The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations’ global development network. It advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life for themselves. It provides expert advice, training and grants support to developing countries, with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries. It promotes technical and investment cooperation among nations.

Headquartered in New York City, the status of UNDP is that of an executive board within the United Nations General Assembly. The UNDP is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states. The organization operates in 177 countries, where it works with local governments to meet development challenges and develop local capacity.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:


Job Title: Network Associate

Location: Abuja
Employment Type: Full-time

Position Purpose

  • Under the guidance and direct supervision of the ICT Analyst, the Network Associate provides leadership in execution of ICT services in the CO, implements ICT management systems and strategies, and provides daily technical support to users of information management tools and technology infrastructure. The incumbent in consultation with the ICT Analyst is responsible for reviewing and advising on the use of new technologies that will enhance CO productivity. The Network Associate promotes a client-oriented approach.
  • The Network Associate works in close collaboration with the ICT, Programme, Operations, and project teams in the CO, UNDP HQ staff, resolving complex ICT- related issues.
  • UNDP adopts a portfolio approach to accommodate changing business needs and leverage linkages across interventions to achieve its strategic goals. Therefore, UNDP personnel are expected to work across units, functions, teams, and projects in multidisciplinary teams in order to enhance and enable horizontal collaboration.

Duties and Responsibilities
Ensure implementation of ICT strategies and introduction/ implementation of new technologies:

  • Ensure compliance with corporate information management and technology standards, guidelines, and procedures for the CO technology environment;
  • Provide input to elaboration of internal policies and procedures on ICT use. Elaborate the content of internal Standard Operating Procedures in ICT in consultation with office management;
  • Develop and update the ICT annual plan. Ensure maintenance of measures in place for business continuity and disaster recovery processes and procedures;
  • Provide support to the use of ERP functionality for improved business results and improved client services. 
  • Conduct market research and analysis and introduce new technology for Country Office system updating and improvement;
  • Provide advice on and assistance in procurement of new ICT equipment for the CO and projects; and provide technical specifications and information on best options in both local and international markets; 

Ensure effective functioning of the CO hardware and software packages:

  • Provide advice on maintenance of equipment and acquisition of hardware supplies; 
  • Perform specific technical functions, including changing of hardware electronic components (disks, memories, network wiring, power sources, etc.) and making routine repairs;
  • Provide support in the development of the new software packages for high impact results (e.g., office management system, electronic registry, etc.) as required; 
  • Identification of the opportunities and ways of converting business processes into web-based systems to address the issues of efficiency (office management system, donor profile software, knowledge management systems);
  • Maintain an up-to-date inventory of software and hardware and stock of supplies and spare parts in cooperation with the Procurement Unit; 
  • Review quotations and bids.
  • Participate in developing Terms of Reference (TOR) for software products and provide monitoring and evaluation support to Programme teams during the development life cycle; 
  • Identify opportunities and ways of converting business processes into web- based systems to address the issues of efficiency (e.g; office management system, donor profile software, knowledge management systems);

Provide automation and digitalization support for both CO Operations and Programmes:

  • Creation and maintenance of the CO website and intranet ensuring that the content is updated and meets the requirements of UNDP; 
  • Supervise the implementation of corporate UNDP systems;
  • Support provision of in-house development of tools for programme and operations as needed;
  • Support development of new automation tools using UNDP corporately developed platforms.

Ensure efficient network administration:

  • Monitor the network connection on a daily basis to ensure a stable and responsive network environment;
  •  Operate network utility procedures; define network users and security attributes; establish directories, menus, and drive-mappings; configure network printers; and provide user access; 
  • Ensure UNDP desktop and network resources are protected from malicious virus attacks and deploy countermeasures in the event of attacks;
  • Trouble-shoot and monitor network problems;
  • Provision of advice on and assistance in procurement of new equipment for the CO and projects, provision of technical specifications and information on best options in both local and international markets, review of quotations and bids;
  • Troubleshooting and resolving all network problems with supplementary support from OIST helpdesk; Record all support requests, resolutions, escalations etc. using a problem tracking and resolution tools; Providing statistics (KPI’s) on how well they are achieved. Manage creation/deletion of network and mail user accounts and security attributes;
  • Maintenance of the library of reference materials.
  • Implement cloud-based backup and restoration procedures for local drives;
  • Ensure timely upgrade of LAN Infrastructure and Internet connectivity to meet UNDP requirements; 
  • Respond to user needs and questions regarding network access;
  • Maintain up-to-date parameters of information for the network clients and electronic mail;

Ensure facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the CO:

  • Identify and promote different systems and applications for optimal content management, knowledge management and sharing, and information provision;
  • Organize training for the Operations and project staff on ICT issues; 
  • Synthesize lessons learned and best practices in ICT;
  • Provide sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice. 

Required Skills and Experience

  • Secondary education is required with formal training in IT systems, business software and/or web-based applications. Certifications in CCNA, MSCA, MCSE or MCP are an asset.   
  • A university degree in Information Technology, Information Management, Telecommunications, Computer Science, or an equivalent field will be given due consideration, but it is not a requirement.


  • Minimum of 7 years (with high school diploma) or 4 years (with bachelor’s degree) of relevant working experience in network administration and operations, web design, etc;
  • Experience working with user-centered designs and conducting user research and testing is required.
  • Experience in providing technical support for hardware/software or cloud ERP environments;
  • Experience in working with telecommunications facilities; and applying knowledge of database applications, web-based management systems;

Language requirements:

  • Fluency in English and national language of the duty station is required.


How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Application Deadline  6th June, 2024.


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