United Nations MINUSCA Careers – Engineering Technician

Organization: United
Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central
African Republic (MINUSCA)
Duty Station: Entebbe,
Grade: FS5  
Job Opening Number:
Report to: UN ESB/
MONUSCO Engineer Officer
The Security Council
established the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization
Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) by its resolution 2149 (2104)
of 10 April 2014 and requested the Secretary-General to subsume BINUCA in the
new mission as of the date of the adoption of that resolution.  It further requested the Secretary-General to
ensure a seamless transition from BINUCA to MINUSCA.
Acting under Chapter VII of the
Charter of the United Nations, the Security Council authorized MINUSCA to take
all necessary means to carry out its mandate, within its capabilities and its
areas of deployment.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: Within delegated authority, the Engineering Technician FS-5 will be
responsible for the following duties:
  • Manage
    the technical and administrative functions in the unit under supervision.
  • Ensure
    compliance of all work related activities in a fair, ethical and
    consistent manner
  • Plan,
    schedule and implement preventive maintenance of buildings, electrical
    power installation, air conditioning and refrigeration installations,
    power plants and other infrastructure facilities.
  • Guide
    and direct scheduling and supervision for construction, repair,
    maintenance and installation of conventional buildings, temporary
    buildings, infrastructure and sites and premises in the mission area.
  • Familiar
    with operating procedures, standards and codes of the
    facilities/equipment, with respect to location requirements.
  • Support
    in the evaluating bids and proposals for construction/installations
  • Prepare
    periodic acquisition plans for engineering materials/equipment the units
    under supervision
  • The
    Engineering Technician will plan, schedule and prepare projects for the
    electrical installation, electrical power plants installations, electrical
    systems and buildings and camp/sanitary infrastructure.
  • Supervise
    and coordinate the installation, servicing, maintenance and repair, in
    compliance with recognized standards and regulations pertaining to safety
    and installation codes, of various electrical and mechanical
    installations, electrical power plants and/or buildings and camp/sanitary
  • Diagnose
    technical faults and carry-out remedy for malfunctioning or defective
    air-conditioning and refrigeration installations, electrical systems,
    generating sets and/or buildings and infrastructure.
  • Assess
    requirements for the installation, repair and maintenance of
    air-conditioning and refrigeration installations, electrical systems, generating
    sets and/or buildings and infrastructure. 
    On the basis of the assessment, draft technical or assessment
    reports; determine work requirements, and issue work orders and work
    assignments to assistants and technicians.
  • Supervise,
    inspect and appraise the work carried out by international and local staff
    and contractors. Supervise junior technicians, tradesmen and artisans
    assigned to the team, and local and international junior staff assigned by
    determining workloads and schedules.
  • Conducting
    in-house training to junior technicians, tradesmen and artisans on the
    imaging technical skills in the new construction methods, installation of
    specialized equipment, fault finding and remedy.
  • Apply
    and ensure adherence to safety programmes related to the safe operation of
    air-conditioning and refrigeration installations, electrical systems,
    generating sets or power tools and equipment of the building and
    maintenance trade.
  • Identify
    resource requirements for his/her area of responsibility in connection
    with budget preparations.
  • Intuitively
    review and approve work orders and assign tasks to tradesmen and
    technicians being supervised.
  • Secure
    equipment, materials, supplies and spare parts for supervised works.
  • Supervise
    the maintenance of records relating to inventories, work orders and
    general correspondence.
  • Inspect
    and report on construction project work and maintenance work carried out
    either by contractors or tradesmen and staff under supervision, and ensure
    proper utilization of available resources.
  • Read
    and interpret specifications and technical drawings, schedules, manuals
    for construction projects, installations and upgrade repair of
    infrastructure.  Prepare bills of
    quantities and costing for infrastructure projects.  Resolve problems; inspect quality of work
    and work performance.
  • Issue
    instructions at site, record variances, supervise and record measurements
    of work taken with respect to work progress and progress payments.  Follow up on correction of defects in
    material or workmanship of contractor’s work during the warranty period of
    the contracts.
  • Support
    the preparation of cost estimates for infrastructure projects and
    maintenance programmes.
  • Assist
    in technically evaluating bids and proposals for construction projects.
  • Keenly
    verify completion of construction or maintenance stages of projects and
    recommends to the Chief of Unit / Section for progress or final payments.
  • Alert
    the Chief of Unit / Section of unusual occurrence and/or damage that have
    taken place or are likely to occur.
  • Perform
    any other duties as assigned by the supervisor or the Section Chief.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the United Nations MINUSCA Career vacancy should hold
    a high school diploma or equivalent is required. Technical or vocational
    certificate in construction management or in a relevant engineering
    discipline is required. Recognized and valid License of the trade
    (air-conditioning, refrigeration, generator, power supply, electrical,
    carpentry, plumbing, or welding, etc.) is desirable.
  • A
    minimum of eight or more years of relevant experience in construction
    project supervision and implementation including installation and
    maintenance of air-conditioning and refrigeration, electrical systems,
    generating sets or other building’s infrastructure in a private,
    commercial or military environment, including two years of supervisory
  • Past
    exposure and experience in international operations in a post conflict
    environment is desirable.
Languages: English and French are the working languages
of the United Nations Secretariat. For the positions advertised, fluency in
oral and written English is required.
Personal Competencies:
Professionalism: Demonstrated knowledge and experience in
construction, infrastructure and maintenance project implementation;
demonstrated technical skills; initiative and practical problem-solving skills;
ability to correctly interpret and assess diagnostic test results, faults or
deficiencies and to determine the necessary corrective actions in an efficient
and timely manner; ability to maintain accurate records and inventories; 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. 
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.
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.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates desiring to serve the United Nations Multidimensional
Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) as
the Engineering Technician should express their interest by visiting the UN
recruitment website and clicking Apply Now.
Deadline: 14th December, 2014
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