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

Job Title:      Telecommunications Officer
Organization: United Nations Regional Service Centre Entebbe
Duty Station: Entebbe, Uganda
Grade: P3
Job Opening Number: 16-Telecommunications
Technology-RSCE-54227-F-ENTEBBE (M)
Reports to: Chief of the Unit
About RSCE:
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.
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: 
  • Steers  the engineering, design, installation and
    commissioning of various telecommunications systems and networks to include
    Local-, Metro- and Wide Area Networks
  • The incumbent also 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
  • Provides 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
  • 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
  • The incumbent provides engineering services
    related to planning, implementation and maintenance of Telecommunications
    Local- and Wide Area Networks 
  • 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
  • Provides emergency communications
    capabilities in support of staff security, including providing a focal
    point for inter-agency emergency field security communications liaison
  • Works collaboratively 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 hold an advanced university degree
    (Master’s degree or equivalent) in electronic or telecommunications
    engineering, computer technology, Administration or related field. A first
    level university degree in combination with an additional two (2) years
    qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university
  • At least five years of progressively
    responsible experience in electronic data transmission, network design, telecommunications
    or related area is required.
  • Previous experience in Telecommunications
    used by the United Nations common system in support of Peacekeeping and
    Special Political Missions is desirable.
  • Significant experience working in a United
    Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping,
    political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) – or similar
    international organisation or non-governmental organisation – in a
    conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable. Professional experience in
    administration, business analysis and project management within the United
    Nations is desirable.
  • Excellent technical writing skills in writing
    business cases and business analysis – related 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
  • 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:
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: 22nd February, 2016

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