23 November 2017
- 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)
The objective of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) is to contribute, in close co-operation with OSCE institutions and other actors of the international community, to reducing tensions and fostering peace, stability and security in Ukraine, and ensuring the observance of OSCE principles and commitments, in particular with respect to minority rights throughout the country, thus establishing conditions for inclusive political dialogue aimed at achieving a sustainable transition respecting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.
Initial duration of appointment/assignment for this post is until 31 March 2018, subject to a subsequent OSCE Permanent Council Decision to extend the mandate of the Mission.
If applicable, deployment is subject to attendance to and successful completion of pre-deployment training and assessment.
As part of the recruitment process applicants must be determined as fit to work for the SMM prior to appointment/assignment, by completing a medical examination form and/or medical questionnaire, which will be assessed by a duly qualified medical practitioner appointed by the SMM.
Applicants are hereby notified that the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) is designated by the OSCE as a nonfamily duty station. This designation is based on the fluid and dynamic working environment in the SMM and with due consideration to recommendations of the UN International Civil Service Commission. The currently prevailing working conditions in the duty station may include working in a hazardous location with extended hours of service, and possibly curtailed freedom of movement. Successful candidates who are appointed to locations deemed by the OSCE as hazardous will receive hazard pay. In addition, all successful candidates will be required to participate in the OSCE accident and life insurance scheme in accordance with the OSCE Staff Regulations and Staff Rules.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Under direct supervision of the Chief of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), the Communications Officer will perform the following functions:
Managing a team of international and national technical experts and engineers;
Conducting trainings, presentations and information sessions to Monitoring Officers in the Mission, related to all communications and communications technology topics;
Providing technical expert's advice and overall management and policy overview to Senior Mission Management in support of decisions and projects;
Assisting the Chief of ICT and Senior Mission management taking decisions on issues related to communications and IT aspects of elements of surveillance systems and technologies;
Preparing plans and project documentation for all telecommunications networks in the SMM, such as terrestrial and space communication links, telephone and data transmission networks, VHF, HF and Satellite radio communications networks;
Managing large scale project cycles of all related to mission communications infrastructure activities - implementation, maintenance and upgrades;
Preparing technical documents on standards and procedures in support of large scale user communities of various types of communications networks in the Mission - VHF/HF radio, low orbit and geostationary satellite systems;
Organizing the licensing and frequency management for telecommunications systems in use by the Mission;
Managing business and technical processes related to the selection of IT and communications equipment - technical specifications and features for communications equipment to be used by SMM in accordance with international and local standards;
Organizing and supervising the maintenance of communications networks and equipment;
Carrying out communication costs monitoring of the Mission and leading all activities related to cost saving policies and cost reduction approaches;
Defining budget allocations and monitoring budget implementation and expenditures on related telecommunication systems;
Monitoring Mission Members' level of communications skills and providing adequate training in a co-ordinated and organized manner;
Drafting and overseeing the development of technical specifications required for procurement/contractual services; carrying out contract management and duties related to the technology aspects of bidding processes;
Citizenship of an OSCE participating State, excluding citizenship of Ukraine;
First-level university degree in telecommunications engineering, electronics or other related field; telecommunications network management training is desirable;
Demonstrated experience in managing large scale teams and projects in an international environment, including at least two years of experience in managing technical teams in an international environment with exposure to field work;
At least six years of progressively professional experience in the field of telecommunications; experience in the design, implementation and operation of radio, fixed and mobile telecommunications networks for public service providers, large commercial or international organizations is desirable;
At least four years of experience in an international environment;
Ability to provide technical, budgetary and management advice on ICT issues to Mission senior staff;
Good knowledge and experience of communications planning and emergency procedures;
Demonstrated technical knowledge and experience with satellite, VHF and HF telecommunications equipment;
Good analytical, problem-solving and project management skills;
Demonstrated leadership skills; ability to plan and organize work as well as manage and motivate staff;
Ability to work with minimum supervision in a demanding, deadline driven and possibly hostile environment;
Professional fluency in English; ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing in this language, explaining information technology concepts and activities to non-ICT minded audience;
Working knowledge of Ukrainian and/or Russian language(s) is an advantage;
Ability to cope with physical hardship and willingness to work extra hours and in an environment with limited infrastructure; proven resilience to high stress environments;
Readiness to travel regularly within Ukraine;
Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, as well as the ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities.
Monthly remuneration subject to social security deductions is about USD 4,881 to which is added Board and Lodging Allowance (currently EUR 125 per day subject to change without prior notice). Social benefits will include possibility of participation in the Cigna medical insurance scheme and the OSCE Provident Fund.
Appointments are made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale.
The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, to offer an appointment at a lower grade or to offer an appointment with a modified job description or for a different duration.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States, please see http://www.osce.org/states.
The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply to become a part of the Organization.
The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation, therefore the maximum period of service in this post is 7 years.
Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.
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