Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)

Chief (Network and Systems Support Section)

Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)

Job Description

The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization with its headquarters in Vienna is the international organization setting up the global verification system foreseen under the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which is the treaty banning any nuclear-weapon-test explosion or any other nuclear explosion. The Treaty provides for a global verification regime, including a network of 337 stations worldwide, a communications system, an international data centre and on-site inspections to monitor compliance. Organizational Setting This position is located in the International Monitoring Systems (IMS) Division that applies engineering and science to develop, instantiate, and to operate measurement stations around the world as well as to receive, process and disseminate the data collected by these stations as well as related Analysis products. Reporting Lines Under the supervision of the Director, International Monitoring System Division and in close Coordination with the Chief Information Technology Officer – Special Assistant to the Executive Secretary, the incumbet will carry out the following duties: Duties and Responsibilties
  1. Plan, supervise and implement the activities of the Network and Systems Support Section to fulfil the needs of the business, including the support for the operation of the IT infrastructure and Information Systems of the PTS, the SAP ERP system and the communications infrastructure;

  2. Formulate the work program and related budget, regularly review the programme to assess the quality and effectiveness of implementation and execute appropriate changes;

  3. Lead the development of the infrastructure aspects of the ICT Infrastructure and Operations strategy and roadmap, and ensure its integration with the broader ICT and CTBTO strategic plans;

  4. Determine priorities, liaise and provide specialized advice to colleagues responsible for other aspects of ICT infrastructure and operations;

  5. Build and maintain relationships with ICT stakeholders to develop a clear understanding of business needs; ensure cost-effective infrastructure solutions are in place to meet those needs, and respond with agility to changing business priorities;

  6. Provide direction on emerging infrastructure technologies to be introduced, integrated and assimilated within ICT Infrastructure and Operations, and oversee Change Management activities in support of the implementation new technologies;

  7. Manage the portfolio of infrastructure assets and services through their full lifecycle;

  8. Provide leadership, coaching and direction to staff and other related personnel;

  9. Prepare and present documentation and reports to senior management and governing bodies, provide substantive reviews and technical assessments of documentation and reports prepared by others;

  10. Perform other work-related duties as assigned.

Education Work Experience and Qualification
  • At least ten (10) years of relevant experience in IT, preferably with experience in effectively managing cross-functional teams, influencing key stakeholders across the organization and within complex contexts;

  • Proven experience or demonstrated capability in leading IT infrastructure engineering groups in complex and dynamic environment that requires multitasking among multiple concurrent projects while also handling interrupts;

  • Strong leadership skills or demonstrated performance at a managerial/supervisory level is essential;

  • Documented and recognized experience in project management is essential;

  • Accredited Certification in IT Security and/or Information Security is desirable.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are essential;

  • Knowledge of other languages is desirable.

  • Professionalism - 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.

  • Integrity - Demonstrates the values of the Organization in daily activities and behaviors; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behavior;

  • Respect for diversity - Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviors to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.

  • Leadership - Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands.

  • Vision - Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

  • Empowering Others - Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations, and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work; encourages others to set challenging goals; holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility; genuinely values all staff members’ input and expertise; shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort; involves others when making decisions that affect them.

  • Building Trust - Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; manages in a deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives proper credit to others; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive and confidential information appropriately.

  • Managing Performance - Delegates appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.

  • Judgment/Decision Making - Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

Remuneration: CTBTO offers an attractive compensation and benefits package in accordance with the policies of the International Civil Service Commission. For more information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, see link: The salary offered may be subject to deductions to the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund and Health Insurance Scheme. Additional Information:
  • All applications must be submitted through the CTBTO e-Recruitment system before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

  • The CTBTO Preparatory Commission retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy; to make an appointment at a lower grade in particular if the candidate has less than the qualifications required; to make an appointment with a modified job description, or to offer a contract term for a shorter duration than indicated in the vacancy announcement.

  • Please note that the CTBTO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list.

  • The CTBTO reserves the right to undertake correspondence only with shortlisted candidates.

  • Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process or be requested to provide performance assessments.

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