Information Management Specialist

Bachelor's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 1175
Date Posted:Jun 12, 2018
Reference:NTA 032
Closing Date:Jun 23, 2018
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Gender:Any
Functional Area:Government
Nationality:Afghan
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:7 Years
Contract Duration:Open Ended
Extension Possibility:Yes
Contract Type:Contractor
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:96,90,66

About National Statistics and Information Authority:

Background National Statistics and Information Authority (NSIA) was established in year 1351 as an independent governmental administration to create an integrated scientific system for statistics, ensuring harmonization and coordination of all statistical and information management activities of Afghanistan. Since its establishment, NSIA conducts population census and national statistical surveys and coordinates with partners including government institutions, international development partners, non-governmental organizations, research institutions and agencies other than state to prevent duplication of information and statistics. NSIA collaborates with national government agencies in collection, compilation and publication of statistical information including data and statistics derived from their activities. Also NSIA independently collects, compiles, analyses and publishes national commercial, financial, social, economic, environmental, information technology and in general the living condition of Afghan nation. National Statistics and Information Authority (NSIA) supports and promotes the development of integrated social and economic statistics nationwide. NSIA also provides technical support to other agencies and facilitates standard procedures for conducting research such as sampling frames. To fulfil the requirement and need of modern statistical demands, NSIA is mandated to introduce reforms in the area of organizational development. NSIA coordinates and collaborates with partner agencies to establish standards and framework for unified data and information management. Currently on-going efforts are underway to further strengthen NSIAs institutional capacity to adapt and utilize organizational development best-practices to adapt to fast-changing and required growth of NSIA. The National Geo-Informatics Center in Afghanistan is responsible for national level of Geo-Spatial activities, developing policies, Geo-Spatial standards, and the sustainable use of its extensive natural resources. In order to make informed decisions, the policy makers, technicians, scientists and others need timely and authoritative data and the means to analyze and understand this information and the conditions, trends and other insights it can Bring. Most of the Geo spatial data that exists in Afghanistan is scattered across many organizations within the government, United Nations agencies and many other government, non-government and international organizations. The government has recognized the need to address this issue and has established a National Geo-Informatics Centre (NGIC) program within the Central Statistical Organization. Based on the decree No (656), 2018 of His Excellency President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the GIS Coordination Deputy President General office was established. Currently the GIS is one of the important departments of NSIA. The National Statistics and Information Authority (NSIA) is the leading national geo spatial science organization with a focus on both public good science for government and geo-scientific research to understand earth and environmental processes. To have harmonize, consistent and fair pay framework for all NTA in the country, to assure fiscal sustainability up to possible extend, to increase government control over deliverables of National Technical Assistance (NTA) including but not limited to strengthening the government ability to hire national contractors though the national budget of the country and to avoid competition with CBR and assuring transparency and accountability; NSIA is committed to hire below position based on NTA salary scale.

Job Summary:

POSITION SUMMARY
Information Management Specialist will lead the overall information and data management activities required in CSO. The incumbent is responsible to lead, coordinate and facilitate the overall process of information flow within CSO and with concerned government counterparts to ensure timely and consistent data and information management. Information Management Specialist shall work in close coordination with technical and statistics directorates of CSO to identify data and information needs.

Skills Required:

Not available

Requires travel to provinces:

No

Skills Description:

PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES

Ability to exhibit strong commitment and motivation in the relevant discipline

Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and working knowledge of national languages i.e. Dari and Pashto;

Ability to work with and be a partner of a team of diverse backgrounds;

Ability to work efficiently and to meet deadlines;

Ability to function effectively in a team environment inspiring trust and cooperation of other team member;

Experience in statistical systems and information management related field

Initiator and ability to plan own work and manage priorities;

Duties & Responsibilities:

KEY TASKS AND MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES
The recruited incumbent will support the work of Central Statistics Organization and will have the following duties and responsibilities:

Coordinate and support the overall information and data management activities required in CSO;

Ensure timely collection, management and dissemination of data from relevant units of CSO and relevant government agencies;

Support Public Relations and Information Directorate in facilitating access to micro-data;

Ensure the compiled and finalized datasets of CSO are timely, consistent and reliable and ensure its secure and accessible storage;

Support the implementation of statistical management information system and ensure timely data collection of ministries through the system;

Support the digitization processes of CSO and coordinate with data entry officers to digitize the paper-based forms and data in timely manner;

Ensure the overall data management processes follow CSO data quality policy and and international best-practices for data management;

Coordinate and liaise with system development team to implement necessary features and tools to ease and automate the processes of data management;

Perform regular data quality controls and checks to ensure the quality of collected data and to verify the accuracy of reported data, when needed;

Facilitate the information flow between different stakeholders and ensure data maintenance of the of several datasets and databases in CSO following standard change management procedures;

Assist line ministries and relevant independent government entities to use CSO MIS and provide necessary and training to ensure timely and consistent data collection;

Assist and provide technical support field operations team and field surveyors in data collection;

Assist in delivering capacity building activities in CSO in the area of information and data management;

Liaise with national and international development partners on provisioning of data;

Support the maintenance and keeping up to date the information portal of CSO;

Research, develop, and implement new services that can improve efficiency of the overall data and information, through the use of information systems;

Assist in developing the technical capacity of relevant units in CSO to support knowledge and skills transfer;

Other key tasks assigned by the line manager and/or team lead.

Training and transferring knowledge, skills and experience to the staff of relevant department.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul

Qualifications:

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

A bachelor degree in computer science, software engineering, information technology, statistics, econometric, GIS or mathematics or related field with five years of relevant experience;

Relevant experience in databases management, data and information management and maintenance, statistical information management, or related field;

Experience in Advanced Excel for data analysis is required; experience in R or Python is desirable;

A firm grasp of technical aspects of data management and utilization, data processing and evaluation and organizing the collection and of data;

Job Keywords:

CSO
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