Posting Title:Supervisor, Electricians Sub-Group, G7
Department/Office:United Nations Office at Geneva
Duty Station:GENEVA
Posting Period:09 September 2019 – 08 October 2019
Job Opening Number:19-Engineering-UNOG-121348-R-Geneva (R)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is vacant in the Electricians Sub-Unit, Engineering Unit, Buildings and Engineering Section, Central Support Services, Division of Administration of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG).


1. Operations and maintenance
•Ensures the proper functioning of the technical equipment for which he/she is responsible in the Palais des Nations, its annex buildings and on UNOG property. The following is a non-exhaustive list of technical equipment for which the incumbent is responsible: high current/low current electrical equipment (high voltage/low voltage transformers, uninterruptible power sources (UPS), photovoltaic system, acoustic evacuation system), lifting equipment (lifts, escalators, lifting platforms), electromechanical equipment (automatic doors, gates, retractable bollards), security equipment (CCTV, access control, intruder detection), fire detection systems, etc.
•Ensures the periodic inspection of high voltage equipment as required under the standards and regulations of the host country.
•Develops and implements maintenance plans for the technical equipment for which he/she is responsible.
•Oversees repairs and maintenance work undertaken by his/her team and identifies any necessary corrective measures.
•Liaises with other UNOG divisions and services regarding action that may impact their operations. Those divisions and services include the Division of Conference Management (DCM), the Information Service (IS), the Information and Communication Technology Services (ICTS) and the Security and Safety Service (SSS).
•Proposes and implements modifications, replacements, adjustments or reconfigurations of the technical equipment for which he/she is responsible with a view to anticipating clients’ needs, which are constantly evolving.
•Drafts specifications for the maintenance of the technical equipment for which he/she is responsible.
•Analyses bids and drafts technical recommendations for procurement purposes.
•Monitors the technical and financial condition of the technical equipment for which he/she is responsible.
•Develops or participates in the development of maintenance plans for the technical equipment for which he/she is responsible.
•Coordinates with other Sub-Units of the Engineering Unit to gather information on existing preventive maintenance plans.
•Drafts preventive maintenance plans, tasks and schedules for existing equipment and any new equipment for which he/she is responsible.
•Participates in the implementation of new preventive maintenance plans using a computerized maintenance management platform.
•Collaborates with other UN staff to integrate new preventive maintenance plans, tasks and schedules into a computerized maintenance management platform.
•Performs all other tasks assigned by his/her manager to ensure the proper operation and maintenance of the equipment for which he/she is responsible.

2. Facility improvement projects
•Develops and implements plans to upgrade the technical equipment for which he/she is responsible in the Palais des Nations and its annex buildings.
•Proposes asset improvement plans on the basis of client needs, technical infrastructure inspections, technological developments and standards and regulations.
•Assists in drafting specifications for projects to upgrade the technical equipment for which he/she is responsible.
•Provides support in analysing bids and drafting technical recommendations for procurement.
•Prepares budget projections to inform improvements to the technical equipment for which he/she is responsible.
•Provides technical support in his/her areas of expertise to the supervisors of the other Sub-Units and the project managers of the Office of the Chief of the Engineering Unit.
•Collaborates and coordinates with external stakeholders such as the Buildings Unit, Information and Communication Technology Services and others.

3. Sub-Unit management
•The incumbent leads a Sub-Unit of nine staff members (one deputy supervisor-electrician (G-6), one project manager (G-6), five electricians (G-5), one electrical design engineer (G-5) and one assistant electrician (G-3)).
•Sets goals for each team member and conducts periodic reviews of the outcomes.
•Maintains and fosters smooth communication between team members.
•Supports his/her staff and establishes a training plan with each member of the team.
•Takes any action to enable the members of his/her team to contribute in the best possible way to the goals of the Sub-Unit.
•Sets, formalizes and updates the technical and organizational working standards of the Sub-Unit.
•Monitors the quality of the services provided by his/her team and, if necessary, takes the appropriate corrective measures.
•When required, manages the recruitment and appointment process for members of his/her team.
•Conducts performance reviews for the Sub-Unit and takes corrective measures as part of a continuous development process.
•Provides technical information to external companies, members of his/her team and the Unit’s technical staff.

4. Contribution to the Strategic Heritage Plan (SHP)
•Provides the Strategic Heritage Plan/Buildings and Engineering Section operational expert with technical information on the equipment for which he/she is responsible, including its maintenance and existing operations.
•Provides the Strategic Heritage Plan/Buildings and Engineering Section operational expert with the necessary information on maintenance contracts, with a view to extending them or concluding new maintenance contracts.
•Conveys to his/her team information from the Strategic Heritage Plan/Buildings and Engineering Section operational expert regarding future installations and equipment.
•Assists the Strategic Heritage Plan/Buildings and Engineering Section operational expert in the analysis of technical concepts and their impact on the maintenance and future operations of the Buildings and Engineering Section.

5. Administrative tasks
•Is the technical lead for general authorizations for heavy current installations issued to UNOG by the Federal Inspectorate for Heavy Current Installations (ESTI).
•Prepares and updates cost estimates for the purchase of external services.
•Defines performance indicators for services provided by external companies.
•Monitors the performance of external companies.
•Manages overtime requests and approvals for the members of his/her Sub-Unit.
•Manages vacation and other leave planning and requests for members of the Sub-Unit, and their approval in UMOJA.
•Updates the attendance and absence status of the members of the Sub-Unit and conveys the information to the Operations Support Unit of the Central Support Services.
•Performs any other relevant task assigned by his/her line manager.


– 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.

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.

– Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments.
– Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards.
– Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules.
– Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments.
– Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Empowering Others:
– Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations, and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work.
– Encourages others to set challenging goals.
– Holds other accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility.
– Genuinely values all staff members’ input and expertise.
– Shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort.
– Involves others when making decisions that affect them.


High school diploma or equivalent.
A federal certification in electrical installation and safety in accordance with article 816 of the Ordinance on low-voltage electrical equipment (OIBT) would be an asset.
A general installation permit issued by the Federal Inspectorate for Heavy Current Installations (ESTI) would be an asset.

Work Experience

At least 10 years of experience in the operation and maintenance of electrical equipment are required.
Experience in the operation and maintenance of elevators is an asset.
Experience in the operation and maintenance of electromechanical equipment is desirable.
Experience in the maintenance of security equipment, such as CCTV, access control and intruder detection systems, is desirable.
Experience in electrical equipment renovation projects is an asset.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the advertised post, fluency in French and knowledge of English are required.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment, followed by a 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. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

Passing the United Nations Administrative Assessment Support Test (ASAT) at Headquarters, ECA, ESCWA, UNOG, UNOV, ICTR, ICTY or the Global General Services Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Service category in the United Nations Secretariat.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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