Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC) provides critical Logistics, Geospatial, Information and Telecommunications Technologies services and Training to all peacekeeping and special political missions around the world.
This position is located in the Sourcing Support Unit (SSU) of the Supply Chain Service at the United Nations Global Service Centre in Brindisi, Italy.
The Engineering Assistant is under the general supervision of the Chief, Sourcing Support Unit (SSU).
Under the direct supervision of the Unit Head within the Sourcing Support Unit and in line with the established United Nations Rules and Procedures, the incumbent is responsible for assisting in applying the standard engineering practices in the design, construction, maintenance, repair and liquidation of structures, facilities and systems required for peacekeeping and other United Nations Field Missions.
Within delegated authority, the Engineering Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:
Planning and design of minor projects:
-Assist in basic application of commonly used engineering calculations, practices and precedents for minor projects, such as design, construction, or repair of buildings, roads, bridges, airfields, helipads, railways, docks, waste disposal systems, flood control systems, water treatment facilities, electrical power generation and distribution systems, environmental control systems, field defenses, mine detection and clearance and other related structures and activities in the field.
-Assist in analyzing basic project proposals to ensure technical feasibility and to ensure that project objectives are attainable within the prescribed resources and preparation of technical specification for bidding exercise.
-Assist in planning and design of electrical and mechanical systems (electrical, plumbing, HVAC, building automation etc.) for UN buildings and premises.
-Assist in planning and design of energy infrastructure for UN premises, with special regards to power generation by diesel generators and renewable energy for UN facilities and camps.
Project management and site supervision for low value projects:
-Assist in drawing plans, schedules and supervision for construction, repair, and installation of conventional buildings, temporary buildings, infrastructure and sites and premises including grounds in the mission area.
-Assist in drawing plans, schedules, supervision and coordination for electrical and mechanical installations, systems and equipment throughout the buildings.
-Assist in Project management and coordinate with contractors performing construction and alteration work to ensure that quality of services performed by the contractors is in accordance with set terms and conditions, codes and standards, health and safety regulations and objectives. Assist in final inspection, supervision and commissioning of the work, claim operation manuals and shop drawings for files, and inform supervisor of completion of work.
Data collection and cost analysis of low value projects and works:
-Assist in carrying out technical assessments of existing buildings and infrastructure, with particular focus on the electrical and mechanical systems.
-Assist the supervisor in preparing draft proposals for construction and alterations work including preparation of construction drawings, technical specifications, bills of quantity and cost estimates.
-Participate in technical review of offers submitted and study drawings and sketches for review and discussion to determine extent of work required; present alternatives as solutions of problems. Accompany all contractors to job locations, clarify drawings and specifications after contract has been awarded to successful contractor.
Process and standardization:
-Maintain and update plans and drawings used as reference information by the unit.
-Assist in drafts tender documents, reviews and evaluates offers and coordinates with procurement unit for minor projects.
-Ensure that projects meet safety and security standards by reviewing them with designated Safety and Security officials.
-Suggest ways to institute control and methods to improve service and reduce cost for the United Nations.
-Perform other duties as required.
Professionalism: Knowledge of rules and regulations pertaining to electro-mechanical installations, construction, building management and industry codes and standards. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects 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.
Technological awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology. Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. Shows willingness to learn new technology.
High school diploma or equivalent is required.
Technical/vocational diploma/certificate in electrical/mechanical engineering or related area is required.
A minimum of five (05) years of experience in facilities management, electrical and mechanical, building management, engineering, architecture, administrative services or related area is required.
A minimum of one (01) year of working experience in planning and design of electrical and mechanical networks and systems (electrical, plumbing, HVAC, building automation etc.) is required.
A minimum of one (01) year of working experience in computer aided design software such as Autocad or similar is required.
Experience in planning, design and scheduling of energy infrastructure installations, with special regards to diesel generators and renewable energy fed facilities and camps is desirable.
Experience in design of building electrical systems using specialized software such as TiSystem, I-Project or equivalent is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of the other is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. Applicants who are Italian nationals or nationals of a member state of the European Union need to upload a copy of their national passport. All other applicants need to have a valid work permit for Italy and need to upload a copy of such work permit. All other applicants, except current UNGSC staff members in Brindisi, need to provide a Certificato Penale and Certificato di Carichi Pendenti. Attachments need to be uploaded in Step 8 of the online application.
Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Service category in the United Nations Secretariat. Having passed the Administrative Assessment Support Test (ASAT) in English at Headquarters,ECA, ESCWA, UNOG, UNOV, ICTR, or ICTY may be recognized in place of the GGST, pending confirmation of validity.
A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.
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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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