United Nations RSCE Careers – Telecommunications Officer

Organization: United Nations
Regional Service Centre Entebbe (RSCE)
Duty Station: Entebbe,
Grade: P3
Job Opening Number: 15-Information
System and Technol-RSCE-50134-F-ENTEBBE (M)
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:
Steers the engineering, design, installation and
commissioning of various telecommunications systems and networks to include
Local-, Metro- and Wide Area Networks
In charge of drafting 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
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
The Telecommunications Officer also provides
engineering services related to planning, implementation and maintenance of
Telecommunications Local- and Wide Area Networks 
Works in liaison 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 any other related duties as required.
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal job holder for the United Nations RSCE Telecommunications
Officer must 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 degree.
At least five years of progressively responsible
experience in electronic data transmission, network design, telecommunications
or related area is required.
Prior experience in Telecommunications used by the
United Nations common system in support of Peacekeeping and Special Political
Missions is desirable.
Past exposure and 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
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: 25th November, 2015

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