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Database Manager

Date Posted
21st November 2016
Information & Communication Technology
Job Type
Not Disclosed

Job Summary

International Seabed Authority invites applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill the position of Database Manager, P-3 (International position).

Job Description

Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationships: This position is located in the Office of Resources and Environmental Monitoring (OREM) and reports directly to the Director of Office.


The Office of Resources and Environment Monitoring is the economic arm of the Authority’s Secretariat providing scientific and technical inputs in the preparation of rules, regulations and procedures for the conduct of activities in the Area. The OREM is also responsible for the development and maintenance of information technology facilities to support needs of the Authority and the central data repository resources of the international seabed area and endeavors to promote and encourage the conduct of marine scientific research in the Area.



Within limits of delegated authority, the Database Manager will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following duties:

  • Develop, maintain and update databases, data collection systems, data analyses and other strategies that optimize statistical efficiency and quality of information.
  • Ensure integrity of data of new and legacy systems.
  • Comply with local information security set in place, information assurance policies, principles and international standards and practices in the maintenance and oversight of the database.
  • Devise and implement a technical plan to manage the confidential and non-confidential data for both internal (Secretariat and Legal and Technical Commission) and external users;
  • Collaborate with other organizational units to develop security and access policies, principles and practices relating to data managed by the ISA;
  • Devise, implement and manage a backup and recovery strategy for the database.
  • Acquire data from primary or secondary data sources, and validate environmental and geological data through data exchanges and data modeling
  • Identify, analyze, and interpret trends or patterns in complex data sets and maintain optimal database functionality.
  • Filter and “clean” data by reviewing computer reports, printouts, and performance. indicators to locate and correct code problems (supervised/unsupervised information; validation procedures)
  • Work with management to prioritize business and information needs on demand.
  • Locate and define new process improvement opportunities.



Professionalism: Commit to quality performance, organizational skills, demonstrated use of initiative and ability to interpret and apply rules. Ability to research, select, organize, summarize and systematically file information required by the Director. Ability to manage processes, be conscientious and efficient. Show pride in work and achievements; observe deadlines, achieve results; show persistence and motivation when faced with difficult problems or challenges and remain calm in stressful situations;


Communication: Speak and write clearly and effectively; listen to others, interpret messages from others and respond appropriately, ask questions to clarify, and exhibit interest in having two-way communication; demonstrate openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


Teamwork: Work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals: place team agenda before personal agenda; support and act in accordance with group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; share credit for team accomplishments and accept joint responsibility for team shortcomings;



Bachelor Degree in Computer Science or closely related; Postgraduate experience in Information Data Management.



  • Proven working experiences (at least 5 years) in database system and network administration.
  • Experience in dealing with large and complex databases in shared environments
  • Proven technical expertise in data base models, database design development, data mining (collecting) and segmentation techniques.
  • Strong knowledge of and experience with reporting packages (Business Objects etc), databases (SQL etc), programming (XML, Javascript)
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Knowledge of geographic information systems is an advantage.



English and French are the working languages of the Secretariat of the International Seabed Authority. For this post fluency in written and spoken English is essential. Good working knowledge of another official language of the Authority is highly desirable.


Assessment Method: Competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.


International Seabed Authority Considerations: The International Seabed Authority shall place no restriction on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its Secretariat.


Applications together with the P11 history form (pdf docx) should be forwarded to the attention of the Human Resources Officer, International Seabed Authority.


Minimum Salary: US$74,013.00

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