Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan
Duty Station: Kuajok
Posting Period: 28 October 2022 - 26 November 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Telecommunications Technology-UNMISS-194087-R- (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 in South Sudan (UNMISS). The Telecommunications Technician will be based in Kuajok. The incumbent will report to the Operations Management Unit of the Field Technology Section (FTS) with the overall supervision of Chief Operations Manager.


Within delegated authority, the Telecommunications Technician will perform duties in the following telecommunications specialties:

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 before deployment;
•Coordinates radio-link calculation and best path profile analysis; interference analysis and ensure high capacity availability
•Liaises with the Rigging unit regarding the deployment of relevant antennas and feeder lines on communications towers and masts;
.Technical aware and readiness to accept change with new innovative ideas and technology.
.Suggest ways to ensure redundancy in path options for disaster recovery and Business continuity.

•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;
•Plans construction and maintenance of communications towers and associated antenna systems; determine 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;
Infrastructure :
•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 sub-distribution 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.

VHF Radio Systems:
•Takes the lead in the installation of VHF mobile, base stations and repeaters, trunking radio systems, antennas, and related equipment; programming of radios, preventive and corrective maintenance on various types of radio equipment;
•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;

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 to minimize downtime;
•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;
•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.; 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.

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.

Job - Specific Qualification

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

PRINCE2 or similar project management certification is required.

A telecommunication system certification is desirable.

Work Experience

At least eight (08) years of working experience in the planning and installation of complex telecommunications equipment, networks and information systems, including at least three (3) years of experience at the international level is required.

Experience in coordinating and managing a remote field office for an international organization is required.

Supervisory experience in a specialized skill related to a telecoms business area is desirable.

Relevant knowledge and experience in planning and implementation of various outdoor telecommunication infrastructure in remote location is desirable.

Related experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) – or similar international organization or non-governmental organization – in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.


.French and English are the working languages of the United Nations. For the advertised position, fluency in English (oral and written) is required.


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

Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to Extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

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.

Qualified women that meet the requirements of this job opening are particularly encouraged to apply and will be given full consideration in accordance with the United Nations efforts to increase women participation in its workforce.

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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