Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC) provides critical Supply Chain, Geospatial, Information and Telecommunications Technologies services and Training to all Secretariat Entities, Peacekeeping and Special Political missions, Agencies, Funds and Programmes of the UN system worldwide.
This position is located in the Digital Security and Assurance Unit (DSAU) of the Service for Geospatial, Information Technology and Telecommunication (SGITT) of the Global Service Centre. The incumbent will be based in Brindisi and will report to the Chief of the Service and Information Security Management Section.
Within the limits of delegated authority, the Telecommunications Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Manages the Digital Security and Assurance unit and ensures that substantive work programs and programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion.
• Develops strategies and oversees the design and implementation of major information security service delivery initiatives; manages/oversees multiple, concurrent, and often disparate tasks for projects; lead activities related to ISO 27001 certification.
• Leads and directs a team of digital security and assurance personnel; may oversee activities for a discrete work section or equivalent; plans and allocates work assignments; coaches, mentors, and evaluates staff; participates in recruitment and selection of new staff and in the development of training programs.
• Identifies the need for new systems and services (or modifications to existing systems and services) or responds to requests from customers; develops plans for feasibility assessment, designs, development and implementation, including project plans, schedules, time and cost estimates.
• Develops the Units' budgets and ensures proper expenditure according to UN Financial Rules.
• Manages procurements, including conducting needs assessments and benchmarks, preparing bid documents and arranging contracts; supervises, coordinates and negotiates services required to enable the management and operation of interdependent information technology and telecommunications systems.
• Manages information assets with respect to deployment, usage and redeployment.
• Provides emergency communications capabilities in support of staff security, including providing a focal point for inter-agency emergency field security communications liaison; ensures effective coordination with other UN Agencies in order to maximize possibilities of interagency collaboration in the field of information technology and telecommunications.
• Performs other related duties as required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of the management, design, implementation and maintenance of complex information and telecommunications systems and services; strong knowledge in the area of information security, ability to organize and manage diverse and cross-functional groups, across geographically dispersed locations, for large-scale regional and, where applicable, inter-mission projects in conflict and post conflict areas; ability to develop and oversee large centralized or decentralized institutional systems and services; conceptual and strategic analytical capacity to understand information and telecommunications systems, service management processes, information security and business operational issues so as to thoroughly analyze and evaluate critical systems matters; ability to integrate knowledge with broader operational objectives; ability to improve processes and approaches; demonstrates adaptability to changing priorities; knowledge of organization's ICT and telecommunications strategy as it relates to user area(s); strong negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement on difficult issues. 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.
CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
PLANNING & 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.
MANAGING PERFORMANCE: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority. Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff. Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative. Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises performance fairly.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in telecommunications engineering, information systems, or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with additional two (2) years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.Job - Specific Qualification
CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification is desirable.
Any ITIL 4 Specialist Certification or ITIL 4 Managing Professional Certification is desirable.
A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in
telecommunications, information systems, or related area is required.
Experience in managing information security systems is required.
Experience in managing and coordinating ISO 27001 ISMS certification and audit is desirable.
Experience providing IT services to or in a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization is desirable.
French and English are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this job opening, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
This position is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension.
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.
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.
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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