Posting Title: Telecommunications Engineer (Broadcast Technology Officer), P4
Job Code Title: BROADCAST TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Department/Office: Office of Information and Communications Technology
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 02 June 2023 – 15 August 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Media Technology-OICT-206650-R-New York (G)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organisational Setting and ReportingThis position is located in the Operations Unit (EU), Broadcast and Conference Support Section (BCSS), Regional Service Management Service (RSMS), Operations Support Division (OSD), Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT). The Broadcast and Conference Support Section is responsible for the management, operation and maintenance of the Broadcast, Audio Visual and conference/event video conferencing and public information broadcast facilities at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters. The Telecommunications Engineer (Broadcast Technology Officer) reports directly to the Chief of Section. The Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT) is leading the digital transformation of the Organization to enable a better, safer, more sustainable future through secure, reliable, and innovative technology solutions. OICT is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. OICT supports the principles of work-life balance and flexible work arrangements.
Within delegated authority, the Telecommunications Engineer (Broadcast Technology Officer) will be responsible for the following duties:
- Plans and directs major broadcasting systems projects of significant importance to the institution, or major components of these complex systems which typically impact critical operations and large or multiple user groups.
- Provides expert advice on the management, operation and maintenance of complex broadcasting systems to transport voice, data and image, including assessments for efficient bandwidth usage and growth; identifies the need for new systems (or modifications to existing systems) or responds to requests from users; develops plans for feasibility assessment, design, development and implementation, including project plans, schedules, time and cost estimates; provides plans for set-up and operation of communication infrastructure from “scratch” at local and wide area levels.
- Develops plans for broadcasting systems Develops technical specifications/cost proposals for procurement/contractual services, oversees the technical evaluation of bids and proposals received and monitors the procurement process; manages the contract service.
- Manages broadcasting assets with respect to deployment, usage and redeployment.
- Tracks and monitors broadcasting projects’ progress against plan, requirements, quality measures, standard processes; liaises with users on all aspects and during all phases of development and implementation.
- Actively provides professional leadership and work direction to communications team, and/or mentors and supervises the work of new/junior officers, contract staff, etc.
- Develops, implements and monitors communication standards and guidelines.
- Keeps abreast of developments in the field and determines the need for testing and evaluating new products and technologies; provides leadership on introducing technological changes; prepares various technical reports.
- Develops and recommends strategies to address specific broadcasting, connectivity and related training needs of Headquarters or the missions.
- Ensures effective coordination with other UN agencies in order to maximize possibilities of inter-agency collaboration in the field of broadcasting
- Develops disaster recovery plans and ensures appropriate planning and training of those responsible.
- Performs other related duties as required.
- PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of broadcasting equipment with adequate skills for their installation and maintenance. Knowledge of operations of commercial broadcasting services, voice and data communications techniques Ability to analyze 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.
- CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
- 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.
EducationAn advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in electronic, technical or communications engineering, technical science, broadcast technology, computer technology or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Job – Specific Qualification
- PRINCE2 Practitioner certification is desirable.
- ITIL Intermediate certification is desirable.
- Cobit 5 Foundation certification is desirable.
- A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in electronic data transmission, network design, telecommunications, information systems, broadcasting and video conferencing technology or related area is required.
- Experience in commercial audio, visual installation, and operation and maintenance for live and corporate events industry is desirable.
- Experience in in the operation of broadcasting production equipment is desirable.
- Experience in project management is desirable.
LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.
AssessmentEvaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
- 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.
- For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 March 2023, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.
- The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
- Applicants, who successfully go through a competitive recruitment process and are recommended for selection and/or inclusion in the roster of pre-approved candidates for subsequent job openings at the same level and with similar functions, may have their application information and roster status shared with other UN Organizations. Such applicants may be contacted by other UN Organizations for similar job openings, subject to the confirmation of their interest. Placement on the roster is no guarantee of a future selection.
- At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
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