Job: Information Management Officer

8.16.16 –  Information Management Officer, P-4
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Bangui, Central African Republic

Sarah P’s comments:  The deadline is in two days if you are interested and qualified in this short-term position.  Sorry, I was traveling and missed this – although it is a short application window, possibly due to the position being short-time.

Note: you must be fluent in French and English and have experience in managing information in disaster response or complex emergencies.

Posting Period: 05 August 2016 – 18 August 2016
Job Opening Number: 64040
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Special Notice

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• The duration of the appointment is subject to the availability of funds.
• Candidates should have no expectation of any fixed-term appointment possibility after the end of this temporary assignment. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the UN Secretariat, the selection will be recorded as a temporary assignment.
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the Central African Republic, Bangui. The Information Management Officer reports to the Deputy 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 may 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 first responders such as the UN disaster assessment and coordination team (UNDAC) and on-site operations and coordination centre (OSOCC) to ensure a smooth transition of information tools and services.
– Engage with counterparts in government 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.
– Identify in-country activities that could benefit from remote information management capacity.
– Coordinate remote IM support provided by other OCHA offices and non-UN actors.

• Information Management Unit and Integrated Team Management

– Advise the OCHA Head of Office on operational information management, including strategic and immediate priorities.
– Support the development and implementation of a strategic approach to managing information around the humanitarian programme cycle, including supporting common information processes such as preparedness, needs assessment, strategic planning, resource mobilization, implementation and monitoring.
– Provide strategic and day-to-day management of the information management unit (IMU) and related staff, including deployment of surge and other short-term staffing.
– Take overall responsibility for the management of information and the production and dissemination of high-quality information products, tools and services.
– Liaise with external actors, including senior staff in humanitarian and development agencies, government and the military.
– Advise the head of office on strategic use of communications and information.
– Provide leadership and vision to the integrated information team. Enable a collaborative approach between different areas of expertise within the team, foster innovation, stimulate early adoption of tools and technologies, and support team building and capacity development through continuous coaching and training of team members.
– Oversee the drafting, stylistic design, editorial coherence and production of all information and reporting materials intended for external use, such as maps, infographics, reports, press releases, bulletins and situation reports.
– Recruit staff, taking due account of geographical balance; manages, guides, develops, trains and fosters teamwork and communication among staff under his/her supervision.
– Carry out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the section, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters, reporting on budget/programme performance and evaluation of staff performance.

•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.

• 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 degree) in information management, information systems, social sciences or related field is required. 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in information management, information systems, disaster management, humanitarian affairs, or other related area, is required. Experience in managing information in disaster response or complex emergencies is required. Experience within the UN system or an international organisation is desirable. 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 both English and French (both oral and written) is required.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

 

 

Job: Communications Manager

11/17/15 – Communications Manager (External Relations/Media)
EIFL – Electronic Information for Libraries, Vilnius, Lithuania

Sarah P’s comments:  If you have the necessary public relations skills this is a fairly new and upcoming non-profit based in Europe.  EIFL works with libraries worldwide to enable access to digital information for people in developing and transition countries.

 

Position Summary: EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries), a dynamic, growing international not-for-profit organization, is seeking a creative, experienced communications professional to develop and implement the organization’s long-term strategic communication plans. This is a consultancy position, full-time, with a minimum duration of one year. The position is a work from home role. Preference will go to candidates in Vilnius, Lithuania, or London, UK, where other relevant EIFL staff are located.

EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) works with libraries to enable access to knowledge for education, learning, research and sustainable community development. Our vision is a world in which all people have the knowledge they need to achieve their full potential.

Essential Functions:

  • Lead strategic communications planning and positioning for the organization as a whole, that includes, but is not limited to, communication goal setting and measurement metrics, earned media, social media, message and materials development, conferences and events.
  • Implement the organization’s communications activities, which include ongoing earned and social media outreach, managing the organization’s website update process, maintaining and updating a set of core communication materials for the organization.
  • Work in close collaboration with team members who oversee EIFL programmes and initiatives to ensure their communications interests and needs are incorporated into communications plans.
  • Transform raw content provided by programme staff into multi-media communications tools.
  • Develop and implement a plan to leverage organizational leadership to raise the organization’s profile among global-and country-level opinion leaders, policy makers, and donors.
  • Build and maintain relationships with media contacts in order to achieve the organization’s communication objectives.
  • Prepare organizational leadership and other designated spokespersons for media and public speaking opportunities.
  • Identify communications opportunities and challenges and determine how they should be addressed by the organization.

