Job Vacancies Department of Public Information
Position: Information systems assistant
Location: United States of America ( The ), New York
Closing Date: Thursday, 24 May 2012
Organizational Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the News Services Section of the News and Media Division of the Department of Public Information . The Information Systems Assistant will serve as team leader for the Section’s IT and technical staff, responsible for a wide range of IT and web-related development and maintenance functions, under the general guidance of the Chief of the News Services Section of the News and Media Division.
Within delegated authority, the Information Systems Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:
Providing support for the Section’s computer information systems and databases including security and data backup and recovery; troubleshooting for various applications. As needed, installing computer application systems software and hardware; monitoring systems and producing monitoring reports.
Serving as team leader in projects dealing with the planning, specification, design, development, implementation and maintenance of web-based and simple application systems; liaising with users to define and specify requirements.
Drafting correspondence and communications, including work plan revisions and other related issues, preparing contributions for a variety of periodic reports .
Providing guidance and training to new/junior staff; planning day-to-day work to cover contingencies and supervising other staff as required.
Working in a deadline-oriented environment, developing and implementing programmes, systems, interactive elements and enhancements, multimedia products and applications for the UN News Centre web portal and associated pages, using multiple programming languages and multimedia software.
Preparing and uploading multimedia materials for on-line posting; researching and archiving photos; monitoring multiple sources of UN news and alerting editorial staff to arising issues and changing priorities as necessary, occasionally working beyond regular hours to meet deadlines related to news and special projects.
Perform other duties as required.
Knowledge of United Nations information technologies, tools and priorities. Knowledge of relevant programming languages and databases. Demonstrated skills in the maintenance, design and development of web pages; proven ability in ASP programming and HTML. Strong database skills and demonstrated ability writing and applying advanced SQL queries, developing interactive multimedia applications and ability to use programming skills to develop information systems. Ability to conduct research and gather information from a wide variety of standard and non-standard sources, and to respond to news and information priorities with sound judgement. Ability to respond to changing requirements and assignments, work to multiple deadlines, and apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. Ability to perform a wide range of application software development and maintenance tasks. 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. 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.
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.
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.
High school diploma or equivalent. Must have passed the United Nations Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT) at Headquarters or an equivalent locally administered test at United Nations Offices away from Headquarters. Supplementary course work/training in website-related programmes, including database development and web design, highly desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by a competency-based interview.
This position is for local recruitment.
Passing the Administrative Assessment Support Test (ASAT) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Service category in the United Nations.
To make arrangements to take this test in New York, you may bring in person a copy of your completed Personal History Profile to the Headquarters Staffing Section(HQSS), Unit C, United Nations Secretariat, located at One United Nations Plaza (at corner of 1st Avenue and 44th Street), Room DC1-200. HQSS-Unit C receives applicants every Wednesday (except public holidays) between 10.00 am and 12.00 Noon. Persons wishing to take the ASAT are pre-screened and, if successful, scheduled to sit the ASAT at a later date.
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.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, TRAINING OR ANY OTHER FEES). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON BANK ACCOUNTS.
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