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Community Resilience Environment & Disaster Reduction

Mozambique

  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Mozambique
  • Grade: Volunteer - National Youth - Locally recruited Volunteer
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Environment
    • Security policy
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Civil Society and Local governance
  • Closing Date: Closed

Details

Mission and objectives

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 favouritism. 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, hygiene/sanitation and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfil 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 nations.

Context

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in 190 countries and territories. UNICEF opened its first office in Mozambique in 1975. Therebefore, UNICEF is in Mozambique for almost 50 years, working to reach the most disadvantaged children, to save their lives and defend their rights as well as to help them fulfil their potential. With a strong presence in the most vulnerable provinces in Mozambique, Sofala, Cabo Delgado, Zambezia and Nampula, UNICEF work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. UNICEF was created to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child's path. Despite remarkable challenges around the world, UNICEF staffers fight for the rights of every child seeking safe access to WASH, Education, nutrition, protection from disaster and conflicts, and equality. Mozambique is prone to multiple hazards such as floods, cyclones, drought due to its geographic location, long coastline in Indian ocean which has active cyclone activity every year as well as high poverty levels of the population which increases vulnerability. Furthermore, Mozambique has been recording public health emergencies such as Polio and cholera which can be worsened by climate-related shocks and conflict in the north. Climate shocks are becoming more frequent and severe triggering the need to capture well their impacts to inform better planning, analysis and evidence generation. This UNV assignment is part of the UNICEF contribution and support to improve disaster information management systems and platforms used by the National Institute for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction (INGD) in Mozambique. INGD has been using traditional tools for management of disaster impact data such as excel which does not offer immediate analysis and visualization of the situation. Therefore, there is need to improve INGD data visualization tools, analysis and capacity to enable real time understanding of the situation after certain shock as well as information sharing among the humanitarian partners (https://www.ingd.gov.mz/). This process will include better data visualization showing the impact of shocks on children, other vulnerable groups and those displaced

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the UNICEF Emergency Specialist – Cláudio Julaia, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: • Review the process to collect and review data and develop INGD data visualisation products (snapshots/Dashboard), including data entry and flow. • As needed, propose changes/adjustments to collection/review/visualisation products for its improvement to avoid/minimize errors. • Design and recommend new INGD snapshots using data visualization platforms (e.g. tableau, power BI or others that INGD has access to). This should include an interactive geospatial visualization of disaster impact data. • Test the functioning of the designed platform and its readiness for utilization. • Provide training to INGD information officers at central and provincial levels on the use of the designed platform. • Support needs assessment processes including review of existing tools for data collection and analysis. • Support the integration and alignment of information captured from existing needs assessment tools to data entry and new data visualisation products. • Explore the linkages of the designed platform and myDewetra (a platform for real time monitoring of storm impact) that INGD is using. • Support the migration of developed platforms/dashboards to local INGD server • Any other tasks identified related to data collection, analysis, and management that will improve INGD’s overall data management/visualisation capacity. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to: • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for in-stance in events that mark International Volunteer Day); • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities; • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.; • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers; • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

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