Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Office at Geneva
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 22 December 2021 - 04 February 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-Engineering-UNOG-169215-R-Geneva (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is 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 Engineer reports to the Chief, Engineering Unit.


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

(a) Maintenance, operations, and projects
-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;
-Organizes and schedules preventive maintenance of electrical installation and all other related installations under the responsibility of the sub-unit;
-Oversees repairs and maintenance actions undertaken by the team and defines appropriate corrective actions;
-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;
-Ensures compliance with energy efficiency requirements when acquiring or modifying equipment and installations;
-Suggests, organizes and implements with his team, the actions to improve the installations which will allow to increase the life of the installations, to improve their availability and to adapt them to the changing needs of the customers;
-Writes and/or participates in the drafting of the specifications for the replacement, renovation, new installations projects, purchase of services or goods in his field;
-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);
-Finds solutions to the varied demands of customers;
-Participates in investment projects and provides technical expertise;
-Gathers data, analyzing and anticipating evolving needs of the Unit’s clients;
-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;
-Helps draft specifications for capital projects and maintenance services;
-Helps analyze tenders and drafting procurement recommendations;

(b) Management
-Participates in the development and implementation of the Unit’s technical and organizational work standards;
-Plans resources at his disposal, in personnel and equipment;
-Participates in the development of training plans for Unit staff;
-Carries out performance analyses and suggesting and implementing corrective action as part of the continuous improvement process;
-Manages external companies that provide electrical services and equipment to ensure the maintenance, repair and replacement are performed as per specifications;
-Establishes performance indicators for outsourced services;
-Monitors the performance of external contractors;
-Technical and financial monitoring of facilities;

(c) Administration
-Participates in the integration of energy management;
-Ensures interface with external and internal suppliers in order to achieve energy targets;
-Participates in energy performance optimization projects (improvements, transformations, integrations, designs);
-Controls costs linked to energy consumption of the electrical equipment and installations;
-Keeps computer tracking of equipment movements and installations;
-Produces statistics and reports on the technical problems that have occurred, the reasons and causes, the time of intervention and the costs for the organization;
-Provides technical and logistical support to the staff of the sub-unit

(d) Contributing 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 regards 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 electrical installation standards as well as construction codes of the host country and /or EU. Knowledge of electrical systems and network in buildings such as high voltage (power) and low voltage (IT/CCTV). Ability to participate in engineering projects, including preparation of cost estimates and research of data . 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.

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.

Managing Performance : Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority. Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff. Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative. Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises performance fairly.


Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in electrical engineering or other related fields is required. A first level
university degree in electrical engineering or other related fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in electrical engineering is required.

Experience in project management within a multidisciplinary team is required.

Experience in maintenance and/or renovation projects of electrical installations is desirable.

Experience in maintenance and/or renovation of low voltage installations such as CCTV, access control, fire detection, is desirable.

Experience in the UN Common System is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in both English and French is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is desirable.


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

Special Notice

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.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 August 2021, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Congo, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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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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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