UNV Vehicle Technician – UNV


Job Description

OrganizationUN OCHA Sudan’s
Description of the assignment titleUNV Vehicle Technician
Host entityUNISFA
Assignment countrySudan
Expected start date05/12/2022
Sustainable Development Goal16. Peace, justice and strong institutions
Number of assignments1
Advertisement end date23/11/2022


Mission and objectives

UNISFA was established in July 2011 under 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, and coordinate with the APS on matters of law and order, Monitor and verify the redeployment of armed forces from the Abyei area in accordance with 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.


UNISFA was established in July 2011 under authority of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). UNISFA is mandated to monitor and verify the redeployment of any Sudan or South Sudan forces in the Abyei area, to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid and the free movement of relief workers in and around Abyei, to take the necessary actions to protect UN personnel (facilities, installations and equipment), to ensure security and freedom of movement of civilians in the area, and later to organize the referendum.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of Chief Transport Officer (CTO) the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

•As a vehicle Technician will be responsible for the repair and maintenance on various types of large diesel Trucks ,Excavator, Grader, Back Hoe,Bulldozors, Fork lift and other heavy machines.

•Keeping good interpersonal relationship with local transport workshop staffs, TCC Staffs and maintaining good environment in the workshop as required by UN rules and regulations

•Have a strong awareness and attitude towards workplace health and safety; Be motivated and able to work in a challenging environment with minimal supervision; Familiarity in using computerized engine Diagnoses.

•Monitoring and correcting of superseded part numbers from various vehicle manufactures.

•Identifying transport spare parts discrepancies, including obsolete spare parts and recommend for write-off.

•Checking and making sure spare parts descriptions are labeled with the correct technical name in accordance with the manufactures in Umoja system.

•Monitoring the overall performance of the fleet maintenance, servicing and ensuring work orders are opened and closed in UMOJA in timely manner.

•Supervising and coordinating transport administrative requirements including, opening and closing of work orders and other clerical work under the supervision of the Transport Officer/supervisor.

•Acting as the focal point for transport matters, responding and providing clients with assistance in transport matters.

• Performing vehicle inspections, maintenance and repairs in accordance with the United Nations standard of operations and manufacturers standards/recommendations.

•Identify, diagnose and rectify various electrical faults on Heavy trucks, material handling equipment and earth moving equipment.

•Liaising with TPT Acquisition planner on procuring and verifying vehicle parts, tools and other necessary workshop equipment ordered for region/HQ.

•Performing any other duties as assigned by the Transport Officer/Supervisor

• Supervising and managing a team of international vehicle technicians and local vehicle technicians to repair light and heavy vehicles.

Eligibility criteria


27 – 80


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


Required experience

6 years of experience in Mechanical repair and maintenance of heavy duty Vehicles . Familiarity in the Caterpillar engineering, Excavator, Back Hoe, Grader and Fork Lift will be given preference, Computer skills is an added advantage.

Area(s) of expertise


Driving license

Manual transmission Required


English, Level: Fluent, Required Arabic, Level: Basic, Desirable

Required education level

Technical/vocational diploma in Heavy Duty Vehicle /Equipment Mechanic

Competencies and values

, Accountability, Client Orientation, Working in Teams

Other information

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 secured UN accommodation in a camp-style environment. The UN-provided accommodation is equipped with minimum room furniture and is configured as single room with bath and toilet facilities. Power and water (including purified water) is provided inside the camp by the UN. As per OHRM rules, a reasonable cost recovery for accommodation is made from VLA. Due to the duration of the issuance of the Sudanese visa, UNVs may temporary and/ or permanently be assigned to Gok-Machar which is one of the UNISFA sectors where visas for Sudan are not required. Accommodation and conditions in Gok-Machar are similar to those in Abyei.

Food and Diet: There is a UN managed cafeteria inside the UN Camp in Abyei. The standard and quality of food is 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 own 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 a number of 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 Card to the mission. Malaria prophylaxis is highly recommended. Due to 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 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 programme 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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