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Individual contractor (outsourcing study for website monitoring) - re-advertisement

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

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Vacancy ISDR/IC/17/2011 - re-advertisement, extended - previous closing date: 05 August 2011

United Nations Core Values:
- Integrity - Professionalism - Respect for diversity


The International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) is a multi-disciplinary and multistakeholder platform to enable societies to increase their resilience to natural, technological and environmental disasters and to reduce associated environmental, human, economic and social risk and losses. A range of United Nations organizations and international partners participate in cooperation with Governments and civil society organizations. The implementation of the ISDR is supported by a secretariat lead by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction. The secretariat’s main functions are policy coordination, advocacy and information management, at the international and regional levels, to ensure synergy between disaster reduction strategies and those in the socio-economic and humanitarian fields.

In January 2005, the World Conference on Disaster Reduction adopted the Hyogo Declaration and the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters. The Hyogo Framework constitutes the essential guide for implementation of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction and represents the key policy framework for reducing. risk and to strengthen community resilience. The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, established by the UN General Assembly in 2006, is the main global policy forum for disaster risk reduction, and is complemented by a system of regional, thematic and national platforms, which bring together all relevant stakeholders.

Organizational setting and reporting relationships:

The individual contractor will work under the direct supervision of the Senior Information Management Officer, Information Management Unit (IMU) in collaboration with other IMU colleagues and the UNISDR Communications Unit.

Objectives and targets:

In support of the Hyogo Framework for Action, the UNISDR secretariat has developed an information portal on disaster risk reduction (DRR) called Prevention Web. The primary purpose is to facilitate the work of professionals involved in disaster risk reduction and promote understanding of the subject by non-specialists. Prevention Web provides a common platform for institutions to connect, exchange experiences and share information on DRR, and is designed to allow distributed data entry as well as provide options for content syndication to partner sites.

The site is updated daily, and contains news, DRR initiatives, event calendars, online discussions, contact directories, policy documents, reference documents, training events, jobs, terminology, country profiles, and factsheets as well as audio and video content.

As part of the daily update, Prevention Web content managers monitor several hundred partner websites for new content. The purpose of this assignment is to explore the options and opportunities for the outsourcing of these data monitoring functions with the aim of populating the Prevention Web database in a distributed manner.

Key outputs:

- Feasibility study for the offshore monitoring of Prevention Web partner sites. 
- Technical proposal for the implementation of off site monitoring.
- Development of an offsite content management workflow process.
- Testing and proof of concept for offsite monitoring and site update.


- Professionalism: Proven experience in developing monitoring systems and process flows for distributed data entry and website content management for large scale websites.

- Planning and Organizing:
Demonstrated effective organizational skills and ability to handle work in an efficient and timely manner, working to tight deadlines.

- Technological Awareness: Fully proficient computer skills, particularly in using relevant information databases, internet services, contact sources.


- Education: High school diploma or equivalent.

- Experience: A minimum of 5 years of working experience in development of monitoring and data entry systems for large scale websites.

- Language skills: Fluency in written and spoken English.


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