Position: Information Management Officer
Receiving Agency: OCHA
P Level: P4
Duration: 3 months
Location: Ukraine (exact duty station TBD)
Languages: English fluency is required, Russian working knowledge desirable
There is a build-up of military presence on the border of Ukraine that has prompted OCHA to develop four planning scenarios for a response to a humanitarian situation resulting from possible military intervention. One of the key elements of this is to ensure that OCHA has relevant capacities in place to strengthen situational awareness through production of high quality and analytical data and reports for external as well as internal audiences.
The Humanitarian Country Team in Ukraine is putting in place relevant preparedness measures for a possible significant deterioration of humanitarian situation in the country following the continued tensions around the Ukrainian border and the build up of Russian troops. While there is an IM capacity within OCHA, this request is to ensure to expand this capacity in response to possible significant escalation of the humanitarian situation in Ukraine.
Main Partners in the Field
The IM focal points of cluster partners, clusters, HCT members, and relevant Government entities.
The CMCoord officer will be based in TBD (considering security situation) and may travel to certain locations within country, including eastern Ukraine.
Main Tasks and Duties to be Executed
TThe Information Management Officer shall work with humanitarian partners in Ukraine to manage information and data to produce high quality inter-agency documents to support situational analysis.
Specifically, the IMO will:
- Work with clusters and IM working group to maintain humanitarian information management applications specific to Humanitarian Response platform, Who-does-What-Where, common operational datasets, contacts information, and online content management systems.
- 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.
- Work with clusters and IM working group to lead assessment and needs analysis activities, including humanitarian needs overviews, secondary data reviews, preliminary scenario definitions and multi-cluster initial rapid assessments; provides advice on assessment design to ensure data quality.
- Work with clusters and IM working group with analysis of data and production of relevant information management elements for possible flash appeals/response plans.
- Strengthen maintenance of spatial baseline and operational datasets in accordance with relevant standards and guidance; maintain a repository of spatial data and ensure that the data are documented and accessible within OCHA and to humanitarian partners through online services.
- Lead development of databases and other applications to support the collection and processing of context specific data (e.g.: affected population, displaced populations, demographic and vulnerability data, results of common rapid needs assessment etc.).
- Produces reference and thematic maps.
Expected Outcome of the Deployment
1. Strengthened situational awareness through production of high-quality analytical data, including on assessments.
2. Strengthened coordination and collaboration on information management across the system.
Specific Required Skills
Willingness to work in challenging environments / field locations is required.
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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in information management, information systems, web management, data management, geographic information systems & mapping, data visualization, or other related area. Experience managing information in disaster response or complex emergencies is required. Experience managing information in disaster response or complex emergencies is required. Relevant experience within the UN system or a comparable international organization is desirable.
Languages: Fluency in spoken and written English. Knowledge of Russian language is desirable.
Key skills: Excellent conceptual and analytical abilities. Ability to meet deadlines and remain cool under pressure, and ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.