Building Manager, UN Eco-building (part-time); MNE 13-036

Location : Podgorica, MONTENEGRO
Application Deadline :11-Sep-13 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-3
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :December 2013 - December 2014
Expected Duration of Assignment :12 months, with possibility for extension


Since 2002, the UN Agencies in Montenegro agreed to pursue the idea of seeking support from within the UN (common services grant), the Government and bilateral donors to establish common premises. The agencies felt that establishing a single roof would strengthen the UN System presence, and meet a stated goal of the UN Secretary General under the Simplification and Harmonization initiative. Agreeing on this, the team forged the idea of developing an Eco Premises as both an innovative way of raising funds and a symbolic gesture of respect to the Montenegrin Constitution’s claim as an Ecological State. Moreover, the relocation of the UN family in Montenegro in the new joint premises comes from the fact that the Government of Montenegro voluntarily requested adoption of Delivering as One (DaO) reform in January 2007 and the country officially began implementation of the UN reform in 2010.
UN Development Group’s Chair, Ms. Helen Clark, laid the cornerstone of the Building together with the Prime Minister of Montenegro during her visit to Montenegro in September 2010. The construction is now about to be finalized. The agencies are expected to move under one roof by the end of 2013.
The UN Eco Premises is conceptualised using efficient, ecological technology and a modern design. Being designed as a single-floor building and embedded in the landscape, the UN Eco building smoothly fits into the landmark between two bridges. Just as the building costs to the UN have been minimized thanks to the generous contribution of the project partners, on-going costs have also been minimized through the careful design and construction of the building. By producing energy on-site, and using it more efficiently, energy bills are expected to be zero, and any excess energy that is produced will be donated to the national grid.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the UNDP Operations Manager and overall guidance of the UN Operations Management Team, the Building Manager will be responsible for managing all activities related to the maintenance and functioning of the common premises and related services within the Eco-Shared Premises. The incumbent will be employed on part-time basis (50%).
To ensure a sound and collegial management of the Eco-building in Montenegro, the incumbent will consult the UN Operations Management Team during the execution of his/her duties. 

More specifically the selected incumbent will:
  • Maintain smooth functioning of all systems of the UN building, in coordination with contracted servicing companies, including: electricity (internal electric grid, generator, UPS, photo-voltaic solar panel system, etc.); HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning); communication – landline telephones, internal networks (except computer LANs); security systems – anti-burglar alarm, access control and video surveillance, fire alarm and sprinklers; water supply and sewage; waste removal; elevator; gardening/landscaping.
  • Perform minor repairs in the interior and exterior of the building;
  • Prepare annual work plan for running of the common premises including a draft annual budget for building maintenance/ management;
  • Liaise with the UN Operations Management Team to seek views on needs and different proposals;
  • Liaise closely with the UN Country Security Focal Point and Security Advisor in UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) to ensure consistency in the management of security related services and UN common services in the UN House;
  • Liaise closely with UNDSS  regarding infrastructure needed for the security guards to properly perform their functions;
  • Liaise with local authorities in relation to UN building maintenance and management;
  • Perform any other task related to building maintenance.
Immediately following the selection of the best candidate by mid-September 2013, the incumbent will be expected to undergo a basic training about functioning of the main systems in the building. However, the envisaged official start date of employment will be at the beginning of December 2013.  


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UN;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Functional Competencies: 

  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more areas, acts on learning plan and applied newly acquired skills;
  • Seeks and applies knowledge, information and best practices from within and outside of UN/UNDP;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
  • Proven ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, to work both independently and in teams, to demonstrate self-confidence;
  • Demonstrates ability to manage complexities and work under pressure, as well as conflict resolution skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills with developed attention to detail.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Secondary Degree; University Degree in Engineering is desirable, but it is not the requirement.


  • Minimum 5 years of relevant working experience.


  • Fluency in Montenegrin language;
  • Good knowledge of written and spoken English language.

Other skills:

  • Good computer skills.

Application procedure:
This is a re-advertisement. Interested candidates are requested to submit their applications by September 11, 2013 by using the Apply now button. Candidates who have already applied need not reapply.  

The application should contain a duly completed Personal History Form (P11) that can be downloaded from .
The short-listed candidates only will be invited for an interview.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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