Radio Operator – UN Security at UNDP


The overall mandate of the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) is to provide leadership, operational support and oversight of the security management system to enable the safest and most efficient conduct of the Programmes and activities of the United Nations System.

Under the direct supervision of the Security Advisor for Zambia or, in his absence, the Field Security Associate (FSA) and the Radio Supervisor, the Radio Operator will work in shifts 24/7 to ensure effective functioning of the Security Operations Centre (SOC) (former Radio Room) in Lusaka, which serves as the Emergency Communication System (ECS).

As such, the Radio Operator will broadcast security related information originating from either the UNDSS SA and/or FSAs which could affect operations; keep tracks of all UN vehicle movements; when required, record individual movements; conduct radio checks with UN staff and more specifically with SA. Incumbent is also required to help train UN staff members in the proper use of all communications equipment as well as frequencies currently being used by the UN Radio System in Zambia.

The Radio Operator works in close collaboration with the UNDSS SA, FSA, SOC Supervisor, Agency Security Focal Points (ASFPs) and other UN staff members in providing support on telecom related issues.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of key functions:

Provide telecommunications services, focusing on the achievement of the following results:

Provide Telecommunications support and advice, focusing on the achievement of the following results:

Keeping Telecommunications Equipment Operational, focusing on the achievement of the following results:

Supports knowledge building and knowledge sharing, focusing on the achievement of the following results:

Ensures creation of partnerships within UN and the local communications network focusing on achievement of the following results:


Corporate Competencies:

Functional Competencies:

Knowledge Management and Learning

Development and Operational Effectiveness

Leadership and Self-Management

Required Skills and Experience



Language Requirements:


Important applicant information

All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment.

Applicant information about UNDP rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

Workforce diversity

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Closing Date : 13 July, 2020

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