Job Opening

Posting Title: Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technician, TC5
Department/Office: Office of Central Support Services
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 27 October 2017 - 25 November 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Facilities Management-DM OCSS-83652-R-New York (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

The post 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.

Passing the Trades and Crafts (TC) Examination is a prerequisite for recruitment in the Trades and Crafts category in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the TC test at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application.

The selected candidate will be required to perform evening and night shifts including rotating weekends. These shifts are required in order to perform maintenance work that requires off-hours and to provide a prompt response in case of emergencies.

Staff Members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located at the Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Shop, the Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Unit (MEPU), Plant Engineering Section (PES), Facilities Management Service (FMS), Facilities and Commercial Services Division (FCSD), Office of Central Support Services (OCSS), Department of Management. The incumbent reports to the Foreman of HVAC Shop, MEPU/PES.


Under the overall guidance of the General Foreman of MEPU and the direct supervision of the Foreman of the HVAC Shop, as an HVAC Technician, the incumbent is responsible for the proper maintenance and operation of all machinery in the air conditioning Compressor Room Plant and other related equipment throughout the UN Complex and offsite leased premises.

This includes handling the breakdown of steam turbines for the purpose of inspecting and repairing internal parts as deemed necessary; inspection of centrifugal refrigeration compressor's internal parts, oil pumps, oil coolers etc; proper shaft alignment of all pumps and replacement of seals as deemed necessary. Operation of Two (2) steam driven centrifugal compressors, Three (3) electric chillers and related equipment in the Compressor Room.

Duties include:

• Starting up and shutting down of machinery according to weather conditions.
• Monitoring of temperature pressure on air conditioning equipment to ensure safe and proper operation.
• Making adjustments as load conditions change.
• Keeping hourly and daily logs on pressure and temperature of machinery, steam consumption and running time of all equipment.
• Taking specific gravity test on brine to ensure freeze protection for the system.
• Responding to temperature complaints and making thermostat adjustments throughout the UN Complex during off hours (4pm to 8 am), weekends and holidays.
• Maintaining air handling units by rebuilding and replacing steam and chilled water valves and replacing shaft bearings on air handlers.
• Inspecting and cleaning steam and chilled water coils on fan units.
• Maintaining good physical condition as required in order to perform physical duties such as bending or lifting tools.
• Performing other duties as may be assigned by the Foreman of the Shop.


• Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competencies in the HVAC and related trades; Knowledge in HVAC systems and equipment; Familiarity with hand and power tools of HVAC and knowledge of relevant safety procedures; Ability to read blue prints and rough drawings; Ability to prioritize activities and assignments and adjust priorities as required; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Showing persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remain calm in stressful situations; Demonstrates commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspect 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.


High school or equivalent Trade School Diploma.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressive work experience in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) trade, including experience in the use of tools related to the trade is required. For this position, EPA universal licence is also required. New York City refrigeration operations license is desirable. Experience with BMS systems is also desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required.


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

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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