Job Opening

Posting Title: CHIEF OF UNIT, INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Job Code Title: CHIEF OF UNIT, INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Department/Office: FIELD MISSIONS ADMINISTERED BY DPKO
Duty Station: KABUL
Posting Period: 31 October 2016 - 14 November 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Information Management Systems-FMADPKO-69199-J-Kabul (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Notes:

This temporary job opening is for a duration of 9 months starting from 1 January 2017.

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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), duty station Kabul. The Chief of Unit, Information Systems and Telecommunications reports to the Chief Supply Chain Management. There is a functional reporting relationship to the Information and Communications Technology Division (ICTD) at UN Headquarters.

Responsibilities

Within the limits of delegated authority, the Chief of Unit, Information Systems and Telecommunications Officer will be responsible for performing the following duties:

•Manages the Communications and Information Technology Section;
•Plans and directs all major Communications and IT systems projects within the mission, monitoring the progress of the design, installation and commissioning of the various networks and systems;
•Plans and prepares the inputs for the work program of the service; provides leadership, guidance, and mentoring for the senior staff, and fosters teamwork and improved communications among all staff of the service;
•Leads the development of training modules and other training activities in all aspects of ICT and coordinates and oversees delivery of ICT training to staff and other users in the mission;
•Takes the lead in the preparation of the mission’s ICT budget and coordinates the generation of reports to the relevant HQ NY finance and budget review bodies as required;
•Manages the acquisition of goods and services and coordinates needs assessments and the establishing of benchmarks, and the preparation of SOWs and RFPs in coordination with the Procurement office to establish and manage contracts;
•Determines the need for testing/evaluating new products and technologies; provides leadership on introducing technological changes, and ensures proper change management procedures and guidelines are in place and adhered to;
•Ensures proper inventory control and asset management of ICT systems and services in coordination with the mission’s Property and Inventory Control Unit, and oversees all the ICT resources and manages them in accordance with the approved ratios;
•Serves as the main liaison, and represents the service, with its clients; negotiates and coordinates with relevant national authorities with respect to ICT policy and related matters; ensures effective coordination with various UN agencies in order to maximize possibilities of inter-agency collaboration in the field of IT and Telecommunications;
•Serves on various committees and review bodies within the mission as required
•Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

Core Competencies:

Professionalism: Knowledge of Information Systems and Telecommunications Technologies for large and complex organisational environments; ability to organise and manage diverse and cross-functional groups, across geographically dispersed locations, for institutional systems in conflict and post conflict areas; conceptual and strategic analytical capacity to understand information system and business operational issues so as to thoroughly analyze and evaluate critical systems matters; knowledge of administrative, budgetary, financial, procurement and human resources policies and procedures; ability to provide specialized advice on a broad range of ICT issues to the Senior Management of the Mission; ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others; ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations; 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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards-Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules-Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments-Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

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.

Managerial Competencies:

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo-Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.

Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff-Encourages risk, taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in computer science, information systems, mathematics, statistics or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in planning, design, development, implementation and maintenance of telecommunications and computer information systems or related area, of which four (4) years should have been in the public/private sector, functioning at the management level, with sound knowledge of international ICT practices and regulations, is required. Four (4) years field experience in United Nations common system field operations, inclusive of Peacekeeping and Special Political Missions, UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, or military operations is desirable. Experience in carrying out administrative functions of a Unit/Section, which would include preparation of budget/cost estimates, reporting on budget/programme performance, procurement of goods and services along with contract management, and the recruitment of staff, is desirable.

Participation in the following UN Secretariat or similar training programs is desirable:
• ICTD Management Certification Program
• Supervisory skills for New ICT managers.

Languages

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

Assessment

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

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

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