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TELECOMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Kinshasa (Congo Democratic)

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) based in Kinshasa. The Telecommunication Officer reports to the Chief ICT Operations Management or his designate

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Telecommunications Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- 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 vendors’ proposals, performs tests and recommends selection of telecommunications equipment.
- 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 capabilities in support of staff security, including providing a focal point for inter-agency emergency field security communications liaison.
- Collaborates with FTS Training Unit 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.
- Identifies appropriate standards to procure communications equipment at the least cost and in the most expeditious manner.
- 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 a wide range of telecommunication systems with adequate skills for leading a team through the installation, maintenance and operation of these systems. Knowledge of operations of commercial telecommunications services, voice and data communications networks, telephony switching, radio, satellite, microwave and trunked radio communication systems. Ability to analyze, review, and make recommendations to improve the delivery of telecommunications services. 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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.

Education

High school diploma or equivalent and certification/diploma of other supplemental academic qualifications or training in Telecommunications are required. Industry training and certifications are desirable.

Work Experience

At least ten (10) years of working experience in electronic data transmission, network design, telecommunications and experience in providing ICT technical and operational support services related to unified communications, Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and video conferencing, including at least four years of experience at the international level . Experience in international operations in a conflict and post conflict environment is desirable. The minimum years of relevant experience is reduced to five years for candidates who possess a first level University degree.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.

Assessment

Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

The United Nations is committed to 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

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 Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (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-MONUSCO - United Nations Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Location: Kinshasa (Congo Democratic)
  • Grade: FS-6, Field Service - No need for Higher Education - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-20

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