International Consultant: Knowledge Management Specialist at The United Nations Population Fund

Organizational Setting
The Position

Under the direct supervision of the UNFPA Nigeria CO Humanitarian Coordinator and overall supervision of the Nigeria UNFPA Resident Representative, the incumbent is expected to ensure there is an effective and efficient knowledge management system within the LCB Platform in line with the UNFPA Knowledge Management Strategy for 2018 -2021, that assists the four member countries in improving performance toward achieving the goals of the platform, which is to enable member countries to promote a culture of peace, strengthen communities’ resilience and exploit the demographic dividend for sustainable development.

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s new strategic plan (2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.


Job Purpose

The region of Lake Chad appears in 2017 as one of the most fragile spaces in the world. It indeed presents the characteristic structural vulnerability of the Sahel, confronted with the tensions of a very strong demographic growth, on background of extreme poverty, political fragility and climate change. Youth of the population and socio-political blockages lead to tensions multiform (intergenerational, intra and intercommunal, religious).

The humanitarian-development-peace nexus has become more vital to sustain the progress already made by Lake Chad Basin countries and agencies. The infrastructure in these areas is destroyed during the conflict and thus access to services has been a huge concern for the communities living in these newly affected location. Some of the IDPs, returnees and refugees have however been integrated among the host communities who face similar threats and suffering as a result of the continuous attacks. With over 60% of the displaced in the North East of Nigeria living in host communities, where resources have been marginal. This overstretches local resources and even makes it harder to identify the displaced among the communities. Therefore, it will be beneficial to encourage community harmony through a global response to the host communities to enhance the peace accord within those communities

UNFPA proposes a multidimensional approach for the collaboration between UN agencies, government bodies and partners. UNFPA and collaborating partners, through the Lake Chad Basin (LCB) Platform should provide comprehensive Resilience building package embedding psychosocial, livelihoods, maternal health, behavioural communication change and educational interventions over an initial six months acclimatization period to be followed by a year period in preparation for the re- integration/resilience building of the women, girls and youth towards recovering their dignity.

The LCB Platform aims to improve development outcomes of youth, women, girls and men by improving opportunities for productive work, while also improving their resilience to health risks and vulnerabilities. Several state initiatives has been developed in line with demographic dividend and international community commitment towards the agenda 2030 and the Africa Union Demographic Dividend road map for 2065.

Considering the criticality of Knowledge Management (KN) in the performance of every multinational development and humanitarian initiatives, there is need for an effective KN system to share perspectives, ideas, experience, best practices and information; to ensure that these are available in the right place at the right time to enable informed decisions; and to improve efficiency by reducing the need to rediscover knowledge. The LCB Platform intends to leverage on the UNFPA knowledge management framework in support of UNFPA Strategic Plan 2018-2021 and the 2030 Agenda, which includes creating, accessing, sharing and using of knowledge as solutions for promoting the ICPD agenda and achieving the three transformative results.

The present TOR is for the recruitment of a Knowledge Management Expert (International Consultant) to ensure there is an effective, efficient, and functional knowledge management system within the LCB platform.

Main Tasks & Responsibilities
You will be responsible for the following:-

  1. Identify/ Map current internal knowledge resources, and nascent knowledge management practices in the four member countries through a rapid assessment, establish and maintain a dynamic KM system for the Platform
  2. Develop a robust knowledge management strategy for the project
  3. Design, test and roll-out amongst member countries relevant knowledge management tools needed for collecting, organizing, storing and sharing all information related to the LCB platform and projects.
  4. Document and share best practices and processes related to the past and ongoing projects around the Lake Chad area implemented by the different member countries to ensure knowledge sharing amongst member states, and for advocacy and resource mobilization
  5. Create a knowledge repository for the platform with relevant documentations on the context analysis, population dynamics and capacity building  contents on relevant GBV and SRH thematic areas
  6. Perform any other duties as required by the Country Representative and the Humanitarian Coordinator.

Expected results:

  1. A report on current internal knowledge resources, and nascent knowledge management practices in the four member countries is developed and shared with member countries, RO and HQ, and a dynamic and accessible KM system is establish for the Platform
  2. Relevant knowledge management tools needed for collecting, organizing, storing and sharing all information activities of the Platform is developed and shared with member countries, RO and HQ
  3. An advocacy and resource mobilization document (with the past and present achievements including best practices related to the Platform’s goals in the Lake Chad area by member states) is developed and shared with relevant stakeholders.
  4. The consultant will be working fulltime along with  the team of program and operations staff of the Maiduguri Sub-Office and by extension the UNFPA Office in Abuja, and remotely with UNFPA colleagues in the other three countries of the LCB (Cameroon, Chad and Niger) and the West and Central Africa Regional Office (WCARO),
  5. A monthly progress evaluation will be done to assess the quality and timeliness of assigned duties prior to remuneration.
  6. The position of Knowledge Management Expert demands periodic travels within the North East (Borno, Adamawa and Yobe) States of Nigeria with possible travels to the other three countries of the LCB (Cameroon, Chad and Niger).

Qualifications and Experience

Master’s degree in Social Sciences, International Affairs, Development Studies or other related fields.
Knowledge and Experience

  • 5 years’ experience with information management at international level is required and knowledge of design thinking concerning knowledge management is a plus.
  • Have a clear understanding of population dynamics
  • Have strong analytical skills
  • Have the ability to work under pressure
  • Have excellent communication and human relation skills
  • Proficiency in current office software applications is mandatory

Have a strong capability to communicate clearly and concisely in both oral and written English and French.

Required Competencies

• Exemplifying integrity
• Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system
• Embracing diversity in all its forms
• Embracing change

Core Competencies

  • Achieving results
  • Being Accountable
  • Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen
  • Thinking analytically and strategically
  • Working in Teams/managing self and relationships
  • Communicating for impact

Functional Competencies 

  • Managing data
  • Planning, organizing and multi-tasking
  • Integrity/Commitment to UNFPA mandate/ Valuing diversity
  • Performance Management
  • Developing People/Coaching and Mentoring &Fostering Innovation and Empowerment
  • Analytical and Strategic Thinking and Results Orientation/Commitment to Excellence
  • Knowledge sharing/ Continuous Learning

Required Skills

  • Strong work ethics
  • Confidentiality
  • Professionalism
  • Ability to work with minimal or no supervision
  • Ability to deliver on the job

UNFPA Work Environment
UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, Embracing diversity in all its forms, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply. UNFPA promotes equal opportunities for all including persons with disabilities.



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