US Embassy Nairobi – Mechanical Engineer.

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Under the supervision of the Deputy Facility Manager (Functional), the Mechanical Engineer is responsible for maintaining all of the components of the New Embassy Compound (NEC) Mechanical Systems including the Building Automation System, Chiller Plant, Air Handling Units, Variable Air Volume (VAV) System, the Potable Water treatment plant and distribution system, Sanitary Sewage and storm water management systems, the irrigation system, the swimming pool equipment, and the Oil Water Separator Systems.  Responsibilities include supervision of the posts maintenance staff that maintains all mechanical equipment and systems throughout the New Embassy Compound/New Consulate Compound (NEC/NCC) office, residential and ancillary buildings, and the grounds.

Qualifications and Evaluations



Must have a minimum of five years’ experience working as a project engineer / engineer at a manufacturing plant, major resort, hospital, office complex or a large university/school system managing a preventative maintenance program that incorporates and utilizes a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) to track scheduled and unscheduled maintenance requests and their related expenses.  The incumbents work experience must demonstrate a progression of increased responsibility throughout their career, including developing scopes of work, construction documents (plans and specifications) and cost estimates for new construction projects, building repairs, equipment overhauls, and equipment replacement schedules.  In addition, the candidate should have a minimum of one year experience in management and supervisory..   


Must know mechanical theory including the laws of thermodynamics, how to size mechanical equipment including air-conditioners, fan coil units, boilers, air handling units, pumps, water and hydronic piping systems, heat exchangers, and other associated mechanical equipment.  Must know basic electrical theory, especially ohms law, in order to troubleshoot problems with mechanical system controls.  Must know how to diagnose the root cause of a mechanical problem and what materials and equipment will be needed to facilitate the repairs.  Must know how to work safely on mechanical equipment and components including the use of lock out / tag out safety measure.   Must have knowledge of local mechanical companies, contractors and supply stores that can provide material and/or service support for mechanical systems within his/her area of responsibility.  Must have detailed technical knowledge of the all mechanical systems within his/her area of responsibility.

Education Requirements:

The completion of a 4-year Bachelor of Science degree, or equivalent, in Mechanical Engineering, or simliar engineering degree that is close in degree course requirements, from an accredited university program is required.  To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited or equivalent by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), or an equivalent host-country engineering board, as a professional engineering curriculum.



Level IV English (Fluent, Writing/Reading/Speaking) is required. (This may be tested) and Level IV Swahili (Fluent, Writing/ Reading/ Speaking) is required.


The incumbent must be able to read and interpret mechanical drawings, riser diagrams, wiring schematics, various equipment schedules, and other construction documents.  The incumbent must have good computer skills, able to use and navigate through the Microsoft Office Software suite package using MS Word, Office, Excel, Database entry, AutoCAD, and MS project.  The incumbent will be proficient with mechanical engineering drafting, engineering management software, preparation and maintenance of daily construction inspection logs, capable of reviewing coordination design drawings for code compliance, and have the ability to create mechanical engineering cost estimates and provide briefings to the  Senior/Deputy Facility Manager, the Management Counselor, and other stakeholders on mechanical engineering issues.  The incumbent must be skilled at drafting detailed and concise written reports in English for the Senior/Deputy Facility Manager.  The incumbent must be able to work independently, with little or no supervision from the Senior/Deputy Facility Manager, and develop short- and long-range work plans for self and others, prioritizing assignments based upon criticality and order of receipt.  The incumbent must be skilled at drafting detailed and concise written reports in English for the Senior/Deputy Facility Manager.  A driver’s license with a clean driving record is required, must have had a valid driver’s license for a minimum of five (5) years. Must have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to handle a large workload and multiple tasks simultaneously. Must be highly organized. 

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO):  The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.


All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.


Closing Date: 11/12/2021 




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