Telecommunications Technician, FS-5

DATE OF ISSUANCE:   31 Jan 2014
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   Field Missions Administered by DPKO
DUTY STATION:   Multiple D/S

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United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
This Generic Job Opening has been advertised to attract applications from qualified candidates, including serving staff in various Telecommunications and Information Systems & Technology functions or related positions such as Radio Technician, Microwave Radio Technician, Satellite Technician, Telephone Technician, Rigger, etc. ACCOUNTABILITY: (The following duties are generic and may differ depending on the requirements of the mission.) Within delegated authority, the Telecommunications Technician will perform duties in one or more of the following telecommunications specialties: Radio: 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; Performs other related duties as required. 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 the various digital microwave radio systems utilising a wide range of specialised 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; Performs other related duties as required. PABX/Switching Systems: Leads the installation and commissioning, and the operation and maintenance of 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 computerised 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 the computerised telephone call logging and automated billing system; Coordinates the acquisition of local commercial and cellular services; Performs other related duties as required. Satellite: 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; Performs other duties as required. Rigging: 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 practises; 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; Perform other related duties as required. 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; Performs other related duties as required. Video-teleconferencing: 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, liasing with UN Headquarters and UNGSC; Coordinates the periodic and preventive maintenance of all VTC-related equipment; Perform other related duties as required. 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 minimise downtimes; Coordinates regularly scheduled and preventative and corrective maintenance on telecommunications installations and equipment; Liases with the asset management unit regarding the upkeep of proper inventory records; Organises 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, video-conferencing 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. 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. Planning& 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. Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings. 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.


High school diploma or equivalent and certification/diploma in other supplemental academic qualifications, training in Telecommunications and Information Systems are required. Industry training and certifications is desirable.

Work Experience
At least eight (8) 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 are required. Experience in international operations in a post conflict environment is desirable.

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

Other Skills

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8).   English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.  The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.



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