Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Engineer
Job Code Title: SENIOR ENGINEER
Department/Office: FIELD MISSIONS ADMINISTERED BY DPKO
Duty Station: MOGADISHU
Posting Period: 28 October 2016 - 11 November 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Engineering-FMADPKO-68892-J-Mogadishu (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

Notes: This is a Temporary Job Opening. This duration of a Temporary Appointment/Assignment for this position will be through 31 January 2017 and with a possibility of extension.

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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is location with the United National Support Office in Somalia, with the duty station of Mogadishu. The incumbent leads and managers the Infrastructure, Design and Implementation Section and reports to the Chief of Service Delivery (D1). The incumbent manages a section that is responsible for developing Mission engineering needs, translating these needs into budget proposal, tracking and executing the approved budget, and developing and implementing projects across a variety of disciplines.

Responsibilities

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

a. Assists in identifying Mission infrastructure needs, and translating these needs to budget and project proposal. This may include the developing of building designs, camp layouts, power distribution system, water and sanitation systems, security infrastructure, road works, airfield works, environmental control systems, field defenses, and related structures and activities for logistics support in the Mission environment.
b. In the role of an advisor, provides expert technical advice on overall policies, design capabilities, project methodology, and security infrastructure and design. Participates in, and provides expert advice on long-range development planning relating to engineering infrastructure requirements and related aspects.
c. Working with commercial contractors and internal Mission personnel, manages, coordinates and plans resources for a range of projects varying in complexity. As a contract manager for a wide range of contracts with variety of contractors, is required to develop Statements of Requirement, oversee contractor performance and certify projects and payments.
d. Provides data for internal and external audits. Takes action on audit findings.
e. Is a fund center manager, who provides day-to-day administration, management and section level leadership. May be tasked to act as a certifying officer, and partake in, or chair routine or ad-hoc committees and working groups.
f. Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

•PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to apply engineering skills and to participate in engineering projects, including preparation of cost estimates, research of data and preparing graphs. Ability to identify and analyze engineering data of significant depth and complexity. Ability to manage resources, coordinate and monitor project budget and funds. 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.

•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 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 efficiently.

•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.

•JUDGEMENT/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.

Education

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

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of practical and progressive engineering experience in the field environment, and direct experience managing contractors and engineering projects, targeted at environmental improvements in hardship duty stations, including those with a high security alert level.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this particular position, fluency in oral and written English is required.

Assessment

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

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

No Fee

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