Job Opening

Posting Title: INFORMATION SYSTEMS OFFICER, P4
Job Code Title: INFORMATION SYSTEMS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 28 September 2017 - 11 November 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Information Management Systems-UNEP-81082-R-Montreal (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, world leaders agreed on a comprehensive strategy for 'sustainable development'. One of the key agreements adopted at Rio was the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Convention establishes three main goals: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits from the use of genetic resources. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) is located in Montreal and is administered by UN Environment. This post is located in the Convention on Biological Diversity, Implementation Support Division (IMS) at the Montreal duty station. Under the supervision of the Head of the Implementation Support Division and in close collaboration with relevant program officers in the Secretariat, the incumbent

Responsibilities

1.Lead, coordinate, plan and provide expert advice on the use of Information and Communication Technologies to enhance the efficiency and streamlining of all the operations and program of work at the Secretariat. 2. Provides ICT support in implementing the Clearing-House Mechanism (CHM) of the Convention, including the CBD website, the Biosafety Clearing-House Mechanism (BCH) and the Access and Benefit Sharing Clearing- House Mechanism (ABS-CH) as part of the integral components of the central CHM to allow Parties to fulfill their regulatory obligations under the Protocols of the Convention. 3. Coordinate, organize and supervise the work of the Information Technology unit in a timely manner in the delivering of valuable products aligned to the Organization's strategy. 4. Collaborate with relevant external organizations and partners to facilitate the open sharing of information, data and IT services. 5. Perform any other duties as may be assigned.

Competencies

•Professionalism: Provides leadership through expert advice in the application of technologies in ICT with the view to update existing legacies of the Secretariat keeping in view the UN ICT policies and emerging knowledge. Provides ICT support in implementing the Clearing- House Mechanism (CHM) of the Convention, CH of the Nagoya Protocol and BCH of the Cartagena Protocol. . Engages partners and other stakeholders to ensure coherence and effectiveness in the development and use of ICT and data exchange. 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.
•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.
•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

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Computer Science, Information Systems, Engineering or related field is required. Having a management degree will be an added advantage. A first level university degree combined with an additional two (2) 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 three (3) 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. Experience within the United Nations or international organisation 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.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a 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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