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ICT Assistant Job in Kenya - United Nations Somalia Mine Action (UNSOMA)

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:

Project: United Nations Somalia Mine Action (UNSOMA) 

Unit: Unops Mine Action Somalia Operations Section

Information Technologist Assistant LICA Level 3

Duration: 6 months (with the possibility of Extension)

Duty station: Nairobi, Kenya

Reporting to: IT Officer

Closing date: 28.02.2011


The UN Somalia Mine Action Programme has been managed by the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) with implementation by UNOPS since early 2009. In south central Somalia, Somalia Mine Action will expand the activities in support of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) during 2010.

In complement to the provision of capacity building and support for the AMISOM forces to undertake EOD (Explosive Ordnance) activities in Mogadishu to reduce the large amounts of ERW (Explosive Remnants of War) and stockpiles throughout the city, EOD teams will be deployed in Mogadishu in concert with an emergency MRE initiative by UNMAS, UNICEF and UNHCR to reach the large numbers of returnees for provision of humanitarian assistance. UNSOMA has an office in Nairobi to provide managerial and support functions for the Regional Offices in Somalia.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the I T Officer and in consultation with the Programme Manager, the Information Technology Assistant shall work on the following deliverables.
  • Management, maintenance and monitoring of the continuous operation of critical components of the system servers – i.e. file, application, print and video conferencing equipment.
  • Operation and maintenance of the office Local Area Network (LAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN) systems.
  • Installation of hardware, network connections and cables.
  • Troubleshooting of hardware/software problems
  • Proactive maintenance on telecom system to avoid disruption of service;
  • Performance of minor repairs on hardware equipment, as required;
  • Receipt, testing and installation of telecommunications hardware
  • Support on hardware familiarization and maintenance, software applications, file management/maintenance and LAN/WAN systems;
  • Assistance to users for LAN and Desktop access;
  • Support on standard software applications – i.e. MS Office, email, etc;
  • Receipt and Inspection of all hardware and software equipment purchased for the program in conjunction with the Logistics Assistant.
Academic Qualifications and Experience
  • Bachelor's degree in applied IT
  • At least 2 years experience in IT and database support
  • Ability to work independently, and to meet tight deadlines
  • Fluency in written/spoken English language
  • Ability to work in a gender-equal and multi-cultural environment
  • Experience within the UN system is essential
  • Fluency in English is essential
  • Proven ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines
  • Proven ability to work within a team
UNOPS Core Values/Competencies
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Respect for Diversity
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Commitment to continuous learning
  • Planning and Organisation
  • Results orientation
  • Communication Skills
  • Teamwork Skills
  • Technical Awareness
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), via e-mail to

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

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
* The contractual modality will depend on the selected candidate’s qualifications, experience and current/previous contractual status with the UN.

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