Senior Mechanical Engineer

Organization: UNOPS
Closing date: 07 Jan 2018

Background information – IPMG

UNOPS strategic focus places increased emphasis on national capacity development and sustainable approaches to project management, procurement and infrastructure services. A key objective is to be recognized as an organization that delivers world-class infrastructure and project management, which is both economically and socially sustainable, even in the most challenging environments. To achieve this goal, UNOPS has established the Infrastructure and Project Management Group (IPMG).

Within UNOPS, it is IPMG’s objective to serve the organization’s personnel and partners by broadening their infrastructure and project management capabilities, while disseminating best-practices in both of these areas. Through this work, the group helps facilitate the successful delivery of programmes and projects around the world.

To achieve its objectives, IPMG has established three interrelated and interdependant work streams: Strategic Positioning; Standards; and Implementation Support.

  • Strategic Positioning provides leadership and support across UNOPS to frame how infrastructure and project management contributes to improved development outcomes.
  • Standards work stream aims to reduce organizational risks, improve project performance, and promote excellence across UNOPS projects by having fit for purpose infrastructure and project management standards framework in place The Standards work stream has two sub-work streams, namely Design Review and Infrastructure and Project Management Standards.
  • Implementation Support work stream supports the country offices with the adequate design, planning, implementation, monitoring and closure of projects, thereby contributing towards successful delivery and increased partner satisfaction.

The Mechanical Engineer will work in support of Standards and Implementation Support streams, and may also work directly on behalf of projects.

Functional Responsibilities

To assist projects from conceptual through detailed design and project implementation, the home-based Mechanical Engineer will be responsible for the provision of mechanical engineering services to IPMG work streams, country offices, and project teams. The scope of these services will be defined with each request for services and may include technical review, design, and guidance.

Functional responsibilities:

The Mechanical Engineer will play a key role in ensuring the safety and quality of UNOPS infrastructure works. On a request basis from IPMG and country offices, the Mechanical Engineer will be expected to fulfil the following responsibilities in line with industry standards and applicable national and international codes and guidelines:

  1. Technical review of design documentation

Review mechanical design drawings, technical specifications, and BOQs in terms of accuracy and suitability to overall design requirements, identifying aspects where designs do not comply with minimum codes and standards and IPMG policies, and providing practical guidance for design improvement.

  1. Support to design development

Applying technical expertise and professional experience, the Mechanical Engineer will support projects by providing guidance in the design development of mechanical works to achieve technical objectives.

  1. Application of professional judgment

To ensure the safety, functionality and fitness of infrastructure while recognizing the circumstances and constraints of the UNOPS operational context, the Electrical Engineer will be required to apply professional judgment in the application of relevant codes, standards, and IPMG policies.

  1. Independence, integrity, and objectivity

In the performance of professional services, the Mechanical Engineer will act as an independent technical expert, free of conflicts of interests, and must be able to maintain the integrity of his/her technical opinion.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

a. Education requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from an accredited university, professional certification in mechanical engineering, or equivalent.

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent with two additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of Master’s Degree (total 9 years of experience).

b. Work Experience:

  • At least 7 years of progressively responsible experience in mechanical engineering with strong knowledge of industrial equipment and machinery and heating/cooling systems, particularly in the design and installation of HVAC systems is required

  • Understanding of and experience with health clinics and TB treatment facilities is highly desired

  • Understanding of and experience in development infrastructure sector is desired

  • Knowledge of sustainable and resilient approaches to mechanical engineering and green technologies is an asset

  • Knowledge of electromechanical interfaces in waste water treatment plans, etc. is an asset

c. Key Competencies:

  • Technical expertise in infrastructure engineering design and review practices

  • Knowledge of industry and international standards in mechanical engineering

  • Knowledge of mechanical exhaustion and ventilator systems and supporting devices

  • Ability to assess and verify suitability of technical specifications of mechanical products, services, and associated materials

  • Knowledge of building heating systems, lifts and other necessary hoist arrangements

  • Time management, ability to manage competing priorities

  • Excellent analytical ability

  • Report writing

  • Professionalism

  • Integrity

  • Results focused with ability to deliver

d. Languages:

  • Fluency in English required.

  • Knowledge of French, Spanish and/or lesser known languages is strongly preferred

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