UN Information Systems Officer Job Careers – United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO)

Organisation: United Nations
Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO)
Vacancy Code: 17-Information
Management Systems-FMADPKO-73295-F-Entebbe (R)
Duty Station: Entebbe,
Grade: P3
Reports to: Chief of Section
About US:
The Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) is dedicated to
assisting the Member States and the Secretary-General in their efforts to
maintain international peace and security. DPKO provides political and
executive direction to UN Peacekeeping operations around the world and
maintains contact with the Security Council, troop and financial contributors,
and parties to the conflict in the implementation of Security Council mandates.
The Department works to integrate the efforts of UN, governmental and non-governmental
entities in the context of peacekeeping operations. DPKO also provides guidance
and support on military, police, mine action and other relevant issues to other
UN political and peacebuilding missions.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Within limits of delegated authority and depending on location, the
Information Systems Officer is responsible for the following duties:
  • Actively participate in the review and
    development of information security policies and related standards and
  • Coordinate the implementation of regional
    and local information security policies. Ensure promotion and enforcement
    of these policies.
  • Develops detailed system and functional
    specifications, along with user documentation for major systems, including
    telecommunications systems
  • Provides specialized advice to users, and
    analyzes user requirements to be used for the development of new
  • Develops and maintains applications that
    require integration of interrelated systems; makes recommendations for
    these applications with regards to systems integration and
    interconnectivity requirements
  • The incumbent develops and maintains the
    information security management system, including information risks across
    the mission. Establishes an information security and risk management
    functional capability and framework across the organization. Establishes
    processes to respond in a timely and proactive manner to significant
    information security breaches.
  • Actively participates in writing reports
    and papers on systems, system requirements, information strategy,
    information management and related subjects.
  • Maintains, upgrades and enhances
    operational systems; troubleshoots and provides ongoing user support,
    resolves difficult problems, advises on the use of new techniques, and monitors
    transactions to measure performance and continued effectiveness of systems
  • Organizes and performs unit and integrated
    testing by designing and implementing test bases; assists clients/users in
    acceptance testing
  • Develops training materials, operating and
    user manuals; trains staff on assigned systems
  • Prepares disaster recovery plans and
    ensures appropriate planning and training of the responsible technical
    support elements.
  • Develops plans for major IT systems
    projects within the Region, monitoring the progress of the design,
    installation and commissioning of the various networks and systems
  • Support the team in the operation and
    maintenance of internetworking systems that includes routers and switches,
    operating systems platforms, database management systems, servers,
    workstations, and related equipment
  • Devises and administers disaster recovery
    plans; provides training for support staff to implement these plans to
    ensure optimal readiness
  • In charge of the proper implementation of
    backup and recovery procedures
  • Maintains a regular review of the network
    resources access control, data security, and server and data stores
    security systems
  • Ensures that appropriate data security and
    access controls are maintained for network based applications deployed
    over Local- and Wide Area Networks
  • Ensures all information security systems
    are properly configured and maintained
  • Oversees the user access control for
    network resources and overall network security
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations
    DPKO Information Systems Officer job placement should hold an advanced
    university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in computer science,
    information systems, mathematics, statistics 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. Certification in CCNA Security, Prince2 Foundation as
    well as ITIL Foundation are desirable.
  • At least five (5) years of progressively
    responsible experience in planning, design, development, implementation
    and maintenance of Information Systems, Information Technology Systems or
    related areas.
  • Previous exposure and experience in
    Information Systems and Technology used by the United Nations common
    system in support of peacekeeping operations is desirable.
  • Languages: Fluency in English
    (both oral and written) is required.
Personal Competencies:
  • Professionalism: Knowledge of
    Information Systems, Information Technology and Information Management,
    particularly in systems analysis and design and in radio communications,
    database design and development, application development and support, and
    internetworking; knowledge of high level programming languages with
    demonstrated proficiency in programming and analysis, to include
    functional, structured, object-oriented, scripting and query languages;
    good knowledge of document design and management, graphic designs skills,
    hardware and software systems; strong analytical and problem-solving skills,
    with proficiency in the development and implementation of systems of
    moderate size/complexity; good knowledge of internetworking with routers,
    switches, and other telecommunications systems; knowledge of interactive
    systems; good knowledge of the organization’s information infrastructure
    and IT strategy; 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.
How to Apply:
If interested in joining the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping
Operations (DPKO) in the aforementioned capacity, please click on link below to
visit website and create profile or express interest if you already have a
profile on the UN system
Deadline: 21st February
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