Data Manager

at World Health Organization (WHO)
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted April 13, 2020
Category IT / Information Technology
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


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Vacancy Announcement for Data Manager

Objective of the Programme:

WHO Ethiopia supports Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH)/Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) efforts to strengthen the capacity to establish the minimum IHR core capacities. In this regard, the capacity of public health emergency management system of EPHI and Regional Health Bureaus (RHBs) will be built for early detection, confirmation and response to Public Health and Nutrition Emergencies and events of national or international concern. WHO is planning to recruitment and develop roster list of surge teams to be trained before deployment. The deployment will be demand based supporting the national or regional Rapid Response Teams (RRTs).

Description of Duties

Under the overall supervision of the WHO Representative and direct supervision of the Incident Manager/Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) team lead, the Data Manager will specifically execute the following tasks:

  • Manage the incident related databases (cases and contacts) including content, structure, file location, backup system.
  • Collect, collate, manage and analyse data from all partners; aggregate the relevant health related information such as mortality and morbidity, location of hospitals, Primary health care units, other health care facilities, etc. and transform it into narrative text, maps and graphics to enable strategic planning and decision making.
  • Aggregate and maintain information from technical teams, field offices and partners including contact lists, event specific information (what, where, who, how many, how quickly, status),
  • health indicator data, health situation data, health response data, etc…
  • Develop tools to harmonize data collection and processes across WCO and field offices to facilitate consolidation of information. Respond to specific information requests from the technical teams and partners, ensure dissemination of information and knowledge sharing with all partners.
  • Provide country-specific and aggregate inter-country information to the relevant WCO websites, manage email boxes and share points, as required.
  • Provide technical expertise during inter-agency initiatives, related to information and data management, seeking to improve information sharing between institutions, to strengthen access to information from other organizations and clusters, and to contribute to inter-sectoral dashboards and reports.
  • Verify data quality (completeness, timeliness), identify gaps in health information management, recommend corrective actions and prepare relevant documents to include in project proposals, internal and external situation reports (SitReps), bulletins, health risk assessments, health needs overviews (HNO), and strategic response plans (SRP), etc.
  • Participate in any other activity that may be required in connection with the management of incident data management.
  • Perform any other incident-specific related duties, as required by the functional supervisor.

Required Qualification


Essential: First university degree in information or data management, computer science, statistics or public health, complemented by training in databases development and/or management from an accredited/recognized institute;

Desirable: Post graduate degree in public health, qualitative surveillance or statistics.



Essential: At least three years’ relevant experience in data and/or information management, including experience in emergency operations or humanitarian context.;

Desirable: Prior emergency disaster and health outbreak response or humanitarian working experience. Experience with WHO/UN agencies or with an international Non-Governmental Organization.


Excellent knowledge of English and fluency in the working language of the country


  • Demonstrated knowledge of information management and monitoring systems as related to emergency response and relief operations.
  • Proven skills in the field of statistical data collection, assessment, analysis and monitoring in a public health context.
  • Advance ability to design, manage, analyze and coordinate complex information system projects, computer-based applications and databases, web-based tools



  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Moving forward in a changing environment
  • Promoting innovation and organizational learning.
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

Additional Information

  • Type of contract-Special Service Agreement.
  • Duration – For six months initially with possibility of extension.
  • Duty Station – Addis Ababa and various Regions in the country, as needed.
  • No of vacant posts: Multiple/Roster
  • Annual remuneration: NOB step 1 as per UN salary scale which will be USD 2,111.42/month payable in ETB at the prevailing UN exchange rate.
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted. Please provide your cellphone number and valid e-mail address.
  • Applicants within government employment and/or with outstanding obligations will not be considered unless a letter of release is produced.
  • Long-listed candidates may be contacted to sit a written or presentation prior to final short-listing. Interviews will take place using a competency-based approach.
  • Note that this is a national position, and only applications from nationals of ETHIOPIA will be accepted. Please REFRAIN from applying if you are not ETHIOPIAN NATIONAL.

Applying Instructions

Verification of Education

In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually.

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