UN Jobs in Kenya:FAO-Somalia Data Systems and Information Manager Job in Nairobi, Kenya


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Vacancy Announcement No: FAO/18/2015 (Re-advertisement)

Issued on: 04 August 2015

Deadline for Application: 16 August 2015 Position Title: Data Systems and Information Manager
Grade Level: SC10 Contract Type: Service Contract

Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya Organizational Unit: FAO-Somalia

Duration: 3 months with possibility of extension

Eligible Candidates: Kenyan nationals only
Anticipated start date: Immediately

General Description of Tasks and Objectives to be Achieved: Under the overall supervision of the FAO Somalia Officer in Charge (O.I.C.), and under direct supervision of the FSNAU Chief Technical Adviser (CTA), the Data Systems and Information Manager will supervise and manage the Data Systems team activities in the DST unit of the EC funded and FAO managed Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit for Somalia (FSNAU).Specific Duties and Responsibilities

Management and Supervision
Manage all daily activities of the Data Systems Team staff including Data Analyst, GIS Analyst, Data Processor, Database Programmers (2) and Data Entry Clerks (2).
Ensure staff follow proper procedures and standards within their roles
Develop and deploy new processes and procedures in consultation with the appropriate parties
Ensure staff work efficiently, effectively and maintain a constructive and positive work environment
Evaluate staff performance using FAO/FSNAU guidelines
Support Nutrition, Food Security and Livelihoods related data management activities as necessary
Oversee development, deployment, and maintenance of a data validation system to ensure all field-based data are collected, transferred, stored, documented, and analysed using the highest level of accuracy and efficiency
Oversee analytical and data management work of the Data Analyst and Data Processor
Oversee spatial analysis, thematic mapping and remote sensing work of GIS Analyst
Data and Spatial Analysis
Develop and maintain all analytical tools and procedures related to the processing of food security information including statistical and spatial tools and procedures
Assist in food security analytical activities (regular and ad hoc) to ensure proper data collection instruments are developed, data are properly collected, managed, stored, validated, entered into the FSNAU Integrated Database and analysed in the statistical and spatial manner
Conduct and assist in any necessary analysis on food security data sets using FSNAU analytical procedures (third party statistical or custom made techniques and tools)
Support Nutrition related activities, analytical tools, procedures, and analysis as appropriate
Ensure all data are processed to enable spatial analysis and oversee spatial analysis techniques and results
Strategic Direction
Develop and deploy new analytical protocols and procedures in consultation with the Analysts, Technical Managers and Chief Technical Advisor
Maintain and Develop strategic direction with regards to data management, processing and analysis
Oversee development and deployment of new Information Management Systems in consultation with the Technical Managers and Chief Technical Advisor
Reporting and Documentation
Contribute to all FSNAU publications whenever necessary, including the regular Monthly and Technical Reports and ad hoc reports and press releases
Maintain and Develop documentation and manuals for the Data Systems Team including updating the operations manual, system user manuals, and system technical description documents. Ensure other Data Systems Team documentation is updated appropriately
Support information management for Operations in consultation with Operations Manager to ensure procedures are followed and develop new processes whenever appropriate
Attend relevant workshops, meetings, trainings related to task of data management both internally and externally. In particular, contribute to the Somalia Statistics Working Group.
Work in conjunction with partners (especially other FAO projects) to ensure data management related tasks are not redundant or conducted in isolation
Train internal and external users in using data systems tools and techniques. Make presentations and contributions as necessary.
Minimum Requirements


  • Masters degree in statistics, computer engineering / computer science, ICT, MIS.
  • Work Experience
  • Minimum of 7 years work experience in food security and nutrition data analysis and information systems with experience implementing and managing such systems.
  • Technical Competencies
  • At least 7 years work experience writing technical reports and presenting in meetings/workshops in food security/nutrition or related field and managing and supervising staff in related field.
  • Strong knowledge of statistics using SPSS, Epi Info, GIS and remote sensing applications.
  • Ability and willingness to travel throughout Somalia.
  • Previous experience working in Somalia will be an added advantage.

Working knowledge (level C) of the FAO official language used for communication within the country (English, French or Spanish) and working knowledge of the local language(s) is required.
IT Skills:
Ability to effectively use standard office software, such as MS Office (Windows, Word, Outlook, Excel, Exchange) etc.
Ability to use accounting software and other information systems and databases to insert data, make enquiries, retrieve/define ad hoc reports and analyses and edit results in appropriate format.
Office Management Skills:
Systematic, well-structured and efficient approach to work assignments.
Analytical ability, accuracy and consistency.
Exercise diligence and care in dealing with records and expenditures.
Interpersonal Communications and Teamwork Skills:
The incumbent must possess a cooperative spirit, flexibility and openness to work in an international environment.
Tact and courtesy.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural background.
How to Apply

Interested applicants are required to submit
(1) a covering letter,
(2) detailed Curriculum Vitae and
(3) Personal Profile form (PPF) from FAO iRecruitment.
To create the PPF, please follow the instructions available at: http://www.fao.org/employment/irecruitment-access/en/
In order for your application to be properly evaluated, please ensure that all sections of the on-line profile are completed.Please send your application to [email protected] quoting the Position Title and Vacancy Announcement No. “Data Systems and Information Manager FAO 18 2015” in the subject heading.

Previous applicants need not re-apply and applications received after the closing date and those without all the specified/ required documents will not be given consideration.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.