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Information Management Specialist (Education Cluster) P-3, Temporary Appointment, Mogadishu, Somalia 63 views

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Job no: 557851
Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Duty Station: Mogadishu
Level: P-3
Location: Somalia
Categories: Education

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, hope

The Horn of Africa is experiencing one of its worst droughts in recent history, with 12-14 million people severely food insecure in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. Somalia has been hardest hit: almost 90 percent of the country’s districts are experiencing drought (66 out of 74). Three consecutive seasons of failed rains, combined with the ongoing conflict in many parts of Somalia, have taken a heavy toll on families in Somalia. By early 2022, most parts of the country were experiencing severe drought conditions, with water shortages and loss of livestock displacing hundreds of thousands of families as they search for food and safe water. The impacts of drought and protracted conflict and insecurity coupled with very high staple food prices have led to rapid deterioration in the severity of food insecurity in Somalia in early 2022 and significant levels of drought-related displacement. Political tensions related to the slow progress of parliamentary elections and the long-delayed presidential election have led to violence between factions of Somalia’s security forces and an uptick in civil unrest.

How can you make a difference?

The Information Specialist is a core Cluster Coordination team member. 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.

The cluster approach ensures clear leadership, predictability and accountability in international responses to humanitarian emergencies by clarifying the division of labour 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 organised 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 UNICEF’s work.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

The post holder leads building and managing Education Cluster and Child Protection AoR  Information Management Systems and related responsibilities. The post holder is accountable to the Cluster Coordinator, cluster participants, information management team members and inter-cluster coordination bodies.

Core Information Management Tasks

  • Respond to the Cluster participants’ needs for information
  • Maintain monthly reporting from Cluster participants, including 5Ws (‘Who does What, Where, When and for Whom?’ databases)
  • The post holder will ensure that there is effective communication, reporting, and engagement between the national, state, and regional coordination structures.
  • Adapt existing in-country information management approaches for collecting, analyzing, and reporting Cluster activities and resources, and identifying information gaps
  • Development of hight quality data visualisation products, including maps, graphs and visual data narrations based on analysis
  • Establish and maintain information databases that consolidate, analyze and report/disseminate information critical to decision making
  • Support the estimation of needs and targets, 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 together with OCHA to develop appropriate supportive strategies for the overall response
  • Use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for data analysis, visualization, and management
  • Lead on the preparation of SitRep inputs with emphasis on Cluster plans, targets and achievements

Needs Assessments and analysis

  • Lead the information management aspects of assessments and monitoring, including supporting the development and analysis of Joint Education Needs Assessments and related partner training
  • Provide information management leadership for the Humanitarian Needs Overview process, including the establishment of cluster People in Need (PiN) calculations.
  • Provide information management leadership for development of the Humanitarian Response Plan, including the establishment of education partner target figures.
  • Support Education Cannot Wait MYRP programme development by providing data and analysis to establish needs
  • Support the technical development and analysis of child protection situation monitoring tools and visualisation

Knowledge Management

  • Manage flows of information and dissemination in an appropriate way, including contact list and website management
  • Use data engineering tools to develop both automated and interactive knowledge management tools
  • Manage an inventory of relevant documents, standards, and information products on the humanitarian situation, including the development of an external facing document repository, accessible for all partners

Capacity building

  • Provide capacity building for the national education cluster IMO to ensure long term sustainability of Education Cluster information management system
  • Adopt and promote the use of global standards for information management for inter-operability
  • Develop and strengthen information management capacity through the trainings for partners on the use of 5W reporting
  • Support and capacitate local and regional national education authorities in data collection and information management


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


  • University degree, preferably at an advanced level, in a subject area relevant to information management
  • Formal training in cluster information management an advantage


  • At least five to eight years of progressively responsible humanitarian work experience with UN and/or NGO’s 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 English and a second UN language; Local working language of the duty station an asset.

Cluster specific competencies

  • Understands the rationale behind Humanitarian Reform, its main components and recent     developments including the Transformative Agenda
  • Understands, uses and adapts the tools, mechanisms and processes developed as part of Humanitarian Reform
  • Demonstrates commitment to Humanitarian Principles
  • Demonstrates commitment to Principles of Partnership
  • Communicates, works and networks effectively with a wide range of people to reach broad consensus on a well-coordinated response, and demonstrates leadership where required
  • Thinks and acts strategically and ensures that cluster activities are prioritised and aligned within an agreed strategy
  • Demonstrates commitment to the cluster and independence from employing organisation
  • Builds, motivates, and leads information management team

Cluster specific technical competencies

  • Understands key technical issues for the cluster sufficiently well enough to be able to: engage with cluster participants; understand their cluster-specific information management needs including needs analysis, targeting and monitoring
  • Proven technical expertise for managing data capture and storage, for analysing diverse datasets, and presenting information in understandable tables, charts, graphs and reports
  • Proven technical experience in visualization, including Tableau and Illustrator
  • Proven technical experience in using data engineering technologies using SQL, Python, ODK, Power Bi and other cloud-based progrms to develop data pipelines and systems for high-end monitoring and reporting tools and interactive real time data visualization.
  • Knowledge of establishing and managing websites (e.g. UNOCHA’s Humanitarian Response platform)
  • Proven skills in GIS and in using map-making packages
  • Skills in web design and software development are considered an asset

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

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.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

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.


Eligible UNICEF National Officer (NO) and General Service (GS) Staff Members on fixed-term, continuing or permanent contracts applying to this TA, which is dedicated to L3 Response, may be able to retain a lien on their existing post for the duration of this TA.

Please note that this is a non-family duty station. The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.

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

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

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Advertised: 09 Dec 2022 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 16 Dec 2022 E. Africa Standard Time

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