Several United Nations UNOPS IT Jobs – System Development Team Lead

Ref: VA/2013/B5004/3795
Organisation: United Nations Office for Project Services
Level: ICS-10
Duty Station: Entebbe, Uganda
Reports to: Information Systems Development Coordinator
About United Nations UNOPS:
The UNOPS North America Regional Office provides services that help
implement projects for a range of partners, and support operations run by the
UNOPS Mine Action Cluster, Small Grants Cluster and Development Group Cluster.
In addition, the office serves as a liaison between UNOPS headquarters and its
Executive Board, which supports and supervises UNOPS activities globally.
Job Summary:
The United Nations Department of Field Support, Information and
Communications Technology Division (UN DFS-ICTD) is responsible for the
delivery of applications that satisfy the requirements of the Departments of
Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support (DPKO/DFS) missions as well as
Special Political Missions (SPMs).

DFS has implemented a range of systems to address the principal requirements of
peacekeeping operations and to support and enhance the processes DFS
undertakes. The Information Systems Section delivers applications that satisfy
the quantitative and qualitative requirements of peacekeeping missions, missions
administered by the Department and United Nations operations worldwide. DFS
wishes to establish a functional sub-group to provide technical coordination
and project management.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Interpret and
    translate ICT strategic directions, policy and standards requirements into
    the actionable software development plans.
  • Review project
    proposals, prioritize projects, develop work plan, assign resources and
    track progress to completion in alignment with organizational objectives.
  • Establish, drive, and
    meet service groups’ goals that are aligned with organizational
  • Provide leadership to
    ensure the service groups’ deliverables meet development, implementation,
    quality assurance and maintenance requirements.
  • Interface with
    DPKO/DFS clients and technical stakeholders locally and internationally to
    develop and communicate project deliverables
  • Plan and coordinate
    integration of standards, processes and tools into day-to-day ICT
    operational activities including software development life-cycle, change
    management, and technical monitoring.
  • Collaborate with
    counterparts in ICT Reporting and Business Intelligence Unit to support
    the development of Enterprise Reporting Platform.
  • Establish and maintain
    coding standards, best practices, code reviews and adherence to laid down
    standard operating procedures.
  • Consolidate and report
    key performance indicators obtained from local service groups.
  • Lead and mentor staff
    members and consultants and provide guidance and advice as needed. 
  • Motivate team members,
    and ensure the development of their competencies.
  • Respond to critical
    issues in a timely and decisive manner and operate independently with
    little to no direction.
  • Advise ICT Focal
    Points on design, tools, licensing, implementation and support of ICT software
  • Assist Information
    Systems Coordinator in ESB as required.
  • Keep abreast of
    developments in the field of ICT and participate in the evaluation of new
    solutions and methodologies.
  • Perform other duties
    as required.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
  • The applicant should possess an advanced University
    degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in computer or information systems,
    mathematics, statistics, engineering or other related field.
  • A first level university degree with a
    relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be
    accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
    At least  five years of professional
    experience in an ICT environment is required, with at least 4 Years of
    experience in managing teams and dealing with clients in multiple
  • Five or more years of managing, designing,
    developing software solutions with considerations of performance,
    scalability, reusability and ease of maintenance.
  • Strong experience of Microsoft .NET and
  • Extensive experience in T-SQL, Stored
    Procedure, relational and dimensional models.
  • Strong experience with SQL Server and
    other relational databases.
  • Experience in dealing with multiple
    projects and stakeholders with competing requirements in a complex
    environment. Experience with XML and XSLT technologies.
  • Excellent understanding of MSOffice, MS
  • Experience with Quality Assurance in the
    design phase of software development.
  • Strong release, change and configuration
    management experience.
  • Excellent diagnostic, debugging and
    problem solving skills.
  • Good people and stakeholders management
 Languages: English
and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the
post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of
a second official UN language is an advantage.
Personal Competencies:
Professionalism: Strong
theoretical background and knowledge of information technology/information
management. Good theoretical background and knowledge of project management,
monitoring and evaluation methodologies, strong conceptual and analytical
skills and demonstrated problem solving abilities required.  Best practice
implementation in the field of project management and business analysis. Ability
to engage in multiple projects and develop approaches to resolve a wide range
of issues/problems. Individual should be detail-oriented, creative,
inquisitive, committed, and self-motivated and able to maintain a very high
level of confidentiality regarding the projects being conducted
Client Orientation: Ability to identify and analyze client
security needs and develop solution specifications to meet business
Communications: Excellent communication (spoken and
written) skills, including the ability to convey complex technical concepts
both orally and in writing, in a clear, concise manner. Ability to formulate
detailed technical reports.
Planning & Organizing: Ability to organize, plan and
implement work assignments, manage competing demands and work under pressure of
frequent and tight deadlines.

Teamwork: Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and
maintain effective partnerships and working relations with people in a
multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for

How to Apply:
All interested applicants should visit the link below and review
requirements before Clicking Apply Now
Deadline: 3rd September 2013
Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be
Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
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