Job Number: 504242 | Vacancy Link
Work Type : Fixed Term Staff
Organizational Context and Purpose for the job:
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nation.
Job organizational context:
Syria’s conflict has generated a crisis not only inside the country but throughout the region. Now in its fifth year, this crisis has resulted in the displacement of over one million people into Lebanon alone. This crisis has now become a national Lebanese crisis creating an incredible burden on the Government, UN, humanitarian agencies and host communities. The crisis is becoming increasingly challenging and is having a serious impact on the country and its populations. Today, Lebanon is hosting about 1.5 million persons displaced from Syria, additionally poor Lebanese are also affected by this crisis as well as Palestinian refugees. This means that over 1 million children are affected by this crisis in Lebanon alone.
Information management has become one of the greatest challenges. There is a need to strengthen the information management system for better coordination, response and planning. A national Information Management (IM) working group is operational in Beirut, Lebanon for coordination and collaboration of IM needs. In addition to this, each sector has an IM focal point supporting both national and field level coordination. This includes regular attendance at field level meetings with partners.
Purpose for the job:
The Information Management Officer (IMO) is one of the core sector coordination team members and plays a vital role in collecting, analysing, and sharing information that is important for the stakeholders to make informed (evidence based) strategic decisions on:
- the needs of affected populations
- the prioritization of these areas according to sector indicators
- where there is a need for sectorial partners and to what degree
- what are the key gaps in activity and need
- what capacity exists to be used in support of the identified prioritised response needs
The IMO supports the Sector Coordinator by furnishing the sector with the data and information required to make these decisions.
Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks:
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
Working under the guidance and direction of the WASH Sector Coordinator, the IMO liaises and communicates with many different types of people. S/he presents information in a way that is easily understood by the sector members, government agencies and management.
- Support the line ministries in WASH sector data collection and management
- Provide IM services to sector for key decision making. These services will include data collection, collation, analysis, dissemination processes relevant to the needs of the sector, including data collection and map production. This may require building additional and appropriate capacity through the training of staff members of the sector partners.
- Maintain and update contact directories of WASH partners, using the Inter Agency contacts list and other sources.
Data Gathering, Tools and Process
- Support data collection on a project basis for the sector and on an output and activities level using Activity Info.
- Identify secondary data and information resources that are useful for WASH analysis.
- Manage the online Activity Info database used for collecting WASH data in Lebanon. Ensure that partners have full understanding of how to report technically and also their reporting responsibilities.
- Support indicators-tracking by developing analysis products based on information reported.
- Indicators-tracking database and derivative products, such as maps.
- Needs and gap identification for the sector.
- Inventory of relevant common data sets, including population data disaggregated by cohort, age and gender.
Dissemination and Access to Information for Stakeholders
- Develop a monthly WASH data sheet that will show most recent validated information, in collaboration with UN, NGOs and government stakeholders.
- Ensure that relevant information is shared to field level through the WASH partners groups, attend field meetings to provide regular briefings on the data available and results
- Regularly review effectiveness of methods to share information in an appropriate way (ie not all stakeholders have access to the same type of information systems) using internet, field facilitators, hard copies, verbal feedback at coordination meetings.
- Thematic, operational and planning mapping, needs, gaps per location
Inter-Agency Information Management
- Work with UN and other Interagency IMs through the IM Working Groups to establish and maintain the systems and processes needed for effective information sharing with partners related to inter-agency coordination. Actively participate in IMWG initiatives such as trainings and IM briefings at field level.
- Liaise with local and national authorities on data – particularly to assess and access existing information.
Training and capacity building of sector partners
Promote and support training of partners, government and humanitarian personnel and capacity building of humanitarian partners. This will be required on an on-going basis.
Impact of Results:
Effective and efficient information management (data collection, analysis, sharing) is in place to support coordination at national and field level.
Competencies and level of proficiency required:
- Diversity and inclusion
- Communication [II]
- Working with People [II]
- Drive for Results [II]
- Analyzing [II]
- Applying Technical Expertise [II]
- Planning and Organizing [III]
- Relating and Networking [II]
Opening Date Wed Apr 26 2017 03:00:00 GMT-0300 (BRT) GTB Daylight Time
Closing Date Tue May 09 2017 17:55:00 GMT-0300 (BRT)