Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Field Support Unit, Information Services Section, Information Management Branch, of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Istanbul – Turkey. OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response efforts. OCHA’s mission is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies; advocate for the rights of people in need; promote preparedness and prevention and facilitate sustainable solutions.
The incumbent reports to the Head Field Support Unit .
Within delegated authority, the Associate Information Systems Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
•Participates in preparing user requirements and other technical specifications.
•Assists in the design, development and installation of information and telecommunications systems. Maintains information systems and telecommunications equipment which may include private branch exchanges, routers, firewall and related ICT security systems, multi-layer and multi-service switches, gateways, radio, satellite and other communications systems.
•Assist in providing emergency ICT capabilities supporting of OCHA’s field offices, which includes assisting OCHA ICT emergency focal point during inter-agency ICT emergency field operations.
•Maintains assigned portions of systems, providing operational support for system’s applications, analyzing and implementing system changes/upgrades, etc.
•Participates in developing and maintaining Information Systems project plans, schedules, and budgets. Assists in identifying appropriate human and technical resources to complete the project, assists in assuring that deviations from project schedule are addressed and communicated, assists in developing timely project status reports, monitoring project risk factors, escalating project issues, and providing Quality Assurance for all project deliverables.
•Writes and develops programs to interface with existing systems.
•Prepares, updates and maintains system’s documentation and related technical/procedural manuals.
•Assists in procurements of ICT equipment and services, including conducting needs assessments, preparing technical specifications and evaluation criteria.
•Assists in the set-up and monitoring of WAN-LAN performance measures.
•Drafts training materials and conducts training sessions and demonstrations of systems for users.
•Participates with senior staff in assessing and testing new technology.
•Performs ad hoc duties as required.
•May provide guidance to new/junior staff.
•Professionalism: Knowledge of information and communication technology, particularly in systems analysis, network design and programming. Knowledge of operations of commercial telecommunications services, voice and data communications techniques, including WAN/LAN, radio and satellite communications systems. 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.
•Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in computer science, information systems or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Certification in Cisco Certified network Associate (CCNA) or higher (CCNP) is desirable.
A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in the planning, design, development, implementation and maintenance of computer information, networks (WAN-LAN) and telecommunication systems or related area is required.
Relevant experience in managing information and communication technology systems in disaster response and/or complex emergencies in countries affected by disasters or conflict is desirable.
Relevant experience in the UN common system or comparable international organization is desirable.
No experience is required for candidates who have passed the YPP, NCRE or G to P examinations.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable..
The evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
This post is funded for a period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.
Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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