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ES / NFI Cluster Information Management Officer - Kabul

Kabul (Afghanistan)

  • Organization: CTG - Committed To Good
  • Location: Kabul (Afghanistan)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Statistics
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Documentation and Information Management
    • Human Settlements (Shelter, Housing, Land, Property)
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
  • Closing Date: 2020-11-25

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CTG Overview CTG stands for Committed To Good. With an ethical approach at the heart of all that we do, it is a description that makes us proud. Respect for the fundamental human rights of our staff, and those our staff encounter, is a cornerstone of our values. We strive for gender equality, inclusion and diversity, providing fair and equal opportunities for all. We take a zero tolerance approach to corruption and stay true to local labour laws and all local statutory requirements.
In operation since 2006, today we are honoured to serve clients in 15 fragile and conflict-affected states assisting with disaster relief, peace building, humanitarian aid and development programmes through our specialised recruitment, HR management and operational services.
Overview of position
  • Afghanistan is one of the multi hazard prone countries of South Asia, with earthquakes, floods, droughts, landslides, sandstorms & avalanches as the common natural disasters. Heavy rain & snow cause major problems across the region almost every year. Extreme winter conditions & avalanches are also a recurrent feature in the mountainous areas of Afghanistan that make up approximately 63% of the country. Poor housing provides little protection to the households in rural parts of the country. Lack of capacity & resources within govt. institutions further adds to the vulnerabilities of families affected or displaced by natural disasters.
  • Our client in line with its DRM & DRR framework implements DRR activities with the overall aim of strengthening GIRoA’s DRM capacities at the national, provincial & community level.
  • DRM activities focus on selected disaster prone communities across Afghanistan to enhance community level preparedness & response to disasters.
  • In addition, our client through its HAP is implementing emergency response project through which natural disaster affected & displaced population is assessed & the needs for relief items are addressed by provision of NFIs & emergency shelter. They are the Co Chair of the emergency shelter / NFI cluster. Under the overall supervision of the Program Manager, the National Cluster Deputy Co Chair Coordinator will support HAP & ESNFI cluster specified below.
  • Conflict, natural disasters & the sustained erosion of communities’ resilience during close to 40 years crisis continues to drive shelter & NFI needs across different population groups in Afghanistan. These preexisting needs are further compounded by outbreak of the COVID-19 with the related containment measures, resulting in massive disruptions to livelihoods. This is predominantly challenging for people already living in poverty, those that depend on the informal sector & those in underserved locations & residing in informal settlements. Across the country, the need for shelter has been reported by affected populations as their 2nd highest priority need after food. Emergency & transitional shelter needs remain high, particularly among new & protracted IDPs, refugees & returnees who require core emergency shelter assistance, as well as longer term shelter to recover or find a stable & safe place to live. People’s capacity to cope with repeated shocks has continued to be eroded with those who have been displaced multiple times acutely vulnerable due to their depleted financial & emotional reserves. Poor shelter, lack of winter clothing & other household items leave people vulnerable to disease & unable to cope with Afghanistan’s harsh winters. The high need for heating & clothing coincides with limited livelihood opportunities & heightens the risk of preventable mortality among children & the elderly.
  • In addition to newly affected populations, more than 4.1 million people displaced since 2012 & remain in urban & rural informal settlements, residing in substandard shelters & lacking access to safe water & sanitation facilities, unable to contribute to their own recovery & continue to require annual winterization support. While conflict significantly impacts on access to adequate shelter, natural disasters are a contributing factor with families often unable to rebuild their shelters in the aftermath. Those whose houses were destroyed continue to live in tents or with relatives due to lack of financial resources to rebuild their shelters. 
  • The lack of adequate shelter exposes households to a variety of risks, including the lack of privacy, safety & security, risk of eviction, exploitation & abuse, overcrowding, poor access to services & in some cases is linked to increase in SGBV. In 2021, an estimated 6.6 million people are in need of shelter & NFIs support, of these, 2.9 million people need emergency shelter assistance (including rent support), 2.2 million people are in need of transitional shelter, 5.8 million people are in need of shelter repair & NFI assistance & 6.4 million people are in need of winterization assistance.
  • The Afghanistan emergency shelter & NFI cluster was established in March 2008, led by UNHCR & Co-Chaired by our client. The ES / NFI cluster continues to coordinate & support access to basic lifesaving assistance through the provision of emergency shelter, shelter repair, rental support, NFIs & winterization assistance & while ensuring adequate coordination mechanisms & response capacities at national & regional levels with various line ministries. The ES / NFI cluster has established coordination mechanisms in 8 subnational levels. To enhance coordination & response, the ES / NFI cluster also has provincial focal points in all provinces with the sole aim to support the regional focal points in representing the cluster, sharing information on displacement, assessments, partner mapping & response. These national & sub national roles form the ES / NFI cluster coordination team. This team, at all levels, must ensure the inclusion of key humanitarian partners within the cluster, respecting their mandates & program priorities. Together with the cluster members, the team will identify the overall requirements in responding to natural & conflict emergencies & will endeavor to ensure cluster capacity to meet this threshold.
