Open recruitment (advertised)
Advertisement end date:02/02/2024
UNV Information Systems Assistant
Democratic Republic of the Congo
16. Peace, justice and strong institutions
International UN Volunteer Specialist
MONUSCO/MONUC was established in 1999 under the auspices of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). SCR 2277 (2016) requests MONUSCO to support efforts of the Government of DRC towards the protection of civilians, through a comprehensive approach involving all components of MONUSCO, including through reduction of the threat posed by Congolese and foreign armed groups and of violence against civilians, including sexual and gender-based violence and violence against children to a level that can be effectively managed by the Congolese justice and security institutions; and to support Stabilization through the establishment of functional, professional, and accountable state institutions, including security and judicial institutions. The project aims at a better understanding of the most serious violations of human rights law and international humanitarian law in DRC and supports the leadership of the Mission through informed policy and decision making on future vetting of security forces through risk assessment and mitigation, joint planning for MONUSCO operations, as well as advocacy efforts.
Assignment is with family (KINSHASA) Assignment until 30 June 2024, with possible extension until 30 June 2025, depending on the availability of funds and satisfactory of performance
Within the terms of organization’s delegated authority, under the direct supervision of the Supervisor of the Communication Center (ComCEN) and overall supervision of the Chief ICT Service Management for MONUSCO, duties include but are not limited to the following: • Responsible for transmittal and reception of all outgoing and incoming cables/faxes, including code traffic. • Undertakes logging and archiving of all correspondence in and out of the ComCen. • Ensures that cable/fax traffic is handled promptly, without undue delay and takes remedial action in case of communications difficulties. • Ensures that all communications equipment in the ComCen is always in full working condition. • Keeps records of all telephone/facsimile calls on the telephone lines in the ComCen. • Assists in the operation of the telephone switchboard in case of emergency. • Keeps the secrecy and confidentiality of all correspondence. • Performs other tasks as assigned by the supervisor of the unit. • When working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-)governmental counterparts set aside dedicated time for capacity development through coaching, mentoring and formal and on-the-job training; and • Performs other related duties as required.
27 – 80
Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.
5 years of experience in with computers. • Previous working knowledge with radio communications equipment desirable or. • Fully proficient and familiar with Windows programs, especially Word, Excel and other • Valid driving license. • Must be fluent in written and spoken English. Knowledge of French is an advantage. • Computer literacy, ability to manage and adopt new procedures.
English, Level: Fluent, Required French, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable
Technical/vocational diploma in Communications Engineering / Business Information Technology / Computer Science/Software Engineering/Information Technology or related discipline
Professionalism Communication Respect for diversity and gender Teamwork Integrity
The Democratic Republic of Congo is the second largest country in Africa, and as a result is quite diverse. Living conditions therefore vary between MONUSCO duty stations, with all usual amenities present in the capital Kinshasa, but only very basic conditions in remote duty stations in the provinces, where, for instance, there may be no guarantee of public power supply nor running water. The ability to live and work in difficult and harsh conditions of developing countries is essential. Accommodation is very expensive in both Kinshasa and Lubumbashi. Supermarkets exist in the large towns (e.g. Bukavu, Kisangani), but consumer items are generally very expensive (as everything is imported). For food, local markets offer a much cheaper alternative. All MONUSCO duty stations are considered non-family duty stations, except for Kinshasa, Lubumbashi and Entebbe which are now considered family duty stations, and most are currently under UN Security Phase III (“relocation phase”: internationally-recruited staff are temporarily concentrated or relocated to specified sites/locations). In addition to insecurity related to the relatively volatile political situation as well as various conflict situations, certain places are subject to increasing street and residential crime, including in Kinshasa and Goma. Some degree of medical service is provided in all MONUSCO duty stations. Certain vaccinations are mandatory for MONUSCO personnel to enter the DRC, while others are compulsory for all other incoming persons. It is possible for incoming MONUSCO personnel, including UN Volunteers, to be asked to provide proof of some or all vaccinations, though this is unlikely. All UN Volunteers must ensure that they are up-to-date with all appropriate vaccinations, which should be clearly and properly endorsed in the International Certificate of Vaccination (“carte jaune”). Malaria is present virtually throughout the DRC, and it is therefore recommended to take prophylaxis. The unit of currency is the Congolese Franc. The US dollar is the other preferred currency. It may be impossible to exchange traveller’s checks away from the capital city. Credit cards are usually accepted in major hotels only in Kinshasa. In larger towns and cities (e.g. Kinshasa, Goma, Bukavu,), UN Volunteers are recommended to open US Dollar bank accounts, while in other places, banks may be absent (including ATMs) and VLA payments will be processed in cash. UN Volunteers have the possibility to send part of their allowances to a bank account abroad. In addition to French, there are four major spoken languages in DRC, namely Lingala, Kikongo, Tshiluba and Swahili.
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.
Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy