NA-14-96 - Consultant - UNEP Live

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CONSULTANCY JOB OPENING
(Issue date: 28/8/2014)
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NA-14-96
UNEP/DEWA
NAIROBI
CONSULTANT
13 MONTHS
08 SEPTEMBER 2014
ORGANIZATIONAL SETTING:
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system’s
designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its
mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the
global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of
governments and the international community for action. UNEP’s Division of Early Warning
and Assessment (DEWA) is responsible for analyzing the state of the global environment,
providing early warning information and assessing global and regional environmental trends
to catalyze and promote international cooperation and action on the environment.
UNEP/DEWA needs an expert in data management, database design and development to
contribute and implement a global web-based knowledge platform that provides up-to-date
data, information and scientific knowledge to keep the environment under review coupled
with enabling tools to strengthen the capacity of countries to undertake the state of the
environment assessment and reporting. This post is located in UNEP/DEWA at the Nairobi
duty station.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Consultant will implement and populate the main building blocks of UNEP Live; update,
secure and provide access to and tag all data and information flows from organized country
and regional network conferences.
Specifically the Consultant will perform the following tasks:
1. Update UNEPLive knowledge platform through meta-data tagging and uploading
scientifically credible and policy-relevant environmental data, reports, charts and
indicators to support UNEP’s assessment processes.
2. Upload relevant assessment maps into ArcGIS Online, the data repository for maps in
UNEPLive.
3. Provide support in updating the UNEP corporate thesaurus through inputs from
communities of practice connected through UNEPLive and citation index for open access
data.
4. Support deployment of Country Reporting Toolkits (CRTs) at national level and facilitate
links to existing data platforms at the national level.
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5. Provide support in the development of regional and national assessment reports through
provision of data and information from UNEPLive Country Reporting Toolkits (CRTs).
6. Provide training in the use of GEMET thesaurus at national/regional level to enable data
providers upload reports, data and maps into the CRTs to use a standard indexing and
search language.
7. Provide support in the deployment of data flows and indicators linked to the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDG’s) at national level with upscale from MEAs, global and
regional organizations involved in the assessment process.
8. In collaboration with the UNEPLive technical team, provide support to the Regional
Environmental Information Networks for conducting State of Environment (SoE) reports;
sharing of national data flows into UNEPLive; and for undertaking UNEP’s Global
Environment Outlook regional assessments.
COMPETENCIES:
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Professionalism: Knowledge of project development and planning; Excellent
coordination, organization and planning skills, with the ability to work under pressure; Focus
on impact and results; Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing
deadlines and achieving results; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or
challenges; Demonstrates thoroughness and looks for ways to improve and promote quality
and applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality;
Manages competing demands and changes approach or methods to suit the situation.
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Planning and Organizing: Ability to identify priority activities and assignments, handle
multiple activities and projects concurrently and make necessary adjustments as required;
Ability to foresee risks and allow for contingencies when planning; Develops clear goals that
are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; Uses
time efficiently; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions
and is objective even when dealing with stressful situations.
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Teamwork: Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; Ability to lead and
gain assistance and cooperation of others in a team endeavor; Gives and welcomes
feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own
interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports
everyone's efforts to succeed.
QUALIFICATIONS:
Education:
A first University degree in Information Technology, Computer Science or related field is
required. Supplementary courses/training in Information and Communication Technologies is
an advantage.
Experience:
A minimum of five years’ experience in data and database management, information
systems or related area. Competence in web development, database, programming, GIS
and Open Source software in addition to sound knowledge of relevant web tools such as
Adobe tools and technologies (Flash, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, etc.).
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Languages:
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the
post advertised, fluency in spoken and written English is required.
Other Skills:
Knowledge and experience in enabling metadata interoperability standards on both spatial
and non-spatial data as well as a track record in implementing interactive web-based
database applications and open source CMS (Content Management System) management..
Sound knowledge of web-programming using ArcGIS tools ( Esri GPT and ArcGIS Online)
as well as charting tools and technologies (High charts, Tableau public, etc.) is an
advantage. Prior experience with International Organizations and/or international NGOs is
an asset.
Preference will be given to equally qualified women candidates.
All applications to be sent to the following address on or before the deadline of
08 September, 2014. Applicants should send a completed United Nations Personal History
form (available at http://www.unon.org/docs/P11.doc) or Personal History Profile together
with a covering letter of one to two pages summarizing how they meet the requirements of
the job and a portfolio of relevant communication work undertaken and/or website
references to:
e-mail: [email protected]
UN staff members must submit scanned copies of their two latest Performance Appraisal
System (e-PAS) reports at the time of application to the email address above. Appointment
against this consultancy is for a limited duration and does not carry any expectancy, legal or
otherwise, of renewal.
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(Applications without Correct Vacancy Number will not be Considered)
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