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IT Assistant

Buenos Aires (Argentina)

  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  • Grade: GS-4, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-19

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Post Number : 3ARIEP0015PA

Grade : G-4

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Argentina

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 18-SEP-2020


UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism


Only nationals of Argentina may apply for this position. 

Duration of Contract: One (1) year with the possibility of an extension subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds 


As the only specialized organization with the mandate to support educational policy, planning and management, the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) plays a unique role within the United Nations system. IIEP was established in 1963 as an integral part of UNESCO. It supports ministries of education around the world and other key actors to plan and manage education systems through its programmes of training, technical assistance, policy research and knowledge sharing. Follow this link for more information about IIEP’s global role.

This position is located in IIEP’s Buenos Aires Office Under the overall authority of the Head of Office , the direct supervision of the Administrative Officer and  the ICT Officer in Paris, the incumbent will be responsible for resolving  ICT-related issues  in a timely and efficient manner. Specifically the incumbent will:

  • Provide first level IT support to all staff and trainees at IIEP via the Helpdesk.  Diagnose, detect, solve and follow up on IT issues which include:

- advising staff on the proper use of software products such as MS Office and Skype for Business;

- data backup and restoration;

- virus and malware detection, removal and prevention;

- research and retrieval of data from internal and external sources;

- troubleshooting services such as printing, Internet connection, etc.


  • Respond to users’ questions and needs regarding network access including managing user passwords and rights.
  • Provide ICT support to teleconferences, videoconferences and key events.
  • Perform technical functions including computer imaging and deployment, hardware and software installations, upgrades and routine repairs.
  • Monitor the state of the IT infrastructure and network and collaborate with IIEP Paris IT team on any technical related issues.
  • Monitor the state of IIEP computers and ensure they are up to date with the latest software patches and anti-virus definitions.
  • Manage IT stock supplies and spare parts.
  • Participate and assist in the organisation of training of IIEP staff on ICT issues.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Accountability (C) Communication (C) Innovation (C) Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C) Planning and organizing (C) Results focus (C) Teamwork (C) - For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS


  • Secondary, Technical or Vocational School Training with a recognised qualification in Information Communication Technology (ICT).

Work Experience

  • Minimum 3 years of experience in the field of information technologies (IT including Helpdesk support, maintenance of hardware and software packages and applications).
  • Experience with TCP/IP networks, routing and firewalls.
  • Experience with Symantec Endpoint Manager and IT ticketing systems.
  • Experience with Microsoft Active Directory, MS Exchange, Powershell, Linux and VMWare.

Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent Computer skills and use of relevant software such as MS Office and MS Visio.
  • Excellent knowledge of Skype for Business, WebEx, Zoom and other online communication tools.
  • Good knowledge of Windows Update Services.
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness, initiative, maturity, tact, astuteness and the ability to identify problem areas and resolve them effectively and efficiently.
  • Ability and willingness to acquire and apply new knowledge and techniques to  own work.
  • Good communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability to explain and present technical information, effectively train/advise users on systems related issues, applications etc., and prepare written documentation in a clear, concise style.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills. 
  • Ability to work in a multicultural team  environment.


  • Excellent/Very good knowledge of English and Spanish.


Work Experience

  • Relevant certification in hardware and software management.
  • Experience in an international work environment.


  • Knowledge of Portuguese.

UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which, where applicable, may include 30 days annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan etc. For more information on benefits and entitlements, please follow this link: ICSC booklet



Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted. The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. 


UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.


       UNESCO applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.

UNESCO is committed to achieve and sustain gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from non-and under-represented Member States (last update here) are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.



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