Under the direction of the Data Hub Specialist, the Data Hub Officer will be responsible for the day to day operations of managing activities related to the Data Hubs in Borno and Yobe states under the USAID AENN activity.
S/he is responsible for the planning, maintenance and development of databases and dashboards associated with the Data Hubs, with a strong focus on information management, utilization and capacity building.
The data management incorporates the following principles: (i)data remains consistent across the database; (ii)data is clearly defined; (iii)users access data concurrently, in a form that suits their needs; (iv)there is provision for data security and recovery control (all data is retrievable in an emergency).
The application design includes web, desktop and mobile GIS applications. Other responsibilities include the design and creation of spatial products, including maps, digital data, reports and statistics.
Duties and Responsibilities
Administer and maintain the Data Hubs; monitors and optimizes all data flowing into the Data Hubs including relevant project-level data. Support capacity building efforts with education authorities and other partners related to data management, visualization and utilization.
Coordinate data management issues (e.g., updating records, query management, Internet reports) within the data users’ group.
Run checks to ensure the security and confidentiality of program data. Monitor research staff’s compliance with confidentiality policies to assure that security standards are met.
Assist in the management of the Data Hub hardware and software, including system development and maintenance, recommend purchase of new hardware and software maintenance of records and reports relating to database operations and data/project archives.
Assist project team in preparing project results for presentation at regional or national conferences, and in preparing articles for publication, with some supervision. Assist in development of data procedural protocols, update, and reviews.
Develop standardized programming and data documentation procedures relevant to the Data Hubs.
Train others in specific data processing and design tasks. Design / create special maps and digitizes the maps to GIS datasets. Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Requirements
BSc/BA degree in Statistics, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Computer Science or its recognized equivalent with 5 – 7 years post national youth service relevant experience.
MS/MA Statistics, Geographic Information Systems, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Computer Science or its recognized equivalent, and 3 – 5 years post national youth service relevant experience.
Strong background in database management is required. Demonstrated success in multicultural environments is an advantage.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Ability to work with others and to develop and maintain compatibility among project staff, subcontractors, and recipients of assistance.
Data management skills including a background with a range of data management platforms and associated technologies. Demonstrated ability to independently complete assigned tasks, train and facilitate learning and professional development among colleagues.
Familiarity with client/server or multi-platform application development. Knowledge and experience in project-level or state/national-level monitoring and evaluation system implementation.
Communicate effectively with all levels of personnel on hardware and software needs. Ability to speak Kanuri or Hausa is an added advantage.
Advanced knowledge of relational database concepts and skills utilized in creating and maintaining relational databases and linking them with GIS. Knowledge of geographic information system concepts and management.
Ability to perform spatial analysis of moderate difficulty and present results in a clear and comprehensible way, either orally or as written reports.
Ability to perform detail-oriented work with a high level of accuracy. Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills with ability to work as a team member.
Ability to plan and prioritize own work under tight deadlines, as well as to work on own initiative and as a member of a team.
Ability to travel a minimum of 25%.
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: Maiduguri, Borno
Supervisor: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor
Under the supervision of the MEL Advisor, the Data Hub Specialist will oversee the development and management of education-oriented Data Hub activities within the USAID Addressing Education in Northeast Nigeria (AENN) activity in both Borno and Yobe states.
The Database Specialist will partner closely with State and LGA-level education authorities in both states, as well as project staff and other stakeholders, to build capacity in data collection, management, visualization, analysis, utilization, and oversee the flow of education data collection from a range of sources and ensure that data is used for decision-making.
Provide overall technical and managerial coordination for all Data Hub and related work within the AENN program.
Develop and manage work plans and budgets for Data Hub activities. Evaluate the capacity of key partners and develop a capacity building plan related to Data Hub work for education authorities and other stakeholders in both Borno and Yobe states.
Lead capacity building efforts with a range of partners and stakeholders around data collection, management, analysis, visualization, reporting and utilization. Oversee design and implementation of Data Hub systems at LGEA level (including data collection, data flow management, data management, analysis, visualization and results reporting). Support the preparation and organization of AENN review meetings, including the semi-annual adaptive management workshop.
Provide technical support to state partners and data managers to strengthen Data Hub monitoring systems. Manage the information-gathering process for results and performance reports, in addition to other briefings, summaries, papers, presentations, etc. for various audiences as needed, related to Data Hub activities.
Document good practices, lessons learned, data to inform policy, and implementation issues, etc. Collaborate with the HQ R&E team across various aspects of project work related to the Data Hubs.
Carry out all other tasks to support monitoring, assessments and research in AENN sites. Perform other duties as assigned.
B.Sc/BA degree in Computer Engineering, Statistics, Information Technology, Computer Science or its recognized equivalent with 7 – 9 years post national youth service and relevant experience.
Or MSc/MA in Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Computer Science, Statistics or its recognized equivalent, and 5 – 7 years post national youth service and relevant experience.
Strong background in geospatial and health information systems (GIS), data utilization, data management, information management and/or database management is required and NGO/INGO preferably.
Experience working in crisis or conflict-affected areas is required.
Demonstrated success in multicultural environments is an advantage
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation of education programming in Nigeria. Knowledge of education in emergency concepts is an added advantage Basic project management skills, such as developing work plans and budgets.
Strong background in information management, ideally including government information management systems in education or a related sector. Knowledge of information management technologies.
Experience partnering with governments on capacity building activities.
Ability to speak Kanuri or Hausa is an added advantage.
Strong understanding of how to effectively visualize and utilize data for decision-making.
Ability to use wide range of technologies for data management and visualization. Experience with word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software and working knowledge of data processing computer packages.
Well-organized, with ability to track multiple project activities and deadlines.
Sensitivity to cultural differences and understanding of the political and ethical issues surrounding formative learning processes.
Proficient writing and verbal communication skills. Ability to work well with others and to develop and maintain good working rapport with staff and other AENN partners.
Relevant computer software and internet skills (including, at a minimum, the standard applications in MS Office). Familiarity with ODK software and/or tablet-based monitoring is desired.
Ability to travel within Nigeria minimum 40%.