Job Opening

Posting Title: Solutions Architect, P4
Department/Office: United Nations Office at Vienna
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 31 December 2021 - 29 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-Information Management Systems-UNOV-170723-R-Vienna (E)
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 Solutions Transformation Team (STT), Software Products for Member States Unit (SPMS), Information Technology Service (ITS) – Digital Transformation and Solutions (DTS), Division for Management (DM), United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Chief, Software Products for Member States Unit (SPMS), Digital Transformation umbrella, and the overall guidance of the Chief of the Information Technology Service (ITS) in Vienna.

The Software Products for Member States Unit (SPMS), as part of the Information Technology Service (ITS) at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), develops a suite of innovative software deployed at close to a hundred Member States to operationalize UNODC’s mandates in countering corruption, controlling illicit drugs and fighting financial and organized crime. The Unit’s portfolio of applications provides actionable intelligence through analysis, case management, artificial intelligence and dissemination to Law Enforcement Agencies for combatting financial crime, money laundering and terrorist financing. The suite of solutions is deployed at a large number of Member States, has a six-figure user base across various sectors, and produces a tangible impact in investigations and convictions.

For more information on UNOV-UNODC, please visit the following websites: and .


Within delegated authority, the Solutions Architect will work on Digital Solutions-related topics and perform the following specific duties:
• Define and document an architecture to enable UNOV-UNODC’s Digital Transformation and the Secretary-General’s Digital Strategy implementation, in consideration of current and strategic needs, technical and functional requirements, and standards of the industry.
• Design and implement short and long-term strategic goals for expanding and maintaining the software in line with the requirements of the Member States, the Organization’s goals and technologies that are driving digital transformation across organizations and industries.
• Design, create and implement the roll-out of modules based on advanced technologies, such as blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies, machine learning, artificial intelligence and other new technologies contributing to Digital Transformation initiatives.
• See through the development and deployment of Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning models.
• Facilitate a dialogue with business sponsors and end users aiming to establish and socialize architectural principles and priorities and foster further extension of the software with innovative technologies as may be fitting.
• Develop and execute test plans to check technical performance of infrastructure and report findings. Based on findings, make recommendations and policies for standardization.
• Conduct system design activities and reviews of detailed application module specifications, classes, objects, methods, and other software components.
• Conduct development lifecycle activities such as managing sprint meetings.
• Undertake social media management and advocacy, including publishing frequent media material, infographics and client outreach content on various platforms including the United Nations platforms.
• Produce written material and communications for clients through the user community platforms.
• Ensure successful end-to-end engagement processes by facilitating the communication and interaction between clients and technical teams.
• Prepare submissions to and collaborate with architectural boards at the United Nations.
• Handle clients’ complaints or major incidents; investigate and solve clients' problems and bring relevant problems to the attention of the support team; keep accurate records of discussions and correspondence with customers using project management tools.
• Perform other work-related tasks, as instructed by the Chief


• Professionalism: Has knowledge of systems design, and development, management, implementation and maintenance of complex information systems. Has ability to develop and manage large centralized or decentralized institutional systems. Has conceptual and strategic analytical capacity to understand information system and business operational issues so as to thoroughly analyze and evaluate critical systems matters. Has knowledge of a range of computer languages and development paradigms, 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in information systems, computer science, mathematics, statistics or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. ITIL Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management is required. ITIL Foundation in IT Service Management with 4.0 certification is desirable. Further ITIL levels of certification are desirable. An IT Enterprise Architecture Certification is desirable.

Job - Specific Qualification

ITIL Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in IT Software Architecture and software programming is required.

Working experience with programme development teams is required.

Experience in .Net framework is desirable.

Experience in Fintech, Regtech, is desirable

Experience on the topic of Anti Money-Laundering/ Counter-Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT), and combatting financial crime with technology is desirable.

Experience with the United Nations System and/or similar international organizations is desirable.


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


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a technical test and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This is an extra-budgetary post. Filling of this position is subject to funding availability and the initial appointment will be for a period of one year.

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.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Vienna is classified in the H category (family duty station).

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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