Kenya: IT Project Manager

Organization: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 06 Nov 2016

Job Description

Job Title: IT Project Manager

1. General Background of Project or Assignment:

1. a Background

UNHCR collects, analyses and publishes data on refugees and asylum seekers. It publishes this data externally on individual data portals that provide data and statistics on refugees globally as well as on specific crises such as the Mediterranean, Yemen, South-Sudan, Burundi and Syria among others. These portals host data that is used by internal and external stakeholders towards advocacy, programme design and implementation for UNHCR and partners. Currently no regional portal on refugee protection in the context of mixed migration exists for the Horn and East Africa.

1.b Concept

UNHCR has an operational presence in each of the countries in East and Horn of Africa and a Regional Service Centre in Kenya, which seeks to develop and launch a regional data portal on refugee protection in the context of mixed migration. Data is collected and analysed at the national level using different methodologies and tools. UNHCR now seeks to develop web applications for data collection, analysis and information sharing at a national and regional level in a standardized manner to strengthen its regional analysis, which would then be shared externally via a data portal. Data collection would serve assessment and analysis needs at the regional and national levels.

2. Overall purpose and scope of the position

The selected candidate will work with UNHCR global Information Management team to establish the desired portal. Specifically:

· Design and develop an Information Management platform for UNHCR in the Horn and East Africa on refugee protection and mixed migration

· Design mobile data entry, collection and analysis applications; a regional database to store information, and a web portal to publish the information. Advise on procurement of equipment, system requirements to collect and store the data in a confidential and secure manner.

· Build linkages with existing data collection tools in UNHCR to include in regional data analysis.

· Train staff on the use and functionality of the applications within UNHCR and for partners, liaising with internal Information Management units in UNHCR as relevant.

· Any other web based related tasks as necessary.


· Design and create mobile applications to collect and compile data.

· Electronic design of data collection tools.

· Design and create Information portal, to host Public Information products.

3. Desired Skills and Experience

· Experience in designing information management systems, mobile application development e.g. Kobo forms and/ other ODK platforms.

· A background in education and knowledge of educational technology will be an advantage;

· 5 years of proven experience with various distributed ICT Systems and Networks, preferably in a development settings with limited to no bandwidth settings;

· HTML, JAVA 2E, JAVA, CSS, iOS/android development/mobile skills.

· SQL Server and My SQL; Cartodb, Highcharts

· Data visualization skills

· D3.js and Java Script, python

· Excellent team work and problem solving skills; Solid writing skills

· Exceptional abilities in multi-tasking effectively, managing own workload and balance competing priorities, reporting lines and deadlines;

· Basic understanding of protection and confidentiality of information.

· Excellent English language skills; coordination and communication skills.

· Advanced interpersonal skills he/she must be able to relate well with others

· Fluency in English

4. Core competencies

  1. Innovation and Creativity – Generates innovative and creative solutions to problems that contribute to Organizational and inter-agency effectiveness. Tries different and novel ways of approaching work to create added value in the services provided.

  2. Critical Thinking and Judgment – Uses data, experience, and good judgment to make sound decisions and devise effective solutions to problems. Assesses and manages risk in own work.

  3. Knowledge sharing – Actively develops and shares knowledge, leverages expertise to improve organizational effectiveness and add value within sphere of influence.

  4. Collaboration and Influence – Encourages teamwork and cooperates with others to achieve mutually beneficial results.

Duration: 6 months

Interested candidates are requested to please submit a cover letter and a resume to the following address: by 06 November 2016.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are requested to please submit a cover letter and a resume to the following address: by 06 November 2016.

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