Job Opening

Department/Office: Economic Commission for Europe
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 31 May 2019 - 14 July 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Information Management Systems-ECE-116808-R-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This extra budgetary position is located in the Transports Internationaux Routiers (TIR) secretariat of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Sustainable Transport Division. Since 1999, the TIR secretariat has been servicing the TIR Executive Board (TIRExB) – an intergovernmental body established by the Contracting Parties to the Customs Convention on the International Transport of Goods under Cover of TIR Carnets (TIR Convention, 1975) to supervise the application of this Convention at national and international level. The incumbent will report directly to the Chief of Section.


Under the supervision of the Chief of Section,

1.Develops new modules for the International TIR Data Bank (ITDB) and monitors their use to ensure value-added services to clients.
2.Maintains ITDB.
3.Participates on the ongoing project on computerization of the TIR procedure (eTIR); contributes to the work of the Informal Ad Hoc Expert Group on Conceptual and Technical Aspects of the Computerization of the TIR procedure (GE.1).
4.Carries out research, analyses and evaluates new technologies in test environments and makes recommendations for their deployment during the eTIR project as well as for the operational IT services.
5.Supervises the integrity and quality of data in the ITDB and take corrective actions, as required.
6.Liaises with the UNECE Information System Unit and other ICT Services as required with a view to better integrating the TIR secretariat IT products.
7.Develops cost proposals for contractual services in his/her technical field, oversees the technical evaluation of proposals received and manages the contract service.
8.Participates in intergovernmental meetings as well as capacity building workshops and seminars.
9.Performs other related duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge of information technology/information management, particularly in systems analysis, database design and programming. Knowledge of several high level programming languages and significant exposure to and demonstrated proficiency in all aspects of programming and analysis. Knowledge of interactive systems; Good knowledge of organization's information infrastructure and IT strategy as it relates to user area(s). 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 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.

Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.


An advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in computer science, information systems, mathematics, statistics or related fields is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in planning, design, development, implementation and maintenance of computer information systems or related area. Experience with Java is desirable. Experience with SQL relational databases is highly desirable. At least three years’ hands- on technical experience on five or more of the following technologies is desirable: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Java, Hibernate, Spring, Grails, Groovy. Working experience at the international level would be desirable. Experience with TIR Convention, 1975, in particular International TIR Data Bank (ITDB) and its online applications would be desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertized, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN language would be an asset.


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

Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

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, 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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