Thursday, August 1, 2013

Computer Information Systems Assistants Position

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ASSISTANT, G6 Department/ Office: United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP)
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 29 July 2013-28 August 2013
Job Opening number: 13-IST-UNEP-28371-R-NAIROBI (X)
United Nations Core Values:
Integrity, Professionalism, Respect
for Diversity.

of governments and the
international community for action.
UNEP Division of Environmental Law and Conventions (DELC) identifies synergies and promotes the substantive collaboration among Multilateral Environmental
Agreements (MEAs). DELC also
encourages interlinkages between
UNEP's programme and those of
MEAs This
position is located in the United
Nations Environment Programme,
Division of Environmental Law and
Under the supervision of the Deputy Division Director, DELC the incumbent will perform the following duties:
• Participate in the development,
programming, testing, debugging
and implementation of new software and web application system releases,modules and functionalities.
• Develop, test and implement
simple computer application system and online web systems programs using UN established standards for IT technologies, programming languages and tools.
• Serve as team member in planning, specification, design, development, implementation and support of computer application systems; liaise
with other users to define and
specify requirements.
• Manage the design, prototyping,
development, maintenance and
updating of mobile application for
both the iOS and android platforms (object-c and java).
• Prepare technical and user
documentation for deployed web
online application systems, training materials and conduct technical presentations.
• Maintain functional specifications
for computer application systems,
program and procedure developed and or modified.
• Provide support for deployed online web application systems and perform ongoing reviews with users and developers and responds to user requests.
• Draft correspondence and
communications including work plan revisions and other related issues and prepare unit contributions for a variety of periodic reports. 
.Manage regular back-up of the web applications as part of the disaster mitigation and business continuity strategy.
• Serve as focal point for
coordination, monitoring and
expedition of computer application systems development projects
.Prepare standard terms of reference,
process follow-up on administrative
actions and resolve issues related to project implementation.
• Keep abreast of development in the field and perform benchmarking.
• Provide guidance to new and junior staff.
• Preform other related duties as
• Professionalism: Knowledge of
organizational information
infrastructure, including hardware,
software and application systems.
Strong knowledge of web and
information management,
information architecture, project
management and web design
(including HTML5) and current web
trends. Knowledge of data
maintenance and migration and
content approaches. Good knowledge of web solutions as well as some JavaScript, XML and PHP knowledge.
Extensive knowledge of the UN web and project planning process.
Knowledge of system development workflow and document flow processes, ability to conduct research and gather information from a wide variety of standard and non-standard sources.
Ability to respond to changing requirements and assignments, ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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.
• 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.
• Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs;
Promotes and persuades others to
consider new ideas; Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas;
Thinks “outside the box”;
Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things;
Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
• 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
Completion of secondary education is required; supplemental technical
training in Information Technology or
other related field is required. An
associate university degree or
equivalent in computer science or
information technology is desirable.
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Seven years of relevant experience in software design, object-oriented
design and implementation
technique, thorough understanding
of design patterns and their
application in software development
Experience in information
systems analysis, programmng,
software development, technical
writing, project management or
related area desirable.
English and French are the working
languages of the United Nations
Secretariat. For the post advertised,
fluency in oral and written English is required.
Knowledge of a second
official UN language is an
Assessment Method
Evaluation of qualified candidates
for this position may include a
substantive assessment which may
be followed by a competency-based interview.
Special Notice
This position is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension.
Appointment against this post is on a local basis. External candidates will be considered only when no suitable internal candidate from the
duty station is identified.
The candidate is responsible for any travel expenses incurred to take-up the appointment.
Staff Members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment
by him or her. All staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
All applicants are strongly
encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening.
On-line applications will be
acknowledged where an email
address has been provided.
If you do not receive an e-mail
acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not
have been received. In such cases,
please resubmit the application, if
necessary. If the problem persists,
please seek technical assistance
through the Inspira “Need Help?”
United Nations Considerations
The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the
United Nations - Chapter 3, article
8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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