Qualifications and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, graduate studies in a communications field or related area a plus.
  • 8+ years of experience in communications/public relations (international advocacy, development sector, or philanthropy experience a plus).
  • Proven understanding on how traditional, digital, and social media engagement tactics work in concert for effective advocacy and fund-raising.
  • Previous experience working with international media.
  • Native speaker of English, with high proficiency in written English.
  • Experience in conceptualizing and developing materials in different formats including video, photographs, and print. This includes digital video and audio editing, and layout and design skills.
  • Experience using digital channels (e.g., Facebook, Twitter) to raise the profile of an organization with media, policymakers, and other influencers.
  • Knowledge of library field is a plus.
  • Excellent time-management and prioritization skills.
  • Ability to travel is a requirement.

How to apply:

Interested and qualified candidates should submit their resume, a listing of relevant work, and a cover letter (including salary expectations) to jobs@eifl.net with the subject line “Communications Manager” by 9 December 2015.

 

 

 

 

Job: Education & Volunteer Manager

7/31/15 – Education & Volunteer Manager
Journeys Within Our Community (JWOC), Siem Reap, Cambodia

Sarah P’s comments:  For librarians with or without an MLIS who would like to gain international NGO experience here is an opportunity for a wide ranging experience which, though listed as a volunteer opportunity, is paid a small salary.  Here is a link for reviews of this non-profit and they also have a tour company which has good reviews as well.

 

Journeys Within Our Community (JWOC) is seeking a full time Education & Volunteer Manager in Siem Reap, Cambodia to start on September 1, 2015.

Founded in 2005, JWOC is a US registered nonprofit organization based in Siem Reap, Cambodia with an operating budget of $200,000 per year. JWOC’s mission is to provide programs that reduce poverty levels, increase educational and economic opportunities and empower both our recipients and supporters, thereby inspiring ongoing social change. Our programs are University Scholarships, Free Classes, Clean Water, Microfinance and Community Support. JWOC is unique in our approach as our 75+ university scholarship students also serve as the volunteer teachers and staff that make our other programs possible. We are thus able to not only assist directly with the cost of their education, but also to build on their potential and to develop their working skills, experience, teaching and leadership capabilities more broadly.

JWOC’s operating income is raised through individual and corporate gifts, grants, and donations from volunteer groups. The Free Classes Program provides more than 45 classes to over 1,000 adults and children in the surrounding communities.

Job Description:
The Education & Volunteer Manager (EVM) reports directly to the Managing Director (and indirectly to the Executive Director), and has overall responsibility to ensure development of the Free Classes Program and volunteer initiatives:
Responsible for developing and executing a comprehensive strategy to provide quality educational opportunities; and
Maintaining standards of teaching and training with local staff and Free Classes students of all ages.

Responsibilities:
This position relies heavily on independent initiative and motivation to provide as many quality educational opportunities as possible to Cambodian students and staff. The EVM will be responsible for running, improving and managing activities at JWOC’s extra-curricular community school. The position directly manages two direct reports, with a total staff of 35 full-time, part-time and volunteer teachers. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Managing and developing JWOC’s Free Classes Program including class schedules, testing, materials, new initiatives and class observations;
Organizing and running workshops for various training initiatives for staff and scholarship students;
Overseeing JWOC library activities and the professional development of the Librarian;
Staff management and developing appropriate training for professional growth;
Coordinating closely with the local staff, including the Free Classes Manager and Librarian, to ensure effective overall management and implementation;
Finance and administrative duties related to the program, including input to reporting and submitting monthly budgets;
Participating in appeal and media efforts, working closely with the Fundraising & Communications Manager;
Volunteer management, contact and orientation for foreign groups and individuals, including matching their abilities with appropriate activities at JWOC; and
Serving as the JWOC Child Protection focal point, providing training to new staff and volunteers on applicable laws, practices and codes of conduct.

Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree (relevant field preferred);
Highly developed training skills, especially with EFL speakers;
Native level English oral and written communication skills;
Demonstrated analytical skills;
Ability to conceptualize and develop new training/learning resources;
Concern for detail and accuracy, with a professional and efficient approach;
Strong interpersonal and team-building experience in a multi-cultural setting;
Excellent organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines;
Experience working in low resource settings;
NGO experience, preferably in Southeast Asia;
Experience working with and/or managing volunteer programs; and
Experience living and working overseas.

JWOC provides a local experience for international staff, and pays a salary that covers living expenses. The EVM will also be considered for periodic performance based bonuses. JWOC provides local health insurance from an international healthcare provider. The selected candidate is responsible for all costs associated with traveling to Siem Reap. The selected candidate will undergo a background and reference check before being offered a contract. The contract is a full time position for 15 months with the possibility of extension. Remuneration is $915 per month. The work week is 5-1/2 days per week. Start date is September 1, 2015.

How to apply:

Interested parties should send an updated CV and cover letter including contact information for three referees to info@journeyswithinourcommunity.org. Please include “Education Manager Position” in the subject line. All application documents must be in English. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until August 14, 2015.

Job: e-Learning Consultant

6/25/15 –  e-Learning Consultant
The Kaizen Company, Washington, D.C. USA (position located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

Sarah P’s comments:  This position is not labeled ‘librarian’ but involves many of our skills and education.  This is a small, fairly new NGO however there are two positive Glassdoor reviews as well as a short promotional video on YouTube.

 

Synopsis

The Kaizen Company (www.thekaizencompany.com)is soliciting applications for the position of E-learning consultant for the USAID-Local Capacity Development (LCD) project.

Job description

Under the general direction of senior staff of the company, consultant will be responsible for providing support to the LCD project office and program operations. However, the majority (80%) of his/her time will be spent working on developing E-learning tools.

Mainly the consultant will work with our technical team to convert their management presentations into e-templates and e-trainings, which will make up LCD’s e-learning library of support offerings. This is one of the major project that LCD want to work in-depth and capture the valuable documents produced so far through its specialists.

USAID has recently approved LCD’s initiative to take a ‘flip the classroom’ approach in the provision of trainings, and the creation of an e-learning library consisting of e-training videos, short e-tests, and other e-tools and templates (e.g. how-to guides, templates with instructions)  to meet this objective.

This is to provide our partner organizations access to online tutorials and be able to:

1. Learn about different (mostly management) topics by watching short video presentations or filling out templates prior to attending in-person trainings or receiving technical assistance.

2. Refer back to the online training materials and use them as a reference whenever needed.

3. Share these e-trainings with a greater number of their colleagues, both at their home office and field locations

4. Request LCD for further guidance on the topics after watching these online materials on their own.

The consultant will also assist in ensuring LCD team engagements with partners and clients are recorded and updated in LCD data base continuously and timely and other areas related to communications and project implementation, and responding to a wide array of routine tasks and requests related to program management and implementation.

Tasks Related to Accomplishing the Objectives

The Consultant shall use his/her education, considerable experience, and additional understanding gleaned from the tasks specified in section A above to:

  • Establish standard, branded formats and guidelines for each e-resource type
  • In consultation with LCD staff members, identify & propose a suitable and effective way of recording the training materials on a video format.
  • Work closely with LCD team members convert the training materials produced by LCD to online video tutorials.
  • Establish a pipeline and systems for identifying, prioritizing, and creating subsequent e-tools at reasonable cost

Qualifications

The Consultant shall have the following minimum qualifications to be considered for this consultancy:

Educational and Work Experience Qualifications

  • BA degree, preferably in Management, Communications, Information Technology, or on related area
  • 2+  years of experience in e-learning, e-video creation or other highly  relevant area
  • Proficiency in English.
  • Proficiency in computer skill more than MS office application is required.

