Jobs at UNOPS in Uganda - Data Management Specialist

Job Title: Data Management Specialist

Vacancy code VA/2013/B5004/1738
Position title Data Management Specialist
Level ICS-10
Department/office NAO, UNDG
Duty station Entebbe, Uganda
Contract type Fixed Term
Contract level P3
Duration One year
Application period 17-Jan-2013 to 07-Feb-2013

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Background Information - UNOPS

“UNOPS plays a critical role in providing management services for our life-saving, peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. I have seen many examples of how these activities help suffering people in troubled parts of the world.”
-Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General

UNOPS mission is to expand the capacity of the UN system and its partners to implement peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations that matter for people in need.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, UNOPS vision is to always satisfy partners with management services that meet world-class standards of quality, speed and cost effectiveness.

By assisting UN organizations, international financial institutions, governments and other development partners, UNOPS makes significant, tangible contributions to results on the ground.

UNOPS employs more than 6000 personnel and on behalf of its partners creates thousands more work opportunities in local communities. With its headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark, a network of five regional offices and a further 20 operations and project centres, UNOPS oversees activities in more than 80 countries.

UNOPS is committed to achieving a truly diverse workforce.
Background Information - NAO

North America Regional Office
The UNOPS North America Regional Office provides services that help implement projects for a range of partners, and support operations run by the UNOPS Mine Action Cluster, Small Grants Cluster and Development Group Cluster. In addition, the office serves as a liaison between UNOPS headquarters and its Executive Board, which supports and supervises UNOPS activities globally.
Background Information - Development Group Cluster

Development Group Cluster

The UNOPS Development Group Cluster is based in the North America Office and supports a diverse and complex portfolio including partners such as the United Nations Development Programme (the Bureau for Development Policy, the Human Development Report Office, and the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation), the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Capital Development Fund, the United Nations Secretariat and a broadening community of primarily New York-based UN partners in the delivery of project management, implementation and administration services.

Background information - DFS

The United Nations Department of Field Support, Information andCommunications Technology Division (UN DFS-ICTD) is responsible for thedelivery of applications that satisfy the requirements of the Departments ofPeacekeeping Operations and Field Support (DPKO/DFS) missions as well asSpecial Political Missions (SPMs).

DFS has implemented a range of systems to address the principalrequirements of peacekeeping operations and to support and enhance theprocesses DFS undertakes.

UNOPS has been requested to assist in the implementation of this activity.
Functional Responsibilities

The incumbent will beresponsible for the following duties:

    Develop a strategyand identify standards for  dataintegrity, consistency, currency and maintenance;
    Implement andutilize reporting tools to monitor data accuracy and synchronization acrosssystems;
    Ensure datasecurity approaches satisfy internal compliance and data governance policies;
     Interact with business users/data stewards toimplement new or change current business processes that will improve dataintegrity and prevent discrepancies from reoccurring;
    Identify bestpractices to ensure that continuous high level of data quality is maintained;
    Design and createspecial programs/procedures for tasks such as statistical analysis and dataentry and cleaning;
    Troubleshoot andresolve data integrity/quality issues in the Data Marts (DM) including cubes&reports , Data Warehouse (DW) tables, Application objects striving to meetestablished SLA’s;
    Research problemtickets to resolve data related issues, application related issues, andimplement better diagnostics to prevent repetitive issues;
    Continuouslyidentify the problems in data sources while also addressing the processes thatcreated the poor quality data;
    Assure that dataarchitectures are developed and deployed in accordance with ICTD requirements;
    Provide detailed report of daily data quality checks;
    Perform other data management and admin related work (as needed)


Professionalism – Demonstrates professional competence and master of the subject matter. Strong data management and integration experience and extensive experience in managing teams in the same area. Knowledge of basic systems analysis and design techniques, testing, debugging, and documentation standards, database design, storage and internal systems. Demonstrated skill in designing and implementing applications within relational database systems’ environments. Strong analytical and problem solving skills and ability to handle a range of systems-related technical and management issues.

Communication - Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability to convey complex concepts both orally and in writing, in a clear concise style. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively at all levels.

Client Orientation – Ability to identify and analyze clients’ needs and propose appropriate solution to meet business requirements

Planning and Organizing – Ability to organize, plan and implement work assignments, manage competing demands and work under pressure of frequent and tight deadlines. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural environment.
Education/Experience/Language requirements

Advanced University Degree (Masters Degree or equivalent) in Information Systems, Computer Science, Social Sciences or related field. A first level university degree with a combination of relevant academic qualifications and extensive experience in information systems may be accepted in lieu of an advance university degree.

A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible management experience in relational databases (Oracle, Teradata, SQL Server etc), data structures, data quality and cleansing strategies and analyzing large volumes of data;

Language: Fluency in English required.

Additional Considerations

    Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
    Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
    Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
    Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
    For staff positions UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
    The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS. 

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: FTA
Contract level: P3
Contract duration: One year

How to Apply:

Deadline: 7th Feb 2013


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