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Information Management Specialist (WASH Cluster)


Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Location: Ethiopia
Categories: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), Programme Management

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

UNICEF Ethiopia serves as WASH Cluster Lead Agency (CLA) in coordination with the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy (MOWIE) in the country. The coordination mechanism is active and strong, with emergency task force (ETF) meetings conducted on regular basis. WASH Cluster co-lead the ETF with the MOWIE and makes contributions to the ETF meetings held under the chairmanship of MOWIE in most regions. This serves as a useful forum for the various WASH Cluster partners to not only share updates but to discuss ways of improving linkages to maximize benefits of different sector responses.

The cluster approach ensures coordinated humanitarian WASH responses to the affected population with clear accountability in line with the humanitarian principles and guidelines by clarifying the division of labour among organizations and better defining their roles and responsibilities within the different sectors of the response based on core functions. 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.

The HNO (Humanitarian Needs Overview) and the HRP (Humanitarian Response Plan) identify People in Need as well as target population that are affected men, women, girls and boys in need of emergency WASH services. WASH Cluster partners are expected to respond to several emergency and humanitarian WASH response needs in line with HNO and HRP, that are developed and issued by the National Disaster Risk Management Commission and UNOCHA.

WASH Cluster partners at regional and national level agreed to put in place reliable monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system for the WASH Cluster and improve linkage with humanitarian response. This will demand a lot both in terms of finance and human resource. The existing cluster capacity both at national level and in the regions could be an asset in supporting development WASH objectives stated above. UNICEF as a Cluster Lead Agency and a key development partner is keen to invest in ensuring the better linkage and resourcing the WAH sector.

How can you make a difference?

In collaboration with the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy and OCHA, the Information Management Specialist (WASH Cluster) is responsible to provide technical and coordination support to the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy (MOWIE) to lead WASH Cluster coordination specifically in response coordination, monitoring, reporting, data compilation for analysis of humanitarian and emergency WASH response activities in the country.

Roles and Responsibilities

The post holder is responsible for the collection, compilation, analysis of information related to emergency WASH response activities within their respective regions and will:

  • Respond to the Cluster participants’ needs for information.
  • Maintain information databases that consolidate, analyse and report/disseminate information critical to decision making.
  • Maintain monthly reporting from Cluster participants, including 4Ws (‘Who does What, Where, When and for Whom?’ databases).
  • Support the estimation of spatial and temporal gaps, overlaps and coverage of partners’ activities and projects.
  • Work with Cluster/participants to identify information gaps at national levels and propose ways to bridge those gaps.
  • Work with the OCHA Officers to develop appropriate supportive strategies.
  • Use GIS mapping 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.
  • 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 Situation Report (SitRep) inputs with emphasis on Cluster plans, targets and achievements.
  • Develop and strengthen information management capacity through the training of cluster partners.
  • Provide technical supports and inputs to HPC activities, including HNO and HRP preparation.
  • Represent WASH cluster at Information Management Working Group (IMWG), Rapid Assessment Working Group (RAWG), other technical working group relevant to information and data management.
  • Contribute to the core cluster functions at national level by providing IM support to National CC.
  • Technically supervise and guide IM activities by Regional IMOs.
  • Update the humanitarian.info site for the WASH Cluster in Ethiopia.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Computer Science, Media or Social Sciences or any discipline related to Information Management from an accredited academic institution.
    *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of five [5] years of relevant professional experience in the field of data and information management systems and data analysis.
  • Knowledge of WASH cluster approach, UN System, and NGO humanitarian community.
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Excel, MS Access or other databases (e.g. pivot tables and functions).
  • Proven technical expertise for managing data capture and storage, analyzing diverse datasets, and presenting information in understandable tables, charts, graphs and reports.
  • Knowledge of establishing and managing basic websites (e.g. UNOCHA’s Humanitarian Response platform).
  • Proven skills in using GIS and map-making packages such as ArcGIS, Mapinfo, QGIS, Adobe creative suite for mapping.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Core Values
  • Care
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability
  • Builds and maintains Partnerships (level 1)
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (level 1)
  • Drive to achieve results for impact (level 1)
  • Innovates and embraces change (level 1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (level 1)
  • Thinks and acts strategically (