Job Opening

Posting Title: ENGINEER, P3
Job Code Title: ENGINEER
Department/Office: United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti
Duty Station: PORT-AU-PRINCE
Posting Period: 24 September 2017 - 09 October 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Engineering-MINUJUSTH-85754-R-Port-au-Prince (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

This job opening is being advertised for advance planning purposes pending formal approval of the relevant funding and staffing structures. An appointment may be terminated or post level adjusted in accordance with the Staff Rules for such reasons as abolition of post or reduction of staff or committee funding approvals, for example in the event that the funding for the post is not approved or the mandate of the mission is not extended.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. While the contract is for one year termination may be earlier than the stipulated period of the contract based on the mandate and/or availability of funds. 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. An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH), under the overall guidance and supervision of the Chief Technical Services Section (HNP Capacity Building pillar). The United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2350 (2017) deciding the creation of MINUJUSTH which is mandated to assist the Government of Haiti to strengthen rule of law institutions in Haiti; further support and develop the Haitian National Police; and engage in human rights monitoring, reporting, and analysis among others. MINUJUSTH is a non-family mission. This position is located within the Technical Service Section (Police Capacity Building) . The Engineer will be based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.


The incumbent will give his/her technical expertise as required to monitor the HNP engineering projects, make sure the works are being implemented as per HNP Development Plan and will be responsible for closely liaising with the local counterpart HNP) in accordance with the United Nations rules, regulations, and Mission Mandate. Specifically, the incumbent will be responsible for the following substantive tasks:

• Responsible for overseeing, in coordination with the HNP counterparts, the implementation of works for the HNP specific project and maintains the necessary and appropriate means in monitoring progress of works according to contract schedules, specifications and project plans.

• Monitor commonly used engineering calculations, practices and precedents in completing portions of larger projects related to the design, construction, or repair of buildings, helipads, docks, waste disposal systems, flood control systems, water treatment facilities, electrical power generation and distribution systems, environmental control systems, and other related structures and activities in the field.

• Assist the HNP with: plans and designs specifications for projects; preliminary site investigations to obtain field data such as soil characteristics, drainage and other data required for building site selection; preparation of design layout for smaller or less complex portions of buildings and facilities; development of technical data regarding materials, sizes, dimensions, and quantities and costs to be incorporated in formal specifications; cost estimates of repairs of damaged buildings, facilities and systems to determine feasibility of repairs or replacement.

• Liaises with HNP’s counterparts responsible for related specialized phases to arrive at mutually satisfactory approaches to problems by exchanging and comparing data.

• Assist HNP in conducting investigations to develop improved designs and construction techniques; in producing cost data and estimates on civil engineering-related requirements of current and planned field missions; in analyzing project proposals to ensure technical feasibility and to ensure that project objectives are attainable within prescribed resources; in conducting research on development of new technical systems, and following development to identify improved methods and equipment.


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. Demonstrate professional competence and mastery subject matter. Be conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Be motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Show 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.

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.


Graduation from Police College or Academy or other recognized law enforcement educational/training institution is desirable. 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in engineering or related area.


English and French are the working languages of the UN. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written in French is required. The knowledge of the Creole and/or English is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by 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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