Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) Associate

Brindisi, Puglia, Italy
Apply by 27 June 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 13 June 2018

Job Description

Background Information - Job-specific

*** THIS IS A LOCAL POSITION FOR WHICH ONLY APPLICANTS WHO POSSESS THE ITALIAN NATIONALITY OR A VALID RESIDENCE AND WORK PERMIT IN ITALY ARE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION ***




UNOPS is seeking to expand mCOP solution team to include additional resources that will focus on enhancing the existing solution, add new functionality and provide system analysis. The resources will be based with the UNOPS team in Brindisi, Italy,

Functional Responsibilities

Org .Setting And Reporting

Under the overall supervision of UNOPS Senior Programme Manager or designated officer and within delegated authority and direct supervision of Chief Client Solutions Delivery Section/Solution Support Unit or a designated officer and within delegated authority, the incumbent will be required to perform the following duties at the United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC), Field Technology Service (FTS) in Brindisi.



Responsibilities

• Analyses business requirements for mission common operational picture (mCOP) and similar applications and proposes/designs efficient and aligned WEB and mobile solutions and applications
• Produces system requirements in relation to optimized and required software and hardware ;
• Participates in preparing user requirements, test cases and UAT;
• Participates in the creating quality control mechanisms and testing scripts for designed solutions;
• Performs rigorous unit, solution and integration testing of designed solutions and applications;
• Develops and tests specific complex application, module or solution as part of mCOP or other applications being part of the Situation Awareness program
• Provides full range of technical assistance and guidance to other members of mCOP development team, support teams and QC team;
• Participates in the design and support of the Geospatial collaboration and content management solutions and portals;
• Prepares user and training documentation and participates in UAT and user training for mission staff;
• Ensures data security and integrity of information being handled with supported systems and ensures that all security controls are implemented;
• Creates and update system documentation and related technical/procedures and manuals
• Participates in release management and handover of solutions to T2 support.
• Assists in setup and implementation of resilient and high availability solutions in support of mCOP and Situational Awareness Program
• Recommends and assists in setting up solution monitoring tools to achieve continuous availability and best performance of supported/developed solutions;
• Liaises with missions to establish adequate communication between users and support teams to maintain optimal operation of hosted solutions;
• Provides support for incident and problem management and assist T2 support teams in rollout of releases, bug fixes and solution enhancements;
• Assists in managing the technical work of junior staff;
• Performs other related duties as assigned.

Impact of Results

The expected impact will be enhanced, efficient solutions as part of Situational Awareness (SA) programme

Competencies
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles. Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role). Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries. Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements. Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving. Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground. Education/Experience/Language requirements
Education:

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • First-level university degree in Applied Mathematics, Electronics, GIS, Computer Science, Information Systems / Technology, Engineering or related field is an asset or advantage.
Experience:

Required

  • Minimum 6 years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of Geographic Information Systems, ICT, Information Systems Software Development, or other related fields. A candidate with a University degree must have at least two (2) years of experience in the relevant area;
  • Minimum 5 years working experience in developing moderately complex WEB information systems using C#, C++, Java, or other complex programming language;
  • Minimum 5 years of working experience in using, administering and programming with MS SQL server
  • Knowledge and practical experience of ESRI ArtcGIS software and designing GIS solutions with Latitude GeoCortex;

Desirable

  • ITIL and PRINCE 2 foundation certifications are desirable;
  • Knowledge and practical experience in automated software testing procedures and setup;
  • SQL Server database admin certifcate;
  • Experience in defining and documenting system requirements;
  • Experience at the international level or direct working experience in UN geospatial information operations in the field;
  • Experience in multinational working environment;
  • Knowledge of geo-database systems, software; programming languages and web technology;
Language Requirements:

English and French are the working languages of the UN. For this job opening, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.


Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: Fixed Term
Contract level: G6
Contract duration: 1 Year (renewable subject to funds availability and satisfactory performance)


For more details about United Nations staff contracts, please follow this link:
https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/UN-Staff-Contracts.aspx


Additional Considerations
  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.

UNOPS vision is a world where people can live full lives supported by appropriate, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, and by the efficient and transparent use of public resources in procurement and project management.

With over 8,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, where they need it. By implementing around 1,000 projects for our partners at any given time, UNOPS makes significant contributions to results on the ground, often in the most challenging environments.

Background information- ECR

Based in Geneva, the Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECR) supports UNOPS offices throughout the region through: management, financial and programmatic oversight of global and country-specific portfolios, clusters and operations centres, including hosting services; fund and management advisory services; project implementation; procuring goods and services; and managing human resources.

ECR ensures that projects are executed to the highest standards, providing a shared knowledge base and ensuring that best practices and lessons learned are disseminated between business units and projects across the entire region.

ECR strategy is to:

  • Strengthen UNOPS role in operationalizing the Sustainable Development Goals with particular emphasis on health, environment and economic development.
  • Position UNOPS in the Balkan sub-region, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
  • Strengthen the implementation of ECR global and regional programmes, with revitalized partnerships in infrastructure, procurement and project management.

ECR operates global portfolios from offices in Geneva, Brussels and New York, and country-specific programmes from its operations and project centres located in Eastern Europe and Central Asian countries.

Background Information - Development Group Cluster

Based in the New York, the UNOPS Development Group Cluster supports diverse partners with their peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. For example, within the United Nations Development Programme, the Cluster works with the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support and the Office of South-South Cooperation.

The cluster also supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as a broadening community of other New York-based United Nations organizations in the delivery of project management and implementation services

About the Organization

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.

UNOPS vision is a world where people can live full lives supported by appropriate, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, and by the efficient and transparent use of public resources in procurement and project management.

Background information- ECR

Based in Geneva, the Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECR) supports UNOPS offices throughout the region through: management, financial and programmatic oversight of global and country-specific portfolios, clusters and operations centres, including hosting services; fund and management advisory services; project implementation; procuring goods and services; and managing human resources.

ECR ensures that projects are executed to the highest standards, providing a shared knowledge base and ensuring that best practices and lessons learned are disseminated between business units and projects across the entire region.

ECR strategy is to:

  • Strengthen UNOPS role in operationalizing the Sustainable Development Goals with particular emphasis on health, environment and economic development.
  • Position UNOPS in the Balkan sub-region, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
  • Strengthen the implementation of ECR global and regional programmes, with revitalized partnerships in infrastructure, procurement and project management.

ECR operates global portfolios from offices in Geneva, Brussels and New York, and country-specific programmes from its operations and project centres located in Eastern Europe and Central Asian countries.

Background Information - Development Group Cluster

Based in the New York, the UNOPS Development Group Cluster supports diverse partners with their peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. For example, within the United Nations Development Programme, the Cluster works with the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support and the Office of South-South Cooperation.

The cluster also supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as a broadening community of other New York-based United Nations organizations in the delivery of project management and implementation services