Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Office at Geneva
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 02 September 2022 - 01 October 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Programme Management-UNOG-188370-R-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is in the Strategic Heritage Plan (SHP) office, established to undertake the renovation and refurbishment of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) complex. The Senior Project Officer will report to the Chief, Design & Construction.


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will apply professional knowledge and expertise in performing the following duties:

Within delegated authority, the Senior Project Manager Design & Construction will apply professional knowledge and expertise in performing the following duties:

- Manage the contract execution for all major SHP design and construction activities, ensuring that contractors are in compliance with requirements for timeliness, quality, and safety;
- Oversee construction contractor quality and safety programs on site;
- Review and monitor design and construction contractors' schedules, particularly with regard to critical milestones and deliverables;
- Co-ordinate design/construction matters between the key project stakeholders and design and construction contractors;
- Ensure that project team(s) work together in an open, positive and effective manner.
- Anticipate and facilitate the resolution of issues when they arise;
- Pro-actively engage with contractors to spot problems as early as possible and propose solutions when problems arise;
- Monitor the distribution of all submittals and requests for information among all relevant parties and ensure that project information is exchanged in a timely and contractually compliant manner;
- Provide expert technical advice on design and construction issues;
- Review technical submittals and provide quality assurance oversight within area of technical expertise;
- Co-ordinate and ensure proper documentation of all project meetings in relation to the design and construction;
- Analyze all change proposals for completeness and accuracy; Provide or contribute to independent cost estimates for changes;
- Document construction project progress and issues with reports, photographs and sketches as necessary and appropriate;
- Analyzes budget proposals, ensuring that the funds proposed are adequate for the architectural and engineering requirements. Provides data for internal and external audits
- Liaise with Host Country authorities as necessary with regard to relevant building regulations;
- Perform other related duties as required.


Professionalism: Ability to participate in large-scale construction/renovation projects, including validation of cost estimates. Ability to manage resources, coordinate and monitor project budget and funds. Ability to liaise with relevant authorities to obtain design planning permissions. Knowledge of contracting and construction issues, particularly codes and requirements in the host country or European environment, including disabled accessibility codes. Competency in the use of relevant information technology and systems (e.g. AutoCAD). Analyzes budget proposals, ensuring that the funds proposed are adequate for the
architectural and engineering requirements. Provides data for internal and external audits. Knowledge of the UN procurement and financial rules is an asset. 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.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; 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.

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.

Judgment/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


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

Job - Specific Qualification

Professional certification or membership of chartered institutes is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible field experience in major construction complex, vertical construction projects is required.

Experience in reviewing and approving detailed and technical design submissions in the context of construction/renovation projects 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 French is desirable.


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

Special Notice

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 United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.

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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