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Information Management Officer, P2, Monrovia, Liberia PAT #117674

Monrovia (Liberia)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Monrovia (Liberia)
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nutrition
    • Statistics
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Documentation and Information Management
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-19

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UNICEF Liberia is seeking qualified candidates for a vacant position in the Nutrition Unit/Programme Section. Qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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, nutrition!

Background and Context:

A well-functioning information system is a national priority to ensure the generation, analysis, dissemination and use of reliable and timely information and data for planning and financing national programme including in emergencies. Liberia has deployed the DHIS tool for its Health Management Information Systems (HMIS) and supporting Government to ensure that standard indicators are routinely collected, disaggregated, timely, and of quality/accuracy at all levels to assess programme progress and bottlenecks. 

The Liberia Ministry of Health has made significant strides in its Health Management Information System (HMIS) with several sub-systems already developed such as the DHIS 2, some in their developmental stages and others yet to be developed. Over the years, UNICEF has provided support to the processes and their use for decision making, resource mobilization, planning and track the progress of health and nutrition related indicators. 

A full set of nutrition indicators were included in the HMIS following rigorous piloting and pretesting of tools in 2017. The roll out of the nutrition information systems was completed in 2018 and data is coming routinely through the DHIS. In addition, the national multi sectoral plan of action for nutrition (NMCPAN), involving four sectoral Ministries (Health, Education, gender, child and social protection and Agriculture) is under development and necessitates a strong multi sectoral information system (MIS) to support continuous collection and interpretation of data to enable timely decision making for improving the nutrition situation. 

UNICEF has supported the establishment of the WASH Commission to coordinate the WASH programme development, implementation, monitoring and supervision. There is an interactive WASH information system developed that needs to be updated periodically. There is need to support the WASH Commission and sector stakeholders in collecting, analyzing, and sharing WASH information that is important make informed strategic decisions on the needs of affected populations and prioritization according to WASH indicators, identify key gaps on supplies and human resources, prepare a 5W matrix and share monthly, and updated interactive map as per the updates. Needed information is to be presented in a way that is easily understood by the sector stakeholders through graphic means such as mapping but also through tables, charts, and narrative writing. 

In 2017, UNICEF supported the development of the real time community friendly communities’ electronic system and dashboard which has served as a rich repository of information. However for most of UNICEF CSD supported programs, there are no structured methodology of collecting its data from the different sources and using this data to improve health programming as a result of challenges can be attributed to the lack of set standards, limited data infrastructure and inadequate human resource with the requisite technical capacities. There are very weak electronic systems to collect, manage, analyze, and use data.  However, there is need for dedicated human resource to support the improvements in the quality of data and in the capacities of health workers as well as to support the MoH to adopt and use the data for local level planning.

UNICEF-Liberia intends to recruit an Information Management specialist to be based in Monrovia with frequent travel to the counties to adequately provide technical support and capacity building with regards to data generation, consolidation, analysis, reporting and utilization. The information management specialist will work under the direct supervision of the Chief of Child Survival and Development (CSD) Section, UNICEF. Funding for this post will be shared among the three units, namely, Nutrition, Health, and WASH. 

How can you make a difference?

The incumbent of this post, under the direct supervision of the Chief, CSD, is expected to provide technical support in strengthening the information system of the Child Survival and Development (CSD) programme, specifically nutrition, health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) to generate, consolidate, analyze and utilize data that are important for UNICEF, government counterparts and partners to make evidence-based strategic decisions and track progress in programmatic deliverables. 

Basic Objectives of Assignment:

  1. Support data consolidation, analysis, reporting and utilization of CSD (nutrition, health, and WASH) through the existing platforms.
  2. Provide technical support to CSD programme information management and perform capacity building to relevant UNICEF - CSD staff, government counterparts and partners at national and county and district levels 
  3. Support evidence-based planning and coordination for nutrition, health, and WASH programme
  4. Support development and dissemination of user-friendly information products and infographics
  5. Support CSD programme research and surveys
  6. Network with government counterparts and partners for information sharing of routine data, assessments, and survey results. 
  7. Support with evidence-based report writing of donor reports

Strengthening the information system has been an activity under the MOHS-UNICEF rolling work plan (RWP) and an integrated approach to supporting the joint analysis is a priority. UNICEF-CSD needs a dedicated human resource to support the overall coordination and management of integrated data and information.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

The Information Management Officer major tasks and outputs will include but not be limited to:

 1. General: 

  • Report to the CSD Section and respond to the Health, Nutrition and WASH sector members need for information, work closely with national IM counterparts. 
  • Provide IM service to sectors for key decision making. These services will include data collection, collation, mapping, analysis, and dissemination relevant to the needs of the CSD section. This may require building additional and appropriate capacity through the training of additional staff and managing, organizing, and conducting these activities.
  • Contribute to periodical CSD meeting highlighting any significant gaps in the programme implementation.
  • Use and update of 5W matrix among UNICEF, Government, and partners.

