Job Opening

Posting Title: TELECOMMUNICATIONS OFFICER, FS6
Job Code Title: TELECOMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Logistic Base
Duty Station: BRINDISI
Posting Period: 18 November 2021 - 17 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Telecommunications Technology-UNLB-165310-R-Brindisi (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC) provides critical Supply Chain, Geospatial, Information and Telecommunications Technologies services and Training to all Secretariat Entities, Peacekeeping and Special Political missions, Agencies, Funds and Programmes of the UN system worldwide.

This position is located in the Remote Mission Support Unit (RMSU) of the Infrastructure Operations Section (IOS) within the Service for Geospatial, Information and Telecommunication Technology (SGITT) at the United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC) in Brindisi, Italy.

The Telecommunications Officer will work under the supervision of the Chief RMSU or designated Officer.

Responsibilities

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

Designs, installs tests and commissions various telecommunications systems, such as local area networks, metro-area network, or countrywide or regional networks.
Drafts specifications and standards for various telecommunications equipment such as hubs, routers, switching systems firewall and telephony.
Provides support for the development of technical specifications for procurement of equipment; evaluates vendor proposals, performs tests and recommends selection of telecommunications equipment; supports the establishment of equipment and service contracts, and serves as the contract administrator.
Identifies appropriate standards to procure communications equipment at the least cost and in the most expeditious manner.
Establishes performance standards for telecommunications equipment and services and recommends corrective measures to improve service quality and operational performance.
Provides planning support for rapid set-up and operation of communications infrastructure remotely from "scratch" at local and wide area levels, including visiting sites on technical reconnaissance missions.
Provides engineering services related to planning, implementation, and maintenance of local and wide area telecommunications networks.
Support field missions and draft specifications and standards for early warning systems.
Provides emergency communications capabilities in support of staff security, including providing a focal point for interagency emergency field security communications liaison.
Collaborates with SGITT Administration and Programme Management Unit (APMU) in the preparation of training modules and other training activities in all aspects of communications technology usage.
Prepares and makes presentations on telecommunications networks and equipment to staff and other United Nations agencies.
Directly liaise and coordinate activities related to standardization and Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD) strategies and policies with the ICTD Architecture team in New York.
Ensures effective coordination with other UN agencies in order to maximize possibilities of inter-agency collaboration in the field of telecommunications.
Coordinates with the satellite engineering and coordinating group at the UNGSC to enhance the deployment, operation and maintenance of the mission’s satellite communications network.
Supervises Department of Operational Support (DOS) staff/technicians and 2nd party service provider staff/technicians under the Financial Agreement with UNOPS as required.
Assist with preparation of The Remote Mission Support Unit's Business Unit case, Result Base Budget (RBB) and the UNOPS Financial Agreement periodic review.
Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism:
Knowledge of early warning systems. Knowledge of a wide range of telecommunication systems with adequate skills for leading a team through the installation, maintenance and operation of these systems. Knowledge of operations of commercial telecommunications services, voice and data communications networks, telephony switching, radio, satellite, microwave and trunked radio communication systems and firewall technology. Ability to analyze, review, and make recommendations to improve the delivery of telecommunications services.
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.

Communication:
Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Education

High school diploma or equivalent is required.

Job - Specific Qualification

ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) Foundation Certification is desirable.

PRINCE 2 Foundation Certification is desirable.

CISCO Networking Certifications are desirable.

Work Experience

At least ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in Telecommunications Technology or related area, including at least four (4) years of experience at the international level is required. The minimum years of relevant experience is reduced to five years for candidates who possess a first level University degree

Experience in Telecommunications within the United Nations system or similar multi-lateral or non-governmental organization is desirable.

Experience in developing and overseeing large centralized and globally distributed telecommunications systems is desirable.

Experience in managing telecommunications team is desirable.

Experience in planning support for rapid set-up and operation of emergency communications infrastructure is desirable.

Languages

English and French are working languages of the United Nations. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

This position is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension.

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

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.

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.

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