Database Management Consultant

Chemonics, Washington D.C., United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
17th January, 2017

Job Description

FEWS NET seeks a Database Management Consultant (DMC) to manage and implement the collection, processing, cleaning, validation, and formatting of data sets for archiving in the FEWS NET Data Warehouse. The DMC will play a key role within FEWS NET’s the Knowledge Management Group, which includes the Communications Coordinator, ICT Manager, GIS Manager, and Database Manager. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network, or FEWS NET, is a leading provider of objective, evidence-based food security analysis. Created in 1985 in response to famines in East and West Africa, the project currently covers about 36 countries. Led by USAID, FEWS NET implementing partners include NASA, NOAA, USGS, USDA, Kimetrica, and Chemonics, which manages the Washington technical office and more than 20 field offices in Africa, Central Asia, Central America, and Haiti.

Responsibilities include:

  • Overall strategy and implementation for data management related to the FDW

  • Liaise with field offices to identify and locate missing data sets

  • Conduct data cleaning/outlier analysis across multiple data domains to identify gaps or inconsistencies

  • Ongoing management (preparation, formatting, submission) of Historical Food Insecurity Classification; Agricultural Production, Nutrition; and Food Insecure Population Estimate data.

  • Data cleaning, verification, other basic data management tasks

  • Provide guidance to other team members on data processing and formatting procedures

  • Liaise with USAID on data management issues on the FDW

  • Manage work progress using a detailed tracker

  • Identify gaps in existing agricultural production data, going back at least to 2001

  • Manage overall process of agricultural data collection in all 35 FEWS NET countries

  • Develop a tracker of agricultural data collection responsibilities, timelines, frequency

  • Ensure that staff covering the 35 FEWS NET countries meet agricultural data collection deadlines

  • Communicate on a regular basis with staff worldwide to ensure that expectations are clear

  • Collaborate closely with staff worldwide to identify data gaps in newly submitted agricultural data

  • Support staff in identifying strategies and processes to obtain/seek out agricultural data

  • Perform some basic data entry


  • 5+ years of experience in database management and administration

  • Ability to provide technical leadership in data management and administration

  • Ability to set and maintain databases standards, guidelines, and procedures

  • Excellent computer skills with expert level in Microsoft Excel and Access

  • Proven ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously against deadlines without sacrificing accuracy

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills in person, by phone, and through email

  • Adaptability and flexibility to changing environment

  • Detail-oriented, analytical thinker with ability to identify and pro-actively solve problems

  • Fluent in English

  • French language skills desired

  • Previous management experience preferred


Apply through our Career Center at by Tuesday, January 17, 2016. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.

Chemonics is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics. Military veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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