Emergency Specialist(Information Management) – UN Children’s Fund – Nairobi

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 chance

The Eastern and Southern Africa Region consists of 21 different country offices which require a variety of support based on their needs.

How can you make a difference?

Under the general guidance of the Regional Adviser Emergency, the Emergency Specialist (Information Management) will work as part of the Humanitarian Action, Resilience and Peace Building (HARP) Section to handle information needs related to emergency work as well as with sectoral emergency focal points within the Regional Office (RO), inter-agency partners and Country Office staff. Specifically, the key objective of the Information Management Specialist will be to contribute towards the effective provision of emergency assistance to the affected population through the timely and efficient provision, database management, analysis and monitoring of required information management services.

The key functions and accountabilities for this position are:

1. Information Management

Build and maintain a regional database to track core humanitarian indicators across 21 countries in the region and drill down in cross border locations, where we need common approaches.

Build risk and early warning models, develop graphic dashboards and snapshots for internal and external purposes, develop access data bases and maps with relevant COs in crisis settings, build capacity of COs as part of emergency preparedness and risk informed programming.

Build regional IM network together with IM focal points with RO sections that have core emergency role in ESARO (Health, Nutrition, WASH, Education, CP, C4D, and Supply) and with COs.

Support the Regional Adviser Emergency to develop approaches to measure and track preparedness through the EPP platform, and for resilience programming.

Identification and reporting of any gaps in emergency assistance to the emergency team.

Develop simple, user-friendly emergency monitoring and reporting formats in consultation with key stakeholders.

Promotion of and training on the use of monitoring reporting tools among assistance providers and other stakeholders.

Reporting formats should include provision for gender desegregation of data and reporting on more vulnerable groups.

Streamline methods to share information, using internet, e-mail groups, written reporting, verbal feedback at coordination meetings.

Coordination with clusters and their working group information managers to ensure complementarity with their IM system and cross-sectoral analysis of information on the disaster response.

Identify and promote the localization or handover of information management services to appropriate agencies as appropriate.

2.Support the design and implementation of UNICEF data strategy

Review humanitarian planning and programme documents, identify the information and knowledge management needs in consolation with PPME, and jointly propose innovative measures and activities to address identified needs and gaps.

In cooperation with staff within the PPME section, advise and provide technical input to design and implement data collection mechanisms and related analysis to ensure the situation of most vulnerable children is continuously and strategically monitored.

Liaise with sections in ESARO and Headquarters on technical issues and dissemination / incorporation of best practices.

Coordinate with Innovation Specialist and advise the office on creative, appropriate and innovative tools and technologies for information / data collection and knowledge management to enhance programme effectiveness and efficiency.

3.Data analysis and mapping

In cooperation with the PPME and other ESARO sections, provide data analysis on survey data and other data received. Support ESARO and the COs in the analysis of processed data and information and perform data quality and consistency control, ensuring harmonization of humanitarian performance monitoring with the regular programme.

Coordinate with Innovation Specialist and advise/ support the ESARO on novel uses of data, particularly related to data-driven programming.

Leverage Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for map production and geographic data management while promoting data standards and harmonized management of geographic data/information.

Provide Information Management services to support population data management, including population estimation, information flows from established systems, and movement tracking.

Provide technical guidance on information and knowledge management systems to promote the use of evidence to inform policy and decision making.

4.Capacity building

Develop and implement capacity building plan around data and information management, monitoring, and innovative, creative and effective ways of data gathering, analysis and visualization for UNICEF staff and partners as required.

Capacitate COs on how to better support local authority to organize information management, monitoring and data analysis.

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in relevant field is required. BSc or MSc in computer science or related field such as information systems, information and communication technology, library or geographic sciences, or engineering highly desirable. Education in other areas will be considered with proven and relevant professional work experience.
  • Five years of relevant professional experience, at the national and international levels, in the field of data and information management systemsand data analysis.
  • Proven technical experience in development and use of innovative technology, particularly in the areas of data, humanitarian performance monitoring, use of mobiles and open source, and training in the related field is highly desirable
  • Proven professional experience in working with government and its data management systems is highly desirable.
  • Work experience in emergencies is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian is an asset.

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 technical competencies required for this post are:

  • Analyzing
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Relating and Networking
  • Persuading and Influencing
  • Applying Technical Expertise

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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.


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.


UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=510732

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