Technical Support Assistant

Job
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Closing date: 08 Oct 2019

Result of service

With the integration of the CERF secretariat and the CBPF Section within a single branch (PFMB) and with a view to streamline available information, efforts are being made to progressively integrate the two separate GMSs to allow for the creation of (i) a common data hub where data from all OCHA managed pooled funds can be stored and accessed, (ii) a common business intelligence (BI) tool capable of providing real time data to its users (OCHA staff and managers, partners, donors, etc.), and (iii) as a longer term outcome, a common platform where the two GMSs can be integrated to serve with equal efficiency the requirements of the CERF as well as of the CBPFs. In addition, the roll out of Umoja II Grantor Module in the UN secretariat potentially requires significant technical developments related to the two GMS systems to ensure continued effective management of CERF and CBPFs.

Work location

New York

Expected duration

The consultant is requested for a period of 12 months with a possibility of extension, subject to the availability of funding.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) is a humanitarian fund established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2006 to enable timelier and more reliable humanitarian assistance to people affected by humanitarian crisis. The CERF has two funding windows: a rapid response window to provide funding to new or deteriorating crises and an underfunded emergencies window provide funding to underfunded emergencies. The CERF is the largest humanitarian fund managed by the United Nations. Since its start in 2006, the fund has supported urgent humanitarian action with more than US$ 5.6 billion. For further information, see http://cerf.un.org

The CERF secretariat is part of the recently established Pooled Funds Management Branch (PFMB) of the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). PFMB is responsible for the management of the CERF and the oversight and support to the OCHA-managed Country Based Pooled Funds (CBPFs). In accordance with their different business models (Global fund vs. Country based funds) the CERF and CBPFs have over the years developed separate online grant management systems (CERF-GMS and CBPF-GMS respectively). The overall aim of both GMSs is to enable the online management of all processes associated with the management of the funds and to enhance their overall performance and accountability. Both the CERF and the CBPF GMSs are today collecting and storing a vast amount of data that is used for accountability, reporting, management, advocacy and information purposes.

With the integration of the CERF secretariat and the CBPF Section within a single branch (PFMB) and with a view to streamline available information, efforts are being made to progressively integrate the two separate GMSs to allow for the creation of (i) a common data hub where data from all OCHA managed pooled funds can be stored and accessed, (ii) a common business intelligence (BI) tool capable of providing real time data to its users (OCHA staff and managers, partners, donors, etc.), and (iii) as a longer term outcome, a common platform where the two GMSs can be integrated to serve with equal efficiency the requirements of the CERF as well as of the CBPFs. In addition, the roll out of Umoja II Grantor Module in the UN secretariat potentially requires significant technical developments related to the two GMS systems to ensure continued effective management of CERF and CBPFs.

Presently, the IM Systems and Data Analytics Unit (IMSDAU) in PFMB is responsible for the development and maintenance of the CBPFs’ GMS. The CERF secretariat does not have dedicated IM Systems staff and instead manages GMS support and development, including the coordination and monitoring of the work of the GMS developers from Trigyn based in India, out of existing resources. This is not sustainable and in addition the system integration process requires additional, specialised, full-time support in the CERF secretariat. This support would ensure day to day coordination, collaboration and information sharing with IMSDAU in order to achieve the shared outcomes of GMS development and integration.

Qualifications/Special Skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced University Degree (Master's degree or equivalent ) in information systems development or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in information systems development/management, information management or related area.

Language: Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

No fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNT.

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