Electrical Engineer (Retainer position) at UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

In Ukraine, UNOPS support to the partners in their reform agenda since 2017 spans the rule of law, social protection, demining, emergency response and security. The projects are funded by the EU, UNHCR, the Governments of Japan and Canada.

All projects have gender equality as a transversal theme, and have been contextualised within the broader Sustainable Development Goals frameworks and objectives.

Following the increased militarisation around Ukraine’s borders as well as the recognition of the so-called Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics by the Russian Federation, the security situation in Ukraine deteriorated rapidly, with the launch of a military offensive by the Russian Federation on 24 February 2022. Armed violence escalated in at least eight oblasts (regions), including Kyivska oblast and the capital city of Kyiv, as well as in the eastern oblasts of Donetsk and Luhanska which were already affected by conflict. The towns of Mariupol, Kharkiv, Irpin were strongly affected, so resident civilians fled their homes en masse. Martial law and a state of war were introduced in Ukraine on 24 February 2022, and the general mobilisation of all Ukrainian males between 18 and 60 years old was ordered, while the Ukrainian airspace was closed to civilian users. On 19 April, the OHCHR reported 4,966 civilian casualties in the country – 2,104 killed and 2,862 injured. The UN estimates that 12 million people in Ukraine will need relief and protection. By 18 April 2022, the UNCHR estimated that 4,980,589 refugees from Ukraine already crossed the border with Poland, other European countries, Hungary, Slovakia, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Moldova, Romania and Belarus.

The UNOPS immediately launched its Emergency Procurement Procedure (EPP) to enable a faster response to requirements related to the crisis. The EPP provided flexibility in procurement procedures while still ensuring adherence to essential public procurement principles.

Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Partnership Specialist, and in close coordination with the Head of Programme, the Electrical Engineer is responsible for providing subject-matter input and support related to development and implementation of the energy sector related projects. In particular, the Electrical Engineer will have the following responsibilities:

  • Provides information and technical inputs needed for development of energy sector projects
  • Develops technical documentation and technical specifications in support of related procurement processes; provides technical input in conduct of assessment and market research
  • Conducts reviews and assessments of the technical documentation made available by national partners
  • Provides technical support in monitoring of implementation of related activities, to ensure compliance with the technical documentation and/or set of technical requirements
  • Ensures the strict implementation of quality control standards and procedures on the sites
  • For project under implementation, contribute in the identification, evaluation, selection, and supervision of contractors for specified project work
  • Perform other duties and support business development activities in his/her area of expertise
  • Checks the design documentation for compliance with applicable rules and regulations regarding electrical engineering aspects.
  • Participates in the preparation of technical specifications for the design for the electrical engineering aspects.

The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans, and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.


  • Advanced/Masters degree in Electrical Engineering or related engineering environment field is required
  • A Bachelor’s degree with two additional years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of the master’s degree

Work Experience

  • Minimum two years of relevant professional engineering experience on site and/or at the design company, out of which at least one year as an electrical engineer is required
  • Experience in projects assessment, preparation of specifications for relevant equipment, the design and other tendering documentation in the process of design and construction is required
  • Work experience on international projects as a responsible electrical engineer is an asset.


  • Valid certification in electrical engineering according to local national standards will be an asset.

Driving license

Driving license and ability to travel independently is required

Language Requirements

  • Knowledge of Ukrainian and Russian is required
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is desirable

This is a local position, it is therefore open to Nationals of Ukraine and to individuals who have a valid residence/work permit.

Contract type: ICA – retainer Contract level: Local ICA Specialist – LICA 9 (ICS9) Contract duration: Up to 60 working days until end of January 2023 with possibility of extension

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • UNOPS embraces diversity and it is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, or disability.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization – UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
  • All UNOPS personnel are responsible for performing their duties in accordance with the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNOPS Policies and Instructions, as well as other relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, all personnel must demonstrate an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a manner consistent with UN core values and the UN Common Agenda.
  • It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

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