Friday, October 25, 2013

Information Management Officer, P-3. UN Secretariat, OCHA, Damascus. Open until 5 November 2013

Job Title: Information Management Officer, P3 Department/ Office: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Duty Station: DAMASCUS Posting Period: 21 October 2013-5 November 2013 Job Opening number: 13-IMA-OCHA-31183-R-DAMASCUS (X) United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity Org. Setting and Reporting The post is located in the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Damascus. The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Senior Officer in the Analysis/Reporting/Information Management Unit. 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. Determine the primary data and information elements that are required internally and externally to support inter-cluster coordination and humanitarian decision-making. Support 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). Develop a client oriented approach with all relevant stakeholders to help identify their priority information requirements. Design and implement a dissemination plan for all information products produced by OCHA (e.g. situation reports, data, maps). - Provide training to OCHA and HIC staff on OCHA's information systems and standards. Undertake data preparedness activities in support of OCHA's response preparedness and contingency planning efforts. Establish and maintain 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, oversee 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.). Support 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. 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 the OCHA Office and/or HIC. Any other duties as may be requested by the OCHA Head of Office (or HIC Manager if appropriate). Competencies PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of the use of information management in humanitarian emergency, crisis management or disaster management contexts; ability to analyze and articulate the information management requirements of complex situations requiring a coordinated response between disparate actors; demonstrated problem-solving skills and ability to use sound judgment to ensure the effective and timely completion of complex tasks; ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters); and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. 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. Education Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in archival, information science, information systems, social science or 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 experience in modern archives management, record keeping, library, information management or related area is required. Experience in Information management in a crisis, disaster, humanitarian emergency or recovery context is required. Experience in the Middle East region 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 Arabic is desirable. Assessment Method Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview. Special Notice This period is funded at least for a 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. 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

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