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Virtualization and Cloud Senior Engineer

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Background Information - Job-specific

The Virtualization and Cloud Senior Engineer will carry out his/her tasks within the Platform Support Unit in the Field Technology Service (FTS) at the UN ICT Facility, Valencia (UNICTFV). Under the overall supervision of UNOPS Information Systems Officer (P4), the incumbent works under the guidance of the Chief Infrastructure and Operations Section in the UNGSC, Valencia, Spain, provides specific expertise in the implementation and operation of the UN Hybrid Cloud strategy for the back end infrastructure including: storage arrays, SAN switches, processing cloud services and tools to monitor performance, availability and capacity of the hybrid environment.

This is a position in UNOPS for supporting projects carried out for or in the United Nations Secretariat. The incumbent of this position will be a staff member of UNOPS under its full responsibility.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the UNOPS Senior Programme Manager, the incumbent works under the guidance of the Chief Infrastructure and Operations Section in the UNGSC and will report to Information Systems Officer or his/her designate and is responsible for the following duties:

Summary of Key Functions

  1. Cloud and Virtulization Engineering
  2. Techical Lead
  3. Knowledge Management

1. Cloud and Virtualization Engineering

  • Lead infrastructure projects related with virtualization technologies.
  • Proactively review processes and procedures for automation opportunities.
  • Implement automation tools and frameworks (CI/CD pipelines).
  • Optimize the organization computing architecture.
  • Ensure operations are carried according to service management and security organization frameworks.
  • Help to architect and build automated cloud solutions, including cloud adoption plans, cloud management and monitoring, new cloud technologies integration, and data center migrations.
  • Operate Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services cloud and on-prem infrastructure at data centres as well as overlay onto existing hosted server network.
  • Be involved in systems engineering and configuration management frameworks, such as Ansible and SCCM to automate operational processes.
  • Provide technical expertise and act as Subject Matter Expert to solve complex problems on cloud and data centre specific activities.
  • Understands all domains of architecture and applies that knowledge to create repeatable and automated solutions to address complex business needs.

2. Technical Lead

  • Assume role as Technical Lead on deployment projects, including hands-on configuration of complex components.
  • Manage a team of technology experts in Infrastructure technologies.
  • Reorders job priorities for Team and self as needed.
  • Participate in on-call rotation.

3. Knowledge Management

  • Continually explore, evaluate and recommend advanced technologies to provide higher quality service, scalability and modern architectural standards.

Perform other duties as may be reasonably required and in line with the incumbent’s scope of services above.
Impact of Results

The result of work of the Virtualization and Cloud Senior Engineer impacts directly on delivery of services that satisfy the requirements of the Department as well as the performance of the services implemented in the DPO and Peace Keeping and Special Political Missions and headquarters. It will also ensure proper processes and methodologies are followed and implemented according to the latest of the industry standards. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring activities for all global locations are in line with the overall business targets and UN policies, rules and regulations.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Secondary Education preferably in Computer Science, Information Systems, Mathematics, Telecommunications, Engineering, Statistics, or relevant field is required.
  • A first or advanced level university degree in a relevant field with additional years of relevant experience may substitute for some of the required years of experience.
  • PRINCE2 practitioner certification is required.
  • VMware Certified Professional certification is required.
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure Architect certifications are required.


  • A minimum of eleven (11) years of progressively responsible experience post Secondary Education in the field of information technology and/or telecommunications and systems preferably in an international environment.
  • A first or advanced level university degree in a relevant field may substitute for some of the required years of experience.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience with virtualization and related technologies in complex and multilocation environments (e.g. VMware, VMware SRM, etc).
  • A minimum of three (3) years of experience supporting multi location enterprise grade data centre.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of experience supervising teams located in different geographical location


  • Cloud experience, preferably in Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure.
  • Experience producing technical documentation to support projects and initiatives.

  • Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in spoken and written English is a requirement, knowledge of a second UN language an advantage

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Staff
Contract level: P3
Contract duration: One year initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability
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Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

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