Job Opening

Posting Title: Civil and Structural Engineer, P3
Job Code Title: ENGINEER
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 23 March 2018 - 21 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Engineering-ESCAP-95124-R-Bangkok (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote regional cooperation for inclusive economic and social development in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP's role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership, through its analytical, normative and technical cooperation, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.

This position is located at the Seismic Mitigation Project (SMP) Project Management Office within Division of Administration of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Bangkok, Thailand. The Civil and Structural Engineer works under the direct supervision of the Project Engineer and overall supervision of the Project Manager of SMP.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Civil and Structural Engineer will be responsible for all issues with regard to civil engineering and seismic mitigation measures for the overall project, including reviewing construction methods, materials and quality standards, and drafting and interpreting specifications, drawings, plans and procedures.

The incumbent will:
• Monitor changes to designs, assess the effects on cost and measure and value variations to designs.
• Analyze project requirements and prepare required technical papers and recommend modifications and changes if required and participate in various design meetings to negotiate with all contractors.
• Develop technical data regarding materials, sizes, dimensions, and quantities and costs to be incorporated in formal specifications.
• Evaluate all civil processes and ensure efficient quality control on all projects and provide support to engineering team at all times to maintain work schedule.
• Liaise with other engineers and mission specialists responsible for related specialized phases to arrive at mutually satisfactory approaches to problems by exchanging and comparing data.
• Produce cost data and estimates on engineering-related requirements of current and planned activities.
• Analyze 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.
• Set up, monitor and control project activities and tasks in Microsoft Project Server .
• Apply project management standards (PMI) and methodologies (Prince2) according to ESCAP requirements.
• Perform other related duties as required.

Competencies

• Professionalism: Ability to apply engineering skills and to participate in large scale projects, including preparation of cost estimates, research of data and preparing plans.
Ability to identify and analyze 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.

• 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in engineering, architecture or another related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience in project management may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Certification in PMP-PMI and/or PRINCE2 is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in architectural engineering and structural design or a related area is required. Experience in implementation of Project Management methodologies and working with MS Project or equivalent software is highly desirable. Contract management experience is desirable. Experience supervising staff and coordinating the work of consultants is an added advantage.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of the Thai language for client and contract liaison is highly desirable.

Assessment

Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.

Special Notice

The post is funded from extra-budgetary resources. Any extension of appointment is subject satisfactory performance and continued availability of the post. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff is expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 November 2017, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, 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.

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.

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No Fee

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