UN Telecommunications Officer Job Opportunities – United Nations Regional Service Centre Entebbe (RSCE)

Organization: United
Nations Regional Service Centre Entebbe (RSCE)
Duty Station: Entebbe,
Job Opening Number: 18-Telecommunications
Technology-RSCE-96333-F-Entebbe (M)
Reports to: Chief
Regional CITS
Grade: FS6
About US:
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.)
  • Leads
    the engineering, design, installation and commissioning of various
    telecommunications systems and networks to include Local-, Metro- and Wide
    Area Networks
  • 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
  • Offers
    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Supervises
    junior staff/technicians as required
  • Performs
    other related duties as required.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United
    Nations Regional Service Centre Entebbe (RSCE) Telecommunications Officer
    job opportunity should hold a High school diploma or equivalent. 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.
    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. 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.
  • Languages: 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
    – 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 (RSCE) in the aforementioned capacity should express their interest by
visiting the UN recruitment website and clicking Apply Now.
Deadline: 30th April 2018
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