Posting Title:Journeyman, Maintenance Technician (2 posts), TC5
Department/Office:Department of Operational Support
Duty Station:NEW YORK
Posting Period:18 September 2020 – 17 October 2020
Job Opening Number:20-Facilities Management-DOS-139817-R-New York (O)
Staffing ExerciseN/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Electrical and Machine Shop under the Electrical Unit (EU), Plant Engineering Section (PES), Facilities and Commercial Activities (FCAS), Division of Administration (DOA), Department of Operational Support (DOS). The incumbent reports to the General Foreperson and the Lead mechanic of the Electrical Unit.


Within delegated authority the Senior Journeyman shall perform the following duties and responsibilities:

Maintains all existing electrical systems;
Ensures that the electrical installations/works meet safety standards in accordance with the National Electrical Code (NEC) and New York City (NYC) building codes, norms and regulations;
Diagnoses problems and provides solutions when electrical installations and the electrical portions of power supply systems show signs of defects or malfunction;
Performs scheduled routine work and preventive maintenance;
Performs emergency repairs as required;
Troubleshoots causes for malfunctions or breakdowns;
Rectifies problems and properly size electrical loads in accordance with the power supply equipment available; perform surveys, prepare technical reports;
Reads technical drawings and schematics,wiring diagrams, and design electrical installations;
Prepares specifications for electrical equipment, electrical fittings, fixtures, cables, switch gear, panels, electrical technicians’ tools;
Inspects the works of Journeymen and trade assistants;
Initiates corrective actions to secure satisfactory standards and timely completion of works;
Assists in the planning, development, and execution of work procedures and schedules,
Assigns equipment and usage schedules, and ensure equipment maintenance; estimate material and labour requirements;
Executes all maintenance, repair, and installation duties;
Conducts scheduled inspections to detect short circuits and electrical malfunctions;
Reports electrical faults and submit regular maintenance reports to the Foreperson;
Assists in the maintenance of inventory records of all equipment, tools, spare parts, materials, and maintenance activities;
Check levels of stocks regularly and recommend placing orders for spare parts;
Assists the Foreperson and Lead Mechanic in evaluating the performance of staff and outside contractors; and
Performs other duties as required.


Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence in the electrical trade and its related functions; understands and has good knowledge of the trade’s technical language and relevant safety and code requirements and procedures; ability to read and interpret blueprints and rough drawings, perform surveys and prepare technical reports, as well as design and prepare specifications for electrical installations and equipment; proficiency in the use of hand and power tools pertaining to the trade; ability to inspect the work of others and identify priority activities and assignments; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; conscientious and efficient in meeting deadlines and achieving results; shows pride in work and in achievements; remains calm in stressful situations; committed to implement the goals of gender equality by ensuring equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

Technological Awareness: 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.

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.


High school diploma or equivalent is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of experience in installing, servicing, maintaining and repairing electrical equipment and installations, including several years of experience in the trade, in a reputable company or electrical organization is required.
Knowledge of motors, transformers and motor control systems is desirable.
Knowledge of Class 2 wiring is desirable.
Knowledge of wiring trouble shooting is desirable.
Knowledge of control wiring is desirable.
Knowledge of computerized lighting systems is desirable.
Experience working under a licensed Master Electrician is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of other official UN language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

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

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.

Passing the Trades and Crafts Test (TCT) is a prerequisite for recruitment in the Trades and Crafts category in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the TC test at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application.

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.

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.

The selected candidate will be required to perform late night shifts including weekends on rotation, in order to perform assignments including maintenance work that require off-hours as well as to provide prompt response in case of emergencies.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential


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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