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Education Cluster Information Management Officer, TA, NOB, USSC, Nairobi, Kenya (6 Months)

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Work type: Temporary Appointment
Location: Somalia
Categories: Education

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

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.

The Somalia Education Cluster has several strategic advantages in terms of data collection including a collection of over 5,000 verified, school-level phone numbers ready to be utilized in mobile phone data collection, a strong sub-national cluster coordination system, and an experienced team that is familiar with data collection and information management. However, the Cluster is also inhibited in its data collection by the rapid ebb and flow of emergencies in Somalia and significant constraints on access, mostly dictated by security concerns. The Cluster requires dedicated Information Management support to capitalise on available data collection methods and benefit from improved aggregation of existing information. These factors imply the need for a systematized primary data collection method that does not rely upon the Cluster team or partners to deploy within Somalia for assessment. It must be responsive, sensitive to security concerns, efficiently use existing structures and be sustainable through the multifaceted types and phases of emergencies experienced in Somalia.

In addition, the scale up of the current response highlights the urgent need for the cluster to provide more frequent situation analysis and progress reports. The Education Cluster is prioritising improving its Information Management capacity, with the goal of enhancing data collection, synthesis, analysis and the dissemination of requested information to the HCT, Government, partners and cluster lead agencies.



How can you make a difference? 

The Information Manager is a core Cluster Coordination team member. The purpose of this post is to manage the collection, analysis and sharing of information that is important for the Cluster participants and support to HC/HCT to make informed (evidence based) strategic decisions

Summary of key Responsibilities:

  • Respond to the Cluster participants' needs for information
  • Adapt existing in-country information management approaches for collecting, analysing and reporting Cluster activities and resources, and identifying information gaps
  • Establish and maintain information databases that consolidate, analyse and report/disseminate information critical to decision making
  • Attending and coordination with IM Working Group, and Assessment Working Group.
  • Maintain bi-weekly reporting from Cluster participants, including 4Ws ('Who does What, Where, When and for Whom?' databases)
  • Manage SMS based real time data collection system (RapidPro)
  • Support the estimation of spatial and temporal gaps, overlaps and coverage of Cluster activities and projects.
  • Work with Cluster/ participants to identify information gaps at national and sub-national levels and propose ways to bridge those gaps
  • Work with the OCHA Information Management Specialist to develop appropriate supportive strategies
  • Use GIS for map production and geographic data management
  • Adopt and promote the use of global standards for information management for inter-operability
  • Manage flows of information and dissemination in an appropriate way, including website management
  • Manage an inventory of relevant documents on the humanitarian situation
  • Support the development and analysis of needs assessment and monitoring programmes
  • Provide information management leadership in assessments and monitoring, including joint assessments and training
  • Lead on the preparation of SitRep inputs with emphasis on Cluster plans, targets and achievements
  • Develop and strengthen information management capacity through the training
  • Contribute to the core cluster functions

Where there is both a national and a sub-national cluster, the post holder will ensure that there is effective communication, reporting, engagement and coordination between the two levels


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

·         University degree, preferably at an advanced level, in a subject area relevant to information management.

·         Formal training in cluster information management an advantage

·         Fluency in English is required

.         A minimum of 2 years work experience in an information management role, or in a position with significant information management responsibilities.

·         Work experience with UN and/or NGO in a humanitarian context.

·         Work experience outside the humanitarian sector which is relevant to this post may be considered as a replacement for humanitarian experience.


For every Child, you demonstrate…

Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

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