Information Management Officer at the United Nations Volunteers (UNV)
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. We work with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and well supported UN Volunteers into development programming and promote the value and global recognition of volunteerism. UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and reports to the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board.
We are recruiting to fill the position of:
Job Title: Information Management Officer
Location: Makurdi, Benue
Host Entity: UNDP
Duration: 6 months (with possibility of extension)
Number of Assignments: 1
Sustainable Development Goal: No Poverty
Expected Start Date: 22/11/2021
Volunteer Category: National UN Volunteer Specialist
Mission and Objectives
UNDP is the United Nations largest agency with a mandate to eradicate poverty, through sustainable and inclusive human development. UNDP has been in Nigeria since the country became independent in 1960 providing capacity building and policy development support to the Federal Government of Nigeria in areas of Governance & Peace Building, Inclusive growth, and Sustainable Development.
UNDP continues to support the government in the implementation of development interventions aimed at meeting medium to long term goals enshrined in National and Subnational development plans as well as the Sustainable Development Goals. The goal of UNDP is to improve the lives of the people of Nigeria, especially the poorest and most vulnerable, and to ensure a future that offers equality, dignity, and opportunity for all. UNDP works in partnership with the federal Government of Nigeria, development partners, UN agencies, civil society and local communities to help identify local solutions to meet global and national development challenges through a range of interventions that combine UNDP’s expertise and comparative advantage in the areas of Governance & Peace Building, Inclusive growth and Sustainable Development.
- In order to address the need for continued and systematic analysis of contextual risks in Nigeria, the Country Office has developed the design of a Crisis Risk Dashboard (CRD) with the support of UNDP Crisis Bureau.
- The CRD is an online platform for data aggregation and visualization, aimed at facilitating the identification, tracking and analysis of contextual risks by the UNDP Country Office and potentially the wider UN Country Team.
- UNDP Crisis Bureau and the Country Office will work together on developing, maintaining and using the CRD. As a next step, the Country Office and Crisis Bureau are seeking to recruit an information management officer (IMO) who will lead on key aspects of the CRD design and finalization, especially related to data management and technical support.
- The UN Volunteer will work under the supervision of the Crisis Prevention and Recovery Advisor to the UNDP Resident Representative and Deputy Resident Representative, in the key functions listed below.
- He/she will also work closely with the UNDP Nigeria Communication unit, the Resident Coordinator office, Regional Information Management Officer, as part of the UNDP-UNV Tandem Teams Initiative .
Summary of Key Functions
- Conflict data Capture, Management and Analysis
- Data Visualization, Reporting and Application
- Technical Support
Data Capture, Management and Analysis:
- Identify key data gaps for informed crisis risk tracking in the country.
- Propose a strategy and implementation plan for capturing required primary data
- Develop a process for and understand primary data gathering (e.g. designing and con-ducting periodic perception surveys)
- Identify and integrate additional primary and secondary data into the Crisis Risk Dash-board as required by evolving needs including the development, implementation and management of new indicators and corresponding data that are associated with the crisis risk model;
- Propose revisions and improvements to the overall design framework and data re-quirements for the risk tracking system, using as the key tool the Crisis Risk Dash-board (CRD) – a purpose-designed platform developed by CRU for online information management and data visualization – and ensure content is current, comprehensive, and follows relevant metadata standards;
Data Visualization, Reporting and Application:
- Produce and update information products such as maps, charts, and infographics by turning data into graphical products to convey messages and a storyline as well as support strategic and operational decision-making;
- Explore ways of presenting crisis risk profiles and early warning more effectively through visual representations (charts, graphs, tables and diagrams) through the CRD;
- Provide technical assistance in translating data and other program information into easy visual representations, in accordance with data visualization best practices;
- Consolidate operational information on a regular schedule to support analysis and de-sign and implement sustainable information management and dissemination systems for data collections for the CRD, where required.
Training and Technical Support:
- Provide substantive input on information management toward the development of guidance and training materials in support of the Country Office / Country Team appli-cation of the CRD;
- Provide maintenance and end-user technical support in issues relating to the CRD in-formation management use, including troubleshooting for data entry and access to the existing database;
- Provide technical assistance in order to build capacity of staff on how to integrate data visualization approaches into their work as well as how to update and monitor existing dashboards.
Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:
- Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for in-stance in events that mark International Volunteer Day);
- Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
- Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;
- Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publica-tions/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
- Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly arrived UN Volunteers;
- Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.
- Results/Expected Outputs
- Crisis Risk Dashboard (CRD) for Nigeria is designed and functional.
- The tool designed provides up-to-date data visualization and Reporting.
- The CRD is implemented with the support of UNDP and the wider UNCT in Nigeria.
The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counterparts, including Implementing Partners (IPs); Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is sys-tematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment ; A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.
- Master’s Degree or equivalent in Information Management, Information Systems, Social Science or related field.
- 3 years of experience in Information management, Information Systems, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Database Development, Web Management, Visualization, or other related areas;
- Conducting primary research, particularly in crisis contexts;
- Managing information in international development or humanitarian context as well as relevant experience within the UN system is highly desirable;
- Data visualization and dashboards;
- Excellent client/customer services;
- Understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the management of information in an international development or humanitarian context;
- Conducting data collection using various methods;
- Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases;
- Establishing and maintaining effective working relations with people of different cultural backgrounds and languages.
- Age: 27 – 80
- Nationality: Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.
Area(s) of Expertise:
- Information technology.
- English, Level: Fluent, Required.
Competencies and Values:
- Adaptability and Flexibility
- Commitment and Motivation
- Commitment to Continuous Learning
- Knowledge Sharing
- Respect for Diversity
- Working in Teams.
Living Conditions and Remarks
As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials.
Application Closing Date
12th November, 2021.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online
- United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics.
- As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.