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United Nations recruiting Home-based IT Consultant

Home Based, 06 May 2016


United Nations's parliamentary development portfolio comprises activities rooted at the global, regional and national levels. Strategic support to national parliaments, promoting inclusive and participative political institutions and engaging parliaments on key MDG's and crisis prevention issues are at the core of United Nations's activities, with a dedicated focus on women and youth. At the regional level, United Nations supports parliamentary working groups to develop new avenues for dialogue on sensitive topics and agree on regional benchmarks. Globally, web-based social networks invite the exchange of information and ideas.

Duties and Responsibilities

The IT Consultant will be responsible for smooth functioning of the Portal and its sub-portals, and for implementation of additional features and functionalities as requested by the AGORA team.


The IT Consultant will assist the AGORA team in providing swift and easy access to the Portal.  He/she will:  

  • Ensure 100% up-time of the Portal and instate back-ups in case of glitches or server/hosting problems

  • Maintain a secure, bug-free Portal for optimal user experience  

  • Implement, test and launch new features and functionalities at the request of the AGORA team

Key Functions

Under the supervision of the AGORA Project Manager, the Consultant will:


Ensure full functionality of the AGORA Portal for the June – August period

  • Liaise with hosting company as necessary, aiming for 100% up-time

  • Manage a full-proof back-up system and fix bugs where necessary

Build & Launch of the EI Portal as follows:

  • Build the Portuguese version of the Extractive Industries Portal, duplicating all functionalities that currently exist for the EN/FR/AR versions

  • Create new pages as requested, and assist the AGORA team in uploading and managing content

  • Other tasks pertaining to development and maintenance of the EI Portal’s functions, as necessary.

Maintenance of AGORA’s Portuguese Corner:

  • Maintenance of Portuguese corner PALOP Portal  (www.agora-parl.org/palop)

  • Build interactive mapping feature, in line with the design and functionalities of AGORA’s Public Financial Management e-learning course

  • Develop further pages and spaces, as necessary

Expected Outputs:

  • Fully functional AGORA Portal in English, French, Arabic and Portuguese

  • Extractive Industries Portal launched in Portuguese

  • Fully functional Portuguese Corner, with a flexible and interactive mapping feature

The expected outputs should be delivered by the foreseen end date of this contract: August 31st 2016.

Intellectual Property:

All information pertaining to this project as well as outputs produced under this contract shall remain the property of the United Nations who shall have exclusive rights over their use. Except for purposes of this assignment, the products shall not be disclosed to the public nor used in whatever format without written permission of United Nations in line with the national and International Copyright Laws applicable.

Submission Deadline: 12 May 2016

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