Ended Business Solutions Analyst

The Job

Agency: UNDP

Title: Business Solutions Analyst

Job ID: 27255

Practice Area - Job Family: Management

Vacancy End Date: 05/12/2019

Duty Station:  Sana'a, Yemen

Education & Work Experience: 

I-Master's Level Degree - 2 year(s) experience

Languages: 

Required: Arabic, English

Grade  

NOA

FTA Local

Vacancy Type: External

Posting Type Bureau: Arab States

Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

Open for Yemeni Nationals only.
Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

 

Background

The programmes and operations of UNDP Country Office (CO) in Yemen have increased significantly since 2016, with the largest delivery in 2018 of 250 M$ [200M$ in program and 50M$ in operations and UN common services]. Similar yearly delivery is projected in UNDP Country Programme Document 2019-2021, calling for a strategic shift in configuring the Country Office from a single office configuration to multiple Regional Offices in Yemen. Both, the high delivery and multiple-offices configuration dictate having important changes in the way to provide core business functions and services to all programmes and operations throughout the country as well as to all beneficiaries, partners, agencies and the UN System in Yemen. To this end, UNDP Yemen is undertaking a digital business transformation to upscale country office operations capacity throughout Yemen by digitizing its business processes, introducing a user-centric virtual workplace not tied to any geographical location, so people can work anywhere, anytime and on any device. Furthermore, UNDP Yemen will explore the utilization of Frontier Technologies to support UNDP Yemen programmes and operations.

The Business Solutions Unit has been established to be the primary unit responsible for the implementation of Country Office Digital Transformation. Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Resident Representative Operations DRR(O) and direct supervision of the Team Leader, Resources Management Team, the  Business Solutions Analyst is responsible for the design and implementation of activities related to the development of digital solutions including the integration and maintenance of CO Intranet, CRM, Business Intelligence platform, other O365 applications, Geo-mapping and other business platforms supporting CO core functions and processes. The incumbent will work in close collaboration with the CO management, other operations, projects and programme teams in the CO and Sub-Offices, UNDP HQs staff, UN agencies and partners to successfully implement transformational technology solutions and introduce new capabilities to achieve higher efficiencies and more effectiveness in delivering the services to internal clients, partners, agencies and the UN System in Yemen, by:  

  1. Automating all paper-based/email-based business procedures with optimized processes
  2. Introducing Business Intelligence and configuring Yemen CO DataMart
  3. Creating central Geo-Mapping and Satellite Imaging for its programs and operations
  4. Establishing cloud-based central archiving repositories
  5. Ensuring the security and business continuity of all locally managed business solutions and platforms

She/he engages in continuous exchange with business counterparts in order to support the organization throughout its digital evolution for meeting its current and emerging business needs.

Duties and Responsibilities

Conduct business analysis, design and implementation

  • Interact with end users within CO (Main Office and Sub-Offices) to understand business needs;
  • Conduct business analysis, process mapping, root-cause analysis and requirements elicitation;
  • Engage in conceptualization of new products and solutions, using innovation, design thinking and prototyping
  • Based on the analysis of business requirements, draft the technical design of business solutions;
  • Document technical specifications;
  • Instruct external technology partners and contractors in the implementation of the agreed specifications;
  • Implement core modules within the current technology stack of UNDP (SharePoint and O365 Suite) and integrated with UNDP Corporate PeopleSoft ERP System (ATLAS)
  • Manage small to medium scale projects, ensuring projects are clearly defined and ensuring timely progress in projects.
  • Maintains effective communications with stakeholders.

Business Solutions development and maintenance

  • Develop and maintain CO corporate business applications;
  • Develop and maintain end to end Business Intelligence (ETL, Data Modelling, Report and dashboard design, predictive analysis, AI, big data)
  • Perform impact analysis and change control and manages implementation of the changes, in liaison with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Develop and maintain interface modules between different CO business applications management information database;
  • Design and maintain interface modules between different CO business applications and UNDP Corporate ERP system;
  • Provide support in design and development of Information Management platform including tools and systems, resources, and training, GIS, infographic and spatial analysis.
  • Design CO MIS information system model (Database structure and information flow); and MIS hardware network;
  • Coordinate with technology partners and contractors about the requirements to the system changes/ development, discussing technical issues and getting the solution as per agreed contracts. 
  • Organize and perform unit, regression and integrated testing, designing and utilizing test bases; assists users in acceptance testing;
  • Ensure optimum technical performance of CO Business Solutions, upgrade or enhance existing functionalities, troubleshoot and provide continuing user support, including resolving problems (Tier III applications support).
  • Implement optimum agile release management process

Support Quality Assurance

  • Participate in the elaboration of internal procedures, mechanisms and controls to ensure stability, security and performance of systems, including unit testing and configuration management;
  • Apply software development standards with a focus on application security;
  • Ensure data security and access controls considering both local and wide area issues
  • Monitor responsiveness and robustness of usage and maintenance procedures;
  • Coordinate efforts to develop and maintain the library of system documentation and internal user manuals, training materials, and guidelines and making recommendations on improvements
  • Plan and support User Acceptance Tests;
  • Create and maintain technical documentation of developed solutions.

