Job Opening

Posting Title: Project Engineer, P4
Job Code Title: ENGINEER
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 16 September 2021 - 15 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Engineering-ESCAP-164016-R-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.

This position is located at the Seismic Mitigation Project (SMP) within the Division of Administration of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Bangkok, Thailand. The Project Engineer works under the direct supervision of the Project Manager of the SMP and the overall supervision of the Director of the Division of Administration.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Project Engineer will be responsible for the following activities and duties:

•Analyzes, reviews and advises on the planning, site investigation, design, logistics, construction, maintenance, site utility integration and commissioning of systems and facilities for the project;
•"Day-to-day" management of the appointed Consultant, in charge of the Contract Management, reviewing deliverables and forwarding them to the PM with eventual comments/remarks;
•Evaluates, reviews and revises project documents, and analyzes design specifications included in project proposals for accuracy, soundness, feasibility and cost and prepares reports;
•Recommends solutions to unusual engineering problems and provide expert technical advice on overall policies, procedures and guidelines pertinent to the project;
•Coordinates with the Procurement Unit with regard to technical assessment of received project bids, deliverables, and/or variations from vendors;
•Coordinates, as directed by the Project Manager the work of the consultants, contractors, and team members assigned, ensuring compliance with contractual and project obligations within the planned timeline and budget;
•Confirms Engineering and Architectural technical conclusions and applies common calculations;
•Advises the PM on action to be taken with regards to suggested changes proposed by the Consultant;
•Oversees financial management aspects of the project, including the development of draft allotment requests and performance reporting; certify requisitions and approve payment of consultants and contractors as directed by the Project Manager;
•Keeps abreast, through relevant engineering literature, of significant trends and the development of improved methods and equipment;
•Leads efforts of team studying critical problems relating to design or construction of systems and facilities. Investigates and makes recommendations for resolution of problems in specialized area and maintains quality;
•Assists and supports the PM in drafting reports for the Project Director as well as for the Stakeholders when required;
•Performs other related duties as required by the Project Manager and/or Director of Administration, and acts as Deputy Project Manager.

Competencies

•Professionalism: Demonstrated project management skills, knowledge of the latest technology and material used for buildings complemented by the knowledge of relevant UN rules and policies. Ability to apply engineering, architectural, project management skills and to participate in engineering projects, including preparation of cost estimates, research of data and preparing graphs. Ability to identify and analyze 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 honors 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

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in engineering, architecture or other related field is required. A recognized first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is an asset.

Professional certification or membership of chartered institutes such as the Project Management Institute and Professional Engineering or Architectural Institute is highly desirable.

PRINCE II certification for project management or Microsoft Project experience on construction projects and/or Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification from Project Management Institute (PMI) is desirable .

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in the management of architectural/engineering projects is required.
Related experience at the international level and/or additional experience with implementing occupational safety and health standards in large scale construction/renovation projects, heritage preservation, is highly desirable.
Experience within the United Nations Common System is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

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

Special Notice

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.

This post is funded from extra-budgetary resources. The initial appointment is for a period of one year. Extension of appointment is subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

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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