Posting Title: ENGINEER, P3
Job Code Title: ENGINEER
Department/Office: United Nations Support Office in Somalia
Duty Station: MOGADISHU
Posting Period: 01 April 2019 – 15 April 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Engineering-UNSOS-113390-F-Mogadishu (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A

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

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Org. Setting and Reporting

Under the overall Supervision of the Chief Engineer and associated Unit Chiefs, the incumbent will perform engineering functions in wide range in the area of responsibilities of the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) in support of the mission’s mandate in technical and logistical operations.


Within delegated authority, the Engineer will apply professional engineering knowledge and
expertise in performance of the following duties and responsibilities:

•Applies commonly used engineering calculations, practices and precedents in completing portions of larger projects related to the design, construction, or repair of buildings, roads, bridges, airfields, helipads, docks, waste disposal systems, flood control systems, water treatment facilities, electrical power generation and distribution systems, environmental control systems, field defense, mine detection and clearance, and other related structures and activities in the field;
•Design numerous types of overhead protection structures for buildings to eliminate risk of mortar attacks and Supervises work implementation;
•Prepare reports and other associated engineering related information for progress reporting, and special reports for quality, cost or schedule variances, etc;
•Draft responses to both internal and external audit observations on engineering tasks and activities in the mission;

•Contribute to the development of annual engineering budgets and associated work schedules, based on engineering resource planning, taking in to account all required engineering material needs and selected enabling capacities (e.g. military engineering units, commercial contractors, mission support teams, or mission engineering staffing) for the most effective and efficient execution of the engineering work-plans,
•Monitor actual costs and schedule performance against the approved budget and baseline schedules;
•Conducts preliminary site investigations to obtain field data such as soil characteristics,
drainage and other data required for building site selection.
•Develops technical data regarding materials, sizes, dimensions, and quantities and costs to be incorporated in formal specifications;
•Liaises with other engineers and mission specialists responsible for related specialized phases to arrive at mutually satisfactory approaches to problems by exchanging and comparing data;

•Provide expert technical advice on technical documents and overall policies, procedures and guidelines pertinent to the mission’s engineering activities by taking in to account quality management and risk management best practices;
•Where applicable, fully support with limited staffing during the mission start-up and liquidation phases, the site selection/assessment process and asset disposal process,
•Performs duties related to asset and material management including daily notifications in UMOJA for issuance of inventory in close coordination with the Central/Integrated Warehouses;
•Supervises commercial contractor(s) in implementation of facility maintenance works in wide range, inspects and verifies routine and scheduled maintenances in the camps and reports to the respective unit chief.
•Perform other related duties as assigned by the Chief of Section/Unit, Engineering


Professionalism: 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

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 and 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Architecture or related appropriate area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in engineering projects management. Knowledge of methodologies for project planning, execution and evaluation of
engineering compliance standards and proven ability in analytical work is required. Experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programs – or similar international organization or non-governmental organization- in a conflict or post conflict setting is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the Position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of a second
United Nations official language is an advantage.


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This “Recruit from Roster” job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

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 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.

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.

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