Engineering Assistant

United Nations
Brindisi, Italy
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years


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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC) provides critical Supply Chain, Geospatial, Information and Telecommunications Technologies services and Training to all peacekeeping and special political missions around the world.

This position is located in the Environmental Technical Support Unit, Planning and Sourcing Support Section, Supply Chain Service, based in the United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC) in Brindisi. The incumbent will report to the Chief Environmental Technical Support Unit (ETSU).


Under the direct supervision of the Chief ETSU, and in line with the established United Nations Rules and Procedures, the incumbent is responsible for supporting the implementation of the Environment Strategy for Peace Operations – Water and Wastewater Pillar and activities pertaining to technical assistance. In fulfilling some of the duties and responsibilities, the incumbent may be required to travel to remote locations in field missions for site assessments.

Within delegated authority, the Engineering Assistant (Water and Wastewater) will be responsible for the following duties:

Project Management and Site Supervision: as a DMS appointed member of Project management team/Project manager
• Supervises and coordinates activities concerning planning and scheduling of projects for construction, repair, and installation of water and wastewater infrastructure, premises, and ground works.
• Supervises and coordinates activities concerning projects for water and wastewater installations, systems, and equipment.
• Performs project management activities coordinating construction and alteration works to ensure that the quality of contractors’ services is in accordance with set terms and conditions, codes, and standards as well as health and safety rules and regulations and environmental standards.
• Performs activities related to commissioning of engineering works, including periodical and final inspection.
• Liaises with projects stakeholders to arrive at mutually satisfactory approaches to problems.
• Updates Supervisors/Managers periodically on projects status.

Planning and design: of all minor and major projects:
• Applies commonly used engineering calculations, practices and precedents for projects related to design, construction, upgrade or repair of water and wastewater treatment facilities and infrastructure.
• Carries out site visits and technical/risk assessments and prototype inspections.
• Analyzes project proposals to assess technical feasibility and resources estimation.
• Prepares technical specifications, construction drawings, bills of quantity and cost estimates for bidding packages.

Data collection and cost analysis:
• Provides specialized support in carrying out technical assessments of existing water and wastewater infrastructure.
• Assists the supervisor in preparing draft proposals for construction and alteration work including preparation of construction drawings, technical specifications, bills of quantity and cost estimates.
• Participates in technical review of offers submitted and studies drawings and sketches for review and discussion to determine extent of work required; presents alternatives as solution of problems. Accompanies all contractors to job locations, clarifies drawings and specifications after contract has been awarded to successful contractor.

Process and Standardization:
• Reviews and evaluates technical offers and coordinates with procurement unit.
• Participates in the preparation of cost estimates for biennial budget and acquisition plan related to the Unit/Section accounts with focus on water and wastewater.
• Suggests ways to institute control and methods to improve water and wastewater systems, to reduce cost, environmental footprint, and risk for the United Nations.
• Acts as Team Leader as required.
• Performs other duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge of rules and regulations pertaining to water and wastewater infrastructure planning, design and management, construction, and relevant industry codes and standards, including environmental standards. 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; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning & 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.


High school diploma or equivalent is required.
Project Management certification such as Prince2, or equivalent is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of experience in water and wastewater engineering, facilities management, building management or related area is required.
Experience in using Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Power Point) and MS Project is required.
A minimum of one year working experience in water and wastewater infrastructure planning and support is desirable.
Work experience in engineering calculations, practices and precedents for projects related to design of water and wastewater infrastructure is desirable.
Experience in using methodologies for project planning, execution, wastewater risk management and quality analysis work is desirable.
Experience in the management of a portfolio of water and wastewater projects involving strong coordination skills is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

Recruitment for this position is done on a local basis.

This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country.
Applicants who are Italian nationals or nationals of a member state of the European Union need to upload a copy of their national passport. All other applicants need to have a valid work permit for Italy and need to upload a copy of such work permit. All other applicants, except current UNGSC staff members in Brindisi, need to provide a Certificato Penale and Certificato di Carichi Pendenti. Attachments need to be uploaded in Step 8 of the online application. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Service category in the United Nations Secretariat. Having passed the Administrative Assessment Support Test (ASAT) in English at Headquarters, ECA, ESCWA, UNOG, UNOV, ICTR, or ICTY may be recognized in place of the GGST, pending confirmation of validity.

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.

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