Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the ASYCUDA Programme, Division on Trade and Logistics, UNCTAD
Under the supervision of the ASYCUDA Regional Coordinator for Europe, Central Asia and Afghanistan, based in Geneva, the ASYCUDA Information Technology Expert will be responsible for providing technical assistance and support to the Afghan Customs Department (ACD) during the implementation of the ACD ASYCUDAWorld (AW) system.The incumbent is expected to undertake the following duties, without specific training:•Providing technical advice on the most suitable ICT (Information and Communication Technology) architecture an configuration for the ACD AW system implementation in the Afghanistan specific conditions;•Assisting ACD in the preparation of the technical specifications and evaluation criteria for procurement of ICT hardware, software and associated services required for the implementation of the ACD AW system;•Providing technical assistance and support in the prototyping, testing, piloting, roll-out, administration and maintenance of all ACD AW system e-Documents, including remedial actions, as required;•Organizing and delivering AW technical training courses on the implementation, operation and maintenance of the ACD AW system;•Assisting NPT (National project Team) in the preparation of the national ACD AW technical documentation.Further development/enhancement of the ACD AW system by:•Providing technical advice to ACD on the technical aspects of ACD AW national extensions/e-Documents, with the view to ensure their integration into the overall operational SRC AW architecture.•Assisting ACD to coordinate the technical development of the national extensions/e-Documents of the ACD AW system and their integration into the operational ACD AW environment.Coordination of the ACD AW technical implementation with other governmental agencies’/organisations’ ICT and infrastructure activities having impact on the ACD ICT systems by:•Advising the ACD on the technical implications for the ACD AW system of other governmental agencies’/ organizations’ ICT and infrastructure related;•Coordinating the technical implementation of ACD AW e-Documents with other governmental agencies’/ organizations’ ICT and infrastructure relevant activities;Assistance in Project reporting and monitoring system by:•Assisting the NPM (National Project Manager) in the preparation of Project Progress Reports for national counterpart authorities;•Preparing regular technical Project Progress Reports for the ASYCUDA Regional Coordinator in Geneva, inclusive of the elements relating to the logical framework and monitoring plan.
Professionalism: Knowledge of information technology/information management, particularly in systems analysis, database design and programming. Knowledge of several high level programming languages and significant exposure to and demonstrated proficiency in all aspects of programming and analysis, including structures/object-oriented design, relational systems, scripting and query languages, document design and management, hardware and software requirements, systems facilities and execution protocols. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, to include proficiency in the development and implementation of systems of moderate size/complexity. Knowledge of interactive systems; good knowledge of organization’s information infrastructure and IT strategy as it relates to user area(s); independently maintains assigned systems and develops innovative approaches to resolve a wide range of issues/problems. 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. Is conscientious in observing deadlines and achieving results.Teamwork – Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing other’s 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.
Advanced University Degree in computer science, information system, mathematics, statistics or related field. A first level university degree in combination with seven qualifying years of experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years progressively responsible experience in planning, design, development, implementation and maintenance of computer information systems or related area, including relevant experience in the field of customs automation system deployment, development and support is required.. Experience in upgrading mission critical applications in a production environment is required. Proven experience in prototyping and implementing complex customs information technology systems is required. Experience in organising and delivering training courses within governmental organisations would be an advantage. Experience of working in an international environment would be desirable. Experience in technical ICT programming with Java is required, with Linux and Oracle is desirable.
Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is considered an advantage. Knowledge of Dari/Pashto is considered an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by a competency based interview.
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