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Engineering Technician, FS-4
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   31 Jan 2014
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   Field Missions Administered by DPKO
DUTY STATION:   Multiple D/S

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, Generator Mechanic, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning 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.) • Install, service, maintain and repair, in compliance with recognized standards and regulations pertaining to safety and installation codes, air-conditioning and refrigeration installations, electrical systems, generating sets or buildings, camps/sanitary infrastructures or other structures. • Diagnose technical faults and carry-out remedy for malfunctioning or defective air-conditioning and refrigeration installations, electrical systems, generating sets or buildings and infrastructure, including sanitary and structural installations. • Operate a wide variety of tools and power equipment including saws, drills, common workshop machinery, voltage testers, ohmmeters, oscilloscopes, welding/soldering equipment and other tools and equipment. • Perform diagnostics and preventive maintenance of air-conditioning and refrigeration installations, electrical systems, generating sets or buildings and infrastructure. • Perform technical or other assessments of air-conditioning and refrigeration installations, electrical systems, generating sets or buildings and infrastructure and prepare technical or other reports. • Maintain records relating to inventories, work orders and general correspondence. • 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. • Conducting in-house training to tradesmen and artisans on the imaging technical skills in the new construction methods, installation of specialized equipment, fault finding and remedy. • Review and recommend for approval work orders and assign day to day repair and maintenance tasks to tradesmen and technicians being supervised. • 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. • Assist in carrying out technical assessments of existing buildings and infrastructure. • Assist in the preparation of cost estimates for infrastructure projects and maintenance programmes. Assist in technically evaluating bids and proposals for construction projects. • Provide inputs periodically for assessment of performance levels of assigned local and international staff. • Alert the Supervisor 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: Knowledge and experience in construction, infrastructure and maintenance project implementation Demonstrated technical skills; initiative and practical problem-solving skills; 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 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. • 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. • 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.


High school diploma or equivalent is required. Technical or vocational certificate in a trade (air-conditioning, refrigeration, generator, power supply, electrical, carpentry, plumbing, welding, etc.) is required.

Work Experience
At least six (6) years of relevant experience in construction project implementation in a private, commercial or military environment, installing, servicing, maintaining and repairing air-conditioning and refrigeration installations, electrical systems, generating sets or buildings and infrastructure. 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.



How to apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. Because applications submitted by United Nations (UN) staff members are considered first, provided the eligibility requirements set out in ST/AI/2006/3 are met and the application is submitted in a timely fashion, staff members should apply within 15-day or 30-day mark.

Online applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please go to “My UN” page and check the status of your application by clicking on “View Application History”, and resubmit the application, if necessary.
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  2. After opening the account, applicants may apply for vacancies using the Personal History Profile (PHP) provided. Once the PHP has been completed for a particular vacancy, it can be saved and used for future applications. The PHP may be up-dated, when necessary, for future applications.

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  4. UN staff members must submit scanned copies of their two latest Performance Appraisal System (PAS) reports at the time of application to the appropriate Human Resources Office (HRO)/Personnel Office (PO) to the email address below, clearly indicating the vacancy announcement number. In case you have no access to the digitizing equipment, please submit hard copies of the two latest PAS reports to the relevant HRO/PO via fax.


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