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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is within the United Nations Liquidation Entity (MINUSMA), Bamako duty station. The incumbent will report to the Chief Service Delivery and/or the Director of Liquidation Team (DLT). The Chief of Section, Engineering is responsible to provide expert technical advice on technical documents and overall policies, procedures, and guidelines pertinent to the mission's engineering activities, taking into account quality management, project management processes, risk management best practices and mission liquidation guidelines. She/he establishes work requirements and priorities, based on the mission's liquidation phase and planned reconfiguration/ repatriation of contingent/ staff corresponding to the latest mandate


Within the limits of delegated authority, the Chief of Section, Engineering, P-5 will apply professional engineering knowledge and expertise in performing the following duties: Administration: • Works closely with the... Chief Service Delivery and/or Director of Liquidation Team in the development of guidance and procedures for engineering support to the mission liquidation phase. • Prepares the communication management plan, and associated means for the transmittal of engineering-related information, for progress reporting, and special reports for quality, cost or schedule variances, etc. • Liaises with liquidation entity officials, and national and international officials to ensure adequate exchange of information for the provision of engineering support and responsibilities related to liquidation activities including asset disposal plans. • Responds to both internal and external audit observations and interface with auditors for enhancing and improving the overall management of engineering tasks and activities in the mission. • Leads team members efforts to collect and analyze data and provides insight to identify trends or patterns for data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting. Ensures that everyone can discover, access, integrate and share the data they need. Planning: • Establishes work requirements and priorities, based on the mission's deployment status and liquidation mandate. • Plans, develops and implements the construction/ modification required to support liquidation phase of the mission. • Develops/ supports plans for the design, procurement of goods/services, construction/commissioning, and operation/maintenance of liquidation entity facilities and infrastructure, taking into consideration that missions are typically established in areas with a risk-environment of medium to high threat, and in areas with minimal power, communications, transport and service infrastructure. Mission facilities typically include modularized camps for troops and civilian staff, logistics bases and airbases with all required utility infrastructure for electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems. Design, construction and maintenance of road infrastructure, for the movement of personnel and goods amongst the mission facilities, are also commonly performed. • Develops/ reviews engineering budgets and associated work schedules, based on engineering resource planning, taking into account all required engineering material needs and selected enabling capacities (e.g., commercial contractors, mission support teams, or mission engineering staffing) for most effective and efficient execution of the engineering work plans to support liquidation phase. Monitor actual costs and schedule performance against the approved budget and baseline schedules. • Prepares the mission's engineering staffing management plan, and acquire, develop and manage all engineering staff members in support of engineering work plans to facilitate mission liquidation phase. Implementation: • Provides expert technical advice on technical documents and overall policies, procedures, and guidelines pertinent to the mission's engineering activities, considering quality management and risk management best practices in support to mission liquidation phase. • Monitors progress follows up and reports on key activities such as construction/reconstruction/ replacement/maintenance of facilities and briefs the CSDM/DLT and senior mission staff on a regular basis. • Fully supports with limited staffing during the mission close out and liquidation phases, the site selection/assessment process and asset disposal process, respectively. Performs other related duties as assigned by the Chief Service Delivery and/or the DLT.


Professionalism: Ability to apply civil engineering skills and to participate in engineering activities / camp closing projects, including preparation of cost estimates, research of data and preparing graphs. Ability to identify and analyze engineering data of significant depth and complexity. Knowledge of resource management for maintenance and construction project budget and funds taking consideration of assets management and disposal guidelines. 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. 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. Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow. Empowers others to translate vision into results. Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives. Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support. Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing. Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Architecture, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related fields is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Job - Specific Qualification

Certification in Project/Programme Management methodology by an accredited body (e.g.,PMP, PGMP, PRINCE 2 Foundation Project Management certification or practitioner level) or equivalent is desirable. Knowledge of mission liquidation activities and familiarity with UNHQ guidelines on asset disposal methods and process is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience with facilities and infrastructure, or similar, in the areas of planning, designing and supervising engineering related construction/commissioning projects, and managing routine and non-routine maintenance and repairs is required. A minimum of (7) seven years of supervisory experience at the international level in project management and contract management for large design/construction projects and facilities maintenance programs is required. Experience in directly leading field mission's engineering asset management activities is required. Experience in engineering activities in a mission's drawdown/ liquidation phase and handling camp closing activities is required Experience in engineering activities in a conflict and/or post conflict environment is required. Experiences in developing and/or implementing asset disposal plans is desirable. Experience in the management of complex multi-disciplined engineering infrastructure projects including rehabilitation or sustenance of human habitation is desirable. Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

• This Position is temporarily available within the UN Liquidation Entity (MINUSMA) until 30 November 2024, subject to budget approval. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the UN Secretariat, the selection will be recorded 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. 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.

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. Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process. By accepting a letter of appointment, staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). Further, staff members in the Professional and higher category up to and including the D-2 level and the Field Service category are normally required to move periodically to discharge functions in different duty stations under conditions established in ST/AI/2023/3 on Mobility, as may be amended or revised. This condition of service applies to all position specific job openings and does not apply to temporary positions. Applicants are urged to carefully follow all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira, and to refer to the Applicant Guide by clicking on “Manuals” in the “Help” tile 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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Bamako Mali


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