Job Opening

Posting Title: General Foreperson (Maintenance and Alternation Unit), TC8
Department/Office: Department of Operational Support
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 02 March 2022 - 31 March 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Facilities Management-DOS-172682-R-New York (O)
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 Maintenance and Alteration Unit (MAU), Plant Engineering Section (PES), Facilities and Commercial Activities (FCAS), Division of Administration (DOA), Department of Operational Support (DOS). The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Plant Engineering Section. The incumbent provides direction and supervision of the Maintenance and Alteration Unit’s staff and associated contractors and plans and manages the operations.

The Department of Operational Support was established to provide operational advisory services to operating entities across the Secretariat, including other departments, offices away from headquarters, field missions, and regional commissions.

The Facilities and Commercial Activities Service (FCAS) operates the Headquarters complex, striving to provide effective and efficient planning, management, maintenance and operation for all existing physical facilities and assets at the UN Headquarters, New York. FCAS also supports office and conference facilities, property management, travel and transportation services, archives and records management, mail and pouch operations, catering, giftshop and the United Nations Postal Administration.


Within the delegated authority, the General Foreperson will be responsible for the following:

• Plan, organize and execute all work assignments of the General Maintenance, Carpet and Upholstery and Carpentry Shops.
• Delegate work to unit and to staff in accordance with the technical skills and particular area of specialization.
• Provide leadership and general supervision of MAU, reviewing executed works, writing performance reports for contractors and staff, planning, scheduling, and monitoring of training of staff to improve skills and standards of services delivery.
• Interpret plans, schematics, and blueprints for all related operations, maintenance, or project work under the unit, which may require coordination with the Foreperson of the concerned Shop.
• Review and evaluate requisitions raised for the requirements of the MAU, such as for services, supplies, tools, and equipment under the various Shops.
• Communicate with Shop personnel, offices outside the building and contractors;
• Work with the Planning, Design and Construction Section in coordination with work priorities for the UNHQ physical plant and rental facilities.
• Plan and coordinate with other units, sections, or services to minimize impact on the building systems and disruption of services in the complex.
• Prepare official correspondence such as e-mails, letters, memos, and reports on activities under the Unit.
• Keep up to date records for all assets, supplies, equipment, and services under the Unit.
• Supervise, coordinate and report on the works of outside contractors; checking and inspecting completed works and correctness of invoices for payment processing.
• Serve as Section focal point for shop safety and for safety and skills building training.
• May perform other duties as required.


Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competencies in the fields under the unit, such as general maintenance, carpet and upholstery and carpentry operations; thorough knowledge in project and contract management, including the preparation of scopes of work, specifications, bills of quantity, performance indicators, and technical evaluation criteria of bids. Ability to read blueprints and rough drawings, knowledge of the UN complex, off-site leased premises, and swing buildings. Ability to supervise staff and strong leadership skills, showing persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; and strong report writing skills. Shows pride in work and in achievements. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects 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

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.


High School or equivalent Trade School Diploma is required.

Job - Specific Qualification

A certificate in OSHA 30-hour Construction is desirable.

Other advanced certifications in safety or safety management are desirable.

Passing the Trades and Crafts Test (TCT) is a prerequisite for selection in the Trades and Crafts category in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the TC test at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application. Staff members who were granted a fixed term, continuing or permanent appointment as a result of having passed a predecessor test recognized by the Office of Human Resources Management, and who have continuously held such appointments, are not required to take the new test.

Work Experience

A minimum of twelve (12) years of related experience in field of general maintenance, painting, carpentry, masonry, upholstery, and/or carpet installation is required.

Supervisory experience in the fields of building construction, operations, and/or maintenance is required.

Experience in managing third party contractors is desirable.

Experience in construction or alteration project management is desirable.

Experience in managing a workplace training program is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.

This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

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.

The selected candidate will be required to perform late night shifts including weekends on rotation, in order to perform assignments including maintenance works that require off-hours as well as to provide prompt response in case of emergencies sometimes exposed to difficult weather conditions.

***The selected candidate must meet inoculation (vaccination) requirements against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid).***

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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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