Humanitarian Data Specialist

UNFPA / FNUAP - Dakar (Sénégal)

Reference 2546

Type of Contract CDD

Duration of Contract Déterminée

Education Voir annonce

Work Experience Au moins 5 ans

Department: ICS-10 (P-3)

Position n° 275

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About the employer / working context

POST TYPE:    Non-Rotational

DUTY STATION:    Dakar, Senegal

DURATION:     One year (renewable)1

ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   West and Central Africa Regional Office (WCARO)



In 2008, UNFPA embarked on regionalization and decentralization actions in order to make UNFPA more field-focused, more efficient and effective in the advancement of ICPD agenda and MDG goals and to promote the gamut of UN reform activities that could make for better harmonization among UN agencies. In this connection, UNFPA has upgraded its regional sub office in Dakar (Senegal) to the status of a Regional Office for the Western and Central Africa region effective January 2013. This will be the second Regional Office in Africa after the one currently located in Johannesburg (South Africa) to serve the Eastern and Southern Africa region.


The Regional Office for West and Central Africa (WCARO) covers 23 English, French, Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries. The countries in the region are organized at the sub-regional and regional levels into economic commissions. In its organizational set-up, the WCARO operates along broad thematic Units that are designed to stimulate and strengthen inter and intra-Unit coordination, coherence and synergy, facilitating timely and quality management and delivery of holistic population and development programme activities.


The position of Humanitarian Data Specialist will function out of the WCARO office in Dakar (Senegal) within assigned Humanitarian and Fragile Context Unit, reporting to the Team Leader. In general, the position is expected to focus on settings up relevant humanitarian data collection system to support countries in the region and also on engaging the technical arms of intergovernmental sub regional and regional organizations as well as sub regional and regional academic and research institutions, relevant NGOs, professional associations and international development agencies to get sexual and reproductive health, gender, gender based violence and human rights, ICPD agenda and MDG issues into their humanitarian and resilience policies focus, decisions and programmes, creating visibility for UNFPA. The functions of the position on these issues will also extend to country programmes, in the context of the enhanced but supportive role that WCARO is expected to assume.

Duties and Responsibilities


Under the overall policy guidance and direction of the Deputy Regional Director and supervision of the Team Leader, the position, in intra and inter-Thematic Unit collaboration, will:

i. Contribute to active environmental scanning (in area of expertise and work) at sub regional and regional levels, in order to identify opportunities and gaps to facilitate timely UNFPA humanitarian interventions;

ii. Contribute to set up or support data collection system related to humanitarian response , preparedness and resilience building in order to produce synthesis of substantive trends and new and cutting edge knowledge;

iii. Assist with analysis of UNFPA related humanitarian matters especially sexual and reproductive health in emergency, gender, GBV and human rights strategy for adaptation to the region, ensuring operational integration into regional programmes;

iv. Contribute into proposals for UNFPA interventions in emergency preparedness, humanitarian assistance, recovery and transition, relief and resilience programmes;

v. Contribute to fostering evidence-based programing and knowledge management on humanitarian related issues in the region;

vi. Contribute to maintaining and utilization of network of sub regional and regional experts and institutions as part of the larger objective of capacity building and transfer of skills and programme ownership;

vii. Participate in implementation of regional collaboration schemes with UN agencies, academia, research and training institutions, think tanks, centers of excellence, professional societies in furtherance of UNFPA Strategic Plan and the advancement of ICPD agenda and MDG goals;

viii. Contribute inputs to implementation strategies to spotlight, UNFPA comparative advantage in the population and development domain and in respect of the area of work;

ix. Participate in UNFPA networks as needed for job performance, providing regional perspectives;

x. Collaborate closely on an intra and inter Thematic Unit basis, to communicate and exchange information and situational analysis with concerned parties and stakeholders, as follow-up and operational response;

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xii. Contribute to promotion of technical knowledge, programme delivery experience and evidence, lessons learned and success stories for use in improving programmes, maintaining accessible data bases on best practices;

xiii. Contribute regional perspective into the preparation, revision, and adaption of training materials, manuals and tools, ensuring their availability and organize sub-regional, regional or inter-country training and capacity development activities, designing monitoring schemes to assess utilization of new skills-set in order to assess their effectiveness for programme implementation;

xiv. Assist in assessment of gaps and constraints to humanitarian programme implementation and recommending corrective actions;

xv. Prepare subject matter documents including briefing materials for humanitarian related policy dialogues and promote strategies for utilization of technical knowledge, humanitarian programme implementation evidence, best practices, lessons learned and success stories;

xvi. Provide inputs to efforts at resource mobilization;

xvii. Carry out any other duties as may be requested.


