IIIM Syria - International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism

IIIM in Geneva, Switzerland

Posting Title: Information Management Officer (Internet Resource Analyst, 2 posts), P3

Job Code Title: INFORMATION MANAGEMENT OFFICER

Department/Office: Office of the IIIM-SYRIA

Duty Station: GENEVA

Posting Period: 30 June 2022 – 13 August 2022

Job Opening Number: 22-Information Management Systems-IIIM-SYRIA-184351-R-Geneva (R)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and Reporting

These positions are located within the Information Systems Management Section (ISMS) of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Persons Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes under International Law Committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011 (IIIM) located in Geneva, Switzerland. The Information and Evidence Officer (Internet Resources Analyst) will be under the direct supervision of the Head of the Internet Resources Unit.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties: Internet Resource Exploitation:

  • Identifies and maintains tools, processes, and external resources to support the IIIM in the area of internet resource data exploitation.
  • Sets up, maintains and provides training on web monitoring tools and processes to ensure the timely identification and collection of online data relevant to substantive investigative and analytical activities.
  • Identifies, collects, processes, verifies, and analyzes appropriate internet data sources (e.g. web pages, social media, multimedia platforms, databases) for investigative and analytics projects.

Web Management:

  • Manages content on relevant web platforms, provide overall quality control for the platform and ensure content is current, comprehensive and follows relevant metadata standards.
  • Works with external counterparts on related web platforms such as agency and cluster websites to facilitate cross-site search and interoperability.

Data Management:

  • Designs, develops and manages databases, spreadsheets and other data tools.
  • Understands, documents, and ensures the quality of high-value data for accuracy, consistency and comparability.

  • Consolidates operational information on a regular schedule to support analysis.

Data Analysis:

  • Organizes, designs and carries out the evaluation and analysis of location specific datasets through meaningful statistical techniques.
  • Participates in the development and revision of data standards and advises on the application of these standards into local systems and processes.
  • Participates in the development, implementation and management of new indicators, together with its accompanying data, understand, document and ensure the quality of high-value data for accuracy, consistency and comparability.

Assessment Analysis:

  • Supports assessment and needs analysis activities, overviews, secondary data reviews, preliminary scenario definitions and multi-cluster initial rapid assessments.
  • Provides advice on assessment design to ensure data quality.
  • Manages platforms and tools that support data collection and analysis.

Visualization:

  • Produces and updates information products such as reports, charts and infographics by turning data into graphical products to convey messages and a storyline.
  • Develops materials including posters, presentations and other visual materials.
  • Performs other related duties, as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of information management, archival, record keeping and record disposition. Knowledge of electronic data maintenance, including appraisal, conservation and migration management; records preservation and description. Ability to conduct research and provide recommendations on information management trends. Ability to demonstrate conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills and conduct independent research and analysis, identifying and assessing issues, formulating options and making conclusions and recommendations. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to clients.

TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in information management, information systems, social science or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in information management, information systems, web management, data management, geographic information systems & mapping, data visualization, or other related area is required.

Experience in exploiting online resources to identify relevant data concerning crimes or human rights violations is desirable.

Experience in collecting and preserving online data (webpages, audiovisual material, social media) is desirable.

Experience in evidence handling, including chain of custody, provenance, verification, authenticity is desirable.

Experience with using right-to-left script and information retrieval techniques for Arabic is desirable.

Experience carrying out investigative or analytical activities in the context of the Syrian Arab Republic is desirable.

Experience analyzing and verifying online data, including its content, authenticity, attribution, geolocation, or chronolocation is desirable.

Experience with database or programming languages (SQL, Python, R) is desirable.

Experience with Linux-based operating systems is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This JO is intended to fill two vacancies funded by regular and extra budgetary funds respectively. Appropriate rules and regulations will apply for each position and the extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds.

An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.

Fulfillment of the responsibilities of this position may necessitate engagement with material and/or information that may be distressing.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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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 ACCOUNTS.

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