Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Disengagement Observer Force
Duty Station: DAMASCUS
Posting Period: 13 November 2017 - 27 November 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Engineering-UNDOF-88649-F-Damascus (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants will receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s 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 Engineering Section, UNDOF, Damascus. Incumbent will report to Chief Engineering.


-Have experience in managerial and supervisory control of major project related to Civil, Electrical, HVAC, Mechanical and Force Protection works.
-Have full knowledge in all application software such as AutoCAD, Rivet, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Word & Excel, Microsoft Power Point, HVAC and Power System Analysis Design Software.
-Having knowledge in Umoja and engineering budget.
-Exercise overall supervision, operation and maintenance of the Mission’s buildings, facilities and services, including, but not limited to, generators, electricity supply and distribution system, waste water treatment plant (WWTP), sanitation, sewage, drainage, water supply, air conditioning, freezer & cooler, heating system (boilers), solid waste disposal, and security facilities.
-Apply commonly used engineering practices and precedents in completing portions of larger projects related to the construction or repair of buildings, roads, bridges, field defenses, and other related structures and facilities in the field mission.
-Involved in making and developing technical data regarding materials, quantities and costs to be incorporated into formal specifications.
-Involved in making and developing scope of work (SOW) of all projects (civil, electrical, mechanical and plumbing) and knowledgeable in doing technical evaluation and contractor performance evaluation.
-Evaluate engineering work-requests and assign individuals or work-teams to carry out building maintenance and repair tasks, as required.
-Carry out scheduled and preventive maintenance of all structures in the Mission and responsible for the provision and installation of necessary utilities.
-Have experience working in Middle East and Basic Arabic speaking is in advance.
-Can drive with Light Armor Vehicles (LVA) in remote area of the mission.
-Any other works assigned by Chief Engineer.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following: Chief/Supervisors of other Units, staff of the section, Local and international contractors including the contractor’s technical personnel. Civilian and Military UN personnel throughout the Mission.


Professionalism: Ability to apply engineering technical knowledge and to participate in engineering projects, including preparation of cost estimates, research of data and preparing graphs. Ability to identify and analyse 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. 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.

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.

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.


High school diploma or equivalent is required. Technical or vocational certificate/diploma in Civil/Electrical Engineering, Technology, construction, project management or in a relevant engineering discipline. Recognized and valid License in one of the trades ( Electrical installation, water supply, HVAC, construction) is highly desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years of relevant experience in the field of engineering and construction including a minimum of four years of supervisory responsibility is required. Experience in international operations in a complex, volatile, conflict or post-conflict environment is desirable. The minimum years of relevant experience is reduced to five years for candidates who possess a first level University degree. Experience working in Middle East is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this Job Opening fluency in English is required.


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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