understand and apply the UN's OSH policy, the contractors' scope of work and local health and safety rules and regulations to help in
preventing incidents (accidents and near mises) and safety hazards within the construction site.

This position is located in SMP in the Project Management Office within Division of Administration of ESCAP, Bangkok, Thailand. The Occupational Safety Assistant will report directly to the Project Engineer of SMP with an overall supervision by the ESCAP OSH Officer.


Under the direct supervision of the Project Engineer, Project Manager and the overall supervision of the ESCAP OSH Officer, the incumbent is required to perform the following functions:

1.Contributes ideas, observations and inputs to the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Officer on the SMP contractor's health and safety plans and procedures;

2.Participates in all health and safety site meetings;

3.Assists the Occupational Safety Officers in conducting risk assessments and regular site inspections of the construction site and the UN compound, monitors safety compliance, identifies hazards and risks, documents hazards/risks identified, stops work when there is an imminent high risk, communicates risks to the contractor and follows up to ensure risk mitigation measures are implemented in compliance with the UN OSH standards to keep the project moving forward safely;

4.Provides input/risk assessment reports to the SMP and OSH Officer on the efficient employment of resources, equipment safety, safety technical protocols and safe work procedures, including areas for improvement;

5.Liases with ESCAP Security to develop 24-hour response mechanisms to safety and health related incidents;

6.Promotes a safety culture, and supports for safety and health requirements, standards and procedures;

7.Assists in the development, risk reduction and control measures for all and specific occupational safety hazards and risks;

8.Provides support and guidance to all occupational safety related staff in producing and keeping records in the Incident and hazard reports;

9.Participates in incident and hazard statistical analysis and weekly/monthly statistical reports (facts and figures, charts, graphs, etc.) and presentations;

10.Participates in a formal investigation if an incident is directly or indirectly related to occupational safety to identify the root causes and ensure lessons learnt are applied by contractor and prevent future accidents, near misses and unsafe work practices;

11.Participates in the delivery of Occupational Safety Risk Management Training Courses, and ensures daily safety briefings are conducted by the construction contractor and specific safety trainings for high-risk construction workers as and when required;

12.Maintains a journal of lessons learned issues;

13.Maintains records of incidents, hazards and fact-findings;

14.Carries out other related duties as assigned.

15.Works are primarily to be carried out outside normal office working hours (i.e. night shift).


Professionalism: Knowledge of Occupational Safety, Safety Risk Management or a related risk management field. Ability to contribute ideas, observations and inputs to the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Officer on the SMP contractor's health and safety plans and procedures. 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.

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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning and 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.


High school diploma or equivalent is required. Possession of a technical high school diploma is highly desirable. Formal certification in Occupational Safety released by accredited recognized national Organization, training institution, academy or provider which specializes in Occupational Safety is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of experience in Occupational Safety, Safety Risk Management or a related risk management field is required.
A minimum of three years of OSH experience on a construction site is desirable.
Experience in applying U.S. OSHA, E.U or UK occupational safety standards, or equivalent, is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English and Thai is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.


Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.

Special Notice

Appointment against this post is on a local basis; candidates shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of ESCAP office, irrespective of nationality and length of time
the candidate may have been in the country. If no suitable local candidate is identified, candidates located elsewhere may be considered. The candidate is responsible for any expenses incurred in taking the relevant examinations at the duty station, and of any costs related to traveling and relocating to the duty station in the event of an employment offer.

Must have passed the United Nations Global General Service Test (GGST) at Headquarters or an equivalent locally-administered test at Offices Away.

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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