Job Opening

Posting Title: ENGINEER, P4
Job Code Title: ENGINEER
Department/Office: United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti
Duty Station: PORT-AU-PRINCE
Posting Period: 15 October 2017 - 30 October 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Engineering-MINUJUSTH-86839-R-Port-au-Prince (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

Rostered applicants are also encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected. 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. 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). 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.

The Chief Engineer will be based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Within delegated authority the incumbent will report to the Senior UN Police Adviser/Chief Capacity Building Pillar.


Within delegated authority and under the guidance of the Chief Capacity Building Pillar, the Engineer will be responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:

•Ensures the implementation of Haitian National Police (HNP) Strategic Development Plan 2017-2021 regarding infrastructures and logistics management and decisions of the Superior Council of the Haitian National Police and MINUJUSTH Police component.

•Responsible for overseeing, in coordination with the HNP counterparts, the implementation of work plans 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 and providing technical supervision of the construction once work commences, preparing periodic maintenance program, managing a process of urgent and minor maintenance and safety matters related to facilities as well as allocation of accommodation and office spaces.

•Monitors the overall management and administration of the HNP facilities ensuring compliance with Haitian Government building rules and regulations and the HNP Directives governing facilities management and engineering practices.

•Monitors commonly used engineering calculations, practices and precedents in completing portions of larger projects related to the design, construction, or repair of buildings, 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.

•Assists 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.

•Assists 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.

•Identifies formal training needs associated with the capacity building work plan and where necessary supports the international trainers with the development of course design and lesson plans. Prepares and implements capacity building work plan for the HNP.

•Supports HNP counterparts to elaborate budget proposals of projects in order to secure adequate funding from donors and international community. Assists with the design and review of cost plans and activities proposed for donor projects, ensuring that they confirm to the donor terms of reference and are within available funding.

•Supervises the international, national staffs and IPOs of the Technical Services Section.

•Performs other related duties as required.


Demonstrated ability to serve as a technically responsible specialist in the field of engineering related to the peacekeeping operations. 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.

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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Architecture or related appropriate area. 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 7 years of progressively responsible experience in engineering or related area. Engineering experience in international peacekeeping and police development /engineering projects as well as a proven record of undertaking advisory functions on training and mentoring to the others/team is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position, fluency in oral and written English or French is required. Knowledge of the other language is desirable.


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.

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