Electrician – Shire

Job Description


Eligible Applicants

This position is advertised open to internal and external applicants.

Duties and Qualifications


Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The incumbent is responsible for maintenance, repair, overhaul, and rebuilding of diesel generators and other electrical appliances within the premises of UNHCR.  S/he is also expected to apply and ensure adherence to safety programmes related to the safe operation of air-conditioning and refrigeration installations, electrical systems, generating sets or power tools and equipment of the building and maintenance trade. Identify resources requirements for his/her area of responsibility in connection with budget preparations.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.


  • Install, service, maintain and repair, in compliance with recognized standards and regulations pertaining to safety and installation codes, generating sets.
  • Diagnose technical faults and carry-out remedy for malfunctioning or defective generators, including installations.
  • Operate a wide variety of tools and power equipment including saws, drills, common workshop machinery, voltage testers, ohmmeters, oscilloscopes, welding/soldering equipment and other tools and equipment.
  • Perform diagnostics and preventive maintenance of generators and other electronic appliances.
  • Perform technical or other assessments of electronic equipment or buildings and prepare technical or other reports.
  • Apply and ensure adherence to safety programmes related to the safe operation of electronic equipment or power tools and equipment of UNHCR building and other structures.
  • Review and recommend for improvement of UNHCR structures and assign day to day repair and maintenance tasks to maintenance assistants.
  • Inspect and report on maintenance work carried out either by contractors and ensure proper utilization of available resources.
  • Read and interpret specifications and technical drawings, schedules, manuals for construction projects, installations and upgrade repair of infrastructure.
  • On call basis respond to maintenance issues faced by staff members of UNHCR related to generator or other electronic equipment and structures.
  • Resolve problems; inspect quality of work and work performance.
  • Train co-workers to perform preventive maintenance, produce monthly reports, and repair equipment.
  • Carry out the physical inventory check.
  • Inspect, test, evaluate, calibrate and update generator systems and wiring to improve reliability and to assure dependability and safety and compliance.
  • Work out maintenance schedules and follow up maintenance on the electrical installations.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.

As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.

Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience

  • Years of Experience / Degree Level
  • For G6 – 3 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher

Certificates and/or Licenses

  • Electrical Studies
  • Electricity
  • Electronics/Electro-Mechanics
  • (Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience


  • Experience in Generator Mechanic/Electrician/ Maintenance Administrator role. Minimum three years of direct work experience in the installation, repair and maintenance of generators. Experienced and competent in use of mechanical tools pertaining to maintenance of generators. Demonstrable ability to work with a multi-national workforce.


  • Experience in UN and INGO environment

Functional Skills

  • GB-Experience in electrical installation/maintenance
  • (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements

  • For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

Position Competencies

Core Competencies:

  • Accountability
  • Communication
  • Organizational Awareness
  • Teamwork & Collaboration
  • Commitment to Continuous Learning
  • Client & Result Orientation

Managerial Competencies:

  • Empowering and Building Trust
  • Judgement and Decision Making

Cross-Functional Competencies:

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Technological Awareness
  • Language Requirements
  • Knowledge of ”English” is essential.
  • Amharic and Tigrinya are desirable

How to Apply

Additional  Information

  • Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training, or any other fees).
  • This position is advertised under a Fast-Track exercise.
  • An eliminatory or complementary written test for shortlisted candidates may be conducted which will be followed by competency-based interview.
  • Female Candidates are encouraged to apply.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The closing date for submission of applications is 10 September 2021 Midnight, Ethiopia Time.

Interested and qualified applicants can apply through: www.unhcr.org – Careers- Vacancies