UNV Vehicle Technician (Earth Moving Equipment)

  • Description of assignment title: UNV Vehicle Technician (Earth Moving Equipment)
  • Assignment country: Sudan
  • Expected start date: 01/05/2023
  • Sustainable Development Goal: 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions
  • Volunteer category: International UN Volunteer Specialist
  • DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No
  • Host entity : UNISFA
  • Type : Onsite
  • Duration : 6 months (with possibility of extension)
  • Number of assignments : 1
  • Duty stations : Abyei (SDN)


Mission and objectives:

UNISFA was established in July 2011 under authority of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). UNISFA is mandated to Strengthen the capacity of the Abyei Police Service (APS) by providing support, including the training of personnel, and coordinate with the APS on matters of law and order, Monitor and verify the redeployment of armed forces from the Abyei area in accordance with the 20 June 2011 Agreement, Provide de-mining assistance and technical advice, Facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid and free movement of humanitarian personnel in coordination with relevant Abyei Area bodies, When requested and in cooperation with the APS, provide security for oil infrastructure in the Abyei Administrative Area (AAA) and later to organize the referendum The Council also authorized UNISFA under Chapter VII to:

  • Protect UN Personnel, facilities, installations, and equipment.
  • Ensure the security and freedom of UN and humanitarian personnel and members of the Joint Military Observers Committee and Joint Military Observer Teams established by the 20 June Agreement.
  • Protect civilians under imminent threat of physical violence; and protect the Area from incursions by unauthorized elements and ensure security.


UNISFA was established in July 2011 under authority of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). UNISFA is mandated to monitor and verify the redeployment of any Sudan or South Sudan forces in the Abyei area, to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid and the free movement of relief workers in and around Abyei, to take the necessary actions to protect UN personnel (facilities, installations and equipment), to ensure security and freedom of movement of civilians in the area, and later to organize the referendum.

Task description:

Under the direct supervision of Chief Transport Officer (CTO) the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  1. As a vehicle Technician will be responsible for the repair and maintenance on various types of large diesel Trucks, Excavator, Grader, Backhoe, Bulldozers, Forklift and other heavy machines.
  2. Keeping good interpersonal relationship with local transport workshop staffs, TCC Staffs and maintaining good environment in the workshop as required by UN rules and regulations
  3. Have a strong awareness and attitude towards workplace health and safety; Be motivated and able to work in a challenging environment with minimal supervision; Familiarity in using computerized engine Diagnoses.
  4. Monitoring and correcting of superseded part numbers from various vehicle manufactures.
  5. Identifying transport spare parts discrepancies, including obsolete spare parts and recommend for write-off.
  6. Checking and making sure spare parts descriptions are labeled with the correct technical name in accordance with the manufactures in Umoja system.
  7. Monitoring the overall performance of the fleet maintenance, servicing and ensuring work orders are opened and closed in UMOJA in timely manner.
  8. Supervising and coordinating transport administrative requirements including, opening, and closing of work orders and other clerical work under the supervision of the Transport Officer/supervisor.
  9. Acting as the focal point for transport matters, responding and providing clients with assistance in transport matters.
  10. Performing vehicle inspections, maintenance, and repairs in accordance with the United Nations standard of operations and manufacturers standards/recommendations.
  11. Identify, diagnose, and rectify various electrical faults on Heavy trucks, material handling equipment and earth moving equipment.
  12. Liaising with TPT Acquisition planner on procuring and verifying vehicle parts, tools and other necessary workshop equipment ordered for region/HQ.
  13. Performing any other duties as assigned by the Transport Officer/Supervisor
  14. Supervising and managing a team of international vehicle technicians and local vehicle technicians to repair light and heavy vehicles. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to:
  15. Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day)
  16. Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; network and build relationships with local organizations, groups or individuals, and support and/or participate in local volunteering initiatives.
  17. Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities.
  18. Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.
  19. Initiate and/or participate in local volunteer groups, including assisting them in submitting stories and experiences to the World Volunteer Web site.
  20. Promote or advise local groups on the use of online volunteering or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible; -Encourage, mobilize and support coworkers, fellow UNV volunteers and members of the local community to play an active part in peace and development activities on a voluntary basis.
  21. Discuss with supervisors how volunteerism for peace and development can be mainstreamed in the assignment and integrate activities promoting volunteerism for peace and development into work plans.
  22. Assist with the UNV “buddy Programme” for newly arriving UNV volunteers. Results/Expected Output:
  23. The volunteer will have contributed to strengthening the UNISFA Transport section through quality assurance mechanisms.
  24. Inclusion in Performance Appraisal Report of statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development and capacity building during your assignment such as specific quantification of mobilized volunteers, trained national colleagues, activities, capacities.
  25. The Volunteer will have created an impact on the efficiency of the Transport section as the incumbent’s own initiative will be decisive in result of work and timely finalization.

