Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
This position is located in the Field Information Services Section (FIS), Information Management Branch (IMB) of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which is 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 efforts. OCHA's mission is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies; advocate the rights of people in need; promote preparedness and prevention and facilitate sustainable solutions. The Information Management Branch (IMB) is responsible for strengthening the capacity of OCHA to deliver more credible, comprehensive and evidence-based situational awareness to the humanitarian system, one of the five core functions of OCHA.
This Temporary Job Opening is for the position of Information Management Officer, with FIS, IMB, in Turkey, Istanbul. The Information Management Officer reports to the Head of the Field Information Support section.
Within delegated authority, the Information Management Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
Participate in information management networks in accordance with IASC guidance to facilitate humanitarian information exchange and the promotion of data and information standards; work with other OCHA branches and sections, global cluster lead agencies, partner agencies and field offices to ensure the effective adoption and use of information tools and services; engage with counterparts to ensure that information activities are coordinated and consistent with global and 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.
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.
Organize, design and carry out the evaluation and analysis of humanitarian situational and response data; 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 common humanitarian dataset; understand, document and ensure the quality of high-value humanitarian data for accuracy, consistency and comparability.
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).
6) Geographic Information System (GIS) & Mapping
Develop and maintain spatial baseline and operational data sets 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.
Produce and update information products such as reports, charts and infographics by turning data into graphical products to convey messages and a story-line; develop advocacy materials including posters, presentations and other visual materials.
Performs other related duties, as required.
works effectively within a distributed team model; knowledge of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the management of information in complex emergencies, disaster preparedness, disaster response and early recovery; ability to identify issues, analyse humanitarian trends and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; ability to conduct data collection using various methods; conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis,; ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities; 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.
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.3
Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
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.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in information management, information systems, web management, data management, GIS & mapping, data visualization, or other related area, is required.
Experience managing information in disaster response or complex emergencies is required.
Experience with the UN common system or other comparable international organization is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic, French, and/or Spanish is desirable.