Conduct Service Management

  • Coordinate with the ICT Unit Team on the appropriate hardware/software platform in order to improve the performance and stability of CO Business Solutions;
  • Research and analyse new technologies and making suggestions for their deployment;
  • Coordinate efforts to develop and maintain the library of system documentation and internal user manuals, training materials, and guidelines and making recommendations on improvements;
  • Maintain and update the Helpdesk knowledge base to support internal and external users;
  • Conduct Business Solutions Change Management, Incident Management, Capacity Management, Configuration Management and Risk Management.

The incumbent of the position should avoid any kind of discriminatory behavior including gender discrimination and ensure that 

  • Human rights and gender equality is prioritized as an ethical principle within all actions;
  • Activities are designed and implemented in accordance with “Social and Environmental Standards of UNDP”;
  • Any kind of diversities based on ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, class, gender are respected within all implementations including data production;
  • Differentiated needs of women and men are considered;
  • Inclusive approach is reflected within all actions and implementations, in that sense an enabling and accessible setup in various senses such as disability gender language barrier is created;
  • Necessary arrangements to provide gender parity within all committees, meetings, trainings etc. introduced.

Competencies

Core Competencies:

Innovation: Ability to make new and useful ideas work

  • Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully

Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow

  • Level 4: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others

People Management: Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

  • Level 4: Models independent thinking and action 

Communication: Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

  • Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis

Delivery: Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

  • Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services

Technical/Functional Competencies:

Information Systems and Technology: Knowledge of IST innovations and concepts and ability to apply them to strategic and/or practical situations

  • Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Business Applications Management: Ability to develop, support, and maintain business applications.

  • Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

IT Security Management: Knowledge of IT security management concepts, processes, and innovations and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.

  • Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise.

Stakeholders management: Ability to manage multiple stakeholders and balance often contradictory expectations, building and maintaining relationships

  • Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Knowledge Management: Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge. 

  • Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise.

Results-based Management: Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable results

  • Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master's degree or equivalent in Computer or Information Systems, Mathematics, or related area;
  • Additional certification related to Information and Communication Technology/ Project Management is desirable.
  • Additional certifications in SharePoint, CRM, Database/SQL, PowerApps and PowerBI are desirable

Experience:

  • 2 years of relevant experience in developing Business Solutions and Applications and software development projects, with ability to manage technical projects involving internal and external (outsourced) teams.
  • Additional experience in the following areas is desirable:
  1. Managing the full software development life cycle (SDLC) using agile methodologies;
  2. Distributed version control, test automation and principles of continuous integration;
  3. Design and development of MIS solutions.
  4. Knowledge and experience in GIS and infographics
  5. Microsoft O365 applications
  6. Data modeling. 

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in both English and Arabic. 

Other:

  • UNDP is a non-Smoking environment.

Disclaimer

Important applicant information

All posts in the GS categories are subject to local recruitment. 

Externally advertised GS fixed-term appointment and temporary appointment (TA) positions located in New York/Washington D.C. are open to candidates who are either US Permanent Residents, US Citizens or holders of a valid G4 visa at the time of their application and whose G4 visa has been acquired on account of their employment in the UN Systems based in New York or Washington, DC.

Selected candidates who meet the above mentioned eligibility criteria are responsible for their own travel and/or relocation costs.

Selection to GS fixed-term appointment positions at Headquarters requires passing a UN administered clerical test (ASAT). External applicants to General Service (GS) positions in New York who already possess a Bachelor’s degree or an accredited certification in a technical field (e.g. IT, Finance, or Procurement) will not need to obtain/pass the UN Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT). However, passing specialized tests (e.g. Finance and Accounting technical assessments) may still be required for some General Service (GS) positions, as specified in the vacancy announcement.

Applicants under serious consideration for short-listing of posts requiring accountancy and finance skills, must take the UNDP Accountancy and Finance Test (UNDP AFT) prior to short-listing.

Applicant information about UNDP rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

Workforce diversity

UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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How to Apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via the link: http://www.ye.undp.org/content/yemen/en/home/operations/jobs/

  • Employer: UNDP
  • Category: Development/Non-Profit
  • Location: Sana'a
  • Posted on: 25 November 2019
  • Deadline: 5 December 2019

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