Electromechanical Engineer(Abyei) – UNV

OrganizationUnited Nations Volunteers
Description of the assignment titleElectromechanical Engineer
Host entityUNISFA
Assignment countrySudan
Number of assignments1
Advertisement end date26/12/2023
Mission and objectives

UNISFA was established in July 2011 under the authority of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). UNISFA is mandated to Strengthen the capacity of the Abyei Police Service (APS) by providing support, including the training of personnel, coordinating with the APS on matters of law and order, Monitoring and verifying the redeployment of armed forces from the Abyei area by the 20 June 2011 Agreement, Provide de-mining assistance and technical advice, Facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid and free movement of humanitarian personnel in coordination with relevant Abyei Area bodies, When requested and in cooperation with the APS, provide security for oil infrastructure in the Abyei Administrative Area (AAA) and later to organize the referendum The Council also authorized UNISFA under Chapter VII to:

• Protect UN Personnel, facilities, installations, and equipment.

• Ensure the security and freedom of UN and humanitarian personnel and members of the Joint Military Observers Committee and Joint Military Observer Teams established by the 20 June Agreement.

• Protect civilians under imminent threat of physical violence, and protect the Area from incursions by unauthorized elements and ensure security.

The UNV specialist will collaborate with a team of mechanics, electricians, and HVAC technicians regularly Joining. Maintaining mission operations in the field of electrical power management, from generation to distribution, is the primary goal.

Task description

The United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) works towards the improvement of its electrical facilities and is looking for a data-driven Electromechanical Engineer ideally with additional data analysis skills and knowledge of Smart Camp. Within delegated authority, the Electromechanical Engineer is responsible for the implementation of projects for Power Generation Systems including Power Generation Plants, Distribution Systems, PV solar systems, etc. at assigned project sites/locations. Duties shall include, but not be limited to the following:


•Oversee all repairs conducted by a third-party contractor and plan for backup systems.

•Prepare and analyze reports related to the performance of generators and solar plants. Keep and manage records for generator readings through i-Auditors and any other related operation and maintenance software used by the Mission.

•Conduct data analyses and interpret trends for further issues anticipation.

•Assist in the preparation of the scope of works and requirements for power supply systems by providing field base input review work orders, through Comindware or any other related reactive maintenance monitoring software used by the Mission.

•Monitor the performance of the contractor on repair and maintenance of generators and electromechanical installations, through their key performance indicators (KPI).

•Initiate materials requisitions as and when necessary.


•Plan scheduled maintenance on all the installations and equipment related to power supply systems including generators, photovoltaic, electrical systems, distribution network, and electrically powered accommodation equipment (ACs, Kitchen equipment, etc.).

•Monitor and ensure, in collaboration with the Supply Chain department adequate stock levels of spare parts, all related materials, and lubricants for generators, electrical supplies, and fixtures as well as necessary tools and equipment and provide a list of periodic requirements in advance to raise requisitions.

•Assist in evaluating the provision of common services and goods (with other UN Agencies, Funds, and Programmes) for facility management, analyzing policies, systems, and processes to identify issues to be addressed and opportunities for improvement and standardization.

•Assist in coordinating the update or development of guidelines and policies as appropriate in the area of facility management with a special emphasis on the management of major maintenance and new construction projects as well as contract management.

Implementation and Operations

•Carry out routine inspections of power supply and distribution equipment and infrastructure as recommended by the original equipment manufacturers and/or the Mission.

•Oversee maintenance and monitoring of fuel consumption by power-generating equipment.

•Assessing reports to ensure that project proposals meet the electrical and/ or power supply requirements of the Mission.

•Assessing requirements for the electrical installation, repairs, and maintenance of engineering using FRIM data. Assess and draft technical or assessment reports.

•Ensure the incorporation of environmental implementation and sustainability in all aspects of maintenance activities in support of the mission environmental action plan (MEAP), field remote infrastructure monitoring (FRIM), and perform other related duties as requested by Chief FEMU.

•Carry out technical evaluation of bids and proposals for electrical projects and equipment.

•Ensure safe and uninterrupted power supply in all areas under his/ her responsibilities.

•Other duties as assigned by the Mission.

Furthermore, UNVs are encouraged to:

• Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications. They should actively participate in UNV activities, such as events that mark International Volunteer Day (IVD).

• Familiarize themselves with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country.

• Engage in reflection on the type and quality of voluntary action they are undertaking. This includes participating in ongoing reflection activities.

• Contribute articles or write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications, websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.

• Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme, offering support and guidance to newly arrived UNVs.

• Promote or provide advice to local groups on the use of online volunteering. They should also encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

Results/Expected Output:

The incumbent is expected to achieve the following results and contribute to the success of the organization’s volunteerism initiatives: The UN volunteer is expected to show a willingness to collaborate with colleagues and answer responsibly to all tasks during the reporting period. To complete all of the duties given to him and follow up with all unfinished tasks such as the installation of generators, prefabs, and incinerators at the UNISFA headquarters and team site’s locations. To handle the generator and electrical cells data system using all relevant data from the field and the workshop.

Eligibility criteria


27 – 80


Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.

Required experience

5 years of experience in the field of power generation, power distribution, or power management. Technical training in electrical or mechanical engineering technology or a relevant technical discipline is required. Computer skills: Good computer skills: Microsoft applications (Word, Excel & PPP) and Data analytics abilities are strongly required. Language skills: Fluency in English is a requirement, and the knowledge of Arabic is a plus.

Area(s) of expertise

Engineering and construction, Administration

Driving license

Possession of a Valid driving license and the ability to drive a manual 4×4 vehicle is desirable. Required


English, Level: Fluent, Desirable

Required education level

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in electrical, Mechanical, or electromechanical engineering. A recognized and valid license in one of the trades (electrician, power engineering technology, HVAC/R specialist, or similar) is an asset.

Competencies and values

• Professionalism: Demonstrated knowledge and experience in implementing electro-mechanical projects and equipment installation and maintenance; demonstrated technical skills; initiative and practical problem-solving skills; ability to prioritize activities and assignments and adjust priorities as required; ability to correctly interpret and assess diagnostic test results, faults or deficiencies and to determine the necessary corrective actions in an efficient and timely manner; ability to maintain accurate records and inventories; Shows pride in work and 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring equal participation of women and men in all areas 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 and organizational skills: 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.

• Technological Awareness: Basic practical and theoretical knowledge of standard field fuel testing and handling pump and filtration equipment. Good computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications; Basic knowledge of electronic Fuel Management Systems (SAP) is desirable. Demonstrates initiative and willingness to learn new skills i.e. Data Analytics

• Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals -Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others -Places team agenda before personal agenda -Supports and acts by a final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position -Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Living conditions and remarks

General: This assignment is based in the UNISFA Headquarters – Abyei – Sudan. Currently, this duty station is designated as non-family. Due to the terrain, the area is prone to flooding during the rainy season which lasts from late May until mid-November. The average rainy season temperature is 30°C and temperatures in the dry season average 37°C. Accommodation: Due to the security situation in Abyei, coupled with the fact that there are limited residential accommodation options in the community that meet UN security and safety standards for staff, expatriate UN staff deployed to Abyei are generally provided with secured UN accommodation in a camp-style environment. The UN-provided accommodation is equipped with minimum room furniture and is configured as a single room with bath and toilet facilities. Power and water (including purified water) are provided inside the camp by the UN. As per OHRM rules, a reasonable cost recovery for accommodation is made from VLA. Food and Diet: There is a UN-managed cafeteria inside the UN Camp in Abyei. The standard and quality of food are limited with a repetitious daily menu. Wide varieties of food are not available and may not be to the personal taste of UNVs. Volunteers may wish to cook their meals in common kitchen facilities situated at convenient locations within the camp. This would require the volunteer to obtain basic cooking items such as saucepans, fry pans, plates, knives, etc. Health: UN Volunteers should be aware that they could be exposed to several tropical diseases and should complete all medical formalities specified in the Offer or Travel Advisory before traveling. Yellow Fever vaccination is compulsory before coming to the mission area, while vaccinations for Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, Tetanus/Diptheria, Polio, and Meningitis are recommended if confirmed by the volunteer’s physician. UN Volunteers, like other international personnel, are to bring their Vaccination Cards to the mission. Malaria prophylaxis is highly recommended. Due to the large numbers of various types of insects in the mission area, it is also recommended to use insecticide-impregnated nets and insect repellants. UN personnel have access during working hours to a Civilian Clinic (Level 1) inside the UN Camp at Abyei and 24-hour access to a fully operational military hospital (Level 2) within the same camp at Abyei. Rest and Recuperation: International personnel in UNISFA, including UN volunteers, are entitled to a 6-week Rest and Recuperation (R&R) cycle. This means that after every 6 weeks of being in the mission area, the volunteer is entitled to take a break in either Entebbe (UNISFA designated R & R location) or any other destination outside the mission area. The entitlement is 5 calendar days R&R, 1-day official (Admin), and 2 travel days. The UN flight from Abyei or any other deployed site in the mission area to Entebbe can be used for free (return flight). However, personnel are responsible for their accommodation, meals, and any other expenses while on R&R. R&R trips must be approved by the supervisor.

Inclusivity Statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity program that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy

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