Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara
Duty Station: LAAYOUNE
Posting Period: 31 October 2022 - 13 November 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Telecommunications Technology-MINURSO-193368-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), in Laayoune. The Telecommunications Technician will be responsible for managing the Satellite Unit and will report to the Telecommunications Officer.


Within delegated authority, the Telecommunications Technician will perform duties in one or more of the following telecommunications specialties:

- Coordinates the installation of satellite antennas, ODE/IDE, associated shelters, foundations, commissions, maintenance and operation of C-band, X-band and Ku-band satellite communications systems, comprising antennas in sizes up to nine (9) meters, satellite modems, satellite transceivers, LNA, High Power Satellite Amplifiers (HPA and SSPA);
- Supervises the commissioning, maintenance and the training of end users for portable satellite communication terminals;
- Liaises with UN Headquarters and UNGSC regarding initial installations, including frequency coordination;

-Takes the lead in the installation of VHF, UHF and HF Mobile, base stations and repeaters, rural telephone links, trunking radio systems, antennas and related equipment; programming of radios, preventive and corrective maintenance on various types of radio;
-Liaises with other UN agencies and local authorities on matters related to radio frequencies coordination;
-Coordinates the erection of antenna masts and towers;
-Coordinates the training of non-technical radio users on the operation of hand-held portable radios, mobile radios, base stations and related equipment;

Microwave Radio Systems:
- Takes the lead in the preparation and installation of microwave radio systems and related equipment;
- Supervises the setup, configuration and testing of various digital microwave radio systems utilizing a wide range of specialized and complex test equipment;
- Coordinates the programming, testing and commissioning of new equipment prior to deployment;
- Coordinates radio-link calculation and path profile analysis;
- Liaises with the Rigging unit regarding the deployment of relevant antennas and feeder lines on communications towers and masts;

PABX/Switching Systems:
- Leads the installation and commissioning, and the operation and maintenance of a range of telephony systems and related equipment deployed in the Mission: to include, PABX switches, voice mail systems, encrypted voice and facsimile devices; cordless mobile telephones and associated base stations, self-contained cellular telephone systems, and computerized telephone accounting and billings systems;
- Coordinates the planned and preventive maintenance routines for all telephony systems;
- Takes the leads in the implementation and maintenance of computerized telephone call logging and automated billing system;
- Coordinates the acquisition of local commercial and cellular services;

- Plans construction and maintenance of communications towers and associated antenna systems; determines tower location and height in coordination with the telecommunications engineers plans and ensures site accessibility;
- Oversees the construction of tower foundations and anchor points in compliance with manufacturer's specifications and good industry practices;
- Leads the team to erect self-supporting and guyed communications towers to a height of 300ft; Installs antennas, transmission lines and accessories;
- Coordinates the planned and preventive maintenance program for the tower systems deployed across the Mission;

- Prepares blueprints and plans, constructs and maintains communications cabling infrastructure for data and telephone;
- Coordinates the activities associated with trenching, external and internal wiring and conduit installations;
- Coordinates with the telecommunications engineers to plan physical network layout; provides input to complete the procurement and inventory of all hardware and cabling requirements for installations;
- Assists other technical departments in the installation of switching equipment, main and subdistribution frames and assist with RF transmission lines and accessories as required;
- Drafts relevant technical documentation for major telecommunications systems and physical plant;

- Leads the installation, operation and maintenance of video-teleconferencing (VTC) equipment and systems;
- Liaises with the other units in the development of videoconferencing applications;
- Coordinates activities associated with VTC services provision for the mission, liaising with UN Headquarters and UNGSC;
- Coordinates the periodic and preventive maintenance of all VTC-related equipment.

Common duties:
Other duties and responsibilities common to the specialties above include, but are not limited to:
- Takes the lead in the installation of auxiliary equipment such as power supplies, solar power systems, UPS units, Voltage Regulators, DC converters and various protection and remote control systems;
- Supervises the gathering of specifications for the procurement of equipment, spares and supplies;
- Ensures that all the required spare parts and supplies are in place so as to minimize downtimes;
- Coordinates regularly scheduled and preventative and corrective maintenance on telecommunications installations and equipment;
- Liaises with the asset management unit regarding the upkeep of proper inventory records;
- Organizes with the Asset Management Unit the receiving/inspection of new equipment;
- Takes the lead in formulating technical training curriculum and the conduct of in-house training programs for national staff and others within the unit;
- Assists in budget formulation, planning and implementation.
- Contributes to the collection and analysis of data as well as identification of trends or patterns and provides draft insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods for data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
- Documents requirements and background information used for data analysis.

Performs other related duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge of telecommunication equipment, principles of operations, including local area networks, satellite communications systems, radio systems, videoconferencing systems, voice and messaging systems, and principles of analog and digital transmission; Knowledge of synchronous and asynchronous data interface standards and protocols; Ability to apply knowledge and technical skills to install and test relevant equipment, provide maintenance services and user support. The ability to perform analysis, modeling and interpretation of data in support of decision-making.- 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 - Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients " and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

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.


High school diploma or equivalent is required.
Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is an advantage.

Job - Specific Qualification

Certification/diploma or other supplemental academic qualifications or training in Electronics, Systems Engineering or Telecommunications and Information Systems is required.

Work Experience

At least eight (8) years of working experience in the planning, installation, operation and maintenance of complex, large scale telecommunications systems (Satellite/Microwave, HF/VHF/UHF, Telephony) and networks, including at least three (3) years of experience at the international level is required.

At least (3) years' experience at supervisory level in a telecommunications environment is required.

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

Experience in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.

One (1) year or more of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position 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.

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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