The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) forms part of the United Nations Secretariat and, like the other Regional Commissions, operates under the supervision of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. ESCWA comprises 20 Arab countries in Western Asia and North Africa. ESCWA provides a framework for the formulation and harmonization of sectoral policies for member countries, a platform for congress and coordination, a home for expertise and knowledge, and an information observatory. ESCWA activities are coordinated with the divisions and main offices of the Headquarters of the United Nations, specialized agencies, and international and regional organizations, including the League of Arab States and its subsidiary bodies, and the Gulf Cooperation Council.
This post is located within the ICT Section (ICTS), Resource Management and Service Development Division (RMSDD) of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The Information Systems Assistant reports directly to the Team Leader, Applications Support and Development unit, and will be under the general supervision by the Chief, ICTS.
Within delegated authority, the Information Systems Assistant (Full Stack Web Developer) will be responsible for the following duties:
• Designs, develops, maintains and implements new and existing web applications based on user requirements including the addition of new features and functionality, supporting and guiding the web application’s architecture, ensuring high-performance and availability, and managing all technical aspects of various Web-based Applications.
• Coordinates with Individual contractors undertaking web-based projects, making sure they have the relevant support in undertaking their assignments in coordination with the team leader; • Installs and configures development environment with relevant tools and hardware according to requirements’ specifications; • Creates UI/UX designs in line with ESCWA design guidelines and leads the implementation of the look, layout, and feel of web products in an intuitive, user-friendly style and designs collaterals, including front-end and back-end development and site theming, content and design elements ‘creation; • Provides project and Technical Support throughout the web development process for multiple web development projects • Prepares technical and user documentation including the production of training materials; • Maintains websites and applications, performs ongoing reviews with users and developers and responds to change requests, providing operational support and maintenance; • Ensures web security by applying patches, performs regular backups and recovery whenever necessary while maintaining data integrity; • Maintains regular contact with users and technical staff in the continuous improvement of services and upgrade of products where necessary; • Conducts research on new technologies as requested; keeps abreast of developments in the field; assists in testing and evaluating new products and technologies; • Performs other related duties as required.
• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of information technology and applications, including computer system networks. Good technical skills, ability to conduct network maintenance, provide server services and user support. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.
• COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
• TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ 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.
High school diploma or equivalent is required.Work Experience
Seven (7) years of experience in information systems analysis and programming, systems Administration and maintenance, Software Development, technical writing or related area is required.
Ability to design custom-tailored web applications using technologies such as .Net/ASP.net and/or Drupal solutions including the development of advanced data-driven applications with data visualization and analytics features and functionalities based on a well-designed information and technical architecture is required.
An understanding of the entire web development process, including design, development and deployment, with independent-level front-end and back-end knowledge is required.
Good knowledge of scripting (Pl/SQL), Database management skills (MSSQL, MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, etc.), web server management skills (Apache, IIS) and UI/UX design/aesthetics (understanding element arrangements on the screen, the color and font choices, and so on) is desirable.
A strong understanding of industry trends, latest web development standards and technologies, as well as the latest modules for well-known content Management Systems is desirable.
Experience with responsive and adaptive design is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. In addition, Arabic is a working language at ESCWA.
For this position, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic is desirable.
Note: "Fluency" equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand) and "Knowledge of" equals a rating of "confident" in two of the four areas.
Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test when they are short-listed for a job opening. Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT) in English at the United Nations Headquarters, Economic Commission for Africa, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, United Nations Office at Geneva, United Nations Office at Vienna, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia may be accepted in lieu of the GGST per applicable eligibility guidelines.Special Notice
• This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.
•This position is available for one year from the date of appointment/assignment. Extension of the appointment/assignment is subject to availability of funds, extension of the mandate, continued need for services, and satisfactory performance.
• Candidates are fully responsible for all arrangements and costs for attending all assessments and interviews. All candidates shall receive the same notice period for attending the assessments and interviews.
• A formal offer of appointment shall not be issued unless the candidates has the legal right to live and work in Lebanon. The candidate is fully responsible for all costs and arrangements related to travel and relocation (including visas and permits) to the duty station and for continued employment at ESCWA.
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• The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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