The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) has established a field office in Nigeria to facilitate coordination of humanitarian activities in Nigeria. Information management is a core component of a comprehensive support strategy for the humanitarian community.
In order to meet the increased requirements for coordination support, humanitarian advocacy and information the National Information Management Officer will support the Information Management Unit (IMU) to analyse relevant data (tabular, statistical, spatial etc.) to support an efficient and effective humanitarian response.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the Head of OCHA Office and under the direct supervision of the Head of Information Management Unit, the national IMO will be responsible for the following duties:
Summary of key functions:
- Support development of information products
- Support the development and maintenance of comprehensive operational information products
- Maintain a client-oriented approach
- Facilitate knowledge building and knowledge sharing
- Support in the development of spatial/geographical information products (i.e. maps, metadata, data dictionary, etc).
- Collect, organise and file geographic data, map/Geographic Information Systems (GIS) production and geographic data management support. This requires a strong practical knowledge of relational database software like MS Access as well as MS Excel and experience with the pivot table function
- Develop and maintain spatial baseline and operational datasets in accordance with relevant standards and guidance, including IASC Common Operational Datasets (COD/FOD).
- Support the development and maintenance of comprehensive operational information products, Who/What/Where, monitoring matrices, operational analyses, contact lists among others.
- Build strong relationships and maintain regular contacts with the local and international community; gather information on humanitarian activities in support of the Who/ What/Where database, including frequent liaison with key stakeholders.
- Support the development of standardized reporting formats and analysis to support operational decision making for internal and external use.
- Collect information and assist in analysis of monitoring reports based on humanitarian indicators to provide a coherent picture of humanitarian operations.
- On an ad-hoc basis, collect, analyse and disseminate information in cooperation with other Units within OCHA.
- Maintain a client-oriented approach that ensures the OCHA provides high-quality information management services and products to the OCHA office and to members of the humanitarian community;
- Provide liaison support with relevant partners and stakeholders to promote information sharing and coordination.
- Provide support to the OCHA field offices, organize flow of information and assist the offices in planning information management activities.
- Provide graphics/design support for various presentations, as well as the development of high quality visual products (infographics, maps, tables, graphs).
- Conduct regular trainings for sector members and work closely with the IM counterparts in partner agencies and organisations.
- Facilitate knowledge building and knowledge sharing within OCHA and guidance to external stakeholders on information management focusing on achievement of the following,
- Promote the adoption of OCHA Information Management tools and techniques by OCHA staff and partners;
- Contribute to the development and delivery of training curricula to field partners
- Assisting with other tasks as directed by the OCHA Head of Office or the head of the Information Management Unit.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master Degree in computer science, information systems, geographic information systems, graphic design or related field is required.
- Minimum two (2) years of work experience in information systems, geographic information systems or graphic design.
- A first-level university degree in combination with four additional years of relevant and qualifying experience may be accepted instead of an advanced university degree.
- Relevant experience in working with an UN agency or other humanitarian agency is desirable.
- Experience in the area of emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, humanitarian/development environment, field coordination is an asset.
- Fluency in written and spoken English is required