Vacancy announcement: Mike data analyst



Deadline for application:
30 June 2006
Date of issuance:
6 June 2006
Organizational Unit:
CITES Secretariat
Duty station:

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is a multilateral environmental agreement, the Secretariat of which is seeking suitably experienced and qualified candidates for its Nairobi-based multi-country project on Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) to be implemented in Africa. MIKE is a monitoring system put in place across the entire range of the African and Asian elephants to provide information needed for range States to make appropriate management and enforcement decisions, and to build institutional capacity for the long-term management of their elephant populations.

(More information about MIKE can be found on this website.)


The Data Analyst works under the supervision of the MIKE Coordinator and is responsible for the following duties:

1. Developing and facilitating the implementation of the data management system and overseeing the data analyses at the site, national and sub-regional levels by ;

a) Coordinating and supervising any commissioned inputs required to assist such development, testing and implementation;

b) Harmonizing the provision of digitized maps, the data collection protocols, data management, data analysis (including the management and operation of the computer hardware and software) and data flow;

c) Overseeing the quality control and integration of data sets on population surveys, law enforcement effort, causes of mortality, relevant measurable external factors, other qualitative data and spatial information in the system;

d) Overseeing the storing, management and analysis of MIKE data in the Central Coordinating Unit and Sub-regional Support Units;

e) Facilitating the exchange of data between the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS) monitoring programme and MIKE and developing good analytical links with ETIS;

f) Liaising with the IUCN/SSC African Elephant Specialist Group Database Manager to ensure maximum collaborative benefits;

g) Preparing analytical reports as required;

2. Overseeing the development and delivery of training required to develop adequate capacity in the range States and MIKE staff with regard to data management and analysis;

3. Performing any other related duties, as required.

Qualifications and experience

Education: University degree in computer or information systems, mathematics, statistics or other related fields or equivalent combination of education, certification and experience in relevant areas.

Experience: At least five years of progressively responsible professional experience in relevant areas including experience in the collection, compilation and analysis of statistical data.

Languages: Fluency in English is essential and a good working knowledge of French is e desirable.

Other skills: Knowledge of at least two programming languages, basic system analysis and design techniques, database design, storage and internal systems. Demonstrated skills in designing and implementing applications within databases. Good analytical and problem solving skills and ability to handle a range of systems-related issues.


Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. More info...

Please send your application together with the completed United Nations Personal History Form (P11) before 30 June 2006.

CITES Secretariat
International Environment House
15, chemin des Anemones
1219 Châtelaine, Geneva, Switzerland
Fax: +41(22) 797 34 17

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Please note that applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.

We regret that it will not be possible to acknowledge all applications. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.