Job Opening

Job Code Title: FOREPERSON
Department/Office: Department of Operational Support
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 11 July 2022 - 24 August 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Facilities Management-DOS-185258-R-New York (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

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.

This post is located in the General Maintenance Shop, 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 directly to the General Foreperson of the Unit under the supervision of the Chief of the Plant Engineering Section.


Under the overall guidance of the General Foreperson of the Unit and the supervision of the Chief of the Plant Engineering Section, the incumbent is responsible for the overall operation and administration of the General Maintenance Shop which includes grounds keeping, structural maintenance (wall stud, sheet rock, wall, flooring, curtain wall, pavement, masonry, etc.) and interior improvement works (painting, work stations installation, repair and maintenance of acoustical ceilings, installation of video monitors etc.)

• Plan, direct, guide and supervise the General Maintenance staff and contractors assigned to the Shop with respect to all requests, tasks, and projects for general maintenance work throughout the UN Complex, the off-site buildings and the Secretary-General's residence.

• Review work orders (WO) received through the Computerized Management System (iNeed), review blueprints, schedule daily assignments for all staff in the shop and record the completion of WO's in the system.

• Establish, implement and maintain records for the preventive maintenance schedule of all general maintenance-related items.

• Prepare written estimates for work to be done for outside agencies.

• Conduct daily visual inspections of UN buildings and premises and records its conditions for repairs or replacement.

• Monitor the inventory of supplies and materials and place orders as needed.

• Conduct performance evaluation for staff and contractors on a regular basis.

• Coordinate with other shops for the completion of the job such as mechanical, electrical, plumbing, carpet and locksmith security.

• Ensure that the shop materials are organized and all power equipment is functioning safely and properly.

• Review and approve leave schedules for the shop to ensure appropriate coverage for all the work that needs to be completed.

• Assist the General Foreperson with periodic reports and participate in walk-through with prospective contractors; and

• Perform other duties as may be assigned by the General Foreperson and the Chief of Plant Engineering Section.


• Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competencies in the general maintenance and related trades; Knowledge of the operating and repair characteristics of a variety of general maintenance works; knowledge of the trade's technical language and proficiency in the use of all hand and power tools pertaining to the trade and its relevant safety procedures; Ability to read and understand blue prints and rough drawings; Ability to supervise and lead a team; Ability to design and implement a maintenance programme and assess equipment and building infrastructure conditions.

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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

• 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.


High School or equivalent Trade School Diploma is required.

Job - Specific Qualification

A certificate in OSHA 30-hour Construction is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years of related experience in field of general maintenance, painting, carpentry, masonry, upholstery, and/or carpet installation is required.

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

Experience managing third party contractors is desirable.

Experience in construction or alteration project management is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position 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 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 and may sometimes be exposed to difficult weather conditions.

***The selected candidate must meet inoculation (vaccination) requirements against SARSCoV-
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.

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