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Radio Operators (3 Positions): UNOPS Jobs in Kenya

UNOPS helps its partners in the United Nations system meet the world’s needs for building peace, recovering from disaster, and creating sustainable development.

UNOPS is known for its ability to implement complex projects in all types of environments around the globe.

In an effort to promote organizational excellence, UNOPS seeks highly qualified individuals for the following position:

Vacancy Details

Vacancy Code:
Post Title:
Radio Operators (3 positions)

Post Level:
L-ICA 2*
Org Unit:
UN Mine Action Programme in Somalia

Duty Station:
Nairobi, Kenya

6 months (with the possibility of renewal)

Closing Date:


The mandate of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is to provide coordination, leadership, operational support and oversight of the mine action in Somalia.

UNMAS Somalia is supporting and coordinating through advice and guidance so to enable mine action to be conducted in the safest way possible.

The Radio Operator works in close collaboration with the Chief of Operations and Security Officer and other UN Staff members in providing support on telecom related issues.

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Chief of Operations and under the direct supervision of the UNMAS Security Officer, Nairobi, the radio operator will work in a 24/7 radio room in Nairobi which will serve as the UNMAS radio room, for Somalia.

Summary of Key functions:

  • Providing telecommunications services
  • Providing telecommunications support and advice
  • Keeping telecommunications Equipment Operational
  • Receiving all incoming operations communications and directing them to the relevant persons
  • Making all requested outgoing operations communications
  • Transmitting/Receiving, as well as documenting and filing all project outgoing documents
  • Recording all project incoming documents and routing these documents to relevant person
  • Managing of operations communication files
  • Supporting Users
  • All other tasks assigned.

To ensure that the radio room is staffed 24 hours, the incumbent will perform the following principal functions in rotational basis:-

  • Operate radio networks, telex/fax machines and receive and dispatch their messages;
  • Type, distribute and log all incoming/outgoing radio/telex/fax messages properly to concerned UN personnel/Registry;
  • Maintain chronological files for all incoming and outgoing telexes, facsimile and radio messages;
  • Properly maintain all radio network, communication equipment;
  • Perform maintenance and minor repairs on radio, telex/fax equipment;
  • Maintain contact with UNMAS PM, Chief of Operations and UNMAS Security Officer, give details to UN Agencies of flight arrivals/departures;
  • Ensure communication security at all times;
  • Perform other related duties as required;

The duties performed by the Radio Operator have a direct impact on the security and safety of UN staff operating in the field and also the UN.

Required Selection Criteria

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates commitment to UN mission, vision and values;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;

Functional Competencies:

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Shares knowledge and experience and provides helpful advice to others in the office;

Development and Operational Effectiveness

  • Ability to provide basic telecommunications support services;
  • Good administrative and computer skills;
  • Good knowledge of VHF/HF operating systems,
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Windows/Excel;
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills;
  • Ability to work as team and work with minimum supervision;

Leadership and Self-Management

  • Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexity;

Academic qualifications and Experiences

  • Minimum – Secondary Education, and preferable Computer literacy with user certificate;
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience including experience in radio communications is desirable;
  • Good knowledge of computer applications (MS Office, internet);
  • Ability to plan, prioritize and initiative to solve problems;
  • Experience as Radio Operator, Call agent or related field is desirable.

Language requirements

  • Proficiency in English (both oral and written);

Other requirements

  • UNMAS reserves the right to conduct background checks on applicants, including but not limited to reference checks with previous employers and criminal records;
  • Short listed candidates may be asked to undergo a written/technical test

Submission of Applications

Qualified candidates may submit their application, including a letter of interest detailing suitability and relevant experience, complete Curriculum Vitae and an updated United Nations Personal History Form (P.11) (available on our website)to Sabine Kania, via e-mail to SabineK @

Kindly indicate the vacancy number and the post title in the subject line when applying by email.

Applications may also be delivered directly to the UNMAS offices in Nairobi at UNOPS KEOC; Gigiri

Additional Considerations

  • 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.
  • UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level below the advertised level of the post.

For more information on UNOPS, please visit the UNOPS website

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