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Telecommunications Officer, P-3
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:   15 Jul 2012
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   15 Jun 2012
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo
DUTY STATION:   Kinshasa
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER:   12-IST-MONUC-425769-R-KINSHASA


 
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 Telecommunications Officer will be responsible for the following duties: Administers and manages the operation of the mission’s large and complex Trunking (Terrestrial Trunked Radio - TETRA), VHF and UHF communications networks, including planning and design for expansion to support regional initiatives, and implementation of enhancements and upgrades in the network. Develops plans for the initial field mission deployment and continued operation of the communications infrastructure at both the local and wide area levels, which would include feasibility assessments, project time frame schedules and associated cost estimates. Exercises managerial control over the Communications support required by future and current operations. Coordinates the delivery of technical operational services. Establishes performance standards for telecommunications equipment and services and recommends corrective measures to improve and enhance service quality and operational performance. Supervises routine maintenance schedule and coordinates the major system replacements required. Reviews the submission and processing of telecommunications requisitions for equipment supplies and spares. Oversees the development of Statement of Works for procurement of equipment and contractual services. Reviews bid responses, evaluates vendor's proposals, analyses specifications, performs cost-benefit analyses, and recommends selection of the most suitable type of communications equipment. Assists in establishing performance benchmarks for contractual services. Coordinates with the communications assets management unit regarding the accountability of the inventory, the requisitioning system, maintenance of minimum sparing and supplies levels, receiving and inspection of equipment, and the disposal of obsolete and defective items by property survey board action. Manages the individual work plan for telecommunications staff, and produces detailed performance assessments and evaluations for all staff supervised throughout the review period. Monitors the performance and service levels provided by contractors, ensures that established guidelines are complied with, ensures schedules and deadlines are met, and takes action on any shortfalls recorded. Supervises and provides professional leadership and work direction to communications teams; mentors and motivates new/junior staff, United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and contractor staff. Initiates contact with counterparts within United Nations agencies to maximise inter-agency collaboration. Acts as the focal point for inter-agency field security communications liaison. Acts as the focal point for the telecommunications field budget preparation by providing cost estimates. Monitors and controls the budget to minimise the chance of overspending. Interfaces with local authorities and governmental offices to appropriate telephone services, radio frequency spectrum allocation and coordination, tower construction permissions, and any other related Information and Communications Technology services required by the Mission.

Competencies
Professionalism – Substantive experience/knowledge at the supervisory level on a wide range of telecommunications systems, with good management ability; extensive knowledge of relevant standard telecommunications policies, structure and strategy, including the application of UN rules and regulations; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of peace operations. Communications – Excellent written and spoken communications skills, including the ability to formulate detailed technical reports, budget submissions, work/maintenance/training plans and to conduct detailed demonstrations, workshops and seminars for colleagues, senior staff and other Agencies/NGO’s. Technological Awareness – Extensive technical knowledge and supervisory experience in telecommunications systems design, installation and maintenance within the field of Trunking (TETRA), VHF and UHF radio communications. Working knowledge of commercial telecommunications services. Knowledge of and experience with the UN’s telecommunications, voice and data communications systems. Teamwork – Excellent interpersonal and team-building skills, with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment, with sensitivity and respect for diversity. Planning and Organizing – Ability to perform at the supervisory level with minimal direct supervision, and to work under the pressure of frequent and tight deadlines; and the ability to maximise the output of the unit by efficient management and motivation of the staff available.



QUALIFICATIONS

Education
Advanced University degree (Master's degree or equivalent) preferably in Information Systems, Telecommunications, Electrical or Electronics Engineering or related field. A first level university degree with a combination of relevant academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced University degree.

Work Experience
At least five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in communications systems design, planning, installation of complex telecommunications networks, including experience in developing and overseeing large centralised and globally distributed institutional systems, of which 4 years should have been at the international level in the public/private sector, functioning at the supervisory management level. Field experience in United Nations Peacekeeping missions is highly desirable.

Languages
Fluency in spoken and written English or French; knowledge of a second UN language is an advantage. Fluency in the local language may be essential.

Other Skills
As part of the evaluation of your application for this position, you may be requested to undergo written knowledge-based assessment exercises, which will be followed by a competency-based interview depending on the result of the test.


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How to apply

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