Application deadline 7 months ago: Friday 11 Feb 2022 at 23:59 UTCOpen application form
This is a F-7 contract. This kind of contract is known as Field Service. It usually requires 12 years of experience, depending on education. More about F-7 contracts.
Org. Setting and Reporting This position is located in the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS), Operations and Resource Management Pillar, Field Technology Section, and is based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Responsibilities Within delegated authority, the Telecommunications Officer is responsible for the following duties:
- Ensures that substantive work programmes and programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion;
- Develops strategies and oversees the design and implementation of major telecommunications systems initiatives; manages/oversees multiple, concurrent and often disparate tasks for projects that span regional field Missions, or, where applicable all field missions;
- Leads and directs a team of telecommunications officers/engineers; may oversee activities for a discrete nature; 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 (or modifications to existing systems) or responds to requests from customers; develops plans for feasibility assessment, designs, develops project plans, schedules, time and cost estimates and carries out implementations;
- Develops Communications' budgets and ensures proper expenditure according to UN Financial Rules;
- Manages procurement, including conducting needs assessments and benchmarks, preparing bid documents and arranging contracts; supervises, coordinates and negotiates the services required to enable the management and operation of interdependent information technology and telecommunications systems;
- Manages telecommunications 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 inter-agency collaboration in the field of telecommunications.
Performs other related duties as required.
Competencies Professionalism: Substantive knowledge in the Telecommunications field, including good supervisory skills and extensive knowledge of ICT policies, structure and strategies; ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations and preparation of reports or justification for key administrative decisions. 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.
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.
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.
Education High school diploma or equivalent is required.
Work Experience A minimum of twelve (12) years (or seven (7) years with a first level university degree) of progressively responsible experience in electronic data transmission, network design, telecommunications or related areas, including experience in developing and managing/overseeing large centralized and globally distributed institutional systems is required.
Two years' experience providing services in the field of electronic data transmission, network design, telecommunications or related areas to or in a field operation of the United Nations common system or comparable international organization is desirable.
Two years' experience in the field of electronic data transmission, network design, telecommunications or related areas in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.
Experience in budget, staffing and performance management and repotting is desirable.
Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position 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 The United Nations Secretariat maintains rosters of qualified and available candidates to fill anticipated job openings in peacekeeping operations, special political missions, and other field operations.
The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the Telecommunications Officer, FS-7 roster. The entire assessment process takes an average of six months; all applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) within 14 days of the conclusion of the process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently will be invited to apply for field mission vacancies open only to roster members. Roster membership does not guarantee selection.
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.
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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