Job Opening

Posting Title: TELECOMMUNICATIONS OFFICER, FS7
Job Code Title: TELECOMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon
Duty Station: NAQOURA
Posting Period: 28 May 2019 - 11 June 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Telecommunications Technology-UNIFIL-116986-F-Naqoura (M)
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 Nations Interim Force In Lebanon (UNIFIL), Mission Support Division, Operations and Resource Management Service, Field Technology Section (FTS), duty station Naqoura. The incumbent will report to the Chief, FTS or his/her designate.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Telecommunications Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

•Lead and supervise the Operations Management Unit in FTS.
•Develop strategies and oversee the design, implementation and maintenance of major telecommunications systems of the mission, including VHF/UHF, Microwave Radio, Data Networking, Server Administration, IP Telephony, VTC, UPS, VSAT, and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Security.
•Identify the need for new systems or modifications to existing systems; respond to requests from clients; develop plans for feasibility assessment and cost-benefit analysis; design, develop and implement project plans, schedules, and time and cost estimates; manage and oversee multiple, concurrent and often disparate tasks for projects that span regional field missions.
•Lead and direct a team of telecommunications personnel to deliver high quality products and services; plan and allocate work assignments to ensure that substantive work programmes and programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion; empower staff in the unit to translate vision and mandated projects into results; coach, mentor and evaluate staff; participate in recruitment and selection of new staff and in the development of ICT training programs.
•Develop telecommunications' budgets and ensure proper expenditure according to UN Financial Rules.
•Manage procurement of ICT items, including conducting needs assessments and benchmarks, preparing bid documents and arranging contracts; supervise, coordinate and negotiate the services required to enable the management and operation of interdependent information technology and telecommunications systems.
•Manage telecommunications assets and inventory with respect to deployment, usage, redeployment and write-off.
•Provide emergency communications capabilities in support of staff security, including providing a focal point for inter-agency emergency field security communications liaison.
•Ensure effective coordination with other UN Agencies in order to maximize possibilities of interagency collaboration in the field of telecommunications; establish and maintain relationships within and outside the mission to understand needs and gain support.
•Attend and contribute to high level management meetings, including budget formulation and audit replies.
•Perform other related duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Demonstrates substantive knowledge in the Telecommunications field, including development/oversight of large centralized or decentralized institutional telecommunication systems. Demonstrates application of conceptual and strategic analytical capacity to understand telecommunications information systems and business operational issues. Demonstrates good supervisory skills and extensive knowledge of ICT policies, structure and strategies. 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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules. Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments. Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Managing performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority. Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff. Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative. Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises performance fairly.

Education

High school diploma or equivalent is required. Technical training certifications in Telecommunications are required.

Work Experience

A minimum of 12 years of progressively responsible experience in electronic data transmission, network design, LAN/WAN administration, network infrastructure, server infrastructure/administration, DRBC, VHF/UHF, Microwave Radio, IP Telephony, VTC, UPS, VSAT, ICT Security or related fields is required.

The minimum years of required experience is reduced to seven years for candidates who possess a first-level or advanced university degree.

Experience in management of projects for large, centralized and globally distributed institutional ICT systems is required.

Experience in field operations of the United Nations common system or comparable international organization is highly desirable.

Certifications in Cobit5, TOGAF, Prince2 Practitioner, ITIL Intermediate, Security Certified Network Professional (SCNP), and Designing and Deploying CISCO Wireless Enterprise Networks are highly desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Assessment

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

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.

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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No Fee

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