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Cash Working Group (CWG) Information Management Officer (CWG IMO)

Gaziantep (Turkey) | Turkey

General Description of the Programme:

GOAL an International Humanitarian Organisation has had a presence in Turkey since 2013 and has been contributing to the migrant response since 2016 with a focus on responding to needs in health service delivery, social safety nets and the protection of vulnerable and marginalised migrants in southern Turkey.

GOAL has been working in Syria since 2013, responding to the acute needs of conflict-affected communities. GOAL is working in Idleb Governate, both through direct implementation and through partners, delivering food, non-food programming to highly vulnerable populations, and provision of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) through support to Water units, as well as emergency support to recently displaced households.

General Description of the Role:

The Cash Technical Working Group (CWG) based in southern Turkey is a forum for humanitarian actors dedicated to cash-based responses in cross-border humanitarian response in northwest Syria. Started in 2014, this group brings together technical professionals and program managers from international and national NGOs. The purpose of the forum is to ensure coordination and quality assurance in the design and implementation of cash-based responses, with a focus on establishing minimum standards for response, and advocating for high quality cash-based programming with donors and appropriate stakeholders. This includes developing and promoting best practices in cash-based responses, as part of emergency response, sector-specific programming, and multi-purpose cash grants. It also includes linking relief to early recovery and resilience. The group has developed several tools that have been widely adopted by NGOs operating in Syria, and it works closely with sector clusters to ensure that cash-based responses are harmonized and follow each sector’s technical guidance.

The Whole of Syria (WoS) response is witnessing a strong surge in interest in cash-based programming from a wide range of actors. In recognition of the fact that markets are largely functioning across Syria (with the exception of besieged areas); beneficiaries generally prefer cash assistance; and aid agencies, especially those aiming to meet basic needs, such as food and NFIs, for which cash programming is best supported by the evidence, are systematically considering cash assistance as part of their responses. This groundswell in interest and stronger uptake of cash-based programming has created a need to build on existing structures in each Syria hub, and formalize a coordination structure for WoS, to ensure cash programming is implemented responsibly and in coordination with inter-sector aid provision. This position is a critical interface for this, with a primary focus on improving the effectiveness and efficiency of cash transfer programming within the Syria humanitarian response.

The objective of the CWG Information Management Officer (IMO) is to improve the knowledge and information about CTP as part of the Syria response while ensuring that strong data protection standards are upheld. While not a formal coordination position within the Cluster system, the role of IMO for the CWG will perform a similar, and complementary function, feeding in to and engaging with the Clusters to ensure timely and accurate reporting of CTP response information and appropriate information sharing between clusters and between hubs, according to agreed standards and data protection protocols.

The position is hosted by GOAL Syria, and must agree to follow all GOAL policies and Code of Conduct. The position will report directly to the CWG Coordinator. However, as part of a working group including many implementation agencies and interacting with many humanitarian stakeholders, the IMO must remain a neutral actor and fairly represent cash programming without bias towards any particular organization. The CWG IMO for the northwest will work closely with IMO and coordination structures based in both Gaziantep, Turkey and Amman, Jordan, to support strong working relationships between CWG and sector clusters as well as the overall cash coordination structures for WoS.

This position is based in Turkey and applicants must have the right to work in Turkey. The position requires travel to Jordan. No travel to Syria is required.

Duties, objectives and competencies

Key Responsibilities

  • Design and operationalize WoS cash-based responses 4W – collecting data across cash hubs and relevant sectors, including working closely with implementing partners to ensure timely and accurate reporting
  • Collect, compile, analyze and report on cash-based response data
  • Uphold and promote maintenance of data sharing and data protection protocols
  • Provide technical and capacity building support to CBR-TWG and other partners
  • Identify and engage in collaborative means to fill information gaps and improve on existing data collection efforts
  • Produce relevant maps, dashboards, and infographics products
  • Maintain effective working relationships across hubs, sectors, and with OCHA
  • Build community of practice among IM specialists in CBR-TWG and other partners

Requirements (essential)

  • Degree, in-depth study, and or equivalent experience in data management, statistics, or other relevant area
  • At least 2 years’ experience in humanitarian aid, and experience with CTP strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of UN system and humanitarian community, especially inter-sector coordination and reporting
  • Ability to build and maintain productive and positive working relationships with multiple institutions
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Demonstrated experience with seeking, compiling, and analyzing diverse datasets
  • Advanced Excel (pivot tables, visualizations, formulas)
  • Data processing automation highly preferred (ex. R, Python, SPSS)
  • Design and drafting software (iIllustrator, inDesign, Photshop, MS Office)
  • Excellent written and verbal communications in English and Arabic
  • Turkish citizenship

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Applications close 29 August 2018.

General terms and conditions

GOAL has a Code of Conduct and a Child Protection Policy, which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants and children from exploitation. GOAL also has a confidentiality policy ensuring the non-disclosure of any information whatsoever relating to the practices and business of GOAL, acquired in the course of duty, to any other person or organisation without authority, except in the normal execution of duty. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to these and other relevant GOAL policies.

Any job offer made is also subject to background checks. GOAL is an equal opportunities employer.

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document.

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  • Organization: GOAL
  • Location: Gaziantep (Turkey) | Turkey
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Cash-Based Interventions
    • Statistics
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Documentation and Information Management
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-29

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