United Nations MONUSCO Careers – Telecommunications Technician

Organization: United
Nations Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the
Duty Station: Entebbe,
Grade: FS5
Job Opening Number: 15-IST-MONUSCO-45270-F-ENTEBBE
Report to: Chief of the
Communication and Information Technology Section (CITS) and Chief ICT
Operations Officer
Following the signing of the
Lusaka Ceasefire Agreement in July 1999 between the Democratic Republic of the
Congo (DRC) and five regional States (Angola, Namibia, Rwanda, Uganda and
Zimbabwe) in July 1999, the Security Council established the United Nations
Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) by its
resolution 1279 of 30 November 1999, initially to plan for the observation of
the ceasefire and disengagement of forces and maintain liaison with all parties
to the Ceasefire Agreement. Later in a series of resolutions, the Council
expanded the mandate of MONUC to the supervision of the implementation of the
Ceasefire Agreement and assigned multiple related additional tasks.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Within delegated authority,
the Telecommunications Technician will perform duties in one or more of the
following telecommunications specialties:
1. Radio:
  • Steers
    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;
  • Works
    closely with other UN agencies and local authorities on matters related to
    radio frequencies coordination;
  • Manages
    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;
2. Microwave Radio Systems:
  • Takes
    the lead in the preparation and installation of microwave radio systems
    and related equipment;
  • Oversees
    the setup, configuration and testing of the various digital microwave
    radio systems utilising a wide range of specialised and complex test
  • Coordinates
    the programming, testing and commissioning of new equipment prior to
  • Coordinates
    radio-link calculation and path profile analysis;
  • Works
    closely with the Rigging unit regarding the deployment of relevant
    antennas and feeder lines on communications towers and masts;
3. PABX/Switching Systems:
  • Oversees
    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;
  • Manages
    the acquisition of local commercial and cellular services;
4. 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;
  • Works
    closely with UN Headquarters and UNGSC regarding initial installations,
    including frequency coordination;
5. 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;
  • The
    incumbent will lead 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;
6. 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;
  • Supports
    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;
7. Video-teleconferencing:
  • Leads
    the installation, operation and maintenance of video-teleconferencing
    (VTC) equipment and systems;
  • Works
    closely with the other units in the development of videoconferencing
  • 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;
8. Common Duties:
  • Oversees
    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;
  • Mentors
    and 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;
  • Works
    closely 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
    any other related duties as required.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the United Nations MONUSCO employee should preferably
    hold a 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.
  • A
    minimum of eight years’ experience in the planning and installation of
    complex telecommunications equipment, networks and information systems is
    required. Field experience in United Nations Peacekeeping missions is
  • Languages: French and English are the working
    languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is
    required; Knowledge of French (both oral and written) is desirable.
Personal Competencies:
  • Working
    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
  • Takes
    responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the
    equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Technological Awareness:
  • Keeps
    abreast of available technology;
  • Understands
    applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office;
  • Actively
    seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks;
  • Shows
    willingness to learn new technology.
Planning and 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
NB: The United Nations
does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application,
interview meeting, processing, or training). The United Nations does not
concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates desiring to serve the United Nations Organization
Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) as the Telecommunications
Technician should express their interest by visiting the UN recruitment website
and clicking Apply Now.
Deadline: 4th August, 2015
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