Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 12 June 2019 - 26 July 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Information Management Systems-UNEP-116137-R-Montreal (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, world leaders agreed on a comprehensive strategy for 'sustainable development'. One of the key agreements adopted at Rio was the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Convention has three main objectives: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the use of genetic resources. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) is located in Montreal and is administered by United Nations Environment Programme. This post is located in the Convention on Biological Diversity, Implementation Support Division. Under the general guidance of the Head of Division and the direct supervision of the Head of the Capacity Building and Knowledge Management Unit, the incumbent will perform the following duties:


1. Leads the design and management of the system level architecture for IT solutions developed by the Secretariat: (a) Implements, manages, and maintains the SCBD’s system level IT architecture and enterprise data model to ensure standardization, re-usability, integration, security, scalability, and performance;(b) Designs, produces and integrates IT solutions aligned to SCBD’s strategic plans, priorities, and requirements; (c) Analyzes the technical viability and impact of proposed solutions and system changes; (d) Manages the upgrade, migration and integration of new solutions into the existing IT system, including their development, staging and live production in cloud server infrastructure; (e) Develops documentation including all architectural documentation, IT services catalogue, and the application and data designs of IT solutions; (f) Supports the delivery of solutions for assigned projects; (g) Ensures the overall technical quality of the solutions being delivered; and (h) Ensures and promotes compliance with established IT standards and protocols of the UN Secretariat. 2. Supports the development of a technical vision and strategy for IT projects: (a) Participates in the development and application of an information technology strategy for the Secretariat; (b) In collaboration with the IT team and relevant staff, reviews and prioritizes IT project requests; (c) Supports the translation of business requirements into appropriate technical solutions; (d) Provides guidance in the tendering or development of the solutions and their deployment to ensure alignment with existing systems; (e) Facilitate the development and use of appropriate standards, protocols and policies in application development; and (f) Proactively communicates and advises senior management and staff on the developments and the new emerging IT solutions. 3. Provides technical advice and substantive input into the software development work of the IT team: (a) Provides technical advice and guidance regarding the design and development of IT solutions to ensure integration, consistency and conformity with the overall IT architecture; (b) Seeks out robust solutions that maximize cost-effectiveness; (c) Assists developers in implementing the proposed solutions and oversees their deployment and maintenance, including by reviewing the code and ensuring adherence defined functionality, standards and operating procedures; and (d) Defines, promotes and applies data security standards. 4. Elaborates IT architectural patterns, development standards and processes: (a) Analyzes, designs and develops, test guide and support information systems for pilot and/or production use; (b) Conducts feasibility studies on IT best practices including procedures, standards, methodologies and architecture and presents suitable options; (c) Provides expert advice on technical changes to ICT architectural frameworks, standards, plans and designs; (d) Gives substantive input on the introduction of new technologies; (e) Proactively identifies and mitigates risks associated with solution architecture; and (f) Participates in IT governance committees, as required. 5. Performs any other duties assigned by the supervisor, the Head of the Division or the Executive Secretary.


Professionalism: Designs and provides the overall IT architectural patterns, development standards and processes to the project teams; offers technical advice and guidance to the software developers; promotes integration of the numerous information systems developed by the Secretariat; fosters quality assurance and optimal user experience; and provides user support and training to the Secretariat staff, Parties and relevant stakeholders. Shows pride in work and 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 calms in stressful situations.

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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Information Technology, Computer Science, Information Systems, or related field is required. A first level university degree combined with an additional two (2) years of professional experience in the field may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in computer systems and software architecture, including knowledge of both Unix and Windows platforms is required. Experience in MEAN Stack (MongoDB, ExpressJS, AngularJS and NodeJS) and Microsoft Stack (ASP.NET and MS SQL), capability of coding in JavaScript, C# and VB.NET as well as experience with service-orientated architectures (SOA), distributed/cloud computing platforms (Amazon), container platforms (Docker), microservices and asynchronous programming are highly desirable. Knowledge of enterprise architecture methodologies, database architecture design tools, network communications protocols and interoperability standards, Content Management Systems such as Drupal, and web-based collaborative platforms such as Github, SharePoint and others would be an advantage. Recent and practical experience developing solution architectures in large/multiple projects and experience in project management would be an asset.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of any additional official UN language(s) is a strong advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Appointment against this post is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. 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.

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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.

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