UN Jobs – Telecommunications Officer at United Nations Regional Service Centre Entebbe (RSCE)

Organization: United
Nations Regional Service Centre Entebbe (RSCE)
Duty
Station:
Entebbe, Uganda
Grade: FS6
Job
Opening Number:
16-Telecommunications
Technology-RSCE-52065-F-ENTEBBE (M)
Reports
to
: Chief Regional CITS
About
RSCE:
The Regional
Service Centre Steering Committee is the decision-making body for RSCE, in
compliance with General Assembly resolutions, United Nations Secretariat rules
and regulations, strategic guidance from United Nations Headquarters and
oversight bodies. The Steering Committee consults with the Global Field Support
Strategy Implementation Coordination Team, as required.
The Regional
Service Centre, as approved by the Member States, is owned, managed and staffed
by the regional missions it serves. This framework reinforces the existing
missions’ chain of command structures and lines of authority in a manner that
does not create an additional layer between Headquarters and the regional
missions. It also ensures that staffing for RSC.
        
Key
Duties and Responsibilities:
Within delegated authority, the Telecommunications
Officer will be responsible for the following duties: (These duties are not all
inclusive nor are all duties carried out by all Telecommunications
Officers.) 
·        
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 in 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
·        
The incumbent coordinates with the satellite
engineering and coordinating group at the UNGSC to enhance the deployment,
operation and maintenance of the mission’s satellite communications network
·        
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 local and wide area telecommunications
networks
·        
Provides emergency communications capabilities in
support of staff security, including providing a focal point for inter-agency
emergency field security communications liaison
·        
Works closely 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 other related duties as required.
Qualifications,
Skills and Experience: 
·        
The ideal candidate for the United Nations RSCE
Telecommunications Officer should have completed a High school diploma or
equivalent. Possession of Technical or vocational certificate in
telecommunications engineering or in a related field is a requirement.
·        
At least ten years of progressively responsible
experience in telecommunications or related area is required. The minimum years
of relevant experience is reduced to 5 years for candidates who possess a first
level University Degree of Telecommunication Engineering, with administration
and management background.
·        
Significant experience in Telecommunications used
by the United Nations common system in support of Peacekeeping and Special
Political Missions is desirable.
·        
Professional experience in administration and
project management within the United Nations 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
language is an advantage.
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.
·        
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.
·        
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.
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
Regional Service Centre at Entebbe (RSCE) as the Telecommunications Officer
should express their interest by visiting the UN recruitment website and
clicking Apply Now.
Deadline:
28th January, 2016

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