Eligibility criteria

  • Age : 27 – 80
  • Nationality : Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.


Required experience:

6 years of experience in Repair and maintenance of Trucks, Forklifts, Backhoe loaders. Familiarity in the repairs of Caterpillar Excavator, Backhoe, Grader and Forklift will be given preference, Computer skills is an added advantage.

Area(s) of expertise:


Driving license:

Manual transmission Required


  • English, Level: Fluent, Required
  • Arabic, Level: Basic, Desirable

Required education level:

Technical/vocational diploma in Mechanic for Heavy Duty Vehicle / Earth moving Equipment

Competencies and values:

  • Integrity and professionalism: high degree of personal initiative and willingness to accept wide responsibilities; ability to take ownership, and work independently under established procedures.
  • Accountability: ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations;
  • Planning, effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner, ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities.
  • Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender.
  • Communication; proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills.
  • Flexibility and willingness to live and work in hazardous and remote places, involving physical hardship and little comfort, and including possible extensive travel within the Mission area.
  • Commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity, and self-reliance; and commitment towards the UN core values.

Other information

Living conditions and remarks:

General: This assignment is based in the UNISFA Headquarters – Abyei – Sudan. Currently this duty station is designated as non-family. Due to the terrain, the area is prone to flooding during the rainy season which lasts from late May until Mid-November. The average rainy season temperature is 30°C and temperatures in the dry season average 37°C.

Accommodation: Due to the security situation in Abyei, coupled with the fact that there are limited residential accommodation options in the community that meet UN security and safety standards for staff, expatriate UN staff deployed to Abyei are generally provided secured UN accommodation in a camp-style environment. The UN-provided accommodation is equipped with minimum room furniture and is configured as single room with bath and toilet facilities. Power and water (including purified water) is provided inside the camp by the UN. As per OHRM rules, a reasonable cost recovery for accommodation is made from VLA. Due to the duration of the issuance of the Sudanese visa, UNVs may temporary and/ or permanently be assigned to Gok-Machar which is one of the UNISFA sectors where visas for Sudan are not required. Accommodation and conditions in Gok-Machar are similar to those in Abyei.

Food and Diet: There is a UN managed cafeteria inside the UN Camp in Abyei. The standard and quality of food is limited with a repetitious daily menu. Wide varieties of food are not available and may not be to the personal taste of UNVs. Volunteers may wish to cook their own meals in common kitchen facilities situated at convenient locations within the camp. This would require the volunteer to obtain basic cooking items such as saucepans, fry pans, plates, knives, etc.

Health: UN Volunteers should be aware that they could be exposed to a number of tropical diseases and should complete all medical formalities specified in the Offer or Travel Advisory before traveling. Yellow Fever vaccination is compulsory before coming to the mission area, while vaccinations for Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, Tetanus/Diptheria, Polio and Meningitis are recommended if confirmed by the volunteer’s physician. UN Volunteers, like other international personnel, are to bring their Vaccination Card to the mission. Malaria prophylaxis is highly recommended. Due to large numbers of various types of insects in the mission area, it is also recommended to use insecticide-impregnated nets and insect repellants. UN personnel have access during working hours to a Civilian Clinic (Level 1) inside the UN Camp at Abyei and 24-hour access to a fully operational military hospital (Level 2) within same camp at Abyei.

Rest and Recuperation: International personnel in UNISFA, including UN volunteers, are entitled to a 6 week Rest and Recuperation (R&R) cycle. This means that after every 6 weeks of being in the mission area, the volunteer is entitled to take a break in either Entebbe (UNISFA designated R & R location) or any other destination outside the mission area. The entitlement is 5 calendar days R&R, 1 day official (Admin) and 2 travel days. The UN flight from Abyei or any other deployed site in the mission area to Entebbe can be used for free (return flight). However, personnel are responsible for their accommodation, meals and any other expenses while on R&R. R & R trips must be approved by the supervisor.

Inclusivity statement:

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements:

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy.

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