ICT Senior Assistant (Drupal Developer)

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 21 March 2020

Job Description

Background Information - Job-specific


This is a position in UNOPS for supporting projects carried out for the United Nations Secretariat. The incumbent of this position will be a staff member of UNOPS under its full responsibility. Within the Enterprise Application Center (EAC)/ America programme, this post will report to the Information Systems Officer or his designate in the Web Services Development Group in architecting and developing Drupal websites. S/he will assist with customization or development, as well as maintainance of Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 modules and libraries; will assist with the requirements gathering and review; assist with the migration of existing websites from a variety of WCMS platforms to UN standards based Drupal 7 and 8 websites; will assist with incident and problem resolution with Drupal websites.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of UNOPS Senior Programme Manager, the incumbent will directly work under the Information Systems Officer or his designate in New York and will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Assist with the development and the maintenance of full-life cycle implementations of Drupal-based solutions providing support to a focus on maintainability, reliability, scalability, security, and performance.
  • Assist the Manager with the performance of site-building activities, including assistance with creating and modifying views, contexts and blocks to match functionality specified in wireframes and designs.
  • Provide assistance to the theme of responsive websites using Drupal version 7 and 8, and applications as per UN branding, accessibility, and multi-lingual standards.
  • Help the Information Associate with the work related to the evaluation of user requirements, designs, and wireframes during the design and user experience phase.
  • Support the preparation of technical documentation.
  • Perform other duties as may be reasonably required and in line with the incumbent’s scope of services above.
Impact of Results

This initiative will help support the development of a continuously maintained and enhanced Drupal UN platform with a common core. It will also support the rapid delivery of new low cost features and enrich departmental websites in an Enterprise hosted environment. The initiative will also track UN website standards compliance KPI’s as part of the ICT strategy and the website governance project.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Completion of secondary education (High School diploma);
  • University Degree (Bachelor’s or Master’s) is desirable and may substitute for some of the required number of years of experience.


  • A minimum of five years of experience in providing assistance in the design, development, implementation and maintenance of Drupal websites with a high school degree.
  • A minimum of two years of experience in providing assistance with the development and support of Drupal 8 websites.
  • Experience in assisting with the development of responsive websites using frameworks such as Bootstrap.
  • Proficiency coding in PHP/HTML/CSS/JavaScript and other web development tools.


  • Proficiency in using Git for source control management.
  • Experience with Agile project development and product delivery.
  • Experience with REST API integrations
  • Experience with MySQL and MariaDB databases.
  • Ability to use wire-frame and modelling tools like Visio and UML.
  • Knowledge in automated testing, automated deployment processes, and continuous integration.
  • Knowledge of Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL).
  • Knowledge of project management methodologies such as PRINCE2.
  • Fluency in English is required for this post.
  • Knowledge of one or more official UN languages will be considered an asset.
Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: Staff Contract level: G5
Contract duration: One year initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability’

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About the Organization

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

Background Information - Sustainable Development Cluster

Based in New York, the Sustainable Development Cluster (SDC) supports diverse partners with their peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations.

The SDC’s services include grants management, development and special initiatives support, and technology support to the UN and UN agencies.

The SDC is part of the New York Service Cluster that supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as a broadening community of other New York-based United Nations organizations, bilateral and multilateral partners in the delivery of UNOPS mandate in project management, infrastructure management, and procurement management.

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