ICT Specialist (DevOps Engineer-Automation), Valencia, Spain At Unicef


Closing date: Thursday, 20 July 2023

ICT Specialist (DevOps Engineer-Automation), P-3, Fixed-Term, Post no. 21661, ICTD Digital Core, Valencia, Spain

Job no: 561381

Position type: Fixed Term Appointment

Location: Spain Division/Equivalent: Operations

School/Unit: Information and Communication Technology

Department/Office: Digital Core – CIO Office (O/P Valencia)

Categories: Information Communication Technology

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, a connected world.

The overarching strategic goal of UNICEF’s Information and Communication Technology Division (ICTD) is to transform and build partnerships with our stakeholders to successfully implement UNICEF programmes globally through innovative technology-enabled solutions.

UNICEF is going through an exciting digital transformation that will influence the work across the organization. We are looking for dynamic, innovative professionals to drive the transformation and play a key role in shaping the way forward.

This position reports to ICT Manager (Application Platforms Services) at the P-4 level. The position is part of the Application Platforms and Services Unit under the ICTD Platforms and Service Delivery (PSD) Section in UNICEF’s ICTD Digital Core. The Application Platforms and Services Unit is the global architecture and engineering lead for UNICEF’s global Identity and Access Management, Cloud Platforms Services Portfolio, Data Platforms, and Messaging & Collaboration Services.

How can you make a difference?

The ICT Specialist’s main responsibility is developing, implementing, maintaining, and managing automated solutions on Azure and on-premises hosted for the Application Platforms Services. This includes the complete day-to-day operation and support of these platforms, including the commissioning of the resources for new workloads, configuration, troubleshooting, fault identification, rectification, performance and health monitoring, control, and administration of all the services for all the globally hosted solutions.

The position proposes and implements enhancements to improve the platform’s functionalities and general development productivity and administration experience and plays a leading role on the automation services and features.

This role provides direct technical input to support the design and development of global application platforms and services, coordinates monitoring and remediation activities with partner sections and third-party vendors managing cloud deployments and contributes to the creation of artifacts such as references, architecture documents and samples.

Key responsibilities:

Under the guidance of the ICT Manager, the ICT Specialist is responsible to:

  •  Design, develop and implement automation solutions using Azure automation tools and technologies
  •  Develop and maintain deployment pipelines and release management processes
  •  Develop and maintain infrastructure as code (IaC) scripts and templates for Azure resources (Azure Web Apps, AKS, etc.)
  •  Monitor and troubleshoot Azure resources to ensure optimal performance and availability
  •  Collaborate with development teams to implement DevOps practices and ensure seamless integration with Azure services
  •  Coordinate with development teams to understand their infrastructure needs and ensure that they are met
  •  Stay up to date with emerging trends and technologies in the Azure automation and DevOps space
  •  Identify areas for improvement and implement changes to increase efficiency and scalability
  •  Collaborate with other teams to troubleshoot and resolve issues
  •  Ensure that deployed solutions on Azure environments or on-premises hosted are secure and meet compliance requirements
  •  Monitor and maintain the health of deployed solutions and environments
  •  Develop environments inventory and configuration documentation

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

Academic Degrees:

  •  An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Information Systems Management, Computer Science, or related field is required.
  •  A first University Degree (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent) in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Required Experience: 5 years of professional experience designing, deploying, and managing cloud workloads using both Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS), including:

  •  A minimum of 3 years of experience as an Azure Automation Engineer
  •  Experience with software development tools and processes
  •  Strong experience with PowerShell scripting and automation
  •  Experience with Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates
  •  Experience with Azure DevOps and CI/CD pipelines
  •  Experience with Azure networking and security

Required Technical Skills and Experience:

  •  PowerShell or Python
  •  Hands-on experience of Azure services such as Azure Functions, Azure Logic Apps, and Azure Service Bus
  •  Hands-on experience with CI/CD (DevOps pipelines and GitHub actions) and containerization technologies

Desirable Technical Skills and Experience:

  •  Any of the following are desirable: C# / TypeScript / JavaScript / Go / Rust / Java
  •  Integration experience with Power Platform tools is desirable.

Required Skills:

  •  Strong problem-solving skills and attention to details
  •  Can work independently with minimal supervision or as part of a group.
  •  Takes initiative and is self-driven.
  •  Demonstrated analytical, troubleshooting, and problem-solving skills.
  •  Strong attention to detail.
  •  Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, proven ability to meet deadlines.
  •  Ability to understand business requirements and translate them into value-added technical solutions.
  •  Demonstrated ability to manage and maintain a good working relationship with both external vendors and other internal team.
  •  Excellent communication and presentation skills, both verbal and written.
  •  Works well with people, has very good interpersonal skills, and is client oriented.

Language Requirements:

  •  Fluency in English is required.
  •  Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

As an advocate for every child you will receive:

UNICEF offers a competitive salary that is tax-exempted for most nationalities. You can access here a salary calculator for simulation. (Medical insurance and pension premiums will be deducted from net salary).

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

Additional benefits for eligible international professional staff members include:

  •  Paid holidays and leave, including 2.5 days of annual leave accrual per month and 10 official holidays per year
  •  Paid parental leave (maternity, paternity and adoption)
  •  Dependency allowance
  •  Rental subsidy
  •  Relocation support and lump sum
  •  Home leave travel (air tickets or lump sum)
  •  Education grant for children in school
  •  United Nations-sponsored medical and dental insurance plan, pension plan, and optional life insurance plan
  •  Access to professional development and learning programs, online learning, and learning path
  •  Access to staff well-being and career development support

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks:

UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible females are strongly encouraged to apply.

International mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for International Professional positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

This is a re-advertisement. Candidates who applied previously will be included for consideration and do not need to re-apply.

Advertised: Jun 23 2023 Romance Daylight Time

Application close: Jul 20 2023 Romance Daylight Time

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  •  Closes Jul 20 2023ICT Specialist (DevOps Engineer-Automation), P-3, Fixed-Term, Post no. 21661, ICTD Digital Core, Valencia, Spain in Spain

    The ICT Specialist’s main responsibility is developing, implementing, maintaining, and managing automated solutions on Azure and on-premises hosted for the Application Platforms Services. This includes the complete day-to-day operation and support of these platforms, including the commissioning of the resources for new workloads, configuration, troubleshooting, fault identification, rectification, performance and health monitoring, control, and administration of all the services for all the globally hosted solutions. The position proposes and implements enhancements to improve the platform’s functionalities and general development productivity and administration experience and plays a leading role on the automation services and features. This role provides direct technical input to support the design and development of global application platforms and services, coordinates monitoring and remediation activities with partner sections and third-party vendors managing cloud deployments and contributes to the creation of artifacts such as references, architecture documents and samples.

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