Information Systems Officer (4 positions)
New York City
Org. Setting and Reporting
The positions are located in the Enterprise Resource Planning Solution Division (ERPSD), the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC) in New York. The Information System Officers will report to the Senior Information System Officers.
Umoja is a continuous organizational transformation, enabling high-quality, and cost-effective service delivery for evolving United Nations mandates, anywhere in the world. By updating skills, harmonizing practices and applying global technology, Umoja maximizes productivity of the UN's human, financial and material resources.
Umoja transcends organizational, geographical and functional barriers, fostering a culture of transparency, accountability, empowerment, sharing and unity across the United Nations. For more information on Umoja visit: http://umoja.un.org.
Within delegated authority, the Information Systems Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Plans and directs SAP systems projects of significant importance to the institution, or major components of these complex systems which typically impact critical operations and large or multiple user groups in one or more of the following SAP systems’ areas: Human Capital Management (HCM), Supply Chain Management (SCM), Finance or Analytics workstreams.
• Provides expert advice on functional and technical design and architecture FOR the various aspects of SAP systems; identifies the need for new systems (or modifications to existing systems) or respond to requests from users; develops plans for feasibility assessment, requirements specification, design, development and implementation, including project plans, schedules, time and cost estimates, metrics and performance measures.
• Supports management team in the identification of all issues and risks and provides input on resolution and / or mitigation plans to address the identified items.
• Manages the coordination with SAP on matters related to one or more of the following areas: HCM, SCM, Finance or Analytics in particular, related to areas of the public sector solutions, to ensure defects are reported and resolved in a timely manner. Also provides clear systems and functional requirements to SAP based on approved business process requirements.
• Develops cost proposals for contractual services, oversees the technical evaluation of proposals received and manages the contract service.
• Tracks and monitors project progress against plan, requirements, quality measures, standard processes; liaises with users on all aspects and during all phases of development and implementation.
• Provides professional leadership and work direction to assigned project team, and/or mentor and supervises the work of new/junior officers, contract staff, etc and directs the team in requirements gathering, design, configuration, functional requirements, technical design, development and testing.
• Supports design, development & maintenance of SAP technology streams, systems, tools & connecting points.
• Analyzes business and users' requirements to be translated into new SAP applications or enhancements and supports design and post-testing release of technical documentation, conducting code reviews and other steps.
• Participates in the overall design and implementation of the Umoja Solution Architecture, including determination of roadmaps, upgrades and integration strategies, enhancements as well as customization proposals, delivering risk/benefit analysis and well-documented plans with solid technical justifications.
• Participates in the execution of the most complex aspects of ERP (e.g., systems analysis, development, programming, etc.); oversees development of document and database structures, ensuring that all design aspects are addressed, and control and security mechanisms are established.
• Develops, implements and monitors information standards and guidelines, including testing paradigms.
• Prepares technical and user documentation for entire systems and interdependent applications; prepares training materials and detailed technical presentations.
• Keeps abreast of developments in the field and determines the need for testing and evaluating new products and technologies; provides leadership on introducing technological changes; prepares various technical reports.
• Collects and analyzes data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
• Participates in planning and preparation of the budget, work program and spending plan.
Professionalism: Knowledge of SAP configuration, and development, management, implementation and maintenance. Ability to make decisions regarding strategy for and oversees the design and implementation of major systems initiatives in the area of SAP Human Capital Management (HCM) or Supply Chain Management (SCM) or systems engineering or Finance or Analytics, with a particular focus on configuration and coding. 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.
Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.
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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in computer science, information systems, engineering, business administration, finance, data analytics or related field is required. A first-level university degree (Bachelor's degree or equivalent) in combination with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in planning, design, development, implementation and maintenance of computer information systems in a SAP environment including experience within the United Nations or other large comparable international organizations is required.
Experience with Human Capital Management [HCM] (HR, OM, Payroll, Travel, benefits), or Supply Chain Management [SCM] (Logistics, Procurement/SRM, Property and Asset Management, Demand/Supply Planning) or Finance (FI, GM, FM, BPC) or Analytics (data modelling in SAP BW, SAP HANA and Visualization in SAC) or systems engineering (development in ABAP, Fiori and SAP PO; SAP security administration, SAP Basis administration) is required.
Experience integrating SAP ERP with other enterprise systems including interfaces based on SOA principles and technology is desirable.
Two years or more of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.Special Notice
These positions are financed by Umoja funding. The renewal of appointment thereof is subject to the budgetary approval.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity.¿ All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
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.
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.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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