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Education Cluster Information Management Officer, P-2, Bangui, Central African Republic

Bangui (Central African Republic)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Bangui (Central African Republic)
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Statistics
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Documentation and Information Management
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
  • Closing Date: 2018-12-26

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The purpose of this post is to manage the collection, analysis and sharing of information that is important for the Cluster participants to make informed, evidence based, strategic decisions.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. And we never give up.

For every child, a champion

CAR is currently facing one of the deepest humanitarian crises in the world: more than one in two people need humanitarian aid to survive and one out of four are either displaced or refugees. The volatile security context is the first obstacle to accessing education in CAR: at least 40% of the schools in our area remain closed. The already fragile education system suffered a significant deterioration during the last three years of crisis, causing a loss of access to education, and limiting children’s opportunities for learning and personal development. The Central African education system, already fragile before 2012, continues to suffer the terrible consequences of the politico-military crisis that has persisted since 2013 and which severely limits learning opportunities for children and young people, leaving them at the mercy of the opportunist belligerents. Almost all the prefectures were directly affected, resulting in the destruction and / or loss of school and educational materials, the deterioration of school infrastructure, the displacement of qualified teachers and the absence of the decentralized structures of MEPSTA. Central African children affected by the crisis are at high risk of abuse and exploitation: recruitment into armed groups, criminality, sexual exploitation and abuse, early marriage, early pregnancy. The joint humanitarian needs assessment for Education conducted by cluster partners in early September 2018 revealed that approximatively 1.3 million of children and adolescents (aged 3-18, 28% of overall population) are in need of assistance. This situation has been aggravated by the resurgence of conflicts resulting in the displacement of almost 290,000 preschool and school children, of whom approximately 116,000 are reported as school dropouts. In 2018, 345 schools were reported as closed including 28 attacked / occupied. This brings to 89, the total number of reported cases of attacks against the education system since 2017

The cluster approach ensures clear leadership, predictability and accountability in international responses to humanitarian emergencies by clarifying the division of labor among organizations and better defining their roles and responsibilities within the different sectors of the response. It aims to make the international humanitarian community better organized and more accountable and professional, so that it can be a better partner for the affected people, host governments, local authorities, local civil society and resourcing partners.

A well-run cluster including Information Management is a formal deliverable of the Cluster Lead Agency and forms a part of the agency’s work. The Information Manager is a core Cluster Coordination team member.  

How can you make a difference?

The purpose of this post is to manage the collection, analysis and sharing of information that is important for the Cluster participants to make informed, evidence based, strategic decisions. 

To support service delivery by

  • Providing a platform that ensures service delivery is driven by the Strategic Response Plan and strategic priorities
  • Developing mechanisms to eliminate duplication of service delivery

To inform the HC/HCT’s strategic decision-making by

  • Preparing needs assessment and analysis of gaps (across and within sectors, using information management tools as needed)
  • Identifying and finding solutions for (emerging) gaps, obstacles, duplication and cross-cutting issues
  • Formulating priorities on the basis of analysis

To plan and develop strategy by

  • Developing sectoral plans, objectives and indicators that directly support realization of the response’s strategic priorities
  • Applying and adhering to common standards and guidelines
  • Clarifying funding requirements, helping to set priorities, and agreeing cluster contributions to the HC’s overall humanitarian funding proposals

To monitor and evaluate performance by

  • Monitoring and reporting on activities and needs
  • Measuring performance against the cluster strategy and agreed results
  • Recommending corrective action where necessary

To build national capacity in preparedness and contingency planning

Advocacy

  • Identifying concerns that contribute to HC and HCT messaging and action
  • Undertaking advocacy on behalf of the cluster, cluster members, and affected people

Accountability to affected populations

  • The global cluster will provide operational support to the country cluster, see Reference 1
  • Performance of the cluster will be measured using the Coordination Performance Report, see Reference 3

RESPONSIBILITIES

The post holder is responsible for

  • 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.
  • Maintain monthly reporting from Cluster participants, including 5Ws (‘Who does What, Where, When and for Whom?’ databases)
  • 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 of Cluster members.
  • 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…

  • Education: Advanced University degree in a subject area relevant to information management. Extensive work experience relevant to this post may be considered as a replacement for formal qualifications. Formal training in cluster information management an advantage
  • Work Experience: At least 6 to 7 progressively responsible humanitarian work experience with UN and/or NGO, including information management in the first phase of a major emergency response relevant to the cluster. Extensive work experience outside the humanitarian sector which is relevant to this post may be considered as a replacement for humanitarian experience
  • Language Proficiency: Fluency in French and English is required.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

The functional competencies required for this post are:

  • Formulating strategies and concepts (I)
  • Analyzing (II)
  • Applying technical expertise (II)
  • Learning and researching (II)
  • Planning and organizing (II)

View our competency framework at: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

 

Remarks:

* Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

* Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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