Job Opening

Posting Title: Facilities Management Assistant, G6
Job Code Title: FACILITIES MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT
Department/Office: Office of Central Support Services
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 24 October 2017 - 22 November 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Facilities Management-DM OCSS-86699-R-New York (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

This position 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 Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application. Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test in English at the United Nations Headquarters, Economic Commission for Africa, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, United Nations Office at Geneva, United Nations Office at Vienna, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.

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 in the Facilities Management Service (FMS), Facilities and Commercial Services Division (FCSD), Office of Central Support Services (OCSS), Department of Management. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Architectural and Construction Unit (ACU) and the overall supervision of the Chief of the Planning, Design and Construction Section (PDCS).

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Facilities Management Assistant will carry out the following duties:

• Plans, schedules and supervises construction projects, repair, maintenance and installation of conventional buildings, temporary buildings, infrastructure and sites and premises including grounds in the mission area.
• Plans, schedules, supervises and coordinates maintenance services of installations, systems and equipment throughout the buildings.
• Assists supervisor in preparing scopes of work for the procurement of services, coordinates with procurement and assists with carrying out technical bid assessments.
• Receives, analyses and reviews service requests, including installations of equipment; determines priority of work, plans and prepares work orders, assigns work and follows up on service complaints. Coordinates with requesting departments in case of changes in requirements and suggests alternatives or interim solutions. Trains users on equipment installed.
• Reviews contractors' invoices and assists with cost recovery as required.
• Carries out technical assessments of existing buildings and infrastructure.
• Assists the supervisor in preparing draft proposals for construction and alterations work including preparation of construction drawings, technical specifications, bills of quantity and cost estimates.
• Conducts technical reviews of offers submitted and studies drawings and sketches for review and discussion to determine extent of work required; presents alternatives as solution of problems. Accompanies all contractors to job locations, clarifies drawings and specifications after contract has been awarded to successful contractor.
• Supervises and coordinates with contractors performing construction and alteration work to ensure that quality of services performed by the contractors is in accordance with set terms and conditions, codes and standards, health and safety regulations and objectives. Does final inspection, supervises the commissioning of the work, claim operation manuals and shop drawings for files and informs supervisor of completion of work.
• Prepares and writes requisitions scope for purchase of equipment, material, spares, etc.; reviews and evaluates offers and coordinates with procurement division.
• Provides support services to conferences and meetings, sessions, language examinations in coordination with Conference Services and other requesting departments and maintains liaison with focal points.
• Participates in the preparation of cost estimates of biennial budget and spending plan related to the Unit accounts. Prepares yearly budget estimates and monthly tables of prorated charges for common services, and monthly/yearly consumption and expenditure tables as well as charts of general operating expenses.
• Suggests ways to institute control and methods to improve service and reduce cost for the United Nations.
• Coordinates with the Office of Information & Communications Technology, Special Services Unit and the Department of Security and Safety on their investigation on safety and fire hazard situations associated with installation done by the Unit and other UN offices as required for the coordination of project and services.
• Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of the Organization’s rules and regulations as they pertain to building management and of industry codes and standards. Ability to read and interpret architectural floor plans. 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; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

• COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

• 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.

Education

High school diploma or equivalent.

Work Experience

A minimum of 7 years of experience in facilities management, building management, engineering, architecture, administrative services or related area is required. Experience in construction and space planning is desirable. Experience in using AutoCAD is desirable. Experience working with an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is desirable. Experience with project management is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-base 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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No Fee

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