WASH Database Administrator (National Individual Contractor) - Tartous, Syria
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Grade: Individual Contractor, Unspecified
Close on 24 Apr 2021
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Job Description

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, hope

UNICEF WASH section is in the process of strengthening the information management system in the MoWR and Water establishments to enable them to improve the documentation and reporting mechanism for water supply systems, including using GIS maps to get all technical information regarding water sources, water storages and water distribution systems.

To support this work, the service of a database Individual Contractor is required. The database Individual Contractor will work closely with WASH section and Water Establishment to establish a database and provide support to water establishments and UNICEF through accurate management of information on water supply situations and services. The database Individual Contractor will ensure sustainability of the work through adequate training in Monitoring and Evaluation for local national water establishment staff.

Find out how UNICEF programmes drives change for children and young people every day, in Syria by visiting this: www.unicef.org/syria

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision of the WASH Chief, Syria Country Office, the Individual Contractor will be assigned for the following purposes:

  • To support the WASH Program through provision of regular analysis and reports of WASH situations and services.
  • To systematize the data collection and reporting system on WASH situations and services.
  • To use and prepare GIS maps to get all technical WASH information.


To support the WASH Program in the following tasks:

  • Assist in the process of constructing a Database for monitoring water supply services and situations in each water establishment.
  • Ensure accurate and consistent inputting of data received from technical directorate and field data into database.
  • Perform data analysis and produce reports in various formats including graphs, charts etc. as required.
  • Maintain and further develop the structure or format of the database as required, incorporating ideas and amendments from Water Establishment and UNICEF.
  • Provide additional updates and data analysis as required.
  • Provide technical support to Water Establishments and UNICEF on the specific data required from them in relation to the different indicators they are monitoring (telephone support or travel to other offices) as required.
  • Train water establishment staff on the use of the databases.
  • Develop and maintain database documentation, design documentation and operating manuals on how to use the Database for water establishments.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality in all aspects of the work.
  • Management of GIS Data, through organize and supervise GIS data, monitor the accuracy of data collected, ensure accurate linkages between spatial databases and assessment data, ensure data management and server efficiency with Database Officers.
  • Undertake any other tasks assigned by the management of water Establishment with coordination with UNICEF.
  • Provide a GIS software training for GIS data managers.
  • Assist in providing needed support to the analysis of water supply information using GIS.
  • The Individual Contractor shall start to develop databases related to water supply from the existing Data base that has been established in the Water Resources Information Center in MOWR.
  • The Individual Contractor shall separate the technical data related to water supply data from data related to subscribers' data and services provided to citizens.
  • Maintenance of the of the MS Access database.




The Individual Contractor will be based in Tartous city, Water Establishment offices

On-site working days: 11.5 months

Off-site working days: 0

Field Missions/Travel: travel to all governorates in Syria as required



The selected Individual Contractor will work for the period of (11.5 months). It is envisaged: All working days will be in the country. The exact schedule of the activities will be agreed with the Individual Contractor based on the consultancy implementation progress. The deadline for submission of final deliverables to UNICEF is at the end of Contract.


The Individual Contractor will be supervised and report to Chief of WASH with regular de-briefing with the UNICEF WASH officers in Tartous and Damascus, Deputy Representative about the progress of the consultancy. The Individual Contractor will work on daily basis with the UNICEF WASH officer in Tartous field office with coordination with WASH section, negotiation and communicating through e-mail correspondence while supporting the Individual Contractor in the country.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

Education: Advanced University degree in computer sciences, information management, or related technical field with 5 years’ experience. BSc degree can be accepted with 7 years of experience. Any Microsoft certifications in Access or SQL Server or certification in ESRI ArcGIS software would be an asset.

Work experience: Minimum of 5 years work experience in database design or database administration, data management and data analysis including experience in GIS WASH settings.

Languages: Fluency in English and Arabic.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

  • Advanced professional knowledge of software for data visualization and GIS, such as ESRI ArcGIS.
  • Experience in delivering ArcGIS 9.2 or later and ArcView 9.2 or later training.
  • Significant experience analyzing data and producing reports.
  • Ability to design the structure of the database and write appropriate interfaces (e.g. Microsoft Excel) for data entry and ensure data quality and security.
  • Experience in training project personnel in the use of database management software applications.
  • Experience in writing and maintaining database design documentation and operating manuals.
  • Experience in supervision and training of staff Knowledge of the nature of the work of water establishments in Syria.
  • Experience with SQL and VBA.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Access databases i.e. enter data, update records and fields, modify database structure, generate customized reports.
  • Experience in cartography/mapping of water supply /sewerage projects is an asset.
  • Excellent cartographic skills (preferable).
  • Experience in programming Microsoft Access databases is an asset.

 To view our competency framework, please visit here.


Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

UNICEF 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 at http://www.whed.net/

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