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Software Developer - Full Stack (Retainer), Multiple positions

Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)
  • Grade: IICA-1, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Documentation and Information Management
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-24

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Background information - ITG

The UNOPS Information Technology Group (ITG) unit is focused on innovation and harnessing cutting-edge technology to deliver solutions to UNOPS that truly address business needs.

Working with UNOPS IT Group is a unique opportunity to deliver systems to users around the world - making an impact on development and solving practical problems for the UNOPS workforce and thereby help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development.
ITG’s goal is to provide greater effectiveness, efficiency, and differentiation to UNOPS products and services. UNOPS IT Group is responsible for architecting, designing, delivering, and managing all UNOPS IT infrastructure and business applications. The unit includes Enterprise Architects, Business Analysts, Solutions Designers, Developers and QA Testers from all around the world who are based primarily in Denmark and Thailand.

Background Information - Job-specific

As part of UNOPS Digital transformation, UNOPS is building a pool of skilled developers who can be called upon to support a variety of software projects. Projects could range from custom business applications, to ERP developments, to core enterprise platforms. We are looking for Software Developers who are comfortable using modern software tools and techniques to respond to diverse requirements from project teams and are able to adapt to the changing technology landscape over time. 

This is a home-based position and the specific tasks and deliverables for each retainer assignment may vary and will be detailed in the terms of reference developed for each assignment.
If you would like to know more about this position and the assessment process, please register for an upcoming information session by completing the Google Form in the link below and we will make sure to send you further details in due course: https://forms.gle/AyLaLf6rcUZXN4Fr7

Functional Responsibilities

The functions/duties/key results of this job description are generic and may not always be applicable, nor comprehensive, for all jobs under this job title.
The Software Developer works closely with other members of the ITG team to undertake developments in order to deliver business solutions that bring value to UNOPS Projects while remaining aligned with ITG standards and frameworks. The Software Developer will primarily focus on:

1. Develop business applications

2. Technical review and testing

3. Knowledge management and innovation



1. Develops business applications through the production of code artefacts
  • Implements web applications through the development of code artefacts by utilising:
                    - Modern application development platforms

                    - SQL Server or other organisationally approved data / database platforms

                    - Organisationally approved JavaScript frameworks (ExtJS, Angular, React, etc.)

  • Analyses, designs, coordinates and develops detailed technical specifications and translates them into solutions

  • Develops new modules / functionality within existing systems

  • Ensures optimal performance, scalability, and usability of business applications by adhering to established and evolving architectural standards developed by the Enterprise Architecture team and Platforms team

  • Maintains detailed technical documentation


2. Performs technical review and testing of code for business applications

  • Reviews own and other team members / external developers code to ensure quality and adherence to coding standards and practices instituted within the team

  • Undertakes unit and other forms of technical testing of business applications, ensuring that business applications work as intended and making sure the applications are optimized in terms of performance and usability. Suggests new approaches and/or tools that may be used to improve testing

  • Performs technical testing of existing and new functionality and when upgrades / patches are applied

  • Assists the Testing and Quality Assurance team in troubleshooting anomalies, understanding impacts and identifying solutions to bugs or gaps in functionality

  • Adequately documents all work activities, including code specifications and test plans


3. Embeds relevant knowledge management and innovation 

  • Contributes ideas, concerns and suggested approaches during technical design sessions with other developers

  • Contributes to the specification of web applications, ensuring high graphical and UX standards are met and brand consistency is adhered to as specified by the Enterprise Architecture and Platforms team

  • Contributes through evidence-based opinions during UX design sessions with other developers and provides feedback to the Enterprise Architecture and Platforms team on established design standards

  • Stays up to date with emerging technologies and where appropriate, advocates for their consideration

  • Advocates for the development of new, innovative concepts that could be implemented in addition to or as a replacement for existing solutions

Competencies

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

Education
  • A Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Business Administration, Computer Science or other relevant discipline is required.
  • Secondary education in combination with additional six years of experience may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree.
Experience
  • Minimum 2 years of professional experience as a full stack developer working with .NET Core (C#), ANSI SQL and JavaScript is required.
  • Knowledge of ExtJS is required
  • Knowledge of T-SQL would be a distinct advantage
  • Good knowledge of software design patterns is an advantage
  • Experience with developing business applications within large and complex enterprise IT environments would be a distinct advantage
Language
  • Full working knowledge of English is essential.
  • Knowledge of a second UN language is an asset.


Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement (ICA) Contract level: IICA-1 or LICA 9. If the selected candidate is a national of the country where the Duty Station is, a local contract will be issued following UNOPS policies and procedures. 
Contract duration: 1 year (with possibility of extension subject to business needs and satisfactory performance)

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx 

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.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • 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 is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.

Diversity

With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.


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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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