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Posting Title:Data Center Specialist
Job Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Skill Required: Project And Program Management,
Preferred Experience: 05 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 28th Sep, 2022

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Job Description:

The Data Center Specialist monitors identify and resolve issues concerning the data center, server equipment, and net backup equipment. performs upgrades, assists with data storage issues, maintains data center documentation, tracks physical data center inventory, and maintains disaster recovery processes and documentation.

Activities and Tasks:

Personal data services management

• Provide guidance and oversight for the adequate use of the Humanitarian Cash Operations and Programme Ecosystem (HOPE) for UNICEF and partners.

• Escalate to manage risks related to personal data management.

• Ensure quality of data analysis, reporting, Third Party Monitoring (TPM), Grievance and Redressal Mechanisms (GRM), and data protection standards.

• Provide oversight of personal data use for efficient and effective delivery of individual payments/cash transfers and ensure all payments are made on time.

• Coordinate with interagency counterpart’s data interoperability initiatives.

Data management representation function

• Coordinate with HQ (Headquarters) HOPE team on prioritized support.

• Represent personal data management function within SLCO.

• Represent data management function with external stakeholders including de facto authorities.

• Represent data management function in donor briefing.

Data protection standards

• Ensure that the personal data management workstream is aligned with UNICEF Data Protection Policy.

• Coordinate with HQ technical counterparts to ensure.

▪ Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIA) are carried out with appropriate frequency on supported programs.

▪ UNICEF partners are trained on Data Protection and Responsible Data for Children principles.

▪ UNICEF CSO and private sector partners comply with relevant data protection legal tools such as Non-Disclosure Agreements.

▪ Timely implementation of DPIA recommendations.

▪ Ensure timely arrangement and signature of Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) with UNICEF’s implementing partners, financial service providers, and other entities who will require access to personally identifiable information on UNICEF.


A Master’s degree in Economics, Social Science, or a related field is required. Bachelor’s degree complemented with relevant industry certifications and work experience can be considered.


5 years of professional work experience in data or humanitarian program/project management experience, including with multiple stakeholders. Experience in emergency contexts is desirable.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of a local language is an asset.

Knowledge and skills:
  • Experience in implementing humanitarian cash transfers program.
  • Experience in beneficiary data system for humanitarian cash transfer at field level.
  • Experience in business operation environments with a proven track record of interfacing with multiple stakeholders (internal and external) and successful project completion.
  • Experience in working with UN agencies or NGOs (UNICEF experience preferred) at the interagency level.
  • Detailed knowledge of the project lifecycle and fluency in project management methodologies.
  • Experience in data coordination, management, and analysis.
  • Experience with writing short data analysis reports and presenting findings using data visualization tools and graphics.
  • Experience collaborating across multiple functions and working with operational subject matter experts, technical resources, and architecture teams.
  • High motivation, and dedication to deliver results within strict timeframes.



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