 

Job: Library Assessment Specialist

2/16/15 –  Library Assessment Specialist
The Asia Foundation, Kabul, Afghanistan

Sarah P’s comments:  For anyone with experience in developing school/public libraries here is a short-term opportunity to expand into NGO work.  The position description says you will ‘work closely’ with your Afghan partners but does not discuss whether you will be located in the country or will visit, a very important detail which you will need to verify and then discuss.

 

Contract Duration: 12 weeks

Submission Guidelines

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit their resumes with a brief application letter and contact details, no later than February 27, 2015 to opportunities@asiafoundation.org. Please clearly indicate “Library Assessment Specialist” in the subject line. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Background

The Asia Foundation is a non-profit, nongovernmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, and open Asia-Pacific region. The Foundation, with the support of USAID, will begin a five year project called Strengthen Education in Afghanistan (SEA-II) in 2015. The project will improve institutional capacity in the areas of operations, administration, leadership, management, and fundraising of educational institutions and civil society organizations in Afghanistan, (and provide support to some other program activities.) These institutions include the International School of Kabul, the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University (ACKU), and the National Science Center in coordination with the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and Ministry of Education (MoE). Strategic planning to incorporate USAID goals for education, gender equity, development of youth programming, inclusion of marginalized populations, inclusion of people/children with disabilities, and the development of public-private partnerships will be integrated into the design of the project.

A major focus of this project will be partnering with ACKU, a non-profit organization that collects and makes available resources that contribute to the understanding of the social, economic, political, and cultural dynamics of Afghan society in the past, present, and future. ACKU also facilitates research that addresses Afghanistan’s nation-building challenges. ACKU’s Box Library Extension (ABLE) program establishes libraries and provides books and reading materials to rural communities and high schools throughout the country. ABLE is a pioneer of “boxed libraries” in Afghanistan, which aim to enhance and encourage reading among people of all ages and abilities – but especially among the newly literate – by bringing appropriate and relevant reading materials directly to them. These materials provide communities, students, and teachers with simple, informative, technical, and supplementary reading materials. “Boxed libraries” currently reach 225 location including schools and communities in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan. For more information please refer to ACKU website www.acku.edu.af. Support for ACKU under the ABLE component focuses on activities that improve literary and primary grade-level reading skills, however currently ACKU/ABLE contributes mainly to enhanced reading of students and teachers at the secondary school level. The responsibility of the library assessment specialist is to make sure ABLE promotes literacy and a culture for reading among the primary grade level students, improve the ABLE library service, and acquire primary grade level books.

Duties and Responsibilities

The ideal candidate will work closely with his/her Afghan national counterparts, enhancing their capacity by progressively transferring skills, expertise, knowledge, and responsibility. This assignment will involve assessment and supporting of the ACKU/ABLE component, the ideal candidate will conduct assessments and provide technical support to ABLE libraries in the following key areas:

Assessment

  • Through a consultative process conduct a technical and capacity assessment of the ABLE libraries, ABLE custodians, and partner NGOs including, developing the methodology and tools for the assessment.
  • Provide technical and capacity assessment report to TAF and ACKU.

Implementation

  • On the basis of the assessment report, develop a capacity building plan for the ABLE school and community libraries, partner NGOs, and ABLE custodians.
  • Provide technical support and mentoring to the TAF and ACKU staff in implementation of the plan.
  • Train ABLE library custodians and partner NGOs to encourage reading through school and community-engagement activities.
  • Support ABLE with the publishing and distribution of primary grade level books.
  • Promote the use of the ABLE through displays, reading competitions, and other promotion activities.

Strategic Planning and Gender

  • Develop a three-year strategic plan for ABLE that considers gender equity in all aspects of the ABLE project.

Requirements

TAF is looking for a candidate with the following skills, experience, and qualifications:

  • PhD or the equivalent in Library Science or a related area of study.
  • Seven years of experience in the development of school and community libraries
  • At least five years experiences in teaching and training in library science.
  • Demonstrated skills and expertise in advising, mentoring, and technical supporting.
  • Previous experiences in developing and publishing primary school level reading books
  • Able to produce reports and other standard documents in English
  • A good team player with ability to work in a very challenging environment.
  • Previous experience in under-developed, insecure, or post-conflict environments is highly desirable.
  • Proven knowledge and expertise in using libraries to improve the reading skills of students at both the primary school and adult level.

