Job Opening

Job Code Title: ENGINEER
Department/Office: United Nations Office at Nairobi
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 28 March 2018 - 26 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Engineering-UNON-94575-R-Nairobi (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN headquarters in Africa and the representative office of the Secretary-General. UNON performs representation functions with permanent missions, the host government and governmental and non-governmental organizations in Nairobi. UNON supports programme implementation of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing administrative, conference and information services ( This position is located within the Replacement of of Office Blocks A to J Project at UNON within Central Support Services (CSS), Division of Administrative Services (DAS).

The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Chief, Facilities Management and Transportation Section/ FMTS and overall supervision of the Chief, Central Support Services.

The incumbent will be responsible for successful delivery of the first phase of this project. He/ she will provide leadership, technical expertise and oversight of the architectural/ engineering aspects of the project. Within delegated authority, the Architect/ Engineer will apply professional architectural/ engineering knowledge and expertise in performance of the following duties:


-Examines, reviews and advises on project planning, site, design, logistics, services integration, construction, environmental aspects, maintenance and operations;

-Analyzes project proposals to ensure technical feasibility and to ensure that project objectives are attainable within prescribed resources;

-Coordinates contracting activities, drafts documents to engage consultants, conducts technical assessment of received bids;

-Manages the day to day work of contracted consultants, ensures compliance with contract and project obligations of timelines and budget;

-Reviews, evaluates and revises received reports, documents and other deliverables for quality, completeness, accuracy, feasibility and cost;

-Oversees financial aspects of the project, including validating estimates and payments;

-Applies commonly used engineering calculations, practices and precedents in relation to the design, construction, or renovation of buildings, roads, parking, water treatment facilities, electrical power generation and distribution systems, environmental control systems, information technology and other related structures and activities;

-Provides expert technical advice on policies, procedures and best practice appropriate to the project;

-Coordinates preliminary site investigations to obtain field data such as soil characteristics, drainage and other data required for building site selection;

-Prepares preliminary design layouts for portions of buildings and facilities;

-Develops preliminary technical data regarding materials, sizes, dimensions, and quantities and costs to be incorporated into formal specifications;

-Conducts investigations to develop improved designs and construction techniques;

-Conducts research on development of new technical systems, and follows development to identify improved methods and equipment;

-Produces cost data and estimates on engineering requirements to determine feasibility of planned materials, systems and equipment;

-Liaises with contracted consultants to arrive at mutually satisfactory approaches to engineering problems by exchanging and comparing data;

-Drafts reports for management and stakeholders on technical matters, provides substantive inputs and supports drafting of periodic reports to decision making bodies;

-Maintains project documents/ records;

-Perform any other relevant tasks as required.


-Professionalism: Demonstrated project management skills, knowledge of latest technology and material used for buildings complemented by the knowledge of applicable codes and international best practice. Ability to apply engineering, architectural, project management 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; 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.

- 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.

- Accountability: 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) in architecture and or engineering is required. A first-level university degree in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Professional certification and registration with institutes such as the Project Management Institute and relevant Professional Architectural or Engineering Institutes is highly desirable. PRINCE II certification for project management is highly desirable. Practical experience with Microsoft Project for construction projects is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in the management of architectural/ engineering projects is required. Related experience at the international level and or additional experience in construction, major renovation and related projects/systems is desirable. Experience with the United Nations Common System is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and oral English is required. Knowledge of other UN official languages is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

This is a fixed term position. However, funding is confirmed for an initial period of six (6) months. Extension of the appointment is subject to the 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 staffs are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

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.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 April 2017, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Viet Nam.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an email acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Need Help?" link.

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.

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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.

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