United Nations Jobs in Uganda:Communication Officer

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Posting Title: TELECOMMUNICATIONS OFFICER, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: TELECOMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
Department/ Office: United Nations Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Duty Station: ENTEBBE
Posting Period: 30 September 2015-15 October 2015
Job Opening number: 15-IST-MONUSCO-48776-J-ENTEBBE (T)

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Org. Setting and Reporting

These position is located in Entebbe, Uganda, Communications and Information Technology Section (CITS) of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO). Incumbent reports to the Chief Telecommunications Officer.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Telecommunications Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• 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 systems
• Provides 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
• 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 telecommunications
• Supervises junior staff/technicians as required
• Performs other related duties as required.

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.

Education

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.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in electronic data transmission, network design, telecommunications or related area. Experience in Telecommunications used by the United Nations common system in support of Peacekeeping and Special Political Missions is desirable. Experience in Prince 2 Foundation is required. 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.

Assessment Method

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

No Fee

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.

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