Vacancy announcement
Geneva, Switzerland

Individual contractor – Asset management support and IT helpdesk

Vacancy type Consultant/Individual Contractor
Duration of the contract
11 months
Deadline for submission of applications
22 June 2024
Organizational Unit
Communication and Information Technology Support Unit (CITSU)
Number of job positions
Area of Specialization/Thematic Areas

IT helpdesk, asset management, administrative assistance

Overview (Quick description of the funded project and its context)

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) delivers on its mandate to strengthen the capacities of beneficiaries through training, capacity development, applied research and related activities. Annually, the Institute organizes over 1,400 learning and knowledge-sharing events benefiting more than 500,000 beneficiaries around the world.

The position of Individual Contractor – Asset management support and IT helpdesk - is located in the Communication and IT Support Unit (CITSU), which oversees all communications activities and IT resources at UNITAR. CITSU provides users with the necessary software licenses, IT equipment, tools and systems to perform IT-related tasks in their daily work. This includes, communication and collaboration tools, internet access, intranet access, access to online platforms, web publishing tools, document and file management, and the virtual learning environment. The Unit works closely with the user community to identify, troubleshoot and resolve IT-related issues. With the new asset management policy in place, the Unit works with the Administration and Procurement Unit to ensure the proper management of the IT equipment by assisting the physical inventory verification and monitoring the inventory records.

General objectives of the contract

The objective of the contract will be to help enhance the management of the IT equipment inventory by monitoring and updating the inventory records, evaluating and tracking IT equipment and assisting the physical inventory verification. The incumbent will also work as a first-level IT helpdesk to assist users with any hardware and software issues.

The incumbent is expected to work with minimum direct supervision using established procedure and policies. The incumbent will provide a service to users within and outside of UNITAR under the technical guidance of the IT specialist.

Responsibilities/description of professional services

Under the supervision of IT specialist, the individual contractor will work on the following:

  • Support the assessment of the conditions of IT equipment based on the predefined standard.
  • Monitor and ensure the accuracy of the inventory records and identify missing or inaccurate information, in coordination with the programme focal points.
  • Manage and monitor the storage and tracking of IT equipment;
  • Create barcode for new IT equipment;
  • Assist with annual physical inspections and regular reporting of depreciation of IT equipment;
  • Assist with physical disposal or write-off according to the administrative procedures;
  • Assist with the maintenance and repair based on the guarantee provided by the supplier;
  • Provide first-level IT helpdesk support.
    • Assist users with workstation and network issues.
    • Assist in the setup of conferences and meetings.
    • Assist in documenting technical issues.
    • Assist in computer setup and installing software.
    • Assist in answering IT-related inquiries.
    • Assist in updating content on the UNITAR website, EMS, Moodle platform and UNITARnet.
  • Perform any other task, including administrative tasks, assigned by the IT Specialist or Chief of CITSU.
Measurable outputs/deliverables/schedule of deliverables
  • Updated inventory records on an ongoing basis;
  • Tracking of IT equipment on an ongoing basis;
  • Annual physical inventory performed on time.
  • An efficient and timely support for users given on an ongoing basis.
Performance Indicators for evaluation of results
  • Timely and complete inventory records.
  • First-level IT support provided in a timely manner.
  • Interactions with the users in a timely manner.
  • High-quality deliverables for all tasks outlined above.
Reporting structure

The Contractor will report to IT Specialist, Communication and Information Technology Support Unit

  • Professionalism – General knowledge in information technology including computers, network and collaboration systems. Good knowledge of PC hardware. Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot hardware, software and network problems. Ability to analyse and evaluate user problems, sometimes under situations of stress, to give immediate advice where possible, and to inform adequately other IT teams on reported problems. Experience in IT asset management would be an advantage.
  • Planning & Organizing – Excellent planning and organizational skills and ability to prioritize own work, delivering results and quality work, including when working under pressure.
  • Commitment to continuous learning – Willingness to keep abreast of new developments in the field of new technologies. Ability to adapt new trends and development to the organizational context.
  • Communications – Excellent communication skills (spoken, written and presentation), including the ability to explain technical matters in a plain, non-technical language. Ability to evaluate information needs and to provide appropriate and targeted information accordingly. Ability to answer in a courteous and polite manner, and to remain calm when facing anxious users facing IT problems.
  • Technology awareness – Fully proficient in computer skills, with ability to use a variety of software and applications. Working knowledge of Microsoft systems used in UNITAR e.g. Active Directory, Intermediate level of proficiency with Microsoft 365 Apps for Business, Outlook and Teams. Working knowledge of Drupal CMS and Moodle LMS would be an advantage. Ability to process data accurately with attention to details. Ability to follow technical and administrative procedures reliably (e.g. backups, data security and system operations).
  • Teamwork – Strong interpersonal skills; ability to deal effectively with multiple constituencies and to establish and maintain effective working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity. Ability to build productive user relationships; ability to take responsibility for ensuring user satisfaction. Ability to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.
Minimum requirements

Education: Completion of secondary education supplemented by training in computers and computer systems.

Experience: At least 3 years of supporting IT services in an organization.

Language: Fluency in English (Oral and Written) is required. Working knowledge of French would be an advantage. Knowledge of other UN languages is an asset.


    This position is located in Geneva, Switzerland and the individual contractor is required to work from the UNITAR office in Geneva. General conditions of contracts for the service of individual contractors apply. Individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local laws. UNITAR does not reimburse individual contractors for any taxes, duty, or other contribution payable by the individual contractors on payments made under the Individual contractor contract.

    The Institute does not provide or arrange life or health insurance coverage for individual contractors, and they are not eligible to participate in the life and health insurance schemes provided by the UN for its staff members.

    This is a locally recruited post and no relocation allowances apply. The successful candidate will be employed under a local contract and will not hold international civil servant status nor is he/she a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations.

    The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8).

    How to apply

    Please submit your application along with a motive letter as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

    Due to high number of expected applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.