2. Data Consolidation, Analysis, Reporting and Utilization: 

  • Provide direct technical support to government counterparts, working closely with UNICEF CSD programme specialists and other partners in consolidating, tracking monthly/quarterly reports through existing platforms - health facilities, communities, schools etc and through implementing partners and assist in the analysis of the data for utilization. 
  • Coordinate with relevant government ministries, UNICEF, and other partners to support field monitoring and reporting on CSD programs. 
  • Support to consolidate information and other secondary information (survey data, routine data et) for surveillance and periodic update. 

3. Capacity Building of relevant CSD staff, Government Counterparts and Partners:

  • Support an assessment of capacity gaps in the current information system, products, materials, and tools to identify bottlenecks and implement an improvement plan.
  • Work closely with MOH and partners to build capacity to manage nutrition information system at all levels to ensure correct, consistent comprehensive data is generated and utilized.

4. Evidence-based Planning and Coordination for Nutrition, Health, and WASH Programs:

  • Coordinate with departments to ensure relevant indicators are integrated into HMIS system and ensure child tracking systems areas are standardized and incorporated in BPHS and EPHS. 
  • Support consolidation and coordination of field monitoring and reporting. 
  • Ensure data analysis is used regularly in coordination forums and working groups 

5. Development and Dissemination of User-friendly Information Products/infographics:

  • Support CSD with accurate data on results for donor reports purposes
  • Participate in relevant internal and external meetings and provide highlights on results progress indicators 
  • Support UNICEF emergency team with HPM (Humanitarian Performance Monitoring) as a focal point for CSD 
  • Ensure regular updates of situations and reports in information platforms. This includes support but not limited to compiling, editing and publication of 4W, contact list, operation presence in all the 15 counties, quarterly bulletins, maps, dashboards.
  • Assist in developing publishing materials and presentations, various data visualization formats including maps, dashboards, scorecards statistics, online materials, and info sheets and in providing technical support related to data presentation needs on various written outputs.
  • Support setting up of website, Facebook etc and ensure they are up to date and functioning.

 6. Innovations, Knowledge Management Research and Surveys:

  • Participate in technical and planning discussions on key nutrition surveys, surveillance, and assessments with stakeholders. Ensure data analysis is used regularly in coordination forums and working groups
  • Apply/introduce innovative approaches and good practice to support generation and utilization of data.
  • Keep abreast and conduct research to provide evidence for implementation of best and cutting-edge practices in information management, institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.

7. Networking and Partnership Building:

  • Network with government counterparts and partners for sharing information including assessment and survey results.  
  • Build and sustain effective working partnerships with LISGIS, NPHIL, national stakeholders and global partners/allies/donors through active networking, advocacy, and effective communication to exchange knowledge/expertise to facilitate achievement of program goals 
  • Work and collaborate with other sectors within UNICEF to ensure information management systems strengthening 
  • Participate and/or represent UNICEF in appropriate inter-agency (NLWG) discussions and monitoring, evaluation, research, and surveys.

Other assigned duties and responsibilities are effectively performed.

To qualify as an advocate for every child, you will have…

  • Education: University degree in Public Health/Health, Economics or Information Management/Information Systems.
  • Work Experience:  Minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in information management, statistics, database development or related field in Public Health and Nutrition.  Experience both at the national and international level in large organizations with dispersed operations and/or in the public and private sector preferred.  Demonstrated strong experience and skills in GIS and spatial analysis.  Demonstrated and proven experience in the application of standards to the development and use of information management systems.  Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.  Experience with Liberian populations or similar development/programming context would be an asset.  Prior experience with UN and other international organizations and exposure to UNICEF’s work.
  • Language:  Fluency in English, knowledge of the local working language of the duty station is an aset, abiit to provide technically sound, well-written reports in English.

 For every child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

  • Builds & Maintains Partnerships.
  • Demonstrates Self-Awareness & Ethical Awareness. 
  • Drive to Achieve Results for Impact.
  • Innovates and Embraces Change.
  • Manages Ambiguity and Complexity.
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically.
  • Works Collaboratively with others-Establish.
  • Nurtures, Leads & Manage People

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

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.

For every child, a future!

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