Job Opening

Posting Title: ENGINEER, P3
Job Code Title: ENGINEER
Department/Office: United Nations Office at Geneva
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 01 March 2018 - 14 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Engineering-UNOG-92956-R-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Division of Administration, United Nations Office at Geneva. As part of the major renovation project of the Palais des Nations (Strategic Heritage Plan, SHP), a dedicated team has been set up. In addition, the facilities of the Palais des Nations are being managed by the Buildings and Engineering Section (BES). The incumbent will report to the Chief, Buildings and Engineering Section and might have a functional reporting line to the Chief, Design and Construction Services, SHP.


Within delegated authority, the Engineer will apply professional engineering knowledge and expertise in the performance of the following duties:

•Applies commonly used engineering calculations, practices and precedents in completing portions of larger projects related to the design, construction, or repair of buildings, roads, bridges, airfields, helipads, railways, docks, waste disposal systems, flood control systems, water treatment facilities, electrical power generation and distribution systems, environmental control systems, field defenses, mine detection and clearance, and other related structures and activities in the field.
•Plans and designs specifications for projects. Drafts terms of reference and technical evaluation reports.
•Conducts preliminary site investigations to obtain field data such as soil characteristics, drainage and other data required for building site selection.
•Prepares design layout for smaller or less complex portions of buildings and facilities.
•Develops technical data regarding materials, sizes, dimensions, and quantities and costs to be incorporated in formal specifications.
•Estimates costs of repairs of damaged buildings, facilities and systems to determine feasibility of repairs or replacement.
•Liaises with other engineers and specialists responsible for related specialized phases to arrive at mutually satisfactory approaches to problems by exchanging and comparing data.
•Conducts investigations to develop improved designs and construction techniques.
•Produces cost data and estimates on engineering-related requirements.
•Analyzes project proposals to ensure technical feasibility and to ensure that project objectives are attainable within prescribed resources.
•Conducts research on development of new technical systems, and follow development to identify improved methods and equipment.
•Ensures the liaison between the SHP and BES teams, as required. In this context, the incumbent:
- Collaborates with the SHP/BES teams by taking into account the SHP project needs, submits them to the BES team, and provides to the SHP team the requested, coordinated and validated information.
- Comes up with the coordinated BES recommendations in order to ensure consistency between the proposed new installations and the existing ones.
- Communicates costs benchmark based on UNOG current maintenance contracts and coordinates cost information with BES to avoid any duplication of works and budgets.


Knowledge of HVAC control systems. Demonstrated application of sound engineering principles and technical problem solving. Ability to participate in engineering projects, including preparation of cost estimates, research of data and preparing graphs. Knowledge of host country standards and construction codes. Ability to identify and analyze 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; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows 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.

Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in engineering, architecture or other related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A specialization in mechanical or electrical engineering (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and buildings management system) would be an asset.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in engineering, architecture, or related area is required. Experience in the UN common system is desirable. Experience in Facility management is desirable. Experience in project management within a multidisciplinary team is desirable. Experience in renovation and upgrading of existing buildings' facilities (such as power installations, electronic security installations, sanitary installations, energy management, building management system projects) is desirable. Experience in Computerised Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the 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.

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.

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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

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 Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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