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Posting Title: CHIEF OF UNIT, INFORMATION SYSTEMS, P4
Job Code Title: CHIEF OF UNIT, INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Department/Office: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic
Duty Station: BANGUI
Posting Period: 26 July 2018 - 09 August 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Information Management Systems-MINUSCA-100736-F-Bangui (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic, duty station Bangui. Bangui is classified in the “D” category and as non-family duty station. The Chief of Unit, Information Systems will report directly to the Chief Geospatial Information Technology and Telecommunications Officer.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Chief of Unit, Information Systems will be responsible for the following duties:
- Manages the Information Systems Unit; Plans and directs all major IT systems’ projects within the Mission, monitoring the progress of the design, installation and commissioning of the various networks and systems.
- Develops plans for feasibility assessment, requirements specification, design, development and implementation of software applications, internetworking systems, and help-desk services and support.
- Manages the Information Systems Unit budget, formulating and monitoring budget allocations and expenditures, verifying funding and ensuring no overrun occurs.
- Develops technical specifications for procurement/contractual services, oversees technical evaluation of bids received; coordinates needs assessments for Information Systems, establishing of benchmarks, and the preparation of Statement of Works (SOWs) and Request for Proposals (RFPs) in coordination with the Procurement office to establish and manage contracts.
- Ensures proper inventory control and asset management of ICT systems and services in coordination with the mission’s Property and Inventory Control Unit, and oversees all the ICT resources and manages them in accordance with the approved ratios.
- Keeps abreast of developments in the Information Systems field; determines the need for testing/evaluating new products and technologies; provides leadership on introducing technological changes; manages the change management procedures.
- Provides professional leadership, work direction, and mentoring for the Information Systems, Officers and other staff within the Unit; coordinates the individual yearly work plan for all staff within the Unit.
- Ensures effective coordination with other United Nations agencies and other entities in order to maximize possibilities of inter-agency collaboration in the field of Information Systems.
- Performs other duties are required.

Competencies

Professionalism:
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 & 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

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in information systems, computer science, mathematics, statistics or related field or related field. A first-level university degree in any of these fields, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Knowledge of information systems as it relates to application development support, database management, high level programming, scripting and query languages, document design and management information systems; conceptual and strategic analytical capacity to understand information systems and business operational issues; ability to manage a diversified team of experts in the design and support of information systems; good knowledge of organization’s information systems and communication infrastructure.

Work Experience

Experience at a managerial level in designing, developing, implementing, and overseeing large and complex information systems. At least 7 years of progressively responsible professional and managerial experience in computer information systems and technology, including experience in developing and overseeing large centralized and globally distributed institutional systems, of which four years should have been in the public/private sector, is required. Four years field experience in the United Nations Common System field operations, including of Peacekeeping and Special Political Missions, UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, is desirable. Experience in carrying out administrative functions of a Unit/Section, which would include preparation of budget/cost estimates, reporting on budget/programme performance, procurement of goods and services along with contract management, and the recruitment of staff is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.

Assessment

Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

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No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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