Chief Engineer, P-5

DATE OF ISSUANCE:   02 Nov 2012
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   Field Missions Administered by DPKO
DUTY STATION:   Multiple D/S

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Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
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United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
(The following duties are generic and may differ depending on the requirements of the mission.) Within delegated authority, the Chief Engineer reporting to the CISS or DDMS will apply professional engineering knowledge and expertise in performance of the following duties in DPKO/DFS missions: Establish work requirements and priorities, based on the mission’s deployment status and mandate; Develop short and long-range plans for the design, procurement of goods/services, construction/commissioning, and operation/maintenance of DPKO/DFS mission facilities and infrastructure, taking into consideration that DPKO/DFS missions are typically established in areas with a risk-environment of medium to high threat, and in areas with minimal power, communications, transport and service infrastructure. Mission facilities typically include modularized camps for troops and civilian staff, logistics bases and airbases with all required utility infrastructure for electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems. Design, construction and maintenance of road infrastructure, for the movement of personnel and goods amongst the mission facilities, are also commonly performed; Develop annual engineering budgets and associated work schedules, based on engineering resource planning, taking into account all required engineering material needs and selected enabling capacities (e.g. military engineering units, commercial contractors, mission support teams, or mission engineering staffing) for most effective and efficient execution of the engineering work plans. Monitor actual costs and schedule performance against the approved budget and baseline schedules; Prepare the mission’s engineering staffing management plan, and acquire, develop and manage all engineering staff members in support of engineering work plans; Prepare the communication management plan, and associated means for the transmittal of engineering-related information, for progress reporting, and special reports for quality, cost or schedule variances, etc.; Provide expert technical advice on technical documents and overall policies, procedures and guidelines pertinent to the mission’s engineering activities, taking into account quality management and risk management best practices; Respond to both internal and external audit observations and interface with auditors for enhancing and improving the overall management of Engineering tasks and activities in the mission; Liaise with UN HQ DFS counterparts , and national and international officials to ensure adequate exchange of information for the provision of engineering support; Fully support with limited staffing during the mission start-up and liquation phases, the site selection/assessment process and asset disposal process, respectively; Perform other related duties as assigned by the Chief of the Integrated Support Services and/or the CMS/DMS in the DPKO/DFS Field Mission.

Professionalism - High degree of personal initiative and willingness to accept wide responsibilities; demonstrated effectiveness in developing engineering plans, policies, procedures and new programs; demonstrated fiscal awareness; good knowledge of UN rules; ability to provide technical and procedural advice in a broad range of engineering areas; ability to develop, maintain and supervise accountability systems for materials and services; ability to deploy to remote locations on short notice for limited duration; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of peace operations. Communication - Effective written and oral skills in the working language of the mission; ability to persuade people with varying points of view and to present information in a concise and accurate manner. Planning and Organizing - Proven ability to work to tight deadlines in a large section that is assigned complex and multiple co-current tasking of technical and administrative nature; provide appropriate technical solutions, advice, and alternatives to superiors and sound guidance to subordinates. Judgment and Decision-Making - Ability to exercise independent judgment and make decisions on difficult and complex problems. Ability to deal with conflicting circumstances and negotiate mutually acceptable solutions either with contractors, representatives of other jurisdictions or other key staff members in the mission on matters concerning design criteria, costing, or quality Leadership - Ability to provide authoritative advice and leadership on extremely complex engineering projects with critical quality demands; demonstrated ability to provide leadership and take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives into substantive work; commitment to the goal of achieving gender balance in staffing.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Architecture, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related fields. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience with facilities and infrastructure, or similar, in the areas of planning, designing and supervising engineering-related construction/commissioning projects, and managing routine and non-routine maintenance and repairs is required. Seven years of supervisory experience at the international level in project management and contract management for large design/construction projects and facilities maintenance programs is required. Combination of experience in DPKO/DFS Field Missions and at DFS Headquarters which are pertinent to Engineering Management and Contract Management is highly desirable.

Fluency in spoken and written English or French; knowledge of a second UN language is an advantage and sometimes a requirement. Fluency in the local language may be essential.

Other Skills

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8).   English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.  The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.



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