UN Missions

Associate Engineer

UN Missions

Job Description

This position is located in the Engineering and Facilities Management Section in the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Baghdad. The Associate Engineer reports to the Senior Project Engineer.


Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Senior Project Engineer, the Associate Engineer will be responsible for the following functions: 1- Planning and Designing: • Prepares industrial automation and control engineering design of complex process and instrument control for energy, water/wastewater treatment plants, Reverses Osmosis WTPs(Water Treatment Plant), environmental monitoring, production lines, including hardware and software, such as PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) programming, process network, instrumentation, HMI (Human Machine Interface), SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), and drive control.

• Applies commonly used engineering calculations, practices and precedents in completing portion of larger projects related to the design, construction, or repair of buildings, roads, bridges, airfields helipads, railways, docks, waste disposal systems, flood control systems, water treatment facilities, electrical power generation and distribution systems, environmental control systems, field defenses, mine detection and clearance, and other related structures and activities of the field.

• Conducts preliminary site investigations to obtain field data such as soil characteristics, drainage and other data required for building site selection.

• Prepares design layout for smaller or less complex portions of buildings and facilities.

• Produces cost data and estimates on engineering-related requirements of current and planned field missions. Participates in budget projections.

• Completes engineering drawings using Autocad software. Where necessary, visits work sites for inspections of site conditions and/or taking of measurements.

• Maintains and controls any request for copies of architectural, structural, electrical and mechanical plans.

2- Implementation • Provides support in projects management, industrial automation projects from concept through execution to closure, rehabilitation, modernization and retrofits of various old industrial plants by introducing new technologies and automation (PLC/SCADA) systems, hybrid (PV/Diesel /Battery/Utility) energy installations solar PV (Photo Voltaic) energy installations, and solar thermal systems.

• Develops technical data regarding materials, sizes, dimensions, and quantities and costs to be incorporated in formal specifications.

• Analyzes project proposals to ensure technical feasibility and to ensure that project objectives are attainable within the prescribed resources.

• 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.

• Undertakes research to gather information related to engineering projects.

• Prepares engineering presentations using advances in technologies.

• Evaluates technical proposals from bidders/vendors for solicitation processes.

• Provides where possible recommendations for improvement to current Unit workflows/ processes and implements (in Coordination with respective Unit staff).

• Applies standard engineering practices and precedents in construction, maintenance and repairs of installations, structures and facilities.

• Performs other duties as required.


Professionalism: Broad knowledge and skills in using international codes for engineering design. Knowledge in Microsoft Office applications. Knowledge of buildings and engineering, renovation and constructions projects. Knowledge of computer-aided design program AutoCAD. Proven ability to supervise technical teams. 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.

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.

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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in Civil/Electrical/Mechanical Engineering, Architecture or related fields is required. A first-level or advanced degree (Bachelor’s, Master’s or equivalent) in any fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree in the specified fields of studies.

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in Electrical Engineering Design, preparation of SOW (Scope of Work) and BOQ (Bill of Quantity) is required.

Experience in providing and managing support and supervision for operations and maintenance for offices, accommodations, engineering equipment and infrastructure is required.

UN experience in the relevant field is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

• Recruitment against this position is on a local basis. Candidates for positions in the National Professional Officer categories must be nationals of Iraq.

• The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

• Locally recruited General Service staff members applying for this post must meet the minimum requirements, including academic qualifications and years of relevant experience. Relevant experience in the General Service category at G-6 and G-7 levels may count towards experience requirements.

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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