This position is located in the Sourcing Support Unit (SSU) of the Supply Chain Service, United Nations Global Service Centre in Brindisi, Italy.
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. The incumbent will assist in carrying out portions of projects assigned by the Unit Head and support activities pertaining to Standardization, Planning, Design and Solicitation.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Planning and Design of 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.
-Data collection and cost analysis of projects and works.
-Assist in carrying out technical assessments of existing buildings and infrastructure.
-Assist 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. -Attends bidders conferences and site visits.
Process and Standardization
-Maintain and update plans and drawings used as reference information by the unit.
-Assist in drafting tender documents, review and evaluate offers and coordinate with procurement unit for minor projects.
-Ensure that projects meet safety and security standards by reviewing them with designated Safety and Security officials.
-Maintain the online database and standards library.
-Respond to mission queries and requests for technical support.
-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 installations of 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.
-Perform other duties as required.
-Knowledge of general office and administrative support including administrative policies, processes and procedures
-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
-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 & 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. Good computer skills in the use of engineering related programmes.
A minimum of five (5) years of experience in facilities management, building management, architecture, administrative services or related area is required. Experience in the use of engineering tools (e.g. laser meter, laser scanner, digital concrete test hammer, ground penetrating radar, GPS-based land surveying systems and similar) is required. Experience in structural design, systems design, land surveying is highly desirable. Experience in technical drawing software, specifically AutoCAD is required; experience in Revit is desirable;
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written 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.
Recruitment for this position is done on a local basis.
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.
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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.
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.
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