Saturday, July 27, 2019

Taxonomy Management Officer. IMF, Washington DC. Open until 5 August 2019

Taxonomy Management Officer - KMU (

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This is a contractual appointment for 2 (two) years, with a possibility for extension for a total of 4 (four) years of contractual service. 

Under the supervision of the Knowledge Management Unit Head and Deputy Unit Chief, this position will play a key role in the knowledge and information management initiatives of the IMF by continuing the development, coordination and implementation of the enterprise business vocabularies and the IMF's  metadata standard.   She/he will manage the daily operations of the IMF’s taxonomies, provide training and outreach on the application of the taxonomies to information and implement a taxonomy governance model. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Taxonomy development, maintenance and implementation
  • develops the IMF's enterprise business vocabularies (EBV) based on understanding users, analyzing content and processes and getting agreement amongst diverse groups and stakeholders continuously;
  • evaluates the terminology in use at the IMF through analytics and other surveillance to identify opportunities for enriching the vocabularies;
  • collects and analyses user needs and feedback, as well as analytics reports to refine the taxonomies
  • works with an existing EBV core group that comprises of IT, library and Knowledge Management team members;
  • guides technical specialists on how to model the taxonomies in a taxonomy management tool
Taxonomy governance and application
  • manages the taxonomy governance structure, process and documentation;
  • contributes to the development of guidelines and policies on taxonomy management and implementation;
  • engages subject matter experts (SMEs) to make sure the EBV is up-to-date and reflects the IMF content.
  • establishes and implements the standardization of metadata values for the various sources of material that are entered into different applications; promotes the adoption of common metadata values across the organization;
  • monitors developments and trends in information retrieval including taxonomies, thesauri, concept extraction, enterprise search and meta-information management;
Other Duties and Responsibilities
  • provides input and recommendations in collaboration with IT services, web design professionals, digital workplace/intranet team and staff to improve information management, search interfaces and the online presence and search capacity of the IMF's information;
  • advises on enterprise content types to ensure that all content groups can be mapped to the taxonomy;
  • contributes to the standardization of metadata for various types and sources of information within the IMF
  • supports and advocates for good practices in online metadata management
  • contributes to the development of a measurement framework for information retrieval practices.


Education and Experience:
  • Master’s degree or advanced degree in information science, library science, knowledge management or equivalent required. First level university degree in Economics or related field and/or in-depth experience and understanding of economic terms preferred.
  • 4+ years of progressively responsible job-related experience in taxonomy and/or ontology development.
  • Professional experience with leading large-scale taxonomy efforts and implementation.
  • Related experience in information management, including the management of metadata, thesauri, auto-classification and enterprise search.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills in assessing the impact of taxonomy, metadata and other relevant areas.
  • Familiarity with knowledge management tools, techniques and practices.
  • Experience with enterprise search tools, auto-classification tools, taxonomy management tools and text analytics.
  • Project management certification/experience is a plus.            
  • Demonstrated excellent verbal and written skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with others at all levels of an organization
  • Ability to clearly articulate messages and effectively communicate to a wide variety of audiences
  • Strong negotiation and persuasion skills, with experience proactively influencing diverse stakeholder groups
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong project management skills including the ability to interpret business information management needs and translate them into system and operational requirements.
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances

The IMF is committed to achieving a diverse staff, including gender, nationality, culture and educational background.

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