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This is a UNV International Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as International UN Volunteer. It is normally internationally recruited only. More about UNV International Specialist contracts.
Preamble: The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development, and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers. In most cultures volunteerism is deeply embedded in long-established, ancient traditions of sharing and support within the communities. In this context, UNVs take part in various forms of volunteerism and play a role in development and peace together with co-workers, host agencies and local communities. In all assignments, UNVs promote volunteerism through their action and conduct. Engaging in volunteer activity can effectively and positively enrich their understanding of local and social realities, as well as create a bridge between themselves and the people in their host community. This will make the time they spend as UNVs even more rewarding and productive.
The United Nations for the Referendum in Western Sahara has its headquarters in Laayoune, Western Sahara with 9 Team sites in the mission area. The Electrical unit is within the Engineering department of MINURSO responsible for all aspects of Electrical installation and maintenance. The UNV assignment will require frequent interaction with Military G4 Engineers, Movement and Control (Aviation), Communication and Telecommunications and Transport Section and with local technicians.
Under the direct supervision of the Chief Engineering Officer, through the Supervisor of Electrical Unit the UNV will undertake the following tasks: • Reporting to the Electrical Unit Supervisor and working within the framework of the Engineering Section, the Electrical Technician will be responsible for the following duties: • Liaise frequently with the Electrical Unit Supervisor; • Perform all tasks related to electrical works in the mission; • Install new electrical networks and systems; • Maintain existing systems; Coordinate the electrical works as under; • Ensure that the works meet the safety and environmental standards in accordance with international codes and regulations; • Install and maintain security and street lighting in the mission’s facilities; • Install and carry out scheduled periodic and emergency maintenance services on submersible and centrifugal pump stations, motors, vehicle lifts, washing machines, dryers machines, water heaters, car washers, water filtration and purification plants, alternators and generator control panels; • Carry out scheduled periodic and emergency maintenance services on all overhead, underground and buildings installations and equipment; • Analyse and correct distortion on loads; Perform surveys and prepare technical reports, drawings and material quantities; • Design simple installations; Assist with installation and repairing of synchronisation devices and panels for generators and solar panel systems for load sharing and power distribution. • Prepare material specifications for the purpose of raising requisitions; • Provide lists of required items/spare parts as well as tools and equipment, well in advance; • Monitor the tools/equipment and spare parts inventory; • Ensure the use of the items/spare parts in the most productive manner; • Liaise with Planning and Monitoring Unit for expert advice on electrical works and other engineering sub- units for HVAC and related works; • Provide expertise and guidance to unit technicians in order to have installations done in a safe way and to a recognized standard, including instructions on end-use care and servicing of installations; • Train user’s Technicians for proper operation, upkeep and general maintenance of installations; • Monitor adequate supply of spare parts for routine scheduled maintenance, as well as maintain log books, maintenance records and spare parts’ consumption records; • Manage the unit, supervise and delegate tasks to unit’s staff; • Provide evaluation reports on unit’s staff; • Have knowledge on the solar power system rated up to 200kw, installation and wirings of PV panels and batteries, calibration of SMA inverters and able to read wiring diagrams of the solar system. • Perform other functions as required.
Furthermore, UNVs are encouraged to: • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark IVD); • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities; • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.; • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UNVs; • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.
• Installation, timely maintenance and repair of the electrical installation in the mission area. • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during your assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.
• Professionalism: Thorough knowledge of electrical installations. Commitment to implementing the goal of
gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of
• Communication: Good written and oral skills, including ability to prepare and present concise oral and written
engineering reports, briefings, updates and other documentation;
• Planning and organizational skills: Ability to establish priorities arid to plan, coordinate and monitor work
• Technological Awareness: Good technical skills, the incumbent is aware of the latest technology and the
appropriate IEC safety regulations related to the installation, repair and maintenance of electrical distribution
systems, building codes, including proficiency in fault finding using applicable testing instruments.
Demonstrates initiative and willingness to learn new skills. • Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships with military and civilian counterparts in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;
• Minimum Four years of progressively responsible in electrical installation, electrical system for the water purification system, pump installations, electrical works and generators electrical works. • Previous experience with the UN/other peace keeping missions will be an added advantage.
• Accommodation and food in the duty station (Laayoune) is not provided. • Accommodation and food in the teamsites and Tindouf is provided.