Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Standing Police Capacity (SPC) of the Police Division based in Brindisi (Italy) at the United Nations Global Center (UNGSC). The SPC is a UN Police mechanism for starting up police operations in new UN peace operations as well as assisting existing operations on a continual basis.
Under the direct supervision of a Team Leader in the SPC, the Telecommunications Officer assists in the development and implementation of law enforcement communication and information management systems.
The Telecommunications Officer is expected from time to time to be away from his/her duty station for a period up to three months. The incumbent ensures that the SPC, as it is deployed into the mission areas of UN peace operations, is prepared to support national law enforcement agencies in the control and identification of personnel, protection and dissemination of sensitive information, and planning and organization of operations through the effective and efficient use of IM hardware and software, as they may or may not be prevalent. This work is done in line with the strategic mission of the UN Police, which is to build institutional law enforcement capacity in post-conflict environments. The development and strengthening of law enforcement IM systems is the primary focus of the job.
Within delegated authority, the Telecommunications Officer is responsible for the following duties:
•Designs various telecommunications networks; manages the design, installation and maintenance of telecommunications systems such as C band and Ku band satellite systems, digital microwave systems and video conferencing equipment. Interfaces and with the local host government Intelsat designated signatory and the Intelsat Headquarters, regarding permission to deploy plus commissioning and verification testing respectively.
• Drafts specifications and standards for equipment required;
• Implements telecommunications standards; ensures guidelines are complied with, and that schedules and deadlines are met;
• Manages the design, planning and installation of a wide range of HF, VHF and UHF equipment and develops any modifications or network changes;
• Manages the design, planning and installation of medium and high capacity telephone PABX systems;
• Plans and directs major telecommunications systems projects of significant importance to the Mission;
• Establishes performance standards for telecommunications equipment and services and recommends corrective measures to improve service quality and operational performance;
• Provides planning support for rapid deployment of communications networks and infrastructure at the inception of new missions or projects, including visiting sites for technical reconnaissance missions;
• Reviews the submission and processing of telecommunications requisitions for equipment supplies and spares;
• Recommends selection of the most suitable type of communications equipment;
• Coordinates with the communications assets management unit regarding the accountability of the inventory, the requisitioning system, ensuring minimum sparing and supplies levels, receiving and inspection of equipment, disposal of obsolete and defective items by property survey board action;
• Monitors the performance and service levels provided by contractors, ensures guidelines are complied with, ensures schedules and deadlines are met, takes action on any shortfalls recorded;
• Initiates contact with counterparts within United Nations agencies to maximize inter-agency collaboration;
• Manages and is responsible for the effective and efficient operation of all telecommunications networks located within the mission including individual units such as the Satellite, Microwave, VHF/UHF/HF, Telephone, Switchboard, Telephone Billing, Rigging, Communications Center and Office Equipment Units;
• Interfaces with local authorities and governmental offices to obtain telephone lines, frequency allocations, tower permissions, frequency allocations, and any other formality necessary to obtain and deliver telecommunications services to the Mission.
• Plans new telecommunications systems and networks; implements enhancements and upgrades required;
• Provides emergency communications capabilities in support of staff security and evacuation plans;
• Participates in writing reports on telecommunications related topics, network requirements and strategy.
• Oversees site surveys, site access applications, frequency coordination, radio coverage/link
feasibility analyses path profiles and propagation tests, ensuring all ancillary equipment and
accessories are compatible;
• Assist in developing relevant legislation, SOP, guidelines, policies and operational workflow of use of drones in the work of law enforcement.
• Ensures effective project management of the assigned projects by maintaining the delivery of appropriate technical and operational outputs, while tracking the project progress through monitoring, evaluation and reporting and maintains collaborative working relationships among key project partners and donors, through effective communication, consultation and reporting;
• Provides advice regarding complex projects or third line complex repairs required on any equipment;
• Performs other duties, as assigned.
Professionalism – Knowledge of democratic policing, law enforcement, community safety and capacity-building; good research, knowledge of operating systems, operating systems administration and data security. 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.
Technological Awareness - Keeps abreast of available technology; Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; Shows willingness to learn new technology.
Teamwork - Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; Places team agenda before personal agenda; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in telecommunications engineering, electronic engineering or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in telecommunications, electronic data transmission, network design or related area is required.
At least two (2) years experience providing services in the field of telecommunications, electronic data transmission, network design or related area to or in a field operation of the United Nations common system or comparable international organization is desirable.
Experience in national or international police or other law enforcement agencies is desirable.
Experience in operational use of drones is desirable.
Experience in project management and policy development is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French is desirable.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him
or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their
careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
This position is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to
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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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