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Information Management Officer, P-3. UN Secretariat, OCHA, Bangkok. Open until 27 April 2015

Information Management Officer, P3
INFORMATION MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
BANGKOK
26 February 2015-27 April 2015
15-IMA-OCHA-40502-R-BANGKOK (X)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity


 
 

Special Notice
This post is funded for a finite period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or 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.
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Thailand, Bangkok. The Information Management Officer reports to the Regional Information Management Officer.
Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Information Management Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Supporting emergency response operations through the provision of information management support. This support will be provided through surge deployments to rapid onset disasters or provided ‘remotely’.
• Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programs/ projects in the area of humanitarian information management. Monitors and analyses program/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions. Liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow- up actions with an emphasis on standards, development.
• Carries out information management functions according to relevant technical specializations such as information coordination; geographic information systems (GIS) and mapping; infographics and visualization; database development and management; web development; social media analysis or coordinated assessment analysis. Provides information management advice and technical support and oversees the development and maintenance of internal information systems.
• Within the area of technical specializations, supports the development and management of humanitarian community information products such as contact directories and email distribution systems, ‘who does what where’ databases, cluster/ sector web portals, meeting and event calendars, common operational datasets (CODs), coordinated assessment products; and inter-cluster analysis. These products are to be based on global OCHA standards where available.
• Performs consulting assignments in the management of information in disaster preparedness, disaster response and early recovery, in collaboration with clients, by planning and facilitating workshops, seminars, proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc; and makes presentations on assigned topics/activities. Participates in or lead field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
• Collects, manages, analyses and visualizes data and information to support OCHA and partner organizations to prevent, mitigate, prepare for, and respond to humanitarian emergencies. Undertakes survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyses and interprets responses, identifies problems/ issues and prepares conclusions. Researches, analyses and presents information gathered from diverse sources, including in the area of natural hazards, social vulnerability and disaster management. Contributes to OCHA- managed information products such as situation reports, humanitarian bulletins, secondary data reviews and internal reports. Prepares various written and info-graphic outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, maps, graphs etc.

• Builds partnerships with information management counterparts in other agencies and governments in order to enable and promote the coordinated collection, management, analysis and visualization of data and information.
• Performs other duties as required.
Competencies
• Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the management of information in complex emergencies, disaster preparedness, disaster response and early recovery; Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems and graphic design software such as Adobe Illustrator; Ability to identify issues, analyse humanitarian trends and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; Ability to conduct data collection using various methods; Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases; Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities; 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
• Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
• 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
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Disaster Management, Emergency Management, Geographic Information Systems, Information Management, Information Systems, Information Technologies, Social Sciences or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in managing information in a disaster management, emergency management, humanitarian crisis or related area. Relevant field experience, managing information in a conflict or disaster context at the international level is desirable. Experience in the region is desirable. Experience in the UN common system is desirable.
Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English 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 a competency-based interview.
United Nations Considerations
Job openings posted on the Careers Portal are taken off at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

Applications are automatically pre-screened according to the published evaluation criteria of the job opening on the basis of the information provided by applicants. Applications cannot be amended following submission and incomplete applications shall not be considered. The selected candidate will be subject to a reference checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” on the upper right side of the browser on Inspira.

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.

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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.

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