Information Management Specialist, NOC-FT - Kabul (Only for Afghan nationals)

Kabul

The proposed position is in line with the MTSP (2014-2017) emphasis on nutrition and the Country Programme Document strategy of addressing stunting and the Nutrition In Emergency situation. The position will enhance UNICEF ability to allow evidence based decision making based on the various sources of data in both emergency and non-emergency contexts. The position will contribute towards the maintaining and improving a system of information management, nutrition surveillance and analysis, and will also contribute towards the enhancement of skills of government and other partners in information management. Also the post will provide support to field coordination and programs; support reporting of results periodically and capacity development of and partners.

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you. For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

 

Background

The proposed position is in line with the MTSP (2014-2017) emphasis on nutrition and the Country Programme Document strategy of addressing stunting and the Nutrition In Emergency situation. The position will enhance UNICEF ability to allow evidence based decision making based on the various sources of data in both emergency and non-emergency contexts. The position will contribute towards the maintaining and improving a system of information management, nutrition surveillance and analysis, and will also contribute towards the enhancement of skills of government and other partners in information management. Also the post will provide support to field coordination and programs; support reporting of results periodically and capacity development of and partners.

 

Purpose of the Position

The purpose of this post is to manage the collection, analysis and sharing of nutrition information that is important for UNICEF and partners to make informed (evidence based) strategic decisions.

The IMO will be responsible for providing support to UNICEF and the Nutrition Cluster at the national level as well as on the sub-national levels in Afghanistan. Ensure the availability of high quality timely and appropriate nutrition data from Afghanistan to inform programme decision and planning though support the overall coordination of the country Nutrition Surveillance System. The incumbent will collect and organize data on nutritional situation, coverage and programming results and then produce and share information on response, showing  results, gaps and trends with UNICEF and cluster partners to facilitate a timely and effective nutrition response and demonstrate whether results and impact are achieved or not. Network with partners as well as other clusters (in collaboration with OCHA) to encourage information sharing, sharing of assessment and survey results. The post holder will ensure that there is effective communication, reporting, engagement and coordination of information management tasks between the national and sub-national levels.

The IMO's major tasks and outputs will include but not be limited to:

 

  1. Support nutrition programs reporting and perform capacity building of PND staff (skill transfer) and zonal colleagues
  1. Schedule monthly implementation plan for skill transfer to PND staff in charge of nutrition database and IMAM reporting
  2. Build PND staff capacity to manage nutrition  information in the database
  3. Support PND to collect, collate, track monthly reports from implementing partners and analyze the data (IMAM, sentinel sites, nutrition assessments)
  4. Support PND to conduct regional refresher training on the nutrition database and reporting
  5. Build capacity of Zonal colleagues in implementing and monitoring Nutrition program effectively

 

  1. Support evidence based planning and coordination for nutrition emergency response, both with UNICEF and nutrition cluster
  1. Support nutrition cluster in nutrition information management (3W, contact list, cluster meetings planning and minutes, bulletins, maps, dashboards, SitReps, etc.)
  2. Manage and regularly update Nutrition Cluster Website
  3. Support nutrition cluster in 2017 HRP progress reporting (quarterly), mid and end year reviews, support in 2018 HRP planning
  4. Participate in inter-cluster information management forums, including taking part in cross-sectoral assessments (food security, WASH and health clusters)

 

  1. Ensure effective monitoring of nutrition programs implementation to document results achieved with UNICEF and other partners
  1. Coordinate with PND to support reporting on nutrition activities
  2. Coordinate with PND, UNICEF zonal colleagues and other partners to perform field monitoring and report on nutrition activities
  3. Support nutrition team with accurate data on results for donor reports purposes
  4. Participate in weekly nutrition section meetings and provide highlights on results progress indicators
  5. Support UNICEF emergency team with HPM (Humanitarian Performance Monitoring) as focal point for nutrition section

 

  1. Strengthen nutrition information systems in the country
  1. Coordinate with PND to ensure relevant nutrition indicators are integrated in HMIS system
  2. Coordinate with HMIS and WHO to ensure child tracking system is standardized and incorporated in BPHS and EPHS.
  3. Support PND to consolidate provincial level information and other secondary information (nutrition survey data, monthly feeding center reporting data, routine food security, nutrition, WASH and health information collected from priority sites, and input from secondary data) into a nutrition surveillance monthly update.
  4. Support Nutrition IPC analysis
  5. Strengthen information management systems towards child tracking systems
  6. Strengthening of NNSS including supporting community sentinel sites implementation and reporting
  7. Strengthening coverage and other nutrition assessments and the integration in the existing institutions for more sustainability

 

 Key expected results

  • PND, UNICEF and partner staff trained on nutrition database, reporting, data extraction and analysis (including info graphics)
  • Quarterly updated 3 W matrix and bulletin, monthly meeting minutes produced, regular updates of contact list and cluster webpage
  • HRP progress results compiled and submitted quarterly on time.
  • HRP mid-year and end year reports are finalized on time.
  • Field monitoring visits conducted in the regions,
  • Donors reports submitted with accurate data, including infographics (graphs, maps)
  • HPM is processed and submitted to UNICEF emergency unit on time
  • Child tracking system in place.
  • Joint monitoring with NNSS expert from WHO to strengthen the integration of sentinel sites (health facility and community)
  • NNSS bulletin reviewed and finalized

 

Required qualifications: 

Education: 

Advanced University Degree (Master's) in either Statistics, Information Management, Biostatistics, Nutrition, Nutritional Epidemiology, Public Health, health related social science or related field is required.

*First level university degree (Bacherlor's) in a relevant field (as identified above) in conjunction with 7 years of relevant work experience (as identified below), may be taken in lieu of the advanced university degree.

 

Experience: 

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant professional work experience in programming or policy work at national level,
  • Demonstrated experience in monitoring and information management, preferably related to nutrition and/or public health including establishing and managing nutrition/health information management systems required.
  • Data analysis skills (Epi-Info, SPSS) and knowledge and experience in SMART and other survey methods required.
  • Experience in nutrition and/or health information systems is highly preferred.
  • Current knowledge of database management and web design preferred.
  • Practical experience in compiling, developing and disseminating communications content and materials via web-sites, including design aspects.
  • Relevant experience in health/nutrition program/project development and management in any UN system agency or organization is an asset.
  • Knowledge of cluster approach, UN System, and NGO humanitarian community is an asset.
  • Knowledge management training and experience is an asset.

 

Language: Fluency in English and local languages of the duty stations (Dari and / Or Pashto) 

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Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Kabul
  • Grade: NO-3
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nutrition
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2017-03-05

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