Closing date: Saturday, 16 September 2023

Job Identification : 13295

Locations : Istanbul, Türkiye

Posting Date : 08/25/2023, 12:52 PM

Apply Before : 09/16/2023, 03:59 AM

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UNOCHA

Grade : NOA

Vacancy Type : Fixed Term

Practice Area : Management

Bureau : Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS

Contract Duration : 1 Year with Possibility for extension

Education & Work Experience : Bachelor’s Degree

Required Languages : Fluency in English and Turkish is required.

Desired Languages : Knowledge of French or Spanish is desirable.

Vacancy Timeline

3 Weeks

Mobility required/no mobility

no mobility required

Job Description


This national professional position is located in the Field Information Services Section (FIS), Information Management Branch (IMB) of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), based in Istanbul. OCHA is part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response efforts. OCHA’s mission is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies; advocate the rights of people in need; promote preparedness and prevention and facilitate sustainable solutions.

The Information Management Branch (IMB) is responsible for strengthening the capacity of OCHA to deliver more credible, comprehensive, and evidence-based situational awareness to the humanitarian system, one of the five core functions of OCHA.

Position Purpose:

Within delegated authority, the Information Management Officer will be responsible for the following duties: Data Analysis (GIS and mapping) and Data Visualization. See detailed description below;

Key Duties and Responsibilities :

1) Data Analysis – GIS and mapping

  •  Assists with the maintenance of spatial baseline and operational datasets in accordance with relevant standards and guidance; maintains a repository of spatial data and ensures that the data are documented and accessible to all humanitarian partners through local and/or online services.
  •  Supports the evaluation and analysis of location-specific datasets through meaningful statistical techniques; participates in the development and revision of data standards; understands, documents, and ensures the quality of high-value humanitarian data for accuracy, consistency, and comparability.

2) Data Visualization

  •  Supports the production and updating of high-quality map products and online services. Assists in the production and updating of information products such as charts and infographics by turning data into graphical products to convey messages and a storyline; develops advocacy materials including posters, presentations, and other visual materials.


Core Competencies:

  •  Achieve Results: LEVEL 2: Scale up solutions and simplifies processes, balances speed and accuracy in doing work
  •  Think Innovatively: LEVEL 2:Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking
  •  Learn Continuously LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others, and support their learning
  •  Adapt with Agility LEVEL 2: Adapt processes/approaches to new situations, involve others in change process
  •  Act with Determination LEVEL 2: Able to persevere and deal with multiple sources of pressure simultaneously
  •  Engage and Partner LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships
  •  Enable Diversity and Inclusion LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, consider in decision making

Cross-functional & Technical competencies

Business development Human-centered Design

  •  Ability to develop solutions to problems by involving the human perspective in all steps of the problem-solving process

Business management Digital Awareness and Literacy

  •  Ability and inclination to rapidly adopt new technologies, either through skilfully grasping their usage or through understanding their impact and empowering others to use them as needed

Business Management Working with Evidence and Data

  •  Ability to inspect, cleanse, transform, and model data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions, and supporting decision-making

Business management-Customer Satisfaction/Client Management

  •  Ability to respond timely and appropriately with a sense of urgency, provide consistent solutions, and deliver timely and quality results and/or solutions to fulfill and understand the real customers’ needs.
  •  Provide inputs to the development of customer service strategy.
  •  Look for ways to add value beyond clients’ immediate requests.
  •  Ability to anticipate client’s upcoming needs and concerns.

Digital & Innovation-Data analysis

  •  Ability to extract, analyze and visualize data (including Real-Time Data) to form meaningful insights and aid effective decision-making

Digital & Innovation-Data collection

  •  Being skilled in Data Sorting, Data Cleaning, Survey Administration, Presentation, and Reporting including collection of Real-Time Data (e.g. mobile data, satellite data, sensor data).



A first-level university degree in information management, information science, information systems, social science or related field is required.


  •  A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in information management, GIS and mapping, information systems, data management, data visualization, or other related areas is required.
  •  Experience managing information in disaster response or complex emergencies is desirable.
  •  Experience with the UN common system or other comparable international organizations is desirable.
  •  Proficiency in Excel is required
  •  Proficiency in ArcGIS is required
  •  Willingness and ability to deploy on relatively short notice to support OCHA operations in new or Escalating emergencies in difficult locations for up to 9 weeks is required
  •  Proficiency in Python is desirable
  •  Proficiency in ESRI Enterprise Solutions is desirable

Language requirements

  •  Fluency in English and Turkish is required.
  •  Knowledge of French or Spanish is desirable.

Applicant information about rosters

UNOCHA reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNOCHA at the same grade level and with similar job descriptions, experience, and educational requirements.

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