Economic Commission for Africa Telecommunication Engineer Jobs in Addis Ababa Ethiopia

Economic Commission for Africa Telecommunication Engineer Jobs in Addis Ababa Ethiopia

Org. Setting and Reporting

stablished by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) in 1958 as one of the UN's five regional commissions, ECA's mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development.

Made up of 54 member States, and playing a dual role as a regional arm of the UN and as a key component of the African institutional landscape, ECA is well positioned to make unique contributions to address the Continent’s development challenges.

The strategic objective of ECA is framed around delivering ideas and actions for an empowered, inclusive and transformed Africa in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063 of the African Union through its three core functions, namely, its function as a think tank, its convening function and its operational function.

This post is located in the Information Communication Technology Services Section (ICTSS) of the Publications, Conference and knowledge Management Division (PCKMD) at the Economic Commission for Africa.


  • The ICTSS is responsible, inter alia, for providing telecommunications services and support in seven countries i.e. the ECA headquarters in Addis Ababa; its five sub-regional offices (Morocco, Niger, Cameroon, Rwanda and Zambia), and the Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP) in Senegal. The telecommunications services provided include telephone services and related billing using an Ericsson MX-ONE TSW PABX; a satellite network utilizing a 7.3M satellite earth station in Addis Ababa and 3.7M dish VSAT at the sub-regional offices; Microwave connections in Addis Ababa; an HF/VHF radio network; video conferencing over satellite connections to UNHQ, UNLP in Italy and the sub regional offices; Virtual Private Network (VPN) connections over the Internet to sub regional offices to support voice and data communications; facsimile services; and CISCO IP telephony.

    Within delegated authority, the incumbent performs the following duties:

  • Designs, installs tests and commissions various telecommunications systems such as local area networks, metro-area network, or country-wide or regional networks.
  • Drafts specifications and standards for telecommunications equipment such as hubs, routers, switching systems, etc.
  • Provides support for the development of technical specifications for procurement of equipment; evaluates vendor proposals, performs tests and recommends selection of telecommunications equipment.
  • Establishes performance standards for telecommunications equipment and services and recommends corrective measures to improve service quality and operational performance.
  • Provides planning support for rapid set-up and operations of communications infrastructure from "scratch" at local and wide area levels, including visiting regional sites for technical reconnaissance missions.
  • Provides engineering services related to planning, implementation and maintenance of local and wide area telecommunications networks. Provides emergency communications capabilities in support of staff security, including providing a focal point for inter-agency emergency field security communications liaison.
  • Collaborates with HR in the preparation of training modules and other training activities in all aspects of communications technology usage.
  • Prepares and makes presentations on telecommunications networks and equipment to staff and other UN agencies.
  • Identifies appropriate standard to procure communications equipment at the least cost and in the most expeditious manner.
  • Ensures effective coordination with other UN agencies in order to maximize possibilities of inter-agency collaboration in the field of telecommunications. Supervises staff/technicians as required.
  • Performs other related duties as required.



  • Knowledge of information technology/information management, particularly in systems analysis, database design and programming. 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).
  • 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and
    ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.


  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in electronic, technical or communications engineering, technical science, computer technology or related field.
  • A first level university degree in any of these fields, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Certification and training in Project Management and ITIL are both considered added advantages.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in electronic data transmission, network design, communications or related area is required.

    The following experiences are all considered to be added advantages:

  • Experience in configuration, installation, commissioning, maintenance and repair in accordance with Intelsat SSOG testing procedures for C-Band and Ku-Band 1.8 to &.3 Meter antenna satellite earth station systems, to include various types of Power Amplifiers, Modems, Up/Down Converters, Transceivers, Videoconferencing and other associated equipment;
  • Hands on experience with PABX systems handling both analog and digital communications;
  • Knowledge and experience with IP telephony: d) knowledge and experience with Unified Communications systems: and e) knowledge and experience with CISCO switching and routing systems.


  • Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

    United Nations Considerations

  • According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts.
  • The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.
  • Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

    How to Apply

  • Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
  • The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.
  • Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) apply by 31st January, 2019

  • For more information and job application details, see; Economic Commission for Africa Telecommunication Engineer Jobs in Addis Ababa Ethiopia

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