Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance Enterprise Resource Planning Project
DMSPC in New York, USA
Posting Title: SENIOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS OFFICER, P5
Job Code Title: SENIOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance Enterprise Resource Planning Project
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 12 September 2022 – 26 October 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Information Management Systems-DMSPC ERP-190067-R-New York (X)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organisational Setting and Reporting
The position is located in Enterprise Resource Planning Solution Division (ERPSD), in the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC) in New York. The Senior Information Systems Officer will report to the Principal Programme Management Officer.
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Within delegated authority, the Senior Information Systems Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Conceptualizes, develops strategy for and oversees the design and implementation of one or more of the following areas: Human Capital Management (HCM), Supply Chain Management (SCM), Finance or Analytics workstreams; manages/oversees multiple, concurrent and often disparate tasks for projects that often involve innovative applications, dissimilar systems, as well as databases and highly complex system integration and linkages.
- Provides authoritative technical and policy advice to senior managers on functional and technical design and architecture; the various aspects of systems development in a changing business environment and the implications of various alternatives, on business applications and other related issues; identifies and plans for future needs; develops and disseminates best practices.
- Supports management team in the identification of all issues and risks and provides input on resolution and / or mitigation plans to address the identified items.
- Leads and directs a team of information systems officers in requirements gathering, design, configuration, functional requirements, technical design , development and testing; may oversee activities for a discrete work section or equivalent; plans and allocates work assignments; coaches, mentors, and evaluates staff; participates in recruitment and selection of new staff and in the development of training programs.
- Manages the coordination with SAP on matters related to one or more of the following areas: HCM, SCM, Finance or Analytics in particular, related to areas of the public sector solutions, to ensure defects are reported and resolved in a timely manner. Also provides clear systems and functional requirements to SAP based on approved business process requirements.
- Develops and monitors performance measures; ensures that projects meet established time and cost parameters and standards of technical quality.
- Prepares and monitors the budget, work program, and spending plan.
- Develops innovative solutions to resolve intricate problems that impact a critical area of the organization’s work.
- Ensures the development of standards, procedures and practices to ensure a stable and effective systems environment and support documentation of all aspects of the integrated solution.
Professionalism: Knowledge of SAP configuration and development. Ability to make decisions regarding strategy for and oversees the design and implementation of major systems initiatives in the area of SAP Human Capital Management (HCM) or Supply Chain Management [SCM] or systems engineering or Finance or Analytics, with a particular focus on configuration. 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.
Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.
Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology. Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. Shows willingness to learn new technology.
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.
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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in computer science, information systems, engineering, business administration, finance mathematics, statistics or related field is required. A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in combination with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in planning, design, development, implementation and maintenance of computer information systems in an ERP environment, including experience within the United Nations or other large comparable international organizations is required.
Experience with Human Capital Management [HCM] (HR, OM, Payroll, Travel, benefits), or Supply Chain Management [SCM] (Logistics, S2A/SRM, Demand/Supply Planning) or Finance (FI, GM, FM, BPC) or Analytics (data modelling in SAP BW, SAP HANA and Visualization in SAC) or systems engineering (development in ABAP, Fiori and SAP PO; SAP security administration, SAP Basis administration) is required.
Experience integrating SAP ERP with other enterprise systems including interfaces based on SOA principles and technology is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
This position is financed by Umoja funding. Extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval.
Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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