United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei

UNISFA

Posting Title: ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN, FS6

Job Code Title: ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN

Department/Office: United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei

Duty Station: ABYEI

Posting Period: 09 November 2022 – 08 December 2022

Job Opening Number: 22-Engineering-UNISFA-194956-R-Abyei (M)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and Reporting

This position is within the Facilities and Environmental Management Unit (FEMU) of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), duty station Abyei. The incumbent will report directly to the Chief FEMU or their designate.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Engineering Technician will be responsible for the following duties: Operations

  • Coordinates with Engineering Unit, Field Technology Service and end users in the mission to agree on work requirements and priorities in relation to power generations and distribution.
  • Manages a team of technicians through a third-party contractor as well as consultants, national and international staff.
  • Plans, directs, coordinates and supervises activities of all personnel.
  • Supervises installation and commissioning of power generation and distribution systems, including hybrid systems to applicable standards.
  • Makes quick decisions on the operations, maintenance and repair of power generation and distribution systems based on data from the Smart Camp enabling platform FRIM.
  • Oversees and evaluates works performed by contractors with formal input to the Contract Management system in coordination with AMU and procurement Unit.

Administration

  • Carries out electrical needs assessments of existing buildings and other infrastructure.
  • Assists in preparation of budget estimates for future human resources, equipment, materials, supplies and contractual services relating to electrical engineering activities.
  • Determines materials, dimensions and quantities to be included in project specifications complete with price estimates (priced BOQ).
  • Develops statements of work for contractual services.

  • Assists in technical evaluation of bids and proposals for various projects, equipment, materials or spare parts.
  • Plans and designs specifications for specific area of expertise projects, equipment, materials or spare parts.
  • Produces cost estimates for construction, repairs and maintenance of electrical generation and distribution systems.

Management and Reporting

  • Oversees all technical and administrative work in support of electrical systems.
  • Utilizes Quality Control software to manage the output of the third-party contractor and the UN staff technicians inspecting the contractor’s work.
  • Utilizes the data generated by the Smart Camp IoT platform FRIM to optimizes power generation resilience, its fuel efficiency and reduction in its consumption.
  • Curate data on electrical generation and its consumption patterns to provide senior management with insights that will inform policy, improve efficiency and reduce the Mission’ s environmental footprint.
  • Manages budget allotments for electrical engineering.
  • Approves and follows up work orders for engineering works.
  • Liaises regularly with Chief Engineer, Chief Security, Chief FTS, Occupation Safety, Environmental Unit, FHQ and Supply Chain.
  • Monitors and reports on progress of electrical engineering projects.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of hybrid electrical systems; 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.

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.

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.

CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to clients.

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.

Education

High school diploma or equivalent is required.

Job – Specific Qualification

Higher Technical or vocational certificate/diploma in Electrical Engineering is required.

Recognized in the national roll of electrical engineers or technicians is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years of relevant experience in the field of electrical engineering including a minimum of four years of supervisory responsibility is required. The minimum years of relevant experience is reduced to five years for candidates who possess a first level University degree.

Experience in international operations in a post conflict or similarly austere and remote environment is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

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

Special Notice

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

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.

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.

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.

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No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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