Mechanical & Electrical Engineer – ECMWF – Bologna, Italy

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer – ECMWF – Bologna, Italy

Main duties and key responsibilities

  • Maintaining a thorough technical understanding of the day-to-day operation of building services throughout the facility including, for example, electrical and mechanical systems, data cabling infrastructure, fire detection and suppression systems, security and access control etc.
  • Planning and organisation of day to day work including o Design, installation, modification and maintenance of electrical supplies o Specification and ordering of materials/services o Installation, maintenance and modification of structured cabling systems o Installation, relocation and maintenance of IT equipment, i.e. servers, network equipment and storage systems
  • Monitoring the data centre whitespace and infrastructure using building management system, power and energy management system • Troubleshooting electrical and mechanical systems and advising on their capabilities, particularly when faults have occurred
  • Supervising and managing mechanical and electrical contractors that provide routine maintenance and installation work on site
  • Contributing to the specification of new and replacement infrastructure and participating in procurements, to ensure that new infrastructure is implemented successfully
  • Improving operational resilience and operating efficiency where possible
  • Overseeing the Data Centre infrastructure, provisioning of power, cooling and network connectivity to assets
  • Producing and maintaining procedures/documentation for safe operation of the facilities systems and infrastructure
  • Managing, updating and maintaining the DCIM and power / energy management packages
  • Switching LV electrical supplies
  • Setting cooling units
  • Providing 24*7 on-call support as part of a rota

Qualifications and experience required

  • A technical degree in mechanical engineering with an electrical experience or electrical/electronical engineering with a mechanical bias.
  • Substantial background and demonstrated relevant experience of working in a mission critical data centre or similar 24/7 environment.
  • Demonstrated relevant professional experience in electrical and mechanical services, preferably in a 24/7 mission critical data centre environment.
  • Experience with the practical application of Italian technical standards and knowledge of the Italian health and safety regulations and practices would be an advantage.
Knowledge and skills (including language)
  • Candidates must hold all relevant qualifications necessary to perform the above-mentioned duties and responsibilities in an Italian-based data centre.
  • Candidates must be fluent in both Italian and English as this role will involve reading and communicating highly technical documentation in both languages.
  • All interviews will be conducted in English.
Closing date for applications 20 December 2019 before midnight.

Earth Explorers Programme Manager – ESA – Noordwijk

Earth Explorers Programme Manager – ESA – Noordwijk

Under the direct authority of the Head of Projects Department, the Earth Explorers Programme Manager is responsible for overall management of approved Earth Explorer missions up to and including launch and in-orbit verification. You may also on an ad hoc basis be asked to manage other missions such as Earth Watch and/or those carried out by Member States at national level where ESA is asked to provide management and technical assistance.

Main Duties

  • leading teams responsible for design and implementation of space segment of approved Earth observation missions under your responsibility, up to and including launch and in-orbit commissioning;
  • providing direction, technical and resource planning and ensuring monitoring of project progress;
  • ensuring and endorsing consolidation of the final programmatic framework of future missions to be implemented under your responsibility (Cost-at-Completion, schedule, procurement, geo return);
  • ensuring approved mission requirements are implemented within the agreed schedule and established Cost-at-Completion;
  • monitoring project risks, proposing and implementing mitigation measures;
  • interfacing with industry as needed in supporting project teams;
  • interfacing on technical and programmatic issues with Member States;
  • implementing ESA industrial policy for elements under your responsibility;
  • developing and motivating staff members by assessing performance, encouraging learning and development, delegating responsibilities and providing regular and constructive feedback;
  • encouraging synergy across project teams and creating a sense of unity and purpose between teams and across ESA, recognising team successes;
  • dealing effectively with sensitive or difficult situations, liaising with Human Resources as required;
  • ensuring a long-term strategic view is taken for the Programme, effectively communicating the strategy and vision.

You will be assisted by Project Managers and by the Project Control, Management Support  and System Support functions.

You will liaise closely with the Director, other programmes, Departments and Offices within the Directorate, drawing on the support of other ESA Directorates.


  • Applicants should have a Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in engineering or physics.

Additional requirements

  • Provide strategic direction to individuals and teams and relate team objectives to the overall and evolving organisational goals and context;
  • Anticipate problems, solve complex issues and relate situations to their context as well as to support others (team members, senior management, other stakeholders) in this process;
  • Experience of managing managers and managing large project development.
Closing date for applications 03 January 2020 before midnight.

Senior Water Engineer (Irrigation and Design Specialist) – UNOPS

Senior Water Engineer (Irrigation and Design Specialist) – UNOPS

Functional Responsibilities

The Irrigation and Design Engineer under the leadership of the Project Director and the Project Management Advisor is responsible to provide necessary technical advises and guidance to the National Irrigation Specialist and the technicians of IWUMD who are implementing the day to day activities of Project Component 1 Strategic Investment, Land Development Sub-component which covers the Irrigation schemes renovation/improvement and land development.

The Irrigation and Design Engineer is accountable of the performance and value of the ESAP project, its implementing agency IWUMD and MOALI as a whole which will contribute directly to the core value of the donor IFAD.

The Irrigation and Design Engineer’s accountability/key results are the completion of the project irrigation supports and the land development which are the main intervention of the project which is major project investment to achieve the project objectives, goals and impacts such as reduction of the poverty, improvement of the nutrition, improve market access of the local products, improvement of the climate smart agriculture, good agriculture practices, increase the farmers’ incomes.

The investment in the irrigation renovation and the land development is the major investment of the project as approximately 50% of the project budget is allocated for it. The effectiveness of the investment is vested not only with the irrigation sector development, but coordination with the other related sectors such as Local Authorities, Agriculture, For Forestry, Community Development, Department of Agricultural Mechanization (DAM), Department of Agricultural Land Management and Statistic (DALMs), Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM),Environment conservation entities, etc.

S/he must be able to apply, with directions, the below duties and responsibilities.
  • Review the Agriculture Infrastructure works (Land consolidation, Irrigation canal improvement, Irrigation system maintenance, Drainage, etc.) provisioned in the Project Design and Project Implementation manual in comparison with the actual capacity of the implementing agencies and the needs of the grass root beneficiaries.
  • Review and assess the quality of available soil maps, hydraulics, topographic and cadastral data for designing, identify additional data and information required for designs and drawings.
  • Produce terms of reference for service providers and contractors for implementation of the specific irrigation infrastructure works.
  • Identify the entities for the survey design works, develop the service agreements/contracts for survey and design works.
  • To advise in selection of irrigation technologies such as field-water management systems including drip, center pivot, sprinkler, etc.
  • To ensure that the monitoring of the performance of the service providers for compliance with the contracts/agreements are sound and in order. Review them and advise for improvement as necessary.
  • Review contracts for the Irrigation construction/improvement/renovation works, land development and land consolidation works and improve them as necessary.
  • To ensure that Quality Assurance, Quality Control are planned and followed for the Irrigation infrastructure works, work schedule, compliance with the social and environmental safeguards.
  • Review the work completion reports of the contractors, organize the formal field inspection of the construction committee for the works completed, processing of the payments, and liability mitigation works of the contractors and provide necessary advice.
  • Assist in producing capacity building plan for technical staffs under IWUMD, DALMS, AMD, to produce training plan including study tours.
  • To provide necessary guidance for handing over of the irrigation schemes/lands to the beneficiaries along with the responsibility for operation and maintenance.
  • To provide advises for the operation maintenance of the irrigation infrastructure (Post construction).
  • To make sure that the social safeguard and environmental safeguards issues are embedded to the designs/drawings/BOQs and fully complied with.
  • Other duties assigned by the Project Director as required.
  • Study the project Design Report, Irrigation rehabilitation and the Land development activities provisioned, their budget allocation, implementation arrangement.
  • Study the on-going irrigation infrastructure activities including the topographic survey and designing works.
  • Meeting with the responsible technicians of IWUMD and its technical branches such as Investigation branch (Topographic Survey), Design branch, Water Resource Branch.
  • Field visits to the project sites Shan state and Ka Yin State.
  • To meet the similar projects in the region such as ADB, World Bank, JICA projects under IWUMD, Projects under DRD.
Knowledge Management
  • Actively interact with other Project management personals and groups to share case studies, lessons learned and best practice on the Knowledge System.
  • Provide feedback to Practice Leads on policy, supporting guidance with an aim towards continuous improvement of UNOPS policies
  • Complete lessons learned as per reporting format
  • Incorporate lessons learned from others as per planning format
Core Values and Principles
  • Understand and respect UNOPS sustainability principlesLook for ways to embed UNOPS sustainability principles.
  • Seek opportunities to champion gender equality at work place.
  • Understand and Respect National ownership and capacityUnderstand the principles of the Paris Declaration on aid effectiveness and mainstream them into the project plans
  • Look for ways to build capacity of local counterparts
  • Partnerships and CoordinationUnderstand the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and UNOPS, the project’s place in the UN system
  • Strive to build strong partnerships and effective coordination among relevant project actors (e.g. United Nations, governments, and non-governmental organizations or other relevant partners)
  • Accountability for results and the use of resourcesService agreements, contracting, procurement of the works are in line with the role and regulation of the donor and transparent. To report to the project management in case of any doubt arisen.
  • ExcellenceContribute to innovation and the adaptation of best practice standards of sustainability and quality.
  • Completion of the designs and drawings for  the rehabilitation of 12 Irrigation schemes in Ka Yin State, 5 irrigation schemes in Ho Pong Valley and One Irrigation scheme in Taunggyi district.
  • Guidelines for Survey and designing of the Irrigation Infrastructure, Service Agreements, Contracting, Contract monitoring, Handing over, Operation and maintenance.
  • Capacity building plan for IWUMD.
Expected Results
  • Completion of the designs and drawings for  the rehabilitation of 12 Irrigation schemes in Ka Yin State, 5 irrigation schemes in Ho Pong Valley and One Irrigation scheme in Taunggyi district.
  • Guidelines for Survey and designing of the Irrigation Infrastructure, Service Agreements, Contracting, Contract monitoring, Handing over, Operation and maintenance.
  • Capacity building plan for IWUMD.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • Master’s Degree in Hydrologic Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Irrigation, or related field.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in the same fields with additional two years relevant experience can be accepted in lieu of Master’s degree.
Work Experience
  • Minimum 7 years of experience in Irrigation survey/design, construction and maintenance.
  • Experience in Irrigated agriculture, operation of the water user groups, land consolidation, land use planning.
  • Comprehensive knowledge in computer software, particularly “AutoCAD” (latest Versions – 2009 and higher) is required.
  • Previous working experience in Southeast Asia.
Language Requirement
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English is required.
Closing date for applications 09 December 2019 before midnight [Copenhagen Time].

Volunteer role: Equipment Maintenance Specialist

Application closing date: 31 March 2020

Role overview

The volunteer will build the capacity of the local Biomedical Technicians in hospitals to maintain and repair medical equipment. The overall placement objective is to build the capacity of relevant staff in the placement hospital to do the installation of basic medical equipment, minor maintenance and to manipulate the machines appropriately.

Skills, qualifications and experience


  • Bachelor degree in Biomedical Engineering or Biomedical Technology.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in the field of Engineering and able to perform maintenance of medical equipment
  • You are fully accredited
  • You have the ability to work with limited technical resources
  • You have experience in training, coaching and supervision
  • Fluent English proficiency
  • IT skills (Word, PowerPoint and Excel)


  • Background in public health or health economics will be added advantage.

Competencies and Behaviour

At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together. Whether you want to join us as an employee, or as a volunteer working in your own country, overseas or online, our selection process includes an assessment based on these core competencies:

  • Ability to be open-minded and respectful
  • Ability to be resilient and adaptive to new situations
  • Ability to facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships
  • Ability to seek and share knowledge

Equal Opportunities

VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.


As a VSO volunteer, you will be sharing your skills with local communities on a full-time basis. VSO will cover your travel, vaccinations, accommodation, and medical insurance costs, along with a local living allowance which will be paid in local currency. This allowance meets reasonable living expenses in the country, but will not be enough to send money home. You will also receive some financial support to contribute to your on-going expenses at home.


VSO works with some of the poorest communities in the world which means accommodation varies and will be basic.

Start Date – 16/09/2019

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description for more information.

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