Chief Information Systems & Telecommunications Officer, FS-6

APPLICATIONS DEADLINE:   25 Nov 2012
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   11 Oct 2012
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   Field Missions Administered by DPKO
DUTY STATION:   Multiple D/S
VACANCY #   12-IST-PMSS-425851-R-MULTIPLE D/S

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Remuneration
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
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United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Chief Information Systems & Telecommunications Officer is responsible for (these duties are not all inclusive): • Provides management and coordination of the section responsible for the delivery of all Telecommunications and Information Systems and Technology systems and services deployed by the field missions: this will include voice, video, data, and other related systems and services; • Supervises the chiefs of the respective Telecommunications Unit and the Information Technology Unit within the mission; • Possesses a deeper understanding of information systems, telecommunications networks, and how these technologies converge over a satellite communications infrastructure, along with full integration into broadband terrestrial wired and wireless systems, HF/VHF/UHF radio systems, digital switching systems, and Local and Wide Area Networks; • Establishes performance standards for telecommunications and IT equipment and services and recommends corrective operational measures to improve quality and performance; • Establishes and maintains effective contacts with local authorities and equipment manufacturers and suppliers as necessary, in order to resolve various technical and administrative problems; • Coordinates the procurement activity of the section: preparation of Statements of Works, Request for Proposals, Technical Specifications, and technical evaluation of bids and proposals; • Coordinates with ICTD-UNHQ, New York and other Field Missions on matters related to CITS support; • Provides a focal point for inter-agency emergency field security communications liaison; • Ensures effective coordination with various UN agencies in order to maximise possibilities of inter-agency collaboration in Telecommunications and Information Technology; • Coordinates the preparation of the annual cost estimates and budget proposals for the mission’s Telecommunications and IST systems and services; Manages, controls and exercises the budget upon its approval; • Performs other duties as required.

Competencies
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised. 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. • COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. • 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.



QUALIFICATIONS

Education
High school diploma or equivalent. Certification/diploma of other supplemental academic qualifications or training in the ICT industry is an advantage.

Work Experience
At least 10 years (5 years with a bachelor degree) of progressively responsible professional experience in the planning, design and implementation of ICT and Telecommunications systems and networks in highly complex and large-scale operations. At least 10 years (5 years with a bachelor degree) of proven track record in managing and delivering highly complex systems projects; 4 years of which should be at the international level of the public/private sector, while functioning at management level. Field experience in United Nations Peacekeeping missions is highly desirable.

Languages
Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat - English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Other Skills


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