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Data Centre Specialist (P-3), FT, #128722, Port Sudan, Sudan (open to non-Sudanese)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location:
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Statistics
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Transport and Distribution
  • Closing Date: 2024-06-25

Under the general guidance of the Chief Cash Implementation Unit and in close collaboration with the Technical Specialist (Humanitarian Cash Transfer), the incumbent is responsible for delivering timely beneficiary data management services while upholding UNICEF data protection policies.

UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, defend their rights, and help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.

At UNICEF, we are committed, passionate, and proud of what we do. Promoting the rights of every child is not just a job – it is a calling.

UNICEF is a place where careers are built: we offer our staff diverse opportunities for personal and professional development that will help them develop a fulfilling career while delivering on a rewarding mission. We pride ourselves on a culture that helps staff thrive, coupled with an attractive compensation and benefits package.

Visit our website to learn more about what we do at UNICEF.

For every child, protection.

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

Strategic office context:

Early childhood is a particularly precarious time for children in Sudan due to high under 5 mortality rates, poor health and nutrition outcomes, and extreme vulnerability to child protection concerns. Approximately 76 per cent of infants do not make it past their first year of life in Sudan, and although there has been a steady decline in the infant mortality rate in Sudan, it consistently remains higher than the African average. Children who make it past infancy are highly susceptible to communicable diseases particularly diarrhea, malaria, and acute respiratory infections, which are compounded by malnutrition which is the single largest risk factor of mortality and illness in early childhood. Additionally, poor birth registration rates present barriers to healthcare access for children which can exacerbate healthcare deprivation. Lack of birth registration also makes children vulnerable to neglect, deprivation and abuse of the human rights throughout their lives due to lack of recognition by the state. Children are at risk of violence in the home in early childhood, and children with disabilities face even further discrimination and deprivation.

Mortality in child’s early years (0-5 years) can be attributed to multiple causes. As a result, child mortality indicators are widely utilized as a key markers of overall population well-being, inequality, and service provision, quality and use for a variety of public services. According to

MICS survey 2014, 48 per cent of all under 5 deaths in Sudan occur within the first month of life, and 76 per cent occur within the first year (28 per cent of which occur between 2-11 months). Only 24 per cent of deaths occur between 12-59 months.

In April 2021, UNICEF Sudan Country Office (SCO) launched a new Mother and Child Cash Transfer Plus (MCCT+) in two eastern states of Kassala and Red Sea States, with the funding support from KfW/BMZ. MCCT+ is an integrated social protection programme for pregnant women and children during the first 1,000 days of life. MCCT+ builds on UNICEF’s ongoing support to primary health care (PHC) facilities which serve as the platforms for an integrated package of services and support to vulnerable women and children.The programme is expected to contribute to a reduction in child and maternal mortality and malnutrition through improved family practices and access to essential services for to first 1,000 days of life.

MCCT+ was originally designed as a government programme implemented by the Ministry of Social Development, the ministry responsible for social protection in Sudan, with UNICEF technical and financial support. In light of the October 2021 military takeover, the programme is being reoriented as a nexus programme implemented by UNICEF with support from frontline workers including social workers, midwives and health and nutrition staff.

To date, the MCCT+ programme has successfully enrolled approximately 52,000 women benefiting 312,600 individuals in 4 localities in Kassala and 5 localities in Red Sea state. In early 2024, UNICEF will expand the programme to reach an additional 30,000 pregnant women in additional states. In this expansion, UNICEF will collect data through KoboCollect and import this data into HOPE, UNICEF’s management information system for humanitarian cash programme operations.

How can you make a difference? 

Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks:

    1. Personal Data Services Management
      • Provide guidance and oversight for the adequate use of the Humanitarian Cash Operations and Programme Ecosystem (HOPE) for UNICEF and partners
      • Escalate to management risks related to personal data management
      • Ensure quality of data analysis, reporting, Third Party Monitoring (TPM), Grievance and Redressal Mechanisms (GRM) and data protection standards
      • Provide oversight of personal data use for efficient and effective delivery of individual payments / cash transfers
      • Coordinate with interagency counterpart’s data interoperability initiatives
    2. Data Management Representation Function
      • Coordinate with HQ HOPE team on prioritized support
      • Represent personal data management function within SLCO
      • Represent data management function with external stakeholders including de facto authorities
      • Represent data management function in donors briefing
    3. Data Protection Standards 
      • Ensure that personal data management workstream is aligned with UNICEF Data Protection Policy
      • Coordinate with HQ technical counterparts to ensure:
        • Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIA) are carried out with appropriate frequency on supported programmes
        • UNICEF partners are trained on Data Protection and Responsible Data for Children principles
        • UNICEF CSO and private sector partners comply with relevant data protection legal tools such as Non-Disclosure Agreements
        • Timely implementation of DPIA recommendations
        •  

For more info, on the Job Description:Download File JD_CIU_ Data Centre Specialist _P3_ - SUD24100.docx

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

QUALIFICATION AND COMPETENCIES

1. Education

Master’s degree in Information Technology, Economics, Social Science or related field is required.

2.  Experience

  • 5 years of professional work experience of data or humanitarian program/project management experience, including with multiple stakeholders. 
  • Experience in emergency contexts desirable.

3.  Knowledge & Skills

  • Experience in implementing humanitarian cash transfers programme
  • Experience in beneficiary data system for humanitarian cash transfer at field level
  • Experience in business operation environments with a proven track record of interfacing with multiple stakeholders (internal and external) and successful project completion
  • Experience in working with UN agencies or NGOs (UNICEF experience preferred) at interagency level.
  • Experience with writing short data analysis reports and presenting findings using data visualization tools and graphics.
  • Experience in data coordination, management, and analysis.
  • Detailed knowledge of the project lifecycle and fluency in project management methodologies
  • Experience collaborating across multiple functions and working with operational subject matter experts, technical resources and architecture teams.
  •   High motivation, and dedication to deliver results within strict timeframes.

4.Language Requirements

Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic a strong asset. Knowledge of another official UN language (Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) would be an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

Core competencies skills

  • Nurtures, Leads, and Manages People (2)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

Functional competencies 

  • Applying Technical Expertise (2)
  • Analyzing (2)
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts (2)
  • Planning and Organizing (2)
  • Deciding and Initiating Action (2)
  • Adapting and Responding to Change (2)
  • Coping with Pressure and Setbacks (2)
  • Relating and Networking (2)  

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, time off for breastfeeding purposes, and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF does not hire candidates who are married to children (persons under 18). UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority, and discrimination. UNICEF is committed to promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station is required for IP positions and will be facilitated by UNICEF. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Should you be selected for a position with UNICEF, you either must be inoculated as required or receive a medical exemption from the relevant department of the UN. Otherwise, the selection will be canceled.

Remarks:

UNICEF’s active commitment to diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female are encouraged to apply.

Government employees who are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government positions before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason. 

UNICEF does not charge a processing fee at any stage of its recruitment, selection, and hiring processes (i.e., application stage, interview stage, validation stage, or appointment and training). UNICEF will not ask for applicants’ bank account information.

All UNICEF positions are advertised, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. An internal candidate performing at the level of the post in the relevant functional area, or an internal/external candidate in the corresponding Talent Group, may be selected, if suitable for the post, without assessment of other candidates.

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

UNICEF shall not facilitate the issuance of a visa and working authorization for candidates under consideration for positions at the national officer and general service category.]

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