ISR Technology Development Associate

UNOPS, Valencia, Spain

Skill Required:, IT and ICT
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
28th July, 2019

Job Description

Background Information - Job-specific


The United Nations Department of Operational Support, Office of Information and Communications Technology (UN DOS-OICT) is responsible for the delivery of applications and technologies that satisfy the requirements of the Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Operational Support (DPO/DOS) missions as well as Special Political Missions (SPMs).

Field Technology Service (FTS) in the United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC) is responsible for the delivery and maintenance of Field Technologies, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) infrastructure, systems and software applications in support of operational requirements of peace missions as well as special political missions.

The Technology Development, Design and Planning Section (TDDPS) under the FTS umbrella is responsible for the development of pilots, projects and services that satisfy the requirements of the Departments of Peace Operations and Operational Support (DPO/DOS) missions. DOS has implemented a range of systems to address the principal requirements of peace operations and to support and enhance the processes DOS undertakes. Technology Development Unit (TDU) is a central pillar of the TDDPS section and acts a center of excellence for idea generation, transformation of ideas into products/solutions or enhancing existing solutions that address problems facing Departments of Peace Operations and Operational Support (DPO/DOS) missions through the use of Technology.

The incumbent will be part of a team of professionals that have combined decade’s long experience in the UN missions.This is a position in UNOPS for supporting projects carried out for or in the United Nations Secretariat. The incumbent of this position will be a personnel of UNOPS under its full responsibility.

Functional Responsibilities:

The ISR Technology Development Associate (ISR – Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance) plays a critical part in the research, testing and implementation of ISR technologies in support of DPO/DOS activities. The incumbent will help in initiating and promoting technology innovations in the ISR area, integrating military and civilian technologies and expertise in the field, in support of making UN peace operations more effective and efficient. The incumbent create synergies between the various stakeholders with emphasis on enhanced operational performance and capacity building through the introduction of modern ISR technology to UN missions. S/he is expected to understand information workflows and applications used in tracking and monitoring the relevant projects and systems performance.

  • The ISR Technology Development Associate (ISR – Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance) will be reporting directly to the chief of TDU and will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Work with the ISR Technology Officer and other technical teams in TDDPS to carry out feasibility studies, analysis, design, implementation and integration of new ISR and related ICT systems and technologies into daily military or police related operations.
  • Work closely with civilian, military and police personnel on proof of concept and pilot projects.
  • Assist in the development of specifications for equipment and services related to innovative systems and technologies in the field of ISR and related ICT.
  • Assist in the development of training frameworks and instructions, “Knowledge Transfer” plans and technical instruction strategies for ISR technologies.
  • Coordinate with other UNGSC units to support the related technologies, as needed.
  • Draft Standard Operating Procedures and Guidelines for the proper use of ISR systems in the field.
  • Assist with expertise in addressing client requests or/and resolving issues regarding equipment or process fault diagnosis, complex system problems analysis; advise any remedial action required and follow up on the progress.
  • Assist in developing and implementing the ISR roadmap for DPO/DOS.
  • Carry out due diligence on existing/emerging solutions and provide suggestions on improvement, as applicable.
  • Participate actively in the internal community for sharing innovative thinking and knowledge on new and emerging technologies.
  • Perform any other duties as required.

Impact of Results:

The result of work of the ISR Technology Development Associate impacts directly on delivery of services that satisfy the requirements of TDDPS or/and DPO/DOS, as well as the performance of the services implemented in the DPO/DOS field missions and headquarters. It will also ensure proper processes and methodologies are followed and implemented according to the latest of the industry standards. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring activities for all global locations are in line with the overall business targets and UN policies, rules and regulations.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Secondary Education in Electronics, Sensors, Technology Development, or Engineering or in a field related to the post description.
  • A first level university degree with a combination of relevant academic qualifications and experience in ISR technologies and operations, Electronics, Sensors, Technology Development, or Engineering or in a field related to the post description may substitute for some of the required years of experience.

Work Experience:

  • Minimum of 6 years of experience in ISR or related technology solution focused roles is required.
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in working on projects related to Technology Solutions is required.
  • Minimum of 2 of years of experience delivering projects within a project management framework (e.g. PRINCE2) is required.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience of working in a multinational environment where tact, diplomacy, excellent relationship management and communication skills are critical to positively influence relationships with a wide range of stakeholders is required.


  • Minimum of 1 year of experience working with Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) is desired.
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience working on Project implementations and Service Design/Transition; general understanding of infrastructure components at high level (i.e. network, servers, database, storage, data, and security) is desirable.
  • Experience in technology innovation is desired.
  • Knowledge of Military technology and military experience are desirable.


  • Fluency in written and oral English is required.
  • Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.


  • ITIL Foundation certification is desirable.
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner certification or equivalent is desirable.


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