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Chief Telecommunications Officer, FS-6
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:   25 Nov 2012
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   11 Oct 2012
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   Field Missions Administered by DPKO
DUTY STATION:   Multiple D/S
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER:   12-IST-PMSS-425855-R-MULTIPLE D/S


 
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
(The following duties are generic and may differ depending on the requirements of the mission.) Within delegated authority, the Chief, Telecommunications Officer will be responsible for the following duties: • Plans and directs major communications projects of significant importance to the Mission, or major components of these complex systems which typically impact critical operations and security; • Provides expert advice on the management, operation and maintenance of complex telecommunications systems to transport voice, data and video, including assessments for efficient bandwidth usage and growth; • Identifies and recommends the need for new systems, or upgrades to existing systems based on ongoing analysis of the equipment and systems in use; • Develops plans for feasibility assessment, design, development and implementation, including project plans, schedules, time and cost estimates; • Provides plans for the deployment and operation of telecommunications infrastructure at the local and wide area levels; • Develops cost estimates and budget proposals for telecommunication equipment and systems and ensures proper expenditure according to UN Financial Rules; • Develops technical specifications, Statement Of Works, and Request For Proposals for the acquisition of equipment and services, oversees the technical evaluation of bids and proposals received, monitors the procurement process, and manages the contracts; • Provides guidance on asset manage and control of telecommunications assets; • Tracks and monitor communications projects progress against plan, requirements, and quality measures and standard processes; • Develops guidelines for proper customer relationship in the delivery of equipment and services; • Provides professional leadership and work direction to the communications team, and/or mentors and supervises the work of new/junior officers, contract staff, etc.; • Develops, implements and monitors communication standards and guidelines; • Develops and recommends strategies to address specific training needs for end users; • Provides emergency communications capabilities in support of staff security, and acts as a focal point for inter-agency emergency field security communications; • Ensures proper accountability of all commercial communications expenditures and cost recovery from users; • Ensures effective coordination with other UN Agencies in order to maximise possibilities of inter-agency collaboration in the field of Telecommunications; • Performs other related 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 telecommunications 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 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


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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PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

How to apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. Because applications submitted by United Nations (UN) staff members are considered first, provided the eligibility requirements set out in ST/AI/2006/3 are met and the application is submitted in a timely fashion, staff members should apply within 15-day or 30-day mark.

Online applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please go to “My UN” page and check the status of your application by clicking on “View Application History”, and resubmit the application, if necessary.
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