 

 

Job: Emergency Communications Officer

11/12/14 –  Emergency Communications Officer
International Medical Corp, Sierra Leone

Sarah P’s comments:  Ebola touches the library world…If you are concerned, available and brave (and I do not say this lightly) as well as have some experience with writing/media communication, here is an opportunity to step in and help and gain some crucial international experience.  International Medical Corp‘s goal is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide.  Visit their website to see other library-related positions such as IT Emergency Officer as well as non-medical volunteer and internship opportunities.

The Emergency Communications Officer (ECO) will deploy as “essential staff” with the emergency response team to the affected area, serving as the liaison and spokesperson to the media, collector of documentary content about the mission, and in-house resource for information. The ECO will be responsible for collecting, packaging and conveying information about International Medical Corps’ work and impact during the emergency response to a variety of stakeholders and audiences, including international and local media, existing and potential donors, and the general public. The ECO will serve as the primary coordinator of the media, as well as to VIPs/donors visiting the program. The ECO is responsible for gathering and disseminating content – including photos, video, and stories – to be used for promotional purposes and fundraising via printed materials, as well as online and broadcast mediums. The ECO is also responsible for generating awareness locally by increasing and managing International Medical Corps’ visibility and local branding and liaising with international and local communications counterparts.

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS:
A. Organizational relationships – The Communications Officer operates as part of the ERT, reporting to the Team Leader or his/her designee. The position requires frequent contact with other ERT staff and collaboration across IMC HQ.
B. Supervisory responsibilities – This position is assisted from time to time by temporary staff in the production and distribution of materials, etc.
C. Skill requirements – The essential requirement of this position is the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing. The ECO will take stills pictures and video footage that can be used for media purposes, the website, newsletter, brochures, etc. This position requires strong communication and organization skills and the flexibility to balance multiple tasks and changing program priorities. Familiarity with photography, video, word processing and layout is essential. Knowledge of electronic mail and list processor routines is required.
D. Problem-Solving and Decision-Making – Most problems relate to increasing International Medical Corps’ visibility when competition with other organization for media coverage is high. The ECO must be able to gather and disseminate mission-related information under pressure, tight deadlines, and under difficult and demanding circumstances. The position offers considerable opportunity to be creative through continually seeking the most effective ways to represent and promote International Medical Corps and its programs to others, influencing how issues are addressed. The ECO must have excellent judgment in terms of telling the story of International Medical Corps’ work and impact to stakeholders, as well as selecting those who represent the organization before the media and donors.
E. Authority/Independence – The ECO is a professional with wide ranging responsibilities. The position is relatively autonomous and requires working both closely with the ERT and independently. The incumbent may represent International Medical Corps and speak on behalf of the organization to the media and public at-large.

 

Job: Book Publishing & School Libraries Manager

10/16/14 –  Book Publishing & School Libraries Manager
Room to Read, Africa

The Book Publishing & School Libraries Manager, Africa is part of Room to Read’s Global Office Literacy Team. The primary duties of this position are to contribute to the design of the worldwide program frameworks for Quality Reading Materials, School Libraries, and Family & Community Engagement, and to support Room to Read’s Africa Country Offices in updating and contextualizing program content and professional learning materials in alignment with Room to Read’s global model. This position is based in Pretoria, Lusaka or Dar es Salaam and reports directly to the San Francisco-based Literacy Manager.

Sarah P’s comments: Room to Read is a non-profit organization for improving literacy and gender equality in education in the developing world. Headquartered in San Francisco, California and founded on the belief that “World Change Starts With Educated Children,” the organization partners with villages to build schools. It also establishes libraries and fills them with donated English and local language books purchased in-country or self-published, creating a child-friendly environment that includes posters, games, and furniture.

Room to Read has so far been very successful and has built 1,450 schools and established 12,522 libaries in South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. As Room to Read has expanded more job opportunities have appeared. There are also internship and volunteering opportunities and I believe this organization is one all librarians should be trying to support.