Thursday, April 11, 2013
Information Management Officer, P-3. OCHA, Suva. Open until 25 April 2013
Job Opening Job Title: Information Management Officer, P3 Department/ Office: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Duty Station: SUVA Posting Period: 10 April 2013-25 April 2013 Job Opening number: 13-IMA-OCHA-27644-R-SUVA (X) United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity Org. Setting and Reporting This position is located in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Regional Office for the Pacific, Suva, Fiji. The Information Management Officers reports to the Head of Office. Responsibilities Within delegated authority, the Information Management Officer will be responsible for the following duties: •Manage information to support OCHA and the UN system, as well as partner organizations, prevent, mitigate, manage, and recover from humanitarian disasters and emergencies. •Provides advisory services on information management include: needs and business process analysis; organization and maintenance of UN information assets; records preservation and disposition; and information management policies and procedures, with an emphasis on technological applications. •Researches, analyses and evaluates new applications of information technology for information management and makes recommendations for their deployment. Determine the primary data and information elements that are required internally and externally to support inter-cluster coordination and humanitarian decision-making. •Participates in information management improvement projects, contributing to feasibility studies, systems analysis, design, development and implementation and in the evaluation and testing of application improvements and new systems; provides user support. •In collaboration with the Information Services Section and the Field Information Services Unit, apply global information management standards, policies and procedures to guide related activities within OCHA Office. •Develops training materials and user manuals; trains staff in use of OCHA information system and standards assigned. • Establishes and maintains an information network at the national level to facilitate humanitarian information exchange and the promotion of data and information sharing protocols, in particular those developed and endorsed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee. If necessary, oversees technical staff in the development of databases and other applications to support the collection and processing of context specific data (e.g.: affected population, displaced populations, demographic and vulnerability data, results of common rapid needs assessment etc.). •Manages archival processing activities by overseeing adherence to preservation, international bibliographic, description and database standards; produces descriptive inventories; prepares mark-up of descriptive inventories for electronic dissemination; and makes recommendations regarding the planning and prioritisation of preservation and description programme equirements. •Supports strategic and operational decision making by processing and analysing data and information and presenting it in the format most useful for analysis (e.g. reports, maps). •Evaluates adequacy of existing records management and reference tools. Implements new technologies in information management to ensure that tools developed for efficient access to information are accessible to staff throughout the Organization. •Develops client oriented approach with all relevant stakeholders to help identifying their priority information requirements. Conducts programmes of outreach and user education to improve client use of desktop information resources; uses judgement of relevant institutional needs to develop presentations appropriate to client audience; develops publicity materials to facilitate outreach. •Designs and implement a dissemination plan for all information products produced by OCHA (e.g. situation reports, data, maps). •Supports the advocacy, communication and reporting functions of the office through the collection, processing, storage and retrieval of documents, including images, of emergencies and vulnerability, as well as relief operations. If required, manage OCHA staff working directly on information management and information technology activities. •Assists in programme administration, including provision of assistance to or supervision of contractual employees and General Service staff, formulation of consultant and institutional contracts and subsequent implementation, development of the programme budget, etc. •Extensive travel within the region may be required. •Performs other related duties as required. Competencies • PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of information management, archival, record keeping and record disposition. Knowledge of electronic data maintenance, including appraisal, conservation and migration management; records preservation and description. Ability to conduct research and provide recommendations on information management trends. Ability to demonstrate conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills and conduct independent research and analysis, identifying and assessing issues, formulating options and making conclusions and recommendations. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. • PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently. • CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client. Education An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in archival, information science, information systems, social science or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with an additional two-years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Work Experience A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in modern archives management, record keeping, library, information management or related area is required. Experience in information management in the context of emergency humanitarian response, crisis management, natural disaster response, or in a recovery context is required. Professional field experience at the international level is desirable. Experience within the United Nations Common System or a large international organization is desirable. Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first-level university degree recognised by the United Nations. Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage. Assessment Method Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview. Special Notice Funding for this position is available for at least one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and the availability of the funds. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. United Nations Considerations 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). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment. No Fee THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.