Senior Mechanical Engineer – Generic Profile


Post Information

Post Title: Senior Mechanical Engineer

Level: ICS-11

Functions / Key Results Expected

To assist projects from conceptual through detailed design and project implementation, 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.

The Mechanical Engineer 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 fulfil the following responsibilities in line with industry standards and applicable national and international codes and guidelines:

  1. Technical review of design documentation.
  2. Support to design development.
  3. Application of professional judgment.
  4. Application of professional judgment.

Technical review of design documentation

Review mechanical design drawings, technical specifications, and BOQs in terms of accuracy and suitability to overall design requirements, identifying aspects where designs do not comply with minimum codes, standards, and IPMG policies, and providing practical guidance for design improvement.

Support to design development

Applying technical expertise and professional experience, the Mechanical Engineer will support projects by providing guidance in the design development of mechanical works to achieve technical objectives.

Application of professional judgment

To ensure the safety, functionality and fitness of infrastructure while recognizing the circumstances and constraints of the UNOPS operational context, the Electrical Engineer will be required to apply professional judgment in the application of relevant codes, standards, and IPMG policies.

Independence, integrity, and objectivity

In the performance of professional services, the Mechanical Engineer will act as an independent technical expert, free of conflicts of interests, and must be able to maintain the integrity of his/her technical opinion.

Recruitment Qualifications


Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from an accredited university, professional certification in mechanical engineering, or equivalent. Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent with two additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of Master’s Degree (total of 9 years of experience).


At least 7 years of progressively responsible experience in mechanical engineering with strong knowledge of industrial equipment and machinery and heating/cooling systems, particularly in the design and installation of HVAC systems is required. Understanding of and experience with health clinics and TB treatment facilities is highly desired. Understanding of and experience in development infrastructure sector is desired. Knowledge of sustainable and resilient approaches to mechanical engineering and green technologies is an asset Knowledge of electromechanical interfaces in wastewater treatment plans etc. is an asset.

Key Competencies

Technical expertise in infrastructure engineering design and review practices. Knowledge of industry and international standards in mechanical engineering. Knowledge of mechanical exhaustion and ventilator systems and supporting devices. Ability to assess and verify the suitability of technical specifications of mechanical products, services, and associated materials. Knowledge of building heating systems, lifts and other necessary hoist arrangements. Time management, ability to manage competing priorities. Excellent analytical ability. Report writing. Professionalism. Integrity. Results focused with ability to deliver.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English required. Knowledge of French, Spanish and/or lesser-known languages is highly desired.

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