TELECOMMUNICATIONS OFFICER - INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES

Multiple locations

Special Notice

The United Nation Secretariat maintains rosters of qualified and available candidates to fill anticipated job openings in peacekeeping operations, special political missions, and other field operations.
The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the Telecommunications Officer, Innovative Technologies, P3 roster.
The entire assessment process takes an average of six months; all applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) within 14 days of the conclusion of the process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently will be invited to apply for field mission vacancies open only to roster members. Roster membership does not guarantee selection.

Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located outside of Headquarters, and particularly in the peacekeeping missions. The grade of the Telecommunications Officer is related to the size and complexity of the mission/office, and may range from FS6 to P4. The Telecommunications Officer reports directly to the Chief of Unit/Section.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Telecommunications Officer will be responsible for the following duties: (These duties are not all inclusive nor are all duties carried out by all Telecommunications Engineers.)

• Designs, installs tests and commissions various telecommunications systems such as local area networks, metro-area network, or country-wide or regional networks.

• Drafts specifications and standards for telecommunications equipment such as hubs, routers, switching systems, etc.

• Provides support for the development of technical specifications for procurement of equipment; evaluates vendor proposals, performs tests and recommends selection of telecommunications equipment.

• Participate in the procurement process of equipment at the least cost, most expeditious manner, and operational impact.

• Provides support to innovative business improvements through the introduction of new technologies.

• Establishes performance standards for telecommunications equipment and services and recommends corrective measures to improve service quality and operational performance.

• Provides planning support for rapid set-up and operation of communications infrastructure from “scratch” at local and wide area levels, including visiting regional sites for technical reconnaissance missions.

• Provides engineering services related to planning, implementation and maintenance of local and wide area telecommunications networks.

• Provides emergency communications solutions in support of civilians and staff security, including providing a focal point for inter-agency emergency field security communications liaison.

• Collaborates with Human Resources in the preparation of training modules and other training activities in all aspects of communications technology usage.

• Prepares and makes presentations on telecommunications networks and equipment to staff and other UN agencies.

• Liaise with Mission Decision Team on integration of innovative technologies in to operational planning and execution.

• Ensures effective coordination with other UN agencies in order to maximize possibilities of inter-agency collaboration in the field of telecommunications.

• Supervises staff/technicians as required.

• Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism:
Knowledge of communication equipment with adequate skills for their installation and maintenance. Knowledge of operations of commercial telecommunications services, voice and data communications techniques, radio and satellite communication systems. Ability to analyze telecommunication data and conduct reviews. Knowledge of innovative business improvements through the introduction of new technologies. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Communication:
Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Technological Awareness:
Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in electronic, technical or communications engineering, technical science, computer technology or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in electronic data transmission, network design, communications or related area is required. Experience in contract management and project management is required. Experience in supporting innovative business improvements through the introduction of new technologies is required.

One (1) years’ experience in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) – or similar international organisation or non-governmental organisation – in a conflict or post-conflict setting, or similar experience in a military operations environment is desirable.

Experience in one of the following areas is desirable:
• Experience in implementation or support of any type of electronic sensors and platforms used for information collection, or • Experience in technology solutions for the protection of civilians, personnel and premises in hostile environments, or • Experience in presentation and management of information obtained from electronic sensors is desirable.

Languages

French and English are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; working knowledge of French is desirable; Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations

According to 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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UN-DFS - United Nations Department of Field Support
  • Location: Multiple locations
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Closing Date: 2017-03-29