Data Manager

World Health Organization, Geneva, Swaziland

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
19th March, 2020

Job Description


  • Under the overall guidance of the Unit Lead, the incumbent will perform the following tasks:
  • Develop requirements and provide direct ongoing support to various teams across the organization for data and metadata harmonization.
  • Maintain reference data repository and administer centralized processes on behalf of and in collaboration with all technical programmes across the organization.
  • Support the DDI Monitoring, Forecasting and Inequalities team with set up and development of data stores for DDI technical activities including data harmonization, validation and cleaning.
  • Support the DEX team through the development of visualizations including national and sub-national level maps and infographics.
  • Support the Surveys, CRVS and Health Service Data team develop data models for streamlining member state information requests.
  • Build technical expertise with WHO enterprise data management systems and database technologies and support data managers in technical units and regions; collaborate with IMT to develop training materials as warranted.
  • Support the DDI Coordination & Governance team to develop strategies and processes for the implementation of new data management policies.
  • Collaborate with the Data Exchange team and other divisions to expand the breadth of data in the GHO.
  • Collaborate with technical units and regions to understand data sharing needs; recommend and execute new initiatives and processes to support.
  • Build and maintain external relationships with other UN agencies to identify best practices and areas of opportunity to streamline or collaborate on data management.
  • Generate reports on the efficacy, performance and utilization of data tools, policies, databases, and processes and collaborate with IMT to make recommendations for continuous improvement and adoption.
  • Support special projects related to all above duties.
  • Perform other duties as required by the supervisor.


  • Essential: A first-level university degree related to computer science or statistics.
  • Desirable:Masters level degree in public health or biostatistics;
  • certificates in analyzing large data sets.


  • Essential:At least five years hands-on experience in data and database management or database administration;
  • Experience developing or utilizing professional ETL tools for data integration;
  • Experience evaluating and improving dataset structures for database performance;
  • Experience with data cleansing and deduplication for continuous operational data;
  • Experience advising and supporting data owners with data integration, analysis or other data preparation needs;
  • Experience with utilizing, monitoring and maintaining data standards;
  • Desirable:Demonstrated experience in data analysis in scientific research or R&D settings;
  • Experience as a data engineer working with Microsoft Azure products;
  • Experience with Microsoft PowerBI, Tableau, and ArcGIS visualization products;
  • Familiarity with WHO policies, strategies and activities related to data dissemination and data standards;
  • Experience within WHO or another UN international organization.


  • Proven skills in database administration, data integration, and data analysis.
  • Excellent knowledge of statistical application packages such as STATA, SPSS, SAS or R.
  • Expertise working in both SQL and NoSQL database environments.
  • Strong facilitation skills to scope data requirement with owners in a consultative manner.
  • Ability to work in a flexible manner under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner.
  • Ability to develop detailed visualizations using web-applications, tools, and languages, such as Javascript / D3, highcharts, etc, and using business intelligence frameworks such as PowerBI and Tableau.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication

Use of Language Skills

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
  • Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.


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