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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: HQ/15/GMG/FT634
Title: IT Architecture Specialist
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year, renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and continuing need for the post.
Date: 17 November 2015
Application Deadline: 4 January 2016 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/GMG General Management (HQ/GMG) /
HQ/ITT Information Technology and Telecommunications (HQ/ITT)
The department of Information Technology and Telecommunications has an operational and strategic role. On the one hand, the department provides relevant, quality, reliable, and cost effective IT services in order for the Organization to achieve its health mandate. On the other hand, it aims to be a strategic enabler for WHO by creating partnerships with business units (administrative and health technical), capturing business needs, establishing and managing projects to address these requirements. The work of the department is categorized under the WHO's programme of Corporate services and enabling functions (Category 6) with specific focus on Effective management and administration established across the organization (6.4). The Enterprise Architecture & Security (EAS), and Technology Architecture as part of it is in the centre of excellence within the department, that defines the technology roadmap for infrastructure and applications, develops technology architectural strategy and design, and identifies the appropriate and cost-effective technological solutions based on functional and non-functional requirements for the business.
Description of duties:
- Advocate and augment the principles of business and IT and more specifically technology architecture (TA) strategies.

- Analyze enterprise business context (trends and business strategy) to derive technical architecture.

- Analyze the current technology environment to detect critical deficiencies and recommend solutions for improvement.

- Analyze technology industry and market trends, and determine their potential impact on the enterprise.

- "Sell" the enterprise architecture process, its outcome and ongoing results.

- Define the principles that guide technology decisions for the enterprise.

- Design and lead the implementation of a TA based on business requirements and IT strategies, as well as to rectify gaps and pain points within the current state.

- Assist with designing the governance activities associated with ensuring TA compliance.

- Oversee or consult on technical architecture (for example, systems and networks) implementation and modification activities (for example, projects), particularly for new and/or shared infrastructure solutions.

- Oversee and facilitate the evaluation and selection of hardware and software technology and product standards, as well as the design of standard configurations.

- Consult on application or infrastructure development projects to fit systems or infrastructure to the technical architecture, and identify when it is necessary to modify the technical architecture to accommodate project needs.

- Identify the organizational impact (for example, on skills, processes, structures and culture) and financial impact of the TA.

- Document necessary technical architecture design and analysis work, possibly including project postmortem documentation and metric collection.
In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually.

An advanced univeristy degree (Masters level or above) in Computer Science, Information Technology or related field. Industry certifications covering TOGAF, or equivalent.

Industry certifications covering ITIL Service Management.
- Good technical writing, documentation, and communication skills.
- Advanced knowledge of ICT technology standards, frameworks and best practices.
- Strong skills in at least two IT disciplines in a client/server or service-oriented architecture (SOA) environment, including technical architecture, network design, application development, middleware, servers and storage, database management, and operations.
- Exposure to multiple, diverse technical configurations, technologies and processing environments.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills in areas such as teamwork, facilitation and negotiation.
- Strong leadership skills.
- Excellent analytical and technical skills.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Excellent planning and organizational skills.
- Knowledge of all components of a technical architecture.
- Understanding of network architecture.
- Understanding of SOA and object-oriented analysis and design.
- Understanding of the political climate of the enterprise, and how to navigate the political waters.
- Ability to understand the long-term ("big picture") and short-term perspectives of situations.
- Ability to estimate the financial impact of technical architecture alternatives.
- Ability to apply multiple technical solutions to business problems.
- Ability to quickly comprehend the functions and capabilities of new technologies.
- Essential: MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, etc). MS SharePoint, Network technology (data/video/voice), Virtualization Foundational hardware and software.

WHO Competencies
1. Producing results
2. Moving forward in a changing environment
3. Knowing and managing yourself
4. Fostering integration and teamwork
5. Communicating in a credible and effective way
A minimum of 7 years IT experience which at least 3 years at the international level and 5 years focused on IT technology architecture. Demonstrated experience in at least two IT disciplines in a client/server or service-oriented architecture (SOA) environment. Experience using Microsoft Office and Visio to create documents, presentations, and detailed drawings. Experience in working across geographic and cultural boundaries.

Extensive experience in working across multiple time zones without the need for face to face meetings.
Expert knowledge of English is required. Beginners knowledge of French would be an asset.
Additional Information:
This vacancy is published in English only.
WHO's salaries are calculated in US dollars. They consist of a base salary and a post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates. Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, home travel, education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance.
Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WHO:, to learn more about WHO's operations, click on: Quick Links > Salary Scales > by date.

Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 68'294 at single rate
USD 73'338 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 89.2 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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