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Senior Solutions Architect (P4)

New York City (United States of America) | Brindisi | Valencia | Geneva

  • Organization: UNICC - United Nations International Computing Center
  • Location: New York City (United States of America) | Brindisi | Valencia | Geneva
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Closing Date: 2020-12-02

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Applications from women are particularly encouraged for this vacancy

Please note that this post is a re-advertisement in order to attract a wider pool of candidates. Previous applicants do not need to re-apply, as their application is still under consideration.

Purpose of the Position:

The Senior Solutions Architect will interact with ICC’s Client organizations to analyse business needs, develop fit-for-purpose solutions, and facilitate the implementation of these solutions across various digital technology domains.

Objectives of the Programme:

The objectives of the Centre, as stated by its mandate, are to provide information and communication technology (ICT) services (including training) on an inter-organizational basis.

Main duties and responsibilities:

The incumbent will work under the direct supervision and guidance of the Chief Technology Officer within the Solution Architecture Section (CPS), within the Client and Projects Division (CP), and in close collaboration with the Solution Architecture team. The incumbent could be requested to do any other tasks of similar level in related fields. S/he will more specifically:

  • Work with different external (client) and internal (technical teams) stakeholders to expand business needs into requirements and explore best possible and cost-effective technology solutions.
  • Supervise the development and implementation of the required solutions, by working closely with different technical teams and developers, during the different project phases.
  • Provide artefacts, analysis reports and solution architecture designs that comply with business prerequisites, oversight of project reviews and framework; along with relevant documentation.
  • Utilize knowledge and experience to make well-informed build vs buy decisions.
  • Provide guidance on architectural practices to clients as well as internal teams.
  • Build prototypes for emerging technology, lead testing and knowledge transfer to technology teams.
  • Interact with clients and support colleagues from ICC’s Business Relationship Management (BRM) team during the pre-sales to sales cycle.
  • Provide technical leadership and support to colleagues within ICC
  • If required, supervise junior colleagues in CPS as and when required.
  • Keep abreast of latest technology trends to feed ICC technological strategies and to deliver innovative solutions in a swiftly changing ecosystem

Experience and Skills required:

  • Seven years or more of progressing experience in developing integrated solutions within a broad technical context; with at least 3 years in multi-cultural and global international environment.
  • Minimum 5 years of solutions architecture or technical design with experience implementing enterprise solutions with at least 3 years in multi-cultural and global international environment
  • Technical Knowledge required:
    • Technology Understanding: Broad understanding of various technology-sets, inter-alia, RPA, Digital Experience platforms, Enterprise applications (ERP,
      Document/Knowledge/Records management), bespoke application development.
    • Cloud Native Services: Building solutions with cloud native technologies – specifically with AWS and Azure services; as well as using some of the technologies with on-prem hybrid cloud.
    • Software Architecture Principles/Patterns: Understanding of different software design principles and patterns for web technology based applications SoA, micro-services and mobile applications.
    • DevOps: Clear understanding of DevOps processes and technologies for CI/CD.
    • Middleware and Integration: Enterprise service bus (ESB), Messaging queue management, developing integration interfaces, API and web services.
    • Data: Understanding of data ingestion, storage, analysis, interrogation and visualization using modern toolsets.
    • Tools: Familiarity with anyone of toolsets such as Atlassian stack, Azure DevOps, Github or Gitlab.
    • Product Practices: Understanding of creating MVPs and outcome based product builds
    • Project Practices: Knowledge of different project management practices such as Agile, waterfall etc.
    •  Security: Knowledge of data and information security.
  • Exhibits a customer-centric engineering approach with an outside perspective.
  • Excellent Communication, negotiation and presentation skills.
  • Welcomes new technologies and proposes innovative solutions that propel business value.
  • Demonstrates the capacity necessary to succeed in a nimble, quick and frequently unclear environment.
  • Team building and managing cross-functional teams.
  • Desirable experience:
    • Working for a IT system integrator and/or service provider serving external clients.
    • Experience of working practices within ‘not-for-profit’ International Organizations.
    • Understanding of UN eco-systems and ICC’s product and services.
    • Desirable Technical Knowledge:
      • Experience in programming (any language such as Python, C, C++, C#, Rust, Go).
      • System administration experience in build and managing complex services with automation.
      • Understanding and experience of Web-technology stacks.
      • Understanding of ICT Infrastructure (storage, virtual machines, containers, networks)
      • Understanding of IT Service delivery processes
      • Data modelling and Database Management systems
      • Good understanding of the UN system, its organizations and their inter-relationships



  • Master’s level university degree (or equivalent educational qualifications) in Computer Science or related field
  • A first university degree and an additional 4 years of work experience relevant to the vacancy may be substituted to a Master’s degree


  • Expert knowledge of English is required
  • French: Intermediate knowledge is desirable
  • Knowledge of any another official United Nations language is an advantage

ICC Global Competencies:

  • Teamwork: Develops and promotes effective relationships with colleagues and team members. Deals constructively with conflicts
  • Communicating: Expresses oneself clearly in conversations and interactions with others; listens actively. Produces effective written communications. Ensures that information is shared.
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences: Demonstrates the ability to work constructively with people of all backgrounds and orientations. Respects differences and ensures that all can contribute.
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment: Guides and motivates staff towards meeting challenges and achieving objectives. Promotes ownership and responsibility for desired outcomes at all levels.
  • Producing results: Produces and delivers quality results. Is action oriented and committed to achieving outcomes.
  • Moving forward in a changing environment: Is open to and proposes new approaches and ideas. Adapts and responds positively to change.


Annual Salary Estimation (net of tax at single rate):

  • New York, including post adjustment (70.3% on August 2020): US$ 125,198.
  • Brindisi, including post adjustment (31.1% on August 2020): US$ 96,380.
  • Geneva, including post adjustment (80,1% on August 2020): US$ 132,403.
  • Valencia, including post adjustment (35% on August 2020): US$ 99,247.

UNICC also offers generous leave and absence allowances, flexible working hours, overtime compensation, teleworking, access to training, and depending on eligibility other benefits such as relocation grant, dependency allowance, language allowance, or education grant.

Closing date for applications:

Applications will be accepted until midnight (Geneva Time) on 2 December 2020.


  • Technical and/or personality tests may be carried out as part of the selection process
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted
  • Though you may not be selected for this advertised position, the ICC will keep your application in a roster if your profile is deemed to be of potential interest for the Centre. You may thus be solicited by our HR department to participate in an interview for another position

Applications from women are particularly encouraged for this vacancy

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