Job Opening

Posting Title: Associate Information Systems Officer, P2
Job Code Title: ASSOCIATE INFORMATION SYSTEMS OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 08 February 2019 - 24 March 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Information Management Systems-DESA-110269-R-New York (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Trade and Industry Statistics Section, Economics Statistics Branch, Statistics Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The Associate Information Systems Officer reports to the Chief of the International Merchandise Trade Statistics Section. The Statistics Division is committed to the advancement of the global statistical system. The Division compiles and disseminates global statistical information, develops standards and norms for statistical activities, and supports countries' efforts to strengthen their national statistical systems. Further information is available on the following website: https://unstats.un.org.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Associate Information Systems Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

•Participates in preparing user requirements and other technical specifications.
•Assists in the design, development and installation of systems for data collection, processing, dissemination and visualization.
• Undertakes analysis of well-defined modules within the system, develop enhancements and new features to existing systems; may design and implement small, stand-alone systems as needed (e.g. to meet individual user requirements).
•Undertakes rigorous testing and proving of applications software.
•Contribute to the development and maintenance of detailed data structure definitions for statistics data exchange and other functional specifications and user documentation for data exchange.
•Maintains assigned portions of systems, providing operational support for system’s applications, analyzing and implementing system changes/upgrades, etc.
•Writes and develops programs to interface with existing systems.
•Ensures data security and integrity.
•Participates in developing disaster recovery plans.
•Prepares, updates and maintains system’s documentation and related technical/procedural manuals.
•Assists in procurements, including conducting needs assessments and benchmarks, preparing technical specifications and evaluation criteria.
•Assists in the set-up and monitoring of software performance measures.
•Participates in Helpdesk support services.
•Advises users on the most suitable hardware and software for different tasks; maintains and enhances software.
•Drafts training materials and conducts training sessions and demonstrations of systems for users.
•Participates with senior staff in assessing and testing new technology.
•Performs ad hoc duties as required.
•May provide guidance to new/junior staff.

Competencies

•Professionalism: Knowledge of at least two programming languages, especially in data transformation management and analysis, basic systems analysis and design techniques, testing, debugging, and documentation standards, database design, storage and internal systems. 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.

•Continuous Learning: Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; show willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in computer science, information systems, mathematics, statistics or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

A first-level university degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination/United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in the planning, design, development, implementation and maintenance of computer information systems or related area is required. Experience in data processing automation using tools such as SQL, Python and R for multi-terabyte datasets is required. Experience with Apache NiFi, database administration and migration, column store tables are desirable. Experience in trade SDMX data structures and tools is desirable. Experience with the UN Comtrade system is desirable.

No experience is required for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination/United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

The vacancy is subject to availability of post. Extension of the appointment is subject to the extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the UN Secretariat, the selection will be recorded as a temporary assignment.

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.

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

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