|Posting Title:||Information Management Officer (Data Manager)|
|Job Code Title:||INFORMATION MANAGEMENT OFFICER|
|Department/Office:||OFFICE FOR THE COORDINATION OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS|
|Duty Station:||NEW YORK|
|Posting Period:||22 January 2016 - 21 March 2016|
|Job Opening Number:||52481|
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.
OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.
•Provides advisory services on data management practices including: needs and business process analysis; organization and maintenance of UN information assets; and policies and procedures, with an emphasis on technological applications.
•Researches, analyses and evaluates new applications of information technology and makes recommendations for their deployment.
•Participates in data management improvement projects, contributing to feasibility studies, systems analysis, design, development and implementation and in the evaluation and testing of new systems; provides user support.
•Develops detailed system and other functional specifications and user documentation for new systems.
•Develops training materials and user manuals; trains staff in use of data management systems.
•Acts as the lead data manager for the Humanitarian Data Exchange platform , including managing and distributing standard reference data, (including taxonomies, code lists, and geodata), negotiating with information providers to establish and maintain data feeds (manual or automated); approving the release of sensitive data; monitoring the flow of data through the systems; ensuring data freshness (e.g. reacting when expected data does not arrive); coordinating the response to exceptional conditions, such as errors in incoming datasets; and oversees top-level configuration management of outward-facing system components (defining users, organisations, categories, etc.).
•Conducts outreach to internal and external data entities to develop partnerships and data sharing relationships. Research innovative methods and techniques for analysing and visualizing data in support of reporting.
•Performs and supervises reference functions by advising internal and external users about data holdings and accessibility; maintaining communications with other information management networks and specialists.
•Evaluates adequacy of existing data tools. Implements new technologies in information management to ensure that tools developed for efficient access to information are accessible to staff throughout the Organization.
•Participates in developing client outreach strategies and in their implementation. 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.
•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.
•Performs other related duties, as required.
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& 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.
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