Job Opening

Posting Title: CHIEF OF SECTION, INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS, P5 (Temporary Job Opening) [Cancelled]
Job Code Title: CHIEF OF SECTION, INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Department/Office: United Nations Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Duty Station: GOMA
Posting Period: 23 January 2018 - 29 January 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Information Management Systems-MONUSCO-91935-J-Goma (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 in the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), with duty station, Goma. The Chief of Section, Geospatial Information and telecommunications Technologies reports directly to the Chief of Service Delivery.

Responsibilities

There is a functional reporting relationship to the Information and Communication Technology Division (ICTD) at UN Headquarters. Efficiently plans, develops, implements and monitors the work program to ensure timely and cost-effective delivery of results. Provides sound and innovative advice on a wide range of systems development related issues and problems.

Within delegated authority, the Chief of Section, Geospatial, Information and Telecommunications Technologies (GITTS) will be responsible for the following duties:

•Provides policy guidance to junior Management of the mission, on conceptual strategy development and management of the implementation of overall strategies, policies and procedures.
•Plans and oversees the management of activities undertaken by the CITS Service; coordinates with DGITT, other Field Missions on matters related to CITS operations and support; ensures that substantive work programmes and programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion, coordinating diverse projects in the Service.
•Manages and supervises the work programme of the Services under his/her responsibility; coordinates the work effected by the Service; provide programmatic and substantive reviews of drafts prepared by others.
•Provides substantive inputs in the preparation of position papers and reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such as Advisory Committee on Administration and Budgetary Questions, Committee for Programme Coordination, Economic and Social Council, the General Assembly and other policy-making organs, as appropriate.
•Plans and prepares the inputs for the work program of the service; provide 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; coordinates and oversees delivery of ICT training to staff and other users in the mission.
•Take the lead in the preparation of the mission’s ICT budget; coordinates the generation of reports to the relevant HQNY finance and budget review bodies as required.
•Ensures that the outputs produced by the Service maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data; ensures that all outputs produced by the Sections under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
•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 relevant matters; ensures effective coordination with various UN agencies in order to maximize possibilities of inter-agency collaboration in the field of ICT.
•Manages the acquisition of goods and services; coordinates needs assessments and the establishing of benchmarks, and the preparation of SOWs and RFPs in the coordination with the Procurement office to establish and manage contracts.
•Ensures proper inventory control and asset management of ICT systems and services in coordination with the mission’s Property and Inventory Control Unit.
•Serves on various committees and review bodies within the mission as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of Information Systems and Telecommunications Technologies for large and complex organizational environments; knowledge of Umoja, FSS, iNeed, INSPIRA, IPSAS and Light Footprint; ability to organize and manage diverse and cross-functional groups, across geographically dispersed locations, for large-scale regional and, where applicable, inter-mission projects in conflict and post conflict areas; knowledge of administrative, budgetary, financial, procurement and human resources policies and procedures including INSPIRA; 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.

• Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

• 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.

• 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 broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; show the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

• Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Telecommunications, Information Systems and Technology or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with relevant qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Participation in the following UN Secretariat or similar training programmes is desirable:
• ICTD Management Certification Programme
• Supervisory skills for New ICT managers
• SMART Programme

Work Experience

At least ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in analysis, planning and design of ICT Technology systems is required, including at least five (5) years of experience in UN Field Missions at a managerial level is desirable. Proven track record of managing and delivering highly complex projects, and experience in integrating large-scale IST and Telecommunications Systems is required. Knowledge of UMOJA, FSS, iNeed, INSPIRA, IPSAS and light foot print is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working language of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

Notes:

• A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.

• Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.

• The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.

• Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, 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 and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

• For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.

• The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at: http://www.un.org/hr_handbook/English

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.

• Staff members are not eligible to apply for the current temporary job opening if they are unable to serve the specified duration of temporary need before reaching the mandatory age of separation. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

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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