UN Career Jobs – Telecommunications Officer at United Nations Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO)

Organization: United Nations
Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
(MONUSCO)
Duty Station: Entebbe,
Uganda
Grade: P3
Job Opening Number: 15-IST-MONUSCO-48776-J-ENTEBBE
(T)
Report to: Chief
Telecommunications Officer

Duty Station: Entebbe, Uganda
About MONUSCO:
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.
Within
delegated authority, the Telecommunications Officer will be responsible for the
following duties:
·        
Steers the engineering, design, installation and
commissioning of various telecommunications systems and networks to include
Local-, Metro- and Wide Area Networks
·        
The incumbent drafts specifications and standards
for a wide range of telecommunications equipment such as network switches and
routers, telephony switching systems, VSAT and INMARSAT satellite earth station
systems, digital microwave systems, trunked radio systems, and UHF/VHF/HF
mobile/repeater and fixed station systems
·        
Offers technical support for the development of
technical specifications for procurement of equipment; evaluates vendor
proposals, performs tests and recommends selection of telecommunications equipment;
supports the establishment of equipment and service contracts, and serves as
the contract administrator; identifies appropriate standards to procure
communications equipment at the least cost and in the most expeditious manner
·        
Establishes performance standards for
telecommunications equipment and services and recommends corrective measures to
improve service quality and operational performance
·        
Provides planning support for rapid set-up and
operation of communications infrastructure from “scratch” at local and wide
area levels, including visiting regional sites for technical reconnaissance
missions
·        
Provides engineering services related to planning,
implementation and maintenance of Telecommunications Local- and Wide Area
Networks
·        
Works in liaison with the satellite engineering and
coordinating group at the UNGSC to enhance the deployment, operation and
maintenance of the mission’s satellite communications network
·        
Provides emergency communications capabilities in
support of staff security, including providing a focal point for inter-agency
emergency field security communications liaison
·        
Collaborates with the mission’s Human Resources
Office in the preparation of training modules and other training activities in
all aspects of communications technology usage
·        
Prepares and makes presentations on
telecommunications networks and equipment to staff and other UN agencies
·        
Ensures effective coordination with other UN
agencies in order to maximize possibilities of inter-agency collaboration in
the field of telecommunications
·        
Mentors and supervises junior staff/technicians as
required
·        
Performs any other related duties as required by the
Chief Telecommunications Officer.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
·        
The ideal candidate for the United Nations MONUSCO
employee should hold an advanced university degree (Master’s degree or
equivalent) in electronic or telecommunications engineering, computer
technology or related field. A first level university degree in combination
with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university
degree.
·        
At least five years of progressively responsible
experience in electronic data transmission, network design, telecommunications
or related area.
·        
Past experience in Telecommunications used by the
United Nations common system in support of Peacekeeping and Special Political
Missions is desirable.
·        
Prior experience in Prince 2 Foundation is required.
·        
Prior experience in carrying out
programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the
Unit/Section, including preparation of cost estimates/budgets, reporting on
budget/programme performance, and recruitment of staff is desirable.
·        
Languages: French and
English are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post, fluency
in English (both oral and written) is required; Knowledge of another UN official
language is desirable.
Personal Competencies:
·        
Professionalism: Knowledge of a
wide range of telecommunication systems with adequate skills for leading a team
through the installation, maintenance and operation of these systems. Knowledge
of operations of commercial telecommunications services, voice and data
communications networks, telephony switching, radio, satellite, microwave and
trunked radio communication systems. Ability to analyze, review, and make
recommendations to improve the delivery of telecommunications services. 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.
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 Officer should express their interest by
visiting the UN recruitment website and clicking Apply Now.
Deadline: 15th October, 2015

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