Job: Information Management Officer

6.29.16 –Information Management Officer
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UN Secretariat, Diffa, Niger

Posting Period:  23 June 2016-7 July 2016

This position is located in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Diffa, Niger.  The Information Management Officer reports to the Head of Office.  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.
 
Responsibilities
 
Within delegated authority, the Information Management Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• Coordination:   Establish and maintain an information management network  in accordance with IASC guidance to facilitate humanitarian information exchange and the promotion of data and information standards; work with humanitarian partners to ensure appropriateness of information tools and services to the response; engage with authorities counterparts to ensure that information activities are coordinated and consistent with national standards and practices; provide training and expertise on the use and development of  information management tools and platforms to OCHA staff and humanitarian partners;  advocate for the use of data standards and common platforms, and for the open exchange of  information.

• Web Management:  Setup and manage content on relevant web platforms, provide overall quality control for the platform and ensure content is current, comprehensive and  follows relevant metadata standards; work with external counterparts on related web  platforms such as agency and cluster websites and ReliefWeb to facilitate cross-site search  and interoperability.

• Data Management:  Design, develop and manage databases, spreadsheets and other data tools; understand, document, and ensure the quality of high-value humanitarian data for accuracy, consistency and comparability; consolidate operational information on a  regular schedule to support analysis.

• Data Analysis:  Organize, design and carry out the evaluation and analysis of location specific datasets through meaningful statistical techniques; participate in the development and revision of data standards (e.g. the Humanitarian  Exchange Language) and advise on the application of these standards into local systems and processes;  participate in the development, implementation and management of new indicators, together  with its accompanying data, to be included in a Common Humanitarian Dataset; understand,  document and ensure the quality of high-value humanitarian data for accuracy, consistency  and comparability.

• Assessment Analysis:  Support assessment and needs analysis activities,  including humanitarian needs overviews, secondary data reviews, preliminary scenario  definitions and multi-cluster initial rapid assessments; provide advice on assessment design to ensure data quality; manage platforms and tools that support data collection and analysis such  as KoBo Toolbox and Open Data Kit (ODK).

• Geographic Information System (GIS) & Mapping:  Develop and maintain spatial baseline and operational datasets in accordance with  relevant standards and guidance; produce and update high-quality map products and online services; maintain a repository of spatial data and ensure that the data are documented and  accessible to all humanitarian partners through local and/or online services.

• Visualization:  Produce and update information products such as reports, charts and infographics by turning data into graphical products to convey messages and a storyline; develop advocacy materials including posters, presentations and other visual materials.

• Performs other related duties, as required.

 
Competencies
 
• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of information management, archival, record keeping and record disposition. Knowledge of electronic data maintenance, including appraisal, conservation and migration management; records preservation and description. Ability to conduct research and provide recommendations on information management trends. Ability to demonstrate conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills and conduct independent research and analysis, identifying and assessing issues, formulating options and making conclusions and recommendations.  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.

• 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.

• ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

 
Education
 
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in information management, 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 information management, information systems, web management, data management, geographic information systems & mapping, data visualization, or other related area is required.

Experience managing information and teams in disaster response or complex emergencies is desirable.

Relevant experience within the UN System, and OCHA in particular, or other international organization is desirable.

Information management experience in the region is desirable.

 
Languages
 
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.  For the position advertised, fluency in English and French is required.
 
Assessment
 
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.
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