Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara
Duty Station: LAAYOUNE
Posting Period: 10 June 2022 - 23 June 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Telecommunications Technology-MINURSO-183124-F-Laayoune (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 within the Field Technology Section (FTS), of the United Nations
Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara, (MINURSO), Laayoune. The Telecommunications Assistant will report to Telecommunications Officer.


Within delegated authority, the Telecommunications Assistant will perform the following duties:

•Perform all aspects of telecommunications tower and antenna system survey installation and maintenance for self-support & guy towers
•Coordinate planned and preventive maintenance program for the tower systems deployed across the Mission;
• Undertake installation of microwave, HF/VHF omni directional, Yagi, broadband, Nanobeam antennas and devices on telecom towers to the applicable safety and performance standards,
• Observe all safety regulations pertinent to assigned tasks for local riggers
• Supervising all tower rigging activities and communications tower erection projects
• Providing guidance to communications technicians participating in rigging activities.
• Providing practical training to communications staff on rigging and rigging techniques.
• Supports installation and maintenance of HF/VHF base and mobile stations, repeaters, microwave equipment and field telephone systems
•Assists in installation and maintenance of medium telephone PABX terminals
•Installs LAN cabling for telephone lines, cordless mobile telephones and associated base stations
•Provides support for VSAT installation and configuration of BGANs.


• Supervises the Telephone Billing team based on the guidelines defined in the relevant SOP
• Ensures that guidelines for Telephone Control, Procedures and Accountability are fully
complied with as described in the various Administrative and Information Circulars;
• Prepares recurring reports on telephone accounts, compiles cost estimates and projected
budget requirements as well as assisting in the preparation of budget and audit reports;
• Assesses and evaluates the costs of all services received, and provides reports as required on
trend of costs and variations in the billing of all services being utilized;
• Assumes responsibilities for the stock of all satellite and mobile phones purchased for the
• Oversees and provides detailed work direction to junior staff within the unit. Performs other
related duties as required.
• Supervises the operations within the Inventory Management Unit
• Has responsibility for the management of all FTS assets and associated equipment,
expendable items and spare parts assigned to FTS and for the movement of equipment
throughout the Mission area;
• Oversees physical inventory checks as per mission policy.
• Oversees and provides work direction to junior staff within the unit;

Operations Support

• Provides assistance to Section/Unit Chief related to the administration of the section/unit's
human resource activities, e.g., placement, relocation, performance appraisal, job
classification reviews, separation of staff members, training etc., ensuring consistency in the
application of UN rules and procedures;
• Assists in the preparation of budget performance submissions; prepares various standard
financial reports and statistical tables; Provides details and input on the preliminary reviews
of relevant expenditures, and compares same with approved budget;
• Assists with the review of requisitions for goods and services to ensure (a) correct objects of
expenditure have been charged and (b) availability of funds;
• Assists with the coordination of other administrative duties, such as: the administration of
the section/unit's travel programme; monitoring accounts and payment to vendors and individual contractors for services; physical space planning; and coordinating administrative arrangements for seminars, conferences and meetings;
provides guidance, training and supervision to junior staff in the area of administration within
the Section/Unit.

Other duties and responsibilities:
• Installation of auxiliary equipment such as power supplies, UPS units, Voltage Regulators, DC converters and various telecommunications protection systems
• Assists on matters relating to management of Communications Workshop
•Ensures that all required spare parts and supplies are in place;
• Coordinates the scheduled and preventative and corrective maintenance on Telecommunications equipment;
• Coordinates with the asset management unit for proper inventory records of rigging and safety equipment;
• Organises the R&I of new equipment;
•Train non-technical radio users on the operation of handed, manpack mobile HF VHF mobile and base stations, satellite phones etc
• Assists in formulating training curriculum and of in-house training programs for staff and others within the unit.


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.

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.

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.


High school diploma or equivalent and certification/diploma of other supplemental academic/technical qualifications or training in Telecommunications are required. Industry training and certifications is desirable.

Job - Specific Qualification

A valid certificate in Rigging (Working at Height) is desirable.

Formal training in climbing and rigging techniques is required

Work Experience

At least eight (8) years of experience in providing Telecommunications and ICT operational support related to microwave systems, satellite equipment, uninterruptible power supply
systems, HF and VHF mobile and base radios, or any other similar telecommunications
systems is required.

At least 4 years experience in the field of telecommunications or related area
in the United Nations common system or comparable international organization is required

Experience working with and supervising rigging teams is required

Experience working in in a post conflict environment is desirable.


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.


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

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.

MINURSO is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity 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.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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