Thursday, March 12, 2015

Information Management Officer, P-4. UN Secretariat, OCHA, Geneva. Open until 28 March 2015

Information Management Officer, P4
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
26 February 2015-28 March 2015
15-IMA-OCHA-40655-R-GENEVA (X)

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


Special Notice
For this post the staff member may be required to travel extensively to developing countries, often into highly stressful environments (civil strife and/or natural disasters). Deployments, which are often at short notice, can be for up to six weeks at a time. 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. This post is subject to the availability of extra-budgetary funding.
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Geneva Switzerland. The Information Management Officer reports to the Chief of Coordinated Assessment Support Section in the Programme Support Branch.
Within delegated authority, the Information Management Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
1) Provides leadership and strategic direction for assigned programmes/projects in the area of humanitarian information management with a focus on analysis of risk and severity of humanitarian crises and disasters; monitors and analyses programme/project development and implementation of humanitarian risk and severity models; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions.
2) Provides advisory and technical services including use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and space-based technologies; particularly in regards to KoBo Coordinated Assessment Toolkit.
3) Researches, analyses and presents information gathered from diverse sources in the area of Information Management.
4) Coordinates global humanitarian and information management policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
5) Supports assessment initiatives; designs data collection tools; develops standards; reviews, analyses and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions.
6) Initiates, organizes and prepares written outputs on inter-agency humanitarian risk and severity analysis, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
7) Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
8) Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
9) Leads and/or participates in large, complex field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
10) Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
11) Performs other duties as required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of humanitarian data and analysis, especially the application of composite indicators to measure risk and severity. Ability to identify issues, analyse 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. Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters and human misery). Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
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.
COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
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.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Information Management, Earth Sciences, Social Sciences, Statistics or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with at least two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian programme management, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, or other related area, including at least five years of experience in the international level is required. Experience in managing information in a disaster response and/or complex emergency in countries affected by a disaster or conflict is desirable. Experience in the development of analytical models, including composite indexes is also desirable. Experience using specialized information management and data management toolkits, including use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.
Assessment Method
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by 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.
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