Background Information – Job-specific
In adapting to the growing complexity of the 21st century, the United Nations need to respond dynamically to ensure it remains instrumental in supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and targets for the 2030 agenda. Technological innovation and the role of partnerships across sectors have become increasingly important to accelerate progress in addressing the problems that humanity face.
This position is located in the Department of Management (DM/OICT). The Information Management Officer reports to the section chief for Analytics, Partnerships and Innovation.
Within delegated authority, the Information Management Officer:
- Contributes to the formulation of overall policies, procedures, objectives and guidelines regarding emerging technologies.
- Coordinates projects in the areas of IT, in particular emerging technologies with Member States, Academia and other actors.
- Conducts policy-oriented research and drafting on the applicability of emerging technology to the UN and its member States.
- Assesses and makes recommendations relating to the use of information systems from the recordkeeping perspective. Provides reliable, up-to-date research and specifications for information management technology and innovations applications relevant to information management and emerging technologies.
- Monitors the progress of projects in client offices, ensures compliance with Section standards and guidelines and provides assistance in identifying consultants as required and associated project Terms of Reference.
- Evaluates and pilots emerging technologies for the benefit of the UN and its Member States and to develop and maintain expertise necessary to advise Secretariat offices in the management of such systems.
- Evaluates applications and cost-effectiveness of services in relation to technology options and prepares data and recommendations for decision-making.
- Develops policies and guidelines relating to data and technology management.
- Develops client outreach strategy and programme and coordinates its implementation.
- Represents the Section, as required, in departmental offices and at working groups, task forces and other fora,.
- Participates in the planning and organizing of training for Headquarters and mission staff and Member States with respect to utilization of reference services.
- Evaluates the performance of vendors and certifies invoices, as necessary.
- Guides, trains and supervises professional and general service staff in the various records information management functions.
- Performs other duties as assignedImpact of Results
Technology innovation has been employed, in collaboration with partners, to further the goals of the UN.
Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others.For people managers only:Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.
- Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in computer science, information science or related field is required.
- A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.Experience:
- A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in information management, particularly in the area of technology innovation.
- Two years of experience working in frontier technologies such as AI and data science is required.
- Experience in implementing technology innovation programmes with a global scope within an international organization is a strong advantage.
- Experience in establishing and implementing partnerships is an advantage. Language Requirements:
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required; Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.
Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: Staff
Contract level: P4
Contract duration: One year initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability
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- Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
- 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.
- Work life harmonization – UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
- For staff positions only, 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.
It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.
Background Information – UNOPS
UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.
UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.
Working with us
UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.
With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.
Work life harmonization
UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.
Based in New York, the Sustainable Development Cluster (SDC) supports diverse partners with their peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations.
The SDC’s services include grants management, development and special initiatives support, and technology support to the UN and UN agencies.
The SDC is part of the New York Service Cluster that supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as a broadening community of other New York-based United Nations organizations, bilateral and multilateral partners in the delivery of UNOPS mandate in project management, infrastructure management, and procurement management.
To learn more about this opportunity, please visit :https://jobs.unops.org/Pages/ViewVacancy/VADetails.aspx?id=16512