Role objectives
  • The IMO will be expected to provide direct support to national & field level clusters on IM, support the HNO / HRP process, the development of IM products such as who does what and where (3Ws), advocacy dashboards, progress reports, stock tracking etc.
  • S / He will also support the development & improvement of field information management SOPs at the national & subnational levels to ensure it provides the best possible functionality & usability to cluster partners.
  • Occasional field travel will be required.
  • Support the ES / NFI cluster’s IMO in data & information gathering, coordinate data collection process including monitoring & analysis of project implementation.
  • Design, maintain & implement a structured dissemination plan for all information products & services as appropriate related to the activities of the cluster (e.g. humanitarianresponse.info, sheltercluster.org, mailing list, information centers, maps, etc.), report hub including the definition of SOP's for clearing IM products for release.
  • Ensure cluster website is kept updated with all IM products, policy, strategy, guideline documents, national & regional cluster meeting minutes.
  • Leverage GIS for map production & GDM while promoting data standards & harmonized management of geographic data / information.
  • Provide technical support for analysis of data as well as visualization for presentation to the cluster (such as handouts, gap analysis, PPT) & reporting to cluster partners as required.
  • Regularly inform ES / NFI cluster coordination team with ES / NFI cluster IMO on activities, project status & provide regular support as requested and agreed to cluster’s IMO.
  • Identify & obtain the needed data & information elements required to design, produce standardized IM products & manage respective data / information collection plans for baseline & context specific data.
  • In coordination with ES / NFI cluster coordination team, participate to the IMWG led by OCHA with relevant operational partners for efficient coordination of IM activities representing the ES / NFI cluster.
  • Evaluate & organize, if needed, thematic subgroups in areas such as GIS.
  • Provide IM support to needs assessments while participating in joint / harmonized needs assessments with other partners / clusters.
  • Support operational leads in making methodological decisions about how to conduct needs assessments.
  • Train cluster partners & other key partners on the use of cluster IM products & report hub as needed.
  • In addition, train cluster partners & other key partners on data collection, data analysis, data visualization & protection of sensitive data as needed.
  • Facilitate the analysis of information between relevant clusters when relevant.
  • Ensure that cluster partners provide timely, consistent & compatible data & information on shelter & NFI needs & assistance provided for operational analysis & decision making.
  • Ensure linkages with all cluster stakeholders, particularly national actors in Kabul & provinces, for enhanced sectoral risk mapping & gap identification.
  • Support partners in IM & travel to the regions to support regional cluster in IM activities.
  • Support producing sector specific maps & graphics on a regular basis that aid forward planning as well as impact analysis.
  • Ensure the dissemination & adaptation as necessary of IM tools that meet cluster needs.
  • Promote use of & training on the use of these reporting tools among cluster partners & other stakeholders.
  • Assist in developing & revision of ES / NFI cluster IM & assessment tools, training partners on the tool to enhance the use & incorporating the tools into KOBO.
  • Support the promotion of data & information sharing within the humanitarian community & maintain data & information sharing relationships within the humanitarian community & with relevant govt. bodies.
  • Support the cluster member agencies in the analysis of processed data & perform data quality & consistency control.
  • Provide information outputs in the local language.
  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Project reporting
This role works under the overall supervision of the Program Manager, the National Cluster Deputy Co Chair Coordinator will support HAP & ESNFI cluster.
Key competencies - Respects & promotes individual & cultural differences, encourages diversity & inclusion wherever possible.
- Maintains high ethical standards & acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles / rules & standards of conduct.
- Demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent & committed manner & exercises careful judgment in meeting day to day challenges.
- Develops & promotes effective collaboration within & across units to achieve shared goals & optimize results.
- Delivers on set objectives in hardship situations.
- Effectively coordinates actions with other IP & coordinates actions with emergency response actors & making use of coordination structures.
- Works effectively with local authorities, stakeholders, beneficiaries & the broader community to advance country office or regional objectives.
Team management
This role has no team management responsibility.
Further information
  • The appointment is subject to funding confirmation.
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements & security clearances.
  • Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply for this role.
We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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