Engineer (Biomedical) P-2, TA, #128638, Kingston – Jamaica. LACRO (Non–National Only)

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UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, defend their rights, and help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.

At UNICEF, we are committed, passionate, and proud of what we do. Promoting the rights of every child is not just a job – it is a calling.

UNICEF is a place where careers are built we offer our staff diverse opportunities for personal and professional development that will help them develop a fulfilling career while delivering on a rewarding mission. We pride ourselves on a culture that helps staff thrive, coupled with an attractive compensation and benefits package.

Visit our website to learn more about what we do at UNICEF.

For every child, Good Health

UNICEF JAMAICA goal is to help to fulfil the rights of every child. 

We pursue this goal by partnering with stakeholders such as the government, non-governmental organizations, change-makers in civil society and the private sector to influence and improve laws, policies, and programmes which will impact how children access quality services. We are in a unique position to collaborate with everyone including advocates and service providers who work closely with children and their families, as well as the elected leaders who are responsible to ensure that laws and policies are in line with children’s rights. Most importantly, we integrate the voices of our children and adolescents by engaging them on the issues that affect their lives.

Focusing our attention on children in vulnerable situations, we have five priority areas in the Jamaica country programme document (2022 to 2026)

1.    Child protection
2.    Climate action and resilience 
3.    Education
4.    Social policy 
5.    Survive and thrive

Everything we do is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Jamaica ratified in 1991.

How can you make a difference? 

Key responsibilities will be:
• Provides oversight of the JCO oxygen plant project and ensures that learnings are applied for efficient and optimal implementation
• Provides technical guidance to UNICEF and the GOJ on the installation, implementation and management of the PSA plant project
• Supports UNICEF and government partners by assisting in needs assessments, planning, capacity building, as required.
• Works closely with the North-east and Southern Regional Health Authorities to support and train technical teams to operate and maintain the PSA plants at the St Ann’s Bay and May Pen Hospitals
• Contribute to technical capacity building within UNICEF and among implementing partners to ensure successful implementation of oxygen plants, and full integration of the plants into the wider oxygen infrastructure in Jamaica.
• Supports the JCO to establish and maintain a resource bank of supporting materials for implementation of oxygen plants in Jamaica
• Works closely with Oxygen Technical Assistance team in Supply Division to ensure optimal and efficient roll out, timely request for support and smooth information flow.

If you would like to know more about this position, please review the complete Job Description here:       

Download File BiomedicalEngineer TOR _JCO.pdf      

The following minimum requirements:

  • Education: First Degree in Biomedical engineering (mechanical, or electrical engineering), or other relevant area. 
  • Work Experience: At least 2 years of relevant work experience in including management of projects, oxygen delivery systems.
  • Skills                                                                                                                                                                                    Specialist knowledge of oxygen delivery systems
    Strong analytical, planning and project management skills                                                                                                        Experience in conducting field assessments for oxygen systems in different settings.                                                                      Strong technical writing skills
    Demonstrated experience managing complex projects with multiple stakeholders
    Field experience in developing countries related to implementing oxygen delivery products/systems in low resource settings
    Hands-on experience in implementation of oxygen delivery systems including PSA plant
    Experience in producing technical guidance and SOPs for use and maintenance of oxygen plant                                                     Capacity to work in a multidisciplinary team and communicate effectively with different target audiences
  • Language Requirements:  English                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The following are desirables:
  • Experience in working with UNICEF would be considered an asset
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships

(2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness

(3) Drive to achieve results for impact

(4) Innovates and embraces change

(5) Manages ambiguity and complexity

(6) Thinks and acts strategically

(7) Works collaboratively with others 


Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, time off for breastfeeding purposes, and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF does not hire candidates who are married to children (persons under 18). UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority, and discrimination. UNICEF is committed to promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station is required for IP positions and will be facilitated by UNICEF. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Should you be selected for a position with UNICEF, you either must be inoculated as required or receive a medical exemption from the relevant department of the UN. Otherwise, the selection will be canceled.


As per 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.

UNICEF’s active commitment to diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable males are encouraged to apply.

Government employees who are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government positions before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason. 

UNICEF does not charge a processing fee at any stage of its recruitment, selection, and hiring processes (i.e., application stage, interview stage, validation stage, or appointment and training). UNICEF will not ask for applicants’ bank account information.

All UNICEF positions are advertised, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. An internal candidate performing at the level of the post in the relevant functional area, or an internal/external candidate in the corresponding Talent Group, may be selected, if suitable for the post, without assessment of other candidates.


Additional information about working for UNICEF can be found here.

Advertised: 06 Jun 2024 SA Pacific Standard Time
Deadline: 14 Jun 2024 SA Pacific Standard Time

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