Job Opening

Posting Title: Information Systems Assistant, FS5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: INFORMATION SYSTEMS ASSISTANT
Department/Office: United Nations Investigative Team for Accountability of Da’esh/ISIL
Duty Station: BAGHDAD
Posting Period: 18 November 2021 - 27 November 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Information Management Systems-UNS-SPM UNITAD-168977-J-Baghdad (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the United Nations Investigative Team for Accountability of Da'esh / ISIL (UNITAD) and will be based in Baghdad, Iraq. The Information Systems Assistant reports to the Head of Information Systems Unit.

UNITAD was established by the Secretary-General pursuant to Security Council resolution 2379 (2017), according to which it is mandated to support domestic efforts to hold ISIL (Da'esh) accountable by collecting, preserving and storing evidence in Iraq of acts that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed by the terrorist group ISIL (Da'esh) in Iraq.

Responsibilities

Within the limits of delegated authority, the Information Systems Assistant will be responsible for performing the following duties:

•Assists with the planning of all information systems projects within the Mission, monitoring the progress of the systems analysis, design, development, testing and implementation of new, moderately complex systems, and/or, participates as a member of a team with responsibility for major components of more complex systems;
•Assists with the management of the Information Systems budget, formulating and monitoring budget allocations and expenditures, verifying funding and ensuring no overrun occurs;
•Supports the development of technical specifications for the procurement of innovation equipment and contractual services, and coordinates the technical evaluation of offers and proposals received;
•Handles all aspects of contract administration including the establishment of service level agreements with vendors and charge back policy for users;
•Assists the team with the development of strategies to implement global Innovation systems projects;
•Assists the team with the development, implementation and monitoring of information systems standards, guidelines and procedures;
•Assists the team with the development of detailed systems and other functional specifications and user documentation as required;
•Provides advice to users, analyzing user requirements and translating these into new applications; determines application systems integration and linkage issues;
•Maintains, upgrades or enhances existing user systems; troubleshoots and provides continuing support, to include resolving difficult problems, advising on the use of new techniques, monitoring transactions to measure performance and continued effectiveness of Innovation systems, etc;
•Supports the team with the development of training materials, operating and user manuals and trains staff in the use of assigned systems;
•Assists with the development of disaster recovery plans relating to information systems and ensures appropriate planning and training of those responsible;
•Researches, analyses and evaluates new technologies and makes recommendations for their deployment;
•Participates in writing reports and papers on systems-related topics, system requirements, information strategy etc;
•Develops the yearly work plan, mentors and supervises personnel of the Unit;
•Coordinate, assist, or as may be appropriate, conduct feasibility studies, project planning and development, proofs-of-concepts, prototyping, and implementation of new technologies.
Innovation & Technology Systems
•Participates in the development of plans for major Innovation & Technology systems' projects within the mission, monitoring the progress of the design, installation and commissioning of various networks and systems;
•Develop research and development (R&D) framework, methods and plans, and monitor research program and budgets for R&D;
•Identify ICT gaps and undertake assessments, research and/or study to determine appropriate measures to address the gaps or technology limitations;
•Undertake substantive technical engagements with internal stakeholders, including the sectors and field offices, as well as external partners and providers as deemed necessary and appropriate;
• Plan, coordinate, and design the underlying infrastructure that integrates multiple sensors and emergent force protection or sustainment technologies;
• Develop solution in Proof-of-Concept environment including testing, training and documenting infrastructure solutions;
• Provides guidance to, and may supervise, new/junior staff, consultants, etc.
• Performs other duties as required by the Chief FTU.

Competencies

Professionalism: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.

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.

Technological awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology. Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. Shows willingness to learn new technology.

Education

High school diploma or equivalent is required. Training/certifications in computer science, information systems, mathematics, statistics or related telecom engineering field is desirable;

Work Experience

At least eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in Information Systems and Technology, or related area are required.

Experience providing services in the field of Information Systems and Technology or related area to or in a field operation of the United Nations common system or comparable international organization is desirable.

Experience in the field of information Systems and Technology or related area in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.

Experience in carrying out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Unit including preparation of cost estimates/budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, contracting vendor services is required.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required and knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a written assessment and/or an interview.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• 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.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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