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UN Jobs: Telecommunications Officer 2021

Posting Title: Telecommunications Officer, FS6

Job Code Title: Telecommunications Officer

Department/Office: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali

Duty Station: Bamako, Mali

Posting Period: 20 May 2021 – 02 June 2021

Job Opening Number: 21-Telecommunications Technology-MINUSMA-155901-F-Bamako (M)

Staffing Exercise: N/A

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is in Bamako, the headquarters of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and the incumbent will report to the Field Technology Section (FTS) Operations Manager.


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 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 to maximize possibilities of inter-agency collaboration in the field of telecommunications. Supervises junior staff/technicians as required.

Performs other related duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge of communication equipment with adequate skills for their design and commissioning. Knowledge of operations of commercial telecommunications services, voice and data communications techniques, radio and satellite communication systems. Ability to analyze telecommunication data and conduct reviews. 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 awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; Shows willingness to learn new technology.


High school or equivalent diploma is required. Technical training certifications in Telecommunications are desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years or (five (5) years with a first level university degree) of progressively responsible experience in the field of telecommunications including experience in developing and overseeing large centralized and globally distributed institutional systems including large capacity Alternative Energy Power Solutions is required.
Experience managing and delivering highly complex projects, and experience in integrating large-scale telecommunications systems is required.
Experience and knowledge of Communication Tower Construction, working at Height and Rescue Policies and Procedures is required.
Experience of LAN structured cabling and ICT backbone systems and regional coordination is required.
Experience in managing large teams of diverse technical skills is required.
At least two (2) years’ experience providing services in the field of telecommunications, electronic data transmission, network design or related areas to or in a field operation of the United Nations common system or a comparable international organization is desirable.
Two (2) years’ experience in the field of telecommunications, electronic data transmission, network design or related areas in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.
Experience in budget, staffing, and performance management and reporting is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This “Recruit from Roster” job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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