Within the context of an enhanced WCARO support to Country Programmes

1. Contribute inputs and if assigned, participate in activities to strengthen national capacities, assuring in collaboration with CO, the substantive hands-on involvement of national experts and institutions as integral part of the programming, implementation, monitoring and evaluation processes.


3. Assist to identify key entry points, partners and approaches for mainstreaming gender in emergency settings, GBV and human rights issues.

4. Provide tools and work with country programmes to analyze data for anticipating needs for programmatic assistance.

7. Assure incorporation of sexual and reproductive health in emergency, gender, GBV and human rights issues into emergency preparedness, response and recovery programmes.

8. Assist with the participation of national experts and institutions, to analyze and improve national humanitarian programme t, implementation and reporting systems, recommending actions including but not limited to schemes to assess the need for and utilization of new skills-set.

9. Assist with review and if needed, undertake in collaboration with country offices, preparation of the country-level proposals, and the attendant resource mobilization strategies to assure expected standards and quality.

11. Assist with clarification to existing UNFPA humanitarian policies as well as in respect of new approaches and techniques where related precedents or guidelines are generally unavailable.

Job Qualifications & Skills / Selection Criteria


Education:   Post-graduate University Degree or equivalent in public health, medicine, sociology, demography, statistics, monitoring and evaluation, gender, economics, international relations, international development, public administration, management or other related field.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Five years of increasingly responsible professional experience in developmental work
  • Substantive knowledge and practical experience in population, sexual and reproductive health, and gender programming
  • Substantive knowledge and practical experience in quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Knowledge of a statistical package (SPSS, Stata, Epi Data, Epi Info), or database software, or Geographic Information System (ArcGIS, MapInfo,…) is a strong asset
  • Field experience is a strong asset.

Required Competencies:

i) Values: Integrity, commitment, embracing cultural diversity, embracing change.

ii) Core Competencies: Achieving results, accountability, developing professional expertise, analytical thinking, working in teams, communicating for impact.

iii) Required Skillset:

Knowledge and understanding:

 Demonstrated knowledge and an understanding of the social, political, economic, dimensions (milieu, context) of policy making and programme implementation generally and in WCARO zone;

 Knowledge and experience of work in development assistance programming processes;

 Ability to lead and drive for results with a strong knowledge of results-based management.

Cognitive skills:

 ability to identify the relative merits of different policy arguments in the broad or specific thematic area, applying principles and reasoned personal view in a logical and coherent way including presentation of reasoned choice between alternative opinions and solutions;

 Ability to conceptualize and to integrate knowledge with broader strategic, policy and operational objectives;

 Capacity to interact with public and NGO officials in programme countries and credibly influence their senior decision makers and other international development organizations in regard to ICPD agenda and MDG goals.



 ability to organize information using appropriate mode of presentation and style and to communicate effectively, illustrating relevance of information to the intended audience;

 Strong analytical, negotiation and communication skills, including ability to produce high quality practical advisory reports and knowledge product;

 Ability to promote knowledge management and a learning environment through leadership and personal example.


Working with others:

 Demonstrated ability to work with and within inter-disciplinary and multicultural groups to find agreed solutions to set problems and to accept responsibility and accountability for performance on any aspect of a team task;

 Demonstrated ability to provide constructive coaching and feedback;

 Ability to reflect critically on own performance up to identifying issues on which assistance is needed and to obtain such assistance;

 Excellent negotiating and networking skills.



Fluency in French and an advanced knowledge of English, with strong oral communication and writing skills is required; Portuguese and Spanish is an asset.

UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, respect for diversity, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life.  We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply.

We offer an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the level of the position.  The package includes a competitive salary plus housing allowance, home leave, health insurance and other benefits.



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[1] No expectancy of renewal in accordance with UN Staff Regulation 4.5

Additional Information about the position

Position Type: Temps plein

Working Hours: Horaire normal

Working Language: Français

Second Language: Anglais

Other Language(s): Portuguese and Spanish is an asset