JOB AT United Nations Conference on Trade and Development ( UNCTAD ) : INFORMATION SYSTEMS OFFICER : ( Deadline : 05 May 2019 )
Org. Setting and Reporting
This post is located in the Automated SYstem for CUstoms DAta (ASYCUDA) Programme of the Division on Technology and Logistics of UNCTAD. The Information Systems Officer reports to the ASYCUDA Regional Coordinator for East and Southern Africa.
The incumbent shall be responsible for the following main tasks:
• Implementation of the UNCTAD ASYCUDA/SINGLE WINDOW system in the National Customs Service (NCS), by:
(a) providing technical advice on the most suitable ICT (Information and Communication Technology) architecture and configuration for the ASYCUDA/SINGLE WINDOW system implementation in the NCS specific conditions;
(b) assisting the NCS in the preparation of the technical specifications and evaluation criteria for the procurement of ICT hardware, software and associated services required for the implementation of the NCS ASYCUDA/SINGLE WINDOW system;
(c) providing technical assistance and support in the prototyping, testing, piloting, roll-out, administration and maintenance of all NCS ASYCUDA/SINGLE WINDOW system e-Documents including remedial actions, as required;
(d) organizing and delivering ASYCUDA/SINGLE WINDOW technical training courses on the implementation, operation and maintenance of the NCS ASYCUDA/SINGLE WINDOW system;
(e) assisting the NPT (National Project Team) in the preparation of the national ASYCUDA/SINGLE WINDOW technical documentation.
• Further development/enhancement of the NCS ASYCUDA/SINGLE WINDOW system by:
(a) providing technical advice to the Government on the technical aspects of NCS ASYCUDA/SINGLE WINDOW national extensions/e-Documents, with the view to ensure their integration into the overall operational NCS ASYCUDA/SINGLE WINDOW architecture;
(b) assisting the NCS to coordinate the technical development of the national extensions/e-Documents of the NCS ASYCUDA/SINGLE WINDOW system, and their integration into the operational NCS ASYCUDA/SINGLE WINDOW environment.
• Coordination of the NCS ASYCUDA/SINGLE WINDOW technical implementation with other governmental agencies’/organizations’ ICT and infrastructure activities having impact on the NCS ICT systems by:
(a) advising the NCS on the technical implications for the NCS ASYCUDA/SINGLE WINDOW system of other governmental agencies’/organizations’ ICT and infrastructure related activities (e.g. Port and Airport Authorities, express couriers);
(b) coordinating the technical implementation of NCS ASYCUDA/SINGLE WINDOW e-Documents with other governmental agencies’/organizations’ ICT and infrastructure relevant activities.
• Assistance in Project reporting and monitoring system by:
(a) assisting the NPM (National Project Manager) in the preparation of Project Progress Reports for national counterpart authorities;
(b) preparing regular technical Project Progess Reports for the ASYCUDA Regional Coordinator inclusive of the elements relating to the logical framework and monitoring plan.
PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrated ability and knowledge in the design and management of complex information management systems. High level of ICT background with deep knowledge in Java, Oracle, Linux. 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.
TECHNOLOGICAL AWARENESS: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.
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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in computer science, telecommunications or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in ICT systems analysis and design, installation, configuration, testing, piloting, rollout, administration and maintenance or related field.
The following experience is desirable:
a) participation in the organization and delivery of ICT training courses within governmental agencies;
b) assignments in developing countries and/or transition economies within an international organization;
c) participation in the implementation at the national level of an ICT system for Customs automation or similar.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language would be an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interviews.
This post is financed by project funds. Extension of the appointment is subject to the extension of the mandate, job performance, 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.
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