Job Opening

Posting Title: Buildings Services Assistant (Building Automation Assistant), 2 posts (Temporary job opening), G5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Office at Geneva
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 16 May 2022 - 14 June 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Logistics and Supply Chain-UNOG-178360-J-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located in the Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Sanitation Sub-Unit, Engineering Unit, Buildings and Engineering Section, Central Support Services, Division of Administration of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG). The incumbent reports to the supervisor of the sub-unit.


Under the general guidance of the Supervisor of the Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Sanitation Sub-Unit, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

(1) Surveillance and continuous monitoring:
- Programmes electronic processing and remote control equipment, allowing for the collection of as much useful information as possible on the functioning of technical equipment such as heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and lighting systems and ensuring that their operation is efficiently monitored;
- Assists in the implementation of surveillance and control equipment and serves, on a rotating basis, as Control Centre duty officer, responsible for: supervision of the functioning of technical equipment using visualization systems; remote control of the start-up and regulation of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and lighting systems connected to the Control Centre; programming of automatic controls;
- Assists with implementation of equipment, centralization and distribution of information and telephone requests for assistance;
- Within the framework of the help-desk system, centralizes information and telephone requests, sorts them according to urgency and nature, and ensures that a logbook is kept;
- Follows up on all troubleshooting and installation work for air-conditioning and surveillance systems that the Control Centre is asked to perform, and monitors work on air-conditioning and surveillance systems that is contracted out to external service providers.

(2) Maintenance and repair work:
- Coordinates adjustments, emergency repair work and periodic maintenance for system control equipment;
- Carries out, on-site, necessary adjustment, calibration and measurement activities;
- Repairs electrical, electronic, pneumatic, hydraulic and aeraulic equipment used to adjust and regulate ventilation, heating, air-conditioning and lighting systems (several thousand items of equipment);
- Undertakes periodic maintenance of all control, regulation and measurement equipment.

3) Installation work:
- Contributes to the study and implementation of improvements and extensions to Control Centre resources;
- Contributes to the study and preparation of installation work contracted out to external service providers, the drafting of plans and diagrams and the choice of materials;
- Makes adjustments and improvements, particularly adjustments to control and automation panels in the Control Centre, and may be required to draw up diagrams him/herself;
- Updates plans of installations and electrical panel diagrams;
- Prepares requests for the procurement of electrical, electronic and pneumatic equipment and checks receipt of the requested equipment.

(4) Other duties:
- Manages and monitors energy consumption with a view to preventing unforeseen increases in consumption, and reports any anomalies to his/her supervisor;
- Compiles information useful for the formulation of operating statistics;
- Contributes to the management of spare parts stock and keeps inventories;
- Coordinates the activities of Centralized Technical Management (CTM) mechanics in the absence of the supervisor of the Mechanics Sub-Unit and the Control Centre;
- Performs any other duties as required by supervisors.


PROFESSIONALISM: Good knowledge of information technology tools (hardware and software). Familiarity with the systems of equipment providers such as Johnson Controls, Siemens, Honeywell, Tridium, Trend and Distech. Familiarity with supervision systems such as Metasys, PC Vue, Genesis, EBI and Niagara. Knowledge of system programming using Modbus/BacNet or KNX protocols. Shows pride in work and 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; is committed to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits inputs by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise and is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

TECHNOLOGICAL AWARENESS: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology for the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.


High school diploma or equivalent is required.

Job - Specific Qualification

Training in technical management of office and industrial buildings and/or buildings management systems; specialization in mechanics, heating and plumbing or equivalent is desirable.

Work Experience

At least five (5) years of experience in carrying out works in one of the following positions : building mechanic, heating technician, air-conditioning technician, electrician, automation technician or electronics technician is required.

At least three (3) years of experience in the United Nations common system is desirable.

Experience in technical building management is desirable.

Experience in building energy optimization (heating, ventilation, air-conditioning or lighting systems) is desirable.

Experience within the maintenance department of a building management/centralized technical management systems integrator is desirable.

Two (2) years of experience with a building management systems integrator working for an international organization is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in French and knowledge of English are required.


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

Special Notice

This position is temporarily available for a period of 364 days with possibility of extension, pending availability of funds.

If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

Recruitment for this position is done on a local basis, whether or not the candidate is a resident of the duty station. Candidates should have no expectation of any fixed-term appointment possibility after the end of this temporary assignment.

This temporary job opening may be limited to "internal candidates," who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST 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.

Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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 more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1

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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