Engineering Assistant - Plant Equipment Operator
Application deadline 9 months ago: Tuesday 19 Apr 2022 at 00:00 UTCOpen application form
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 Infrastructure Unit Supervisor and the overall direction of the Chief Engineering Section the UN Volunteer shall be responsible for the following tasks: • Operate heavy and light duty engineering equipment such as motor grader, front-end loader, backhoe, steer skid loader, compactor and dump trucks; • Perform daily and routine inspection to ensure the serviceability of the equipment and machineries; • Report noticeable defects and malfunction of equipment to the Supervisor; • Conduct maintenance works for runways and helipads in the team sites; • Excavation and removal of accumulated sand in and around the perimeter of the mission facilities team sites • Driving heavy vehicle for transportation of engineering material and equipment from one location to another. • Installation and filling of defense barriers such as Hesco bastions, concertina and barded wires, boom gates, metal and wooden gates. • Installs, maintains and repairs all structural, carpentry, lock, roof and architectural items related to infrastructure. • Supervision and maintaining carpentry installations. Including roofs, containers, soft wall structures, buildings, signs and installations applicable to the carpentry trade. Creates and manages preventative maintenance schedules. • Prepare, assemble parts/structures and repair and/or reassemble, install architectural/wood/metal/concrete/brick/stone/other building material components, hardware and other engineering related items. • Carry out emergency rep¬airs of camp structures, major refurbishment works. • Assist the construction unit in erection works, like accommodation containers, rubhall buildings, and roofing works; • Participate in the implementation of the Mission Environmental Action Plan, clean up the required areas, garbage pits, and sewage renovation; • Transporting of engineering materials from Laayoune to the team sites and vice versa; • Conduct any other related duties assigned by the Chief Engineering Officer and the Infrastructure Unit. 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
Results/Expected Output: • Attend scheduled and urgent installation, maintenance and repair of all MINURSO facilities in Laayoune, Tindouf Liaison Office and team sites, especially for runways and helicopter landing strips as well as all construction, sanitation and decorations in profession and timely manner as well as efficient operation of heavy / plant equipment during • The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counterparts, including Implementing Partners (IPs); • Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the 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 peace operations; • 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 plans; • Technological Awareness: Good technical skills, the incumbent is aware of the latest technology in the field of diesel generators and safety regulations related to the installation, repairing and maintenance. 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;
operating heavy engineering equipment (front end loader, grader and roller compactor) as well as good knowledge in masonry construction and installation of prefabricated buildings. •Previous experience with the UN/other peace keeping missions will be an added advantage.
•Proficiency in operation and driving heavy / plant equipment. A valid driver’s license for heavy vehicles and engineering plant equipment is mandatory
•Good knowledge in computer application; writing and sending emails, preparing technical reports using Microsoft Office applications (Word and Excel) and drafting sketches the incumbent must be a dynamic, multi-functional person, who supports MINURSO with professionalism, dedication and client orientation.
• Accommodation and food in the duty station (Laayoune) is not provided. • Accommodation and food in the teamsites and Tindouf is provided.