Engineering Technician, FS-5

DATE OF ISSUANCE:   31 Jan 2014
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   Field Missions Administered by DPKO
DUTY STATION:   Multiple D/S

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All applicants will be notified in writing as to the status of their application (successful or unsuccessful) at the end of the recruitment/rostering/selection process (see ST/AI/2010/3 on Staff Selection System). The process for rostering based on Generic Job Openings usually takes from 4 to 6 months from the date the vacancy is posted. Placement on the roster does not guarantee selection to field mission.
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
This Generic Job Opening has been advertised to attract applications from qualified candidates, including serving staff in various Engineering functions or Engineering related positions such as Engineering Assistant, Civil Engineering Technician, Electrical Technician, and Water and Sanitation Technician. Within delegated authority, the Engineering Technician will be responsible for the following duties: (These duties are generic, and may not be performed by all Engineering Technicians.)  Overseeing technical and administrative functions in the unit under supervision.  Ensure compliance of all work related activities in a fair, ethical and consistent manner.  Plan, schedule and implement preventive maintenance of buildings, electrical power installation, air conditioning and refrigeration installations, power plants and other infrastructure facilities.  Provide scheduling and supervision for construction, repair, maintenance and installation of conventional buildings, temporary buildings, infrastructure and sites and premises in the mission area.  Familiar with operating procedures, standards and codes of the facilities/equipment, with respect to location requirements.  Assist in technically evaluating bids and proposals for construction/installations projects.  Prepare periodic acquisition plans for engineering materials/equipment the units under supervision  Plan, schedule and prepare projects for the electrical installation, electrical power plants installations, electrical systems and buildings and camp/sanitary infrastructure.  Supervise and coordinate the installation, servicing, maintenance and repair, in compliance with recognized standards and regulations pertaining to safety and installation codes, of various electrical and mechanical installations, electrical power plants and/or buildings and camp/sanitary infrastructures.  Diagnose technical faults and carry-out remedy for malfunctioning or defective air-conditioning and refrigeration installations, electrical systems, generating sets and/or buildings and infrastructure.  Assess requirements for the installation, repair and maintenance of air-conditioning and refrigeration installations, electrical systems, generating sets and/or buildings and infrastructure. On the basis of the assessment, draft technical or assessment reports; determine work requirements, and issue work orders and work assignments to assistants and technicians.  Supervise, inspect and appraise the work carried out by international and local staff and contractors. Supervise junior technicians, tradesmen and artisans assigned to the team, and local and international junior staff assigned by determining workloads and schedules.  Conducting in-house training to junior technicians, tradesmen and artisans on the imaging technical skills in the new construction methods, installation of specialized equipment, fault finding and remedy.  Apply and ensure adherence to safety programmes related to the safe operation of air-conditioning and refrigeration installations, electrical systems, generating sets or power tools and equipment of the building and maintenance trade.  Identify resource requirements for his/her area of responsibility in connection with budget preparations.  Review and approve work orders and assign tasks to tradesmen and technicians being supervised.  Secure equipment, materials, supplies and spare parts for supervised works.  Supervise the maintenance of records relating to inventories, work orders and general correspondence.  Inspect and report on construction project work and maintenance work carried out either by contractors or tradesmen and staff under supervision, and ensure proper utilization of available resources.  Read and interpret specifications and technical drawings, schedules, manuals for construction projects, installations and upgrade repair of infrastructure. Prepare bills of quantities and costing for infrastructure projects. Resolve problems; inspect quality of work and work performance.  Issue instructions at site, record variances, supervise and record measurements of work taken with respect to work progress and progress payments. Follow up on correction of defects in material or workmanship of contractor's work during the warranty period of the contracts.  Assist in the preparation of cost estimates for infrastructure projects and maintenance programmes.  Assist in technically evaluating bids and proposals for construction projects.  Verify completion of construction or maintenance stages of projects and recommends to the Chief of Unit / Section for progress or final payments.  Alert the Chief of Unit / Section of unusual occurrence and/or damage that have taken place or are likely to occur.  Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor or the Section Chief.

• PROFESSIONALISM– Demonstrated knowledge and experience in construction, infrastructure and maintenance project implementation; demonstrated technical skills; initiative and practical problem-solving skills; ability to correctly interpret and assess diagnostic test results, faults or deficiencies and to determine the necessary corrective actions in an efficient and timely manner; ability to maintain accurate records and inventories; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; 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 AND 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. • CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


High school diploma or equivalent is required. Technical or vocational certificate in construction management or in a relevant engineering discipline is required. Recognized and valid License of the trade (air-conditioning, refrigeration, generator, power supply, electrical, carpentry, plumbing, or welding, etc.) is desirable.

Work Experience
At least eight (8) years of relevant experience in construction project supervision and implementation including installation and maintenance of air-conditioning and refrigeration, electrical systems, generating sets or other building’s infrastructure in a private, commercial or military environment, including two years of supervisory responsibility. Experience in international operations in a post conflict environment is desirable.

French and English are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

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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