Home Based Job Opportunity as a Senior Mechanical Engineer from UNOPS

Home Based Job Opportunity as a Senior Mechanical Engineer from UNOPS

 United Nations Office for Project Services

United Nations Office for Project Services

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13 Aug 2020
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UNOPS offers a home based job opportunity as a senior mechanical engineer who will provide the technical support services and qualifications to design review as part of their regular evaluation of infrastructure designs submitted by UNOPS' global project offices. The senior mechanical engineer will work in support of engagement assurance and standards streams, and may also work directly on behalf of projects. This is a home-based assignment, which may involve travel to various locations, including to remote or post-conflict environments.


You must have:

  • An advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in mechanical engineering  or in any relevant area.
  • A university degree (Bachelor's degree level) in civil engineering with additional 2 years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
  • Relevant professional experience is defined as 7 years (or more depending on academic credentials) of progressively responsible experience in mechanical engineering. 
  • At least 1 year of experience in design and calculations of complex mechanical systems.
  • Understanding and experience with health care,and tuberculous (TB) treatment facilities,  strong knowledge of industrial equipment, water/wastewater pumping and treatment systems,  and heating/cooling systems, particularly in the design and installation of HVAC systems is highly desired.
  • Understanding of and experience in applications of mechanical engineering design within a developing country context is highly desired.
  • Knowledge of sustainable and resilient approaches to mechanical engineering and green technologies, including wind technologies.
  • Knowledge/experience of electromechanical interfaces with mechanical technologies highlighted above.
  • Fluency and proficiency in English. 
  • Fluency either in Spanish or French.
  • It's preferred to be proficient in another UN language, such as Arabic.
  • It's preferred to have Professional Engineering (PE) license / certification from an internationally recognized accreditation authority.
  • All UNOPS personnel are required to share a common understanding of UNOPS’ and the UN’s mandate, policies and activities. To this end, UNOPS personnel must complete a set of mandatory courses after on boarding. As a UNOPS ICA retainer, you are required to complete three (3)  online courses upon signature of your contract. These courses are available for free on UNOPS learning platform and shall be completed within the first three months following the contract signature, at no cost for UNOPS. 
  • You can find more information about competencies from here.

Your Responsibilities:

  • 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.
  • You 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 fulfill the following responsibilities in line with industry standards and applicable national and international codes and guidelines:
  1. Review mechanical design drawings and calculations, technical specifications, and bill of quantities (BOQs) in terms of accuracy and suitability to overall design objectives, identifying aspects where designs do not align with applicable, technical codes and standards and also established IPMG policies and technical design guidance, and providing detailed comment for design improvement.
  2. Applying technical expertise and professional experience, as you will support projects by providing technical guidance in the development and/or implementation of mechanical designs to achieve technical objectives through independent, 3rd party design review and also possible direct field support.
  3. In the performance of professional services, you will act as an independent technical expert person, free of conflicts of interests, and must be able to maintain the integrity of your technical opinion.

About UNOPS:

UNOPS helps the UN and its partners provide peace and security, humanitarian and development solutions. Its mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development. The team is focused on implementation, committed to UN values and private sector efficiency, and are the only part of the UN not receiving core funding from tax payers. Its services cover infrastructure, project management, procurement, financial management and human resources. Its partners supplement their own capacities, improve speed, reduce risks, boost cost-effectiveness and increase quality.

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