Information Management Officer
UNICEF Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) (version anglaise uniquement)
Contract type : Temporary Assignment (TA)
Grade : L2
Duration : 11 months
Duty Station : Goma, DRC
Closing date : 09th October 2009
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of UNICEF’s largest emergency response programmes in the work in terms of budget, staffing, sectors of operation and scope of partnerships. UNICEF’s Emergency Section in the DRC provides humanitarian relief to war and disaster-affected children and women across the country. This includes the development, implementation and monitoring of UNICEF emergency programmes, particularly the Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) and the Programme of Expanded Assistance to Returnees (PEAR), which target newly displaced IDPs and returnees respectively. In addition, the Emergency Section acts as the focal point for the coordination of UNICEF’s emergency programmes vis-à-vis external actors (particularly other UN agencies and Clusters) and funding arrangements such as the CERF and Pooled Fund.
In view of these multifaceted programmes and its role in coordination, the UNCEF Emergency Section in the DRC has distinct information management needs and requirements. This includes data collection from assessments, monitoring programme results and producing information management products as required by operational sections. As a result, an Information Management Consultant has worked with the Emergency Section since December 2007. The Consultant has, in particular, been responsible for developing a database within the PEAR programme to store and analyse information collected from multi-sectoral assessments carried out by partners, as well as developing an on online system called Activity Info for tracking the results and activities of partner organisations.
In order to take forward Activity Info and the PEAR Database, as well as other information management needs of the Emergency Section, UNICEF is looking to recruit an Information Management Officer.
Under the supervision of the Emergency Specialist in Goma the Information Management Officer will be responsible for developing and implementing an information management strategy for UNICEF’s Emergency Section in DRC.
While the position will located in the Emergency Section it will also require regular contact with UNICEF’s Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation section as well as UNICEF’s Regular Programmes in DRC, along with NGO partners and other interlocutors.
Roles and responsibilities
The Information Management Officer will have the following roles and responsibilities.
Development of systems
• Work with UNICEF program coordinators and partners to put in place assessment, monitoring and reporting workflows
• Maintain and develop information management systems (Activity Info, PEAR Database, etc.) to help collect and analyse data from UNICEF’s emergency and transitional programmes.
• Help develop and provide quality assurance of data collection systems with UNICEF staff and partners
• Ensure coordination with existing data collection systems used by UNICEF, including DevInfo.
Capacity building and support
• Train UNICEF and partners staff in the use of information management systems
• Provide technical support and advice to UNICEF staff and partners on information management issues.
• Oversee direct link with partners to ensure quality assessment data and information is provided to UNICEF.
Technical database administration
• Ensure technical updating and management of the Activity Info and PEAR Database.
• Develop technical specification of the Activity Info and PEAR databases to meet emerging needs of UNICEF emergency programmes.
Information management products
• Produce information management products for the Emergency Section, including assessments reports, analytical reports, and maps.
• Up-date websites related to the Emergency Sections programmes hosted by UNICEF and OCHA.
• Provide input, along with the Planning Monitoring &Evaluation (PME) Section, on monitoring the performance and impact of the Emergency Section’s programmes as well as the Clusters for which UNICEF is responsible in DRC.
• Help with UNICEF’s reporting requirements in the Humanitarian Action Plan (HAP) and to donors.
• Ensure coordination with other information management stakeholders (e.g. other UN agencies, particularly UNHCR, UNDP and OCHA) to ensure complementarity and where necessary data interoperability with other relevant systems.
• Represent UNICEF in coordination forum related to information management.
• Production of maps and quality assurance of other staff producing maps.
• Develop templates, catalogues and style guide for maps produced
Required skills, competencies and experience
The consultant should have the following skills, competencies and experiences:
• University degree in information management or related field.
• A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in the field of information management system for a humanitarian agency (preferably the UN and in particular UNICEF).
• Extensive experience of implementing information management systems for end users, and the technical knowledge in the development of such systems.
• Knowledge and expertise in GIS
• Strong analytical skills and ability to handle complex issues.
• Well organized and ability to plan work accordingly.
• Fluency in English and French language required.
• Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization.
• Prior experience in the DRC or with UNICEF would be an asset.
• Experience with the following technologies would be an advantage: Google Web Toolkit, Enterprise Java Development, ExtJs / GXT, and C#, ASP.Net
How to apply
The applications should contain an updated UN Personal History Form (P.11), CV, copies of academic certificates, diplomas, degrees, etc
Application will be considered only if accompanied by these documents and should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The UN P11 form could be downloaded from: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_apply.html
UN staff members are requested to provide last two Performance Evaluation Reports (PERs).
Only short-listed applicants will be acknowledged.