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I.C.T. Security & Infrastructure Specialist
|Location :||Kabul, AFGHANISTAN|
|Application Deadline :||29-Jul-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding|
|Type of Contract :||IPSA (Regular)|
|Post Level :||IPSA-10|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||6 Months|
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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The UN Electoral Support Project (UNESP) is the international community’s programming vehicle to support the 2018 to 2021 elections in Afghanistan. The Project has two overall objectives: 1) to build the capacity of the Afghan electoral institutions (the Independent Elections Commission [IEC] and the Electoral Complaints Commission [ECC]) to implement elections in line with the national electoral legal framework and Afghanistan’s international commitments; and 2) to allow a programming mechanism for the international community to partially finance the elections as per the request of the Government of Afghanistan.
Established in 2006, Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) is constitutionally mandated to administer and supervise all types of elections and referenda (Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Article 156).
The IEC completed the Wolesi Jirga elections in 2018 and the Presidential election in 2019. These elections were followed by lessons learned exercises that identified various weaknesses and proposed changes in the Electoral Operations of the IEC for future elections. The Electoral Law was amended early in 2019 to include a provision for the IEC to utilize election technology/systems/databases in all aspects of electoral operations. Consequently, data and information at the IEC is increasingly becoming a critical asset and thus how this data/information is collected, stored, managed, controlled and protected has a significant impact not only on the quality and timeliness of the delivery of electoral operations but also in the legality of the said electoral operations.
In 2021, the IEC has started preparations for the conduct of Provincial Council, District Council, Ghazni Wolesi Jirga, and Municipality Elections. The IEC is expected to address the shortcomings identified in previous electoral cycles especially in the areas of election technology. Through this assignment, UNESP seeks to provide technical and advisory support to the IEC through the provisioning of an I.C.T. Security and Infrastructure Specialist who will assist the IEC in ensuring that the ICT department meets its obligations related to Implementation and enforcement of the ICT Policy and Procedures; Providing Network Support and Cyber Security assurance; Support of critical services and servers; Conduct professional Asset Management and Resources Forecasting of ICT resources. He/She will be expected to build the capacity of the ICT department in the above areas through handholding and carrying out of targeted training.
The I.C.T. Security & Infrastructure Specialist will work under the overall guidance of Deputy CEA/Project Manager, and the supervision of the Senior Electoral Operations Specialist, and will be directly supervised by UNESP's Election Information and Management Systems Specialist in the carrying out of his/her tasks. He/She will be embedded at the IEC’ ICT department and will work closely with the ICT director/IT Manager or their delegate(s) towards fulfilment of his/her duties. The I.C.T. Security and Infrastructure Specialist will be required to provide daily oral reporting and participate regularly in project meetings. The I.C.T. Security and Infrastructure Specialist will be expected to send written weekly reports on the progress and status of work under his/her purview. Administrative/Logistics support provided will be provided by UNESP to facilitate his/her work.
Duties and Responsibilities
The I.C.T. Security & Infrastructure Specialist’s primary task will be to provide technical assistance and support to the IEC in the setup of computational infrastructure utilized within their offices. S/He will be embedded within the IEC and will work with director of IT and ICT Teams through executing following tasks:
ICT Policy and Procedures Implementation
Network Support and Security Implementation
ICT Asset Management and Resource Forecasting
UN CORE VALUES AND COMPETENCIES
Professionalism: Shows pride in work and 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.
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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients " and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Required Skills and Experience