IT Specialist

United Nations Development Programme, Kathmandu, Nepal

Skill Required:, IT and ICT
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
22nd February, 2019


Job Description

Background

The UNDP Electoral Support Project has been providing advice, technical assistance and operational support to electoral processes in Nepal since 2008, including throughout the 2013 and 2017 elections. The project was extended to the end of 2019, primarily to consolidate its achievements, ensure sustainability, provide advice for ongoing electoral activities and to continue strengthening the capacity of the Election Commission of Nepal (ECN) and other stakeholders. The project is headed by an international Chief Technical Advisor and Project Manager (CTA) and includes a number of national specialists who cover specific areas of electoral support as well as assistant and support staff.

The Information Technology Specialist provides direct technical assistance and advice to the Election Commission, other counterparts and stakeholders and supervises any information technology officers or consultants that the project may recruit. The Information Technology Specialist manages the relationship between the project and the IT departments of the ECN and other relevant counterparts. The Information Technology Specialist also advises the CTA and UNDP management on election technology-related issues and provides general support on IT issues and data analysis to the project.

The Information Technology Specialist reports directly to the project’s Senior Electoral Advisor and works under the overall guidance of the CTA.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide strategic advice and lead the project’s work in the field of information technology

  • Design, lead, supervise, coordinate and contribute to the implementation of electoral assistance in the areas of information and communications technology as well as data processing and analysis,
  • Provide high-level technical assistance and advice to national counterparts and their institutions in the above areas in relation to the following aspects, as required: voter registration, electoral operational planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting, geographic information systems, candidate registration, ballot paper design, results transmission and publication, training, outreach and external relations management through electronic media, website management, data and database management, integration and interoperability, IT security, drafting of specifications for IT equipment and IT infrastructure development.
  • Supervise and manage the performance of any information technology staff and consultants recruited under the project.

Knowledge management, relationship management and support

  • Establish and maintain professional and productive partnerships with national counterpart institutions and other key stakeholders in the field of electoral information technology and data analysis.
  • Draft thematic documents, including strategies, notes, papers and reports in the above areas as required.
  • Provide support to the project office and team in the field of information technology and data analysis.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Competencies

  • Delivery: Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Level 5:Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions

  • Communication: Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Level 5: Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others

  • Innovation: Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Level 5: Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them

  • People Management: Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Level 5: Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others

  • Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow Level 5: Plans and acts transparently, actively works to removes barriers

Technical/Functional:

Information Systems & Technology Knowledge of IST innovations and concepts and ability to apply them to strategic and/or practical situations

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

  • Mentoring and capacity building: Ability to coach/mentor technical staff to enhance sustain capacity development

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

  • Electoral Cycle: Knowledge of electoral cycles, legal systems and institutions and process support, including risk and violence reduction strategies and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situation

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

  • Technical Advisory: Capacity to assess scope of request for advisory services, prepare detailed TORs, brief and manage a variety of technical consultants; assess quality of services provided by technical consultants and take remedial measures as appropriate

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

  • Data Analysis and Visualization: Ability to evaluate, transform and model data to derive relevant findings- undertake and provide analysis of data to assess organizational performance and or global trends

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Required Skills and Experience

Education: Completion of Masters’ degree in Computer Engineering or Information Technology related field

Experience:

  • At least 7 years progressive experience in a field related to network administration, large scale IT operations, system analysis and design, database management and IT trainings is required.
  • Excellent knowledge of computer hardware, Microsoft Windows platform, Oracle database and Microsoft Office applications is required.
  • Previous experience of working on IT aspects of voter registration and elections is required.
  • Previous experience of managing a team is desirable.
  • Familiarity with open source database management systems and agile software development methodologies is desirable.

Language Requirements: Fluency in oral and written English and Nepali is required.

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