Job Opening

Job Code Title: ENGINEER
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 09 December 2015 - 06 February 2016
Job Opening Number: 15-Engineering-DSS-51052-R-New York (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the security management system to enable the safest and most efficient conduct of the security programmes and activities of the United Nations System. This post is located in the Physical Security Unit (PSU), Division of Headquarters Security and Safety Services in the United Nations Department of Safety and Security. The PSU is responsible for the development of the standards and the provision of guidance on the implementation of physical security measures at United Nations premises around the world.


Within delegated authority and under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Physical Security Unit, the Architect/Engineer is responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:• Analyzes and advises on the planning, design, construction and maintenance of physical security systems and facilities such as buildings and related structures in United Nations premises.• Applies commonly used architectural and engineering solutions, practices and precedents in completing projects related to the assessment, design, construction or repair of buildings and related physical security systems and devices.• Evaluates, reviews and revises project documents, and analyzes design specifications included in physical security project proposals for accuracy, soundness, feasibility and cost.• Recommends solutions to unusual physical security problems.• Conducts technical studies on security engineering topics, developing guidelines for the general planning and maintenance of programs facilities and security systems.• Analyzes the impact of possible threats affecting proposed structures, taking into account such factors as estimated loads, soil characteristics and nature of building materials to be used, as well considering the security risks to which the structure is exposed to.• Keeps abreast, through relevant architectural, engineering and security literature, of significant trends and the development of improved construction means and methods and equipment.• Leads efforts of teams studying critical problems relating to architectural design or construction of building systems and facilities. Makes recommendations for resolution of problems in the area of physical security.• Participates in assessment and technical assistance missions relating to physical security, serving as a technical adviser in field locations, as assigned.• Performs other related duties as required.


Professionalism: Ability to apply architectural and engineering skills and to participate in security related engineering projects, including preparation of cost estimates, research of data and preparation of layouts, charts and graphs. Ability to identify and cross analyze engineering data and security risk assessments of significant depth and complexity. 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. Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in engineering, architecture or other related field. A first level university degree in any of these fields in combination with additional 2 years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in architectural and engineering design and construction project management or related areas. Experience in the assessment and/or design of physical security projects is desirable. At least 2 years of experience in managing physical security projects in the UN or similar organization is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English (oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment Method

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

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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