Job Description

Department/Office:United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan
Posting Title:ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN, FS6 (Temporary Job Opening)
Duty Station:KHARTOUM
Posting Period:24 May 2021 – 30 May 2021
Job Opening Number:21-Engineering-UNITAMS-156157-J-Khartoum (M)
Staffing ExerciseN/A

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS). The United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2524 (2020) authorizing the mandate of UNITAMS which is to assist the political transition, progress towards democratic governance, in the protection and promotion of human rights, and sustainable peace; support peace processes and implementation of future peace agreements; assist peacebuilding, civilian protection and rule of law, in particular in Blue Nile and South Kordofan (the Two Areas) and Darfur; and support the mobilisation of economic and development assistance and coordination of humanitarian assistance.

The position is based in Khartoum. Within the delegated authority, the incumbent will report to the Chief of Unit, Service Delivery.


Within the limits of delegated authority, the Engineer will be responsible for performing the following duties:


• Coordinates specific projects with other units within the section.
• Coordinates with engineers and other civilian or military specialists in the mission to agree on work requirements and priorities.
• Manages a team of tradesmen, national and international junior staff.
• Plans, directs, and coordinates activities of either UN staff and/or contractor’s staff, including outsourcing type of contracts, and all related administrative work and supervision of personnel.
• Supervises installation of various engineering equipment according to applicable standards.
• Makes impromptu decisions pertaining to alterations or variances at construction and maintenance sites.
• Oversees and evaluates works performed by contractors.
• Manages and controls engineering assets at the work site.


• Carries out technical assessments of existing buildings, infrastructure.
• Assists in preparation of budget estimates for future human resources, equipment, materials, supplies and contractual services relating to specific engineering activities.
• Determines materials, dimensions and quantities to be included in project specifications.
• 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 in specific area of expertise.

Management and report

• Oversees technical and administrative work in the technical and general engineering activities in the missions, related to construction/installation and/or maintenance.
• Manages budget allotments for engineering projects under his/her supervision.
• Approves and follows up work orders for engineering works.
• Liaises in coordination with a Chief Engineer regularly and with Security and Safety.

Environmental, Health and Logistics Services

• Monitors and reports on progress of engineering projects.
• Performs other duties as required.


Professionalism: Shows pride in work and 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.

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 client.

Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas, thinks “outside the box”; Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.


  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Technical or vocational certificate/diploma in Civil Engineering Technology, construction, project management or in a relevant engineering discipline is desirable.
  • Recognized and valid License in one of the trades (carpentry, plumbing, welding, or similar) is highly desirable.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of ten (10) years of relevant experience in the field of engineering and construction including a minimum of four years of supervisory responsibility is required.
  • Experience in renovation and refurbishment of premises including installation of HVAC system, power and water supply and sanitation is required.
  • Proficiency in MS projects for better planning of project for effective monitoring of timelines, resource utilisation and output/ deliverables is desirable.
  • Ability to handle and advise field offices on safe disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous wastes generated from residential facilities and construction sites is desirable.
  • Experience in area of work both outside and in the UN Field Service is desirable.
  • Experience in international operations in a post conflict environment is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English and Arabic is required. Knowledge of the other is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a UN competency based informal interview.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as “retirement.” Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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.

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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