Job Opening

Posting Title: Capital Unit Manager, P4 (Temporary Job Opening), P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: ENGINEER
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Africa
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 13 June 2017 - 19 June 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Engineering-ECA-80893-J-Addis Ababa (T)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

This is a Temporary Job Opening and the selected candidate will be issued with a Temporary Appointment/Assignment through 19 June 2018. The incumbent of this position is on Temporary Assignment with another UN Agency.

Org. Setting and Reporting

Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationships: Under the direct supervision of the Chief Facilities Management Section (FMS), the Capital Unit Manager will assume responsibilities for the overall leadership, planning, implementation and completion of the work related to the projects and activities in the Facilities Management Section in the Capital Unit (Major/Minor Projects, Design, Space Management).


Capital Unit Manager manage maintenance, construction, operations, business, property and modification programs on a continuing basis, including technical and administrative aspects, budget (both expenditure and biennium planning) and related operational requirements for ECA facilities. The responsibilities encompass facilities in five Sub regional offices, as well as their related security installations. He/she ensures uninterrupted functioning of all infrastructural support systems. All actions required for effective office and external space utilization and upkeep, suggests relevant budgets, oversees implementation.

Within delegated authority, the Manager will be responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:

•Analyzes, leads, supervises and advises/acts on the planning, scheduling, design, construction, renovation, operation logistics business process and/or maintenance of civil, architectural and electromechanical installations for Secretariat and its Sub regional offices.
•Evaluates, reviews and revises project documents, and analyzes design specifications included in project proposals for accuracy, soundness, feasibility, cost and procurement.
•Within scope addressed in the project brief, evaluates and review project documentation for construction projects reported to Director of Administration and provide professional report to Chief FMS or his/her designate on the best industrial practices of integrating them to the existing infrastructure.
•Recommends solutions to unusual engineering problems and provides expert technical advice on overall policies, procedures and guidelines pertinent to the position.
•Coordinates with Supply Chain Section and other stakeholders Unit with regard to technical assessment of received project bids from prospective vendors;
•Directs the work of the subordinates, contractors, consultants, ensuring compliance with contractual obligations or internal directions within the planned timeline and budget;
•Calculates and designs within his/her discipline/portfolio and implements solutions for all disciplines.
•Oversees financial and administrative management aspects of their unit and projects, including the development of draft allotment requests and performance reporting; certify requisitions and approve payment of consultants and contractors
•Keeps abreast, through relevant engineering/architectural/United Nations literature, of significant trends and the development of improved methods and equipment
•Leads and coaches’ efforts of their team studying critical problems relating to design or construction or maintenance/operations of systems and facilities and communicates with all clients and stakeholders. Makes recommendations and finds solutions for problems in specialized areas.
•Performs other related duties as required and discharge Officer-in-Charge, FMS functions as requested.


Professionalism: Demonstrated project management skills; and knowledge of the latest technology and material used for building and knowledge of relevant UN rules and policies. 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. 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.

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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


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

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in engineering in engineering projects using a recognized and relevant project management methodology along with managing technical personnel. Related experience at the international level and/or additional experience in large public institutions and related projects/systems is desirable. Experience with the United Nations Common System, UMOJA, IPSAS, AUTOCADD, UN Procurement, UN Facilities Management, Construction, Maintenance, Administration, Capital Projects. the UN Strategic Capital Review, Annual Work plans, UN Biennial Budget is an advantage.


For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required.


Assessment or Competency Based Interview may be required.

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, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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