Job Description

  UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and Development Projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

Background Information – Amman

The UNOPS Hub in Amman implements projects in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen, in partnership with bilateral donors, national governments, and other UN agencies.  With an established presence across the region, the office runs operations including large-scale procurement, project development, and technical management, and provides financial, human resources, and infrastructure-related services. The functional objective of UNOPS Hub in Amman is to deliver its projects in an efficient and effective manner and in line with the principles, rules and regulations of UNOPS, in order to support the response to the current needs and national priorities in the region.

The incumbent is responsible to abide by Security Policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

UNOPS is committed to achieving a fully diverse workforce.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager, the Mechanical Engineer is required to perform the following specific duties and responsibilities ensuring their effectiveness, transparency and integrity:
  • Coordination and supervision of installation of the mechanical and plumbing services of projects.
  • Assist the project team and logistics division in procurement of mechanical equipment.
  • Supervise mechanical installations and services in buildings, such as HVAc, Firefighting, and plumbing works.
  • Assist contract division in preparing and evaluation of tender documents of mechanical/plumbing engineering services (specifications, BOQs, rates, test reports, etc.) ;
  • Design and produce mechanical and plumbing systems design calculations, drawings and scope of works;
  • Review the design of mechanical and plumbing services of projects;
  • Review and approve Submittals of Technical Material and Shop Drawings submitted by the Contractors for mechanical and plumbing services of projects;
  • Attend and verify testing, commission, training and handover of mechanical and plumbing deliverables to clients.
Technical tasks:

  • Prepare design briefs and the design reports that address specific clients and stakeholder  requirements and specifications as and when necessary,
  • Preparation of comprehensive design documentation, specifications and other project documents to meet the required quality and detailing as stipulated by the Project Manager,
  • Carry out site inspections and assessments as required and prepare reports only when required.
  • Proactively manage the design/review projects, ensuring that they meet the high standards expected by UNOPS, while delivering the program within its time and budget constraints,
  • Coordinate the works and submissions with all other disciplines; Architectural and Structural Design Engineers and Quantity Surveyors (QS),
  • Carry out technical reviews as appropriate,
  • Coordinate the team effort to complete any task as would be required and appropriate if assigned,
  • Ability to use drawings software such as Autodesk –Autocad and Revit.
  • Ability to use standard mechanical & plumbing engineering systems design software.
Administrative tasks:

  • Manage mechanical and plumbing engineering related material archiving,
  • Assist in scheduling requested tasks related to mechanical works,
  • Perform any other tasks relevant to the Infrastructure and Engineering Unit when required.


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above) Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.

Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).

Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.

Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.

Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from a reputable University with appropriate experience in design, supervision or implementation of mechanical works in buildings construction with 2 years of relevant experience.
  • At least  2 years of experience in Mechanical systems design supervision and construction for medium to large-scale construction projects in hardship locations.
  • Relevant experience in  the Middle East region is an asset
  • Comprehensive knowledge in Computer Software, particularly “AutoCAD” is required.
  • Work Experience with an international Organization and/or UN Agencies is an asset
Language Fluency in both English and Arabic language is required.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Local ICA Specialist Contract level: LICA Specialist 8 Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.’

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • This position is open to Nationals ONLY.
  • Amman is not a UN Family Duty Station.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.
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