Posting Title:Architect, P3
Job Code Title:ARCHITECT
Department/Office:Department of Operational Support
Duty Station:NEW YORK
Posting Period:14 October 2019 – 27 November 2019
Job Opening Number:19-Engineering-DOS-123470-R-New York (O)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Office Space and Assets Unit (OSAU), Planning, Design andConstruction Section (PDCS), Facilities Management Service (FMS), Department of Administration, Facilities and Commercial Activities Service (FCAS), Department of Operational Support (DOS). The incumbent reports to the Chief of PDCS.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of PDCS, and within delegated authority, the Architect/Engineer will apply professional architectural/engineering knowledge and expertise in performance of the following duties:

• Assist the Chief of OSAU to manage the space portfolio at HQ in order to meet all space needs and ensure that space and occupancy information of UN owned and leased properties are correctly recorded and regularly updated; provide reports on projected space needs, occupancy rates and statistics on space utilization; maintain data, analyze and prepare reports, utilizing Microsoft Excel or applicable software.
• Apply commonly used architectural/engineering calculations, practices and precedents in reviewing office space planning, managing the selection of additional premises including the development of cost estimates.
• Prepare rented space for use based on organizational needs entailing all related planning and project management tasks.
• Plan and design specifications, create standard drawings and layouts for projects, conduct preliminary site investigations to assess office space needs and coordinate the design and construction of all internal office reconfiguration and related moves.
• Liaise with other Departments and serve as a focal point for all office space related requirements, including the effective utilization of space at Headquarters.
• Analyze project proposals to ensure technical feasibility and to ensure that project objectives are attainable within prescribed resources.
• Anticipate short term and long term space requirements and address demand in a timely manner by engaging Procurement Service and the Office of Legal Affairs to secure new leases and/or extend existing lease needed in keeping with the overall space management plan.
• Assist the Chief of OSAU to manage all OSAU administered lease contracts and service contracts, ensuring all lease and service contracts are current, expenditure regularly monitored and NTEs maintained.
• Implement and keep up-to-date the computerized graphic space database using CAFM.
• Negotiate space allocations with other offices; coordinate acquisition, installation and relocation of furniture and equipment, and organize and direct ad-hoc request for movers’ services in connection with facility demands.
• Assist the Chief of OSAU in managing the Real Estate Portfolio in UMOJA.
• Perform other duties as required.


Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matters related to office space planning and design; knowledge of policies, procedures and practices in the areas of cost estimating, budgeting, scheduling of fieldwork, coordination, contract administration, and liaising with procurement on rental leases and service contracts; Shows knowledge of building codes and other recognized safety standards, demonstrates the ability to negotiate and apply good judgment; Ability to identify priority activities and assignments, foresee risks and allow for contingencies when planning; ability to adjust plans and handle multi-tasks as needed; 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 participating of women and men in all areas of work. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Accountability: 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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in Architecture or Engineering is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in architecture or engineering design with emphasis on interior construction and office space planning is required.
Experience in AutoCAD is required.
Project management and supervisory experience is desirable.
Experience in SAP ERP (Umoja) Real Estate Module is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

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.

Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Education qualification exceeding the specified requirement of this job opening including university degrees and certificates shall not give rise to additional entitlements or benefits, or facilitate a move to the Professional category. The movement of staff members from the General Service and related categories to the Professional category in the United Nations Secretariat is exclusively allowed through the Young Professionals Programme competitive examinations. Only a few staff members pass the competitive examinations. Passing the competitive examinations does not guarantee movement to the Professional category. For further information, please visit

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

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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