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  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Valencia
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: 2017-12-18

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ICT Technology Engineer (SIR – Surveillance, Intelligence, Reconnaissance)


Background Information - Job-specific

The United Nations Department of Field Support, Information and Communications Technology Division (UN DFS-ICTD) is responsible for the delivery of  technology solutions that satisfy the requirements of the Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support (DPKO/DFS) missions as well as Special Political Missions (SPMs) globally. 
DFS has implemented a range of systems to address the principal requirements of peacekeeping operations and to support and enhance the processes DFS undertakes. 

UNOPS has been requested to assist in the implementation of this activity

Functional Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of Senior UNOPS Programme Manager, the incumbent for this post will be placed in the UN Department of Field Support and will report to the Chief Technology Development, Design & Planning Section. 

The ICT Technology  Engineer (SIR – Surveillance, Intelligence, Reconnaissance) helps in initiating and promoting technology innovations, integrating military and civilian technologies and expertise, in support of making UN peace operations more effective and efficient; and creates synergies that emphasise on enhanced operational performance, impact and capacities through the introduction of modern technology to UN peacekeeping and field missions.

The ICT Technology  Engineer (SIR – Surveillance, Intelligence, Reconnaissance) will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Work with clients, vendor and technical teams to carry out feasibility studies, analysis, design, implementation of new ICT systems and technologies into a day to day military or police related operation. Work closely with civilian, military and police in active service on proof of concept and pilot projects. 
  • Develop  specifications for equipment and services requirements related to innovative systems and technologies.
  • Coordinate with other UNGSC units to support the related technogies
  • Program, test and pre-commission new equipment prior to deployment in fully production environement.
  • Draft Standard Operating Procedures for complex security based systems.
  • Develop “Knowledge Transfer” plans and technical instruction strategies while overseeing the technology/service implementation
  • Assist client team with expertise regarding the fault diagnosis, analyses the complex system problems; advises any remedial action required and follows up on the progress.
  • Understand information workflows and applications used in tracking and  monitoring the system performance 
  • Work on technologies to enhance a  common operating picture
  • Perform other duties as required 
Impact of Results 
  • The result of work of the ICT Technology  Engineer (SIR – Surveillance, Intelligence, Reconnaissance) impacts directly on delivery of services that satisfy the requirements of the Department as well as the performance of the services implemented in the DFS/DPKO field missions and headquarters. It will also ensure proper processes and methodologies are followed and implemented according to the latest of the industry standards. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring activities for all global locations are in line with the overall business targets and UN policies, rules and regulations.


Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • Advanced university degree in Information Systems, Computer Science, Electronics, Communications, Engineering or related fields. A first level university degree with a combination of 2 additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. High school diploma with additional years of relevant experience may be accepted.



  • A minimum of 2 years of progressively responsible experience in the Surveillance, Intelligence, Reconnaissance (SIR) or related areas preferably in a military context.
  • Experience developing, installing and operating advanced security and military force protection technologies as well as sensor based systems and advanced monitoring technologies
  • Understanding of information workflows and applications used to track monitor and visualize significant incidents.
  • Familiar with working closely with military in an operational environment and first hand experience of military command and control systems.


  • Understanding and experience in developing an operational common operating picture.
  • Experience of operational activities utilizing unmanned ariel systems.
  • Exposure to other innovative technologies in areas outside the military or security areas is desirable. 
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in written and oral English is required. Knowledge of a second UN language is desirable.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Fixed Term
Contract level: P2
Contract duration: 1 Year (renewable subject to funds availability and satisfactory performance)

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Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale. 

Background information- ECR

Based in Geneva, the Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECR) supports UNOPS offices throughout the region through: management, financial and programmatic oversight of global and country-specific portfolios, clusters and operations centres, including hosting services; fund and management advisory services; project implementation; procuring goods and services; and managing human resources.

ECR ensures that projects are executed to the highest standards, providing a shared knowledge base and ensuring that best practices and lessons learned are disseminated between business units and projects across the entire region.

 ECR strategy is to:

  • Strengthen UNOPS role in operationalizing the Sustainable Development Goals with particular emphasis on health, environment and economic development.
  • Position UNOPS in the Balkan sub-region, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
  • Strengthen the implementation of ECR global and regional programmes, with revitalized partnerships in infrastructure, procurement and project management.

ECR operates global portfolios from offices in Geneva, Brussels and New York, and country-specific programmes from its operations and project centres located in Eastern Europe and Central Asian countries.

Background Information - Development Group Cluster

Based in the New York, the UNOPS Development Group Cluster supports diverse partners with their peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. For example, within the United Nations Development Programme, the Cluster works with the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support and the Office of South-South Cooperation.

The cluster also supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as a broadening community of other New York-based United Nations organizations in the delivery of project management and implementation services

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