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Technical Lead- Satellite Ground Stations (Retainer)


  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Dhaka
  • Grade: Mid level - IICA-3, International Individual Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Outer space and satellite technology
    • Documentation and Information Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

Job categories Engineering
Vacancy code VA/2024/B5514/27557
Level ICS-12
Department/office AR, SAMCO, Bangladesh
Duty station Dhaka, Bangladesh
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-3
Duration Retainer - 1 year with possibility of extension
Application period 19-Feb-2024 to 08-Apr-2024
Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Functional Responsibilities

The Consultant's key functional responsibilities will include, but not limited to, will be the following:

Key responsibilities: 

1. Pre Tender Stage:

  • Collaborate with stakeholders to define the requirements and technical specifications for the polar orbiting satellite ground station system.

  • Design a system architecture, including antennas, receivers, signal processing equipment, and control systems.

  • Perform market research to ascertain availability, pricing, lead time, and post-support, maintenance, and training needs.

  • Drafting a project work plan that outlines timeframes and cost estimates.

  • Developing pre qualification criteria for potential tenderers.

  • Assisting SPARRSO in identifying potential installation sites, developing layout plans, and determining infrastructure-related needs.

  • Assist SPAARSO by incorporating technical insights into their tender documents.

2. Tender invitation, evaluation, contract negotiation, and award Stage:

  • Assist SPAARSO in addressing inquiries from Tenderers and facilitating pre-tender meeting, if arranged.

  • Assist SPAARSO in their tender evaluation process and selecting a suitable tenderer based on agreed criteria, offering expert opinions on highly technical matters.

  • Support SPAARSO in conducting contract negotiations with the selected evaluated tenderer and managing the contract award process.

3. Post Award Stage:

  • Creating quality assurance guidelines and a comprehensive testing and acceptance plan for the ground station equipment.

  • Overseeing the testing process to ensure that the delivered system meets all specified technical requirements.

4. Installation, Commissioning and capacity building

  • Assist SPARRSO in supervising the installation and commissioning of the ground station and its accessories as per the agreed design. 

  • Assist SPARRSO ensuring the functionality of the contractor's work is certified. 

  • Ensure that comprehensive documentation, including technical specifications, manuals, and system documentation, is provided by the vendor.

  • Coordinating with vendors to ensure that training programs are provided for the organization's staff on the operation and maintenance of the ground station.

  • Facilitate knowledge transfer to the SPARRSO team.

5. Assignment Completion Report:

  • A final report detailing the technical assistance provided to the SPARRSO, including delivered products, lessons learned, and recommendations.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • Advanced degrees (master's and/ or Ph.D.) in satellite communication, remote sensing, or a closely related field is required. 
  • A  bachelor's degree in a relevant field such as Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Telecommunications, or a related discipline.  

  • Minimum of 10 years of overall experience in space science, GIS, and remote sensing technologies.

  • At least 5 years experience in designing, implementing, and maintaining satellite ground stations, preferably with a focus on polar orbiting satellites.

  • Must have hands-on experience with satellite communication equipment and ground station hardware.

  • Prior involvement in the setup and operation of ground stations for polar orbiting satellite missions. (asset)

  • Experience working with space agencies, satellite operators, or organizations involved in satellite data reception and processing.(asset)

Language Requirements
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required.

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