Employer: United Nations
Deadline: 22 September 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Safety-UNAMID-83185-R- (M)
– Extension of the appointment is subject to Extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
– Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
– An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. All staff of the Ethics Office are required to submit a financial disclosure statement upon appointment and annually thereafter.
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the African Union – United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). Under the overall supervision of the Chief Security Advisor (CSA), the Fire Safety Officer, FS-5, reports to a Field Security Coordination Officer (FSCO).
Within limits of delegated authority, the Fire Safety Officer at FS-5 level may be responsible for the following duties:
• Assists the Officer in Charge of the Fire Unit in the management of all aspects or supervises a Fire Unit.
• Maintains productive and efficient liaison and cooperation with authorities of host government fire, disaster relief and emergency services.
• Ensures the effective management of a 24/7 Fire Service capable of controlling fire incidents, car accidents, HAZMAT spills and other emergency situations.
• Assists in drafting the Fire Safety Plan and Emergency Evacuation Plan and to coordinate drills and training sessions.
• Provides for supervision and coordination as per the facility specific Fire Safety Plan.
• Coordinates with mission’s facilities personnel, host country authorities and organization management on fire safety issues.
• Conducts regular fire risk assessments and fire safety inspections; reports all shortcomings and makes recommendations aimed at the rectification of shortcomings and the elimination of potential hazards in order to meet applicable fire safety standards.
• Conducts technical assessments/evaluations of Fire Detection and Alarm Systems (FDAS).
• Assists in drafting specifications for all equipment and devices, including FDAS and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as: protective clothing, self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA incl. filling compressors), fire extinguishers, hoses and nozzles, portable, immobile and fixed pumps, rescue equipment, etc. and provides for the maintenance of their continuous full state of readiness.
• Assists in planning static installations and systems such as: FDAS, over standpipes, water supply, extinguishing systems, spill basins, construction
components (partition), lightning protection, explosion proof installations, smoke extraction systems, public address systems, etc., and drafts corresponding concepts.
• Maintains and supervises a functional Fire Warden System.
• Engages in fire/emergency intervention in a supervisory position, as and when required and as set forth in the Fire Safety Plan.
• Conducts fire safety training (basic and advanced) for unit’s personnel as part of the Fire Safety Plan.
• Conducts general fire safety training for all personnel.
• Plans and supervises fire drill rehearsals at least twice a year.
• Makes sure a competent certified entity conducts periodic inspection and maintenance of fire safety and fire suppression devices, systems and installations
and maintains corresponding records.
• Performs other fire safety and/or emergency response related duties as directed.
•Professionalism: Excellent knowledge in the field of fire & rescue, fire and rescue command, fire safety enforcement combined with a solid background in either a Municipal Fire Brigade or Fire Safety Planning/Enforcement or directly related field; well-developed ability to identify factual and potential fire safety hazards, evaluate the risks and subsequently determine effective and feasible risk management measures; capability to develop, implement, manage and coordinate fire safety risk management programmes, concepts, systems and efforts; shows pride in his/ her work and in 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 the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
•Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.
•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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
High school diploma or equivalent is required. Certificate from a fire college, fire brigade school or fire safety training center is required. Certification in technical fire protection, rescue operations, hazardous materials (basic), and use and maintenance of self-contained breathing apparatus is required.
A minimum of eight years, with high school diploma, of progressively responsible experience in a public fire service is required; of which a minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in a fire safety supervisory position, to include a position of a fire safety supervisor or equivalent is required.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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