• Field Security Radio Operator at United Nations Office at Nairobi

  • Posted on: 7 August, 2017 Deadline: Not Specified
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    The United Nations is an intergovernmental organization to promote international co-operation. A replacement for the ineffective League of Nations, the organization was established on 24 October 1945


    Field Security Radio Operator


    Special Notice

    Appointment against this post is on a local basis. Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. External candidates will only be considered only when no suitable internal candidate from duty station is identified. The candidate is responsible for any travel expenses incurred in taking up the appointment. 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.

    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.

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    Organizational Setting and Reporting

    The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN headquarters in Africa and the representative office of the Secretary-General. UNON supports programme implementation of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UNHABITAT) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing administrative, conference and information services (www.unon.org). This position is located in the Safety and Security Service of the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON).

    Under the direct supervision the Chief SIOC through the Senior Operations Officer the incumbent will perform the following: Responsibilities

    1.Installation and repair of communications equipment.

    • Provide technical support to UN organizations for the implementation of Minimum Security Standards (MISTs) and Emergency Communication Systems (ECS).
    • Install and programme Very High Frequency (VHF) and High Frequency mobile communications equipment and repeaters (VHF).
    • Maintain all telecommunications equipment for UN organizations.
    • Carry out field missions for new installations and routine maintenance tours for telecommunications equipment.
    • Train UN staff on the use of telecommunications equipment.
    • Monitor the daily tracking system.

    2. Provide technical support,

    • Evaluate requests for telecommunications equipment from UN organizations, ensuring that equipment requested meet requirements for MISTS both in terms of type and quantity.
    • Prepare technical specifications for procurement of telecommunications equipment.
    • Assist in the drafting of technical documentation on radio operating procedures.
    • Evaluate needs for upgrading or replacing telecommunications equipment for all organizations.

    3. Manage and maintain inventory of Emergency Communications System (ECS).

    4. Conduct training on the use and maintenance of communications equipment.

    5. Emergency Communications System development and support:

    • Support the development of plans and projects to enhance the ECS in the field stations.
    • Reads and interprets specifications and technical drawings for construction, installations and upgrade of communications infrastructure.
    • Prepare bills of quantities and costings for engineering projects.

    6. Routine and preventive maintenance of the equipment:

    • Implement regular routine and preventive maintenance schedules for all equipment.
    • Diagnose problems and develop solutions for malfunctioning or defective equipment & systems.

    7. Give technical advice on programming, commissioning of communications equipment:

    • Programme, test and commission all new equipment in the workshop prior to deployment. Plan, schedule and carry out as well as supervise implementation of engineering projects such as construction, refurbishment, installation, and maintenance.

    Perform other related duties as required.


    • Professionalism: Knowledge of telecommunication equipment, principles of operations, including local area networks, satellites, radio and video surveillance systems, voice and messaging systems. Knowledge of satellite earth station technology, and principles of analog and digital transmission. Knowledge of synchronous and asynchronous data interface standards and protocols. Knowledge of satellite modem, CSU/DSU, and digital line driver operation. Ability to apply knowledge and technical skills to install and test relevant equipment, provide maintenance services and user support. Ability to assist with analog and digital transmission facility testing and trouble-shooting. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.
    • 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.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.


    • Completion of Secondary education/High school diploma or equivalent, is required.
    • Supplemental training and recognized certificates in radio communications theory and radio telephony practical, is required.
    • MUST have passed the United Nations Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT) or the Global General Service Test (GGST) at Headquarters or an equivalent locally-administered test at Offices away from Headquarters

    Work Experience

    • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in installation and maintenance of communication equipment both data and voice, troubleshooting in radio communication systems and knowledge of multi-meters is required.
    • Experience as Emergency Communications Centre/Supervisor in a UN Radio Room is highly desirable.
    • Knowledge of safety and Security rules, procedures and methods used in the United Nations and ability to use special security equipment is an advantage.


    • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations.
    • For this post fluency in oral and written English is required.
    • knowledge of other official United Nations languages is desirable.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to United Nations career website on careers.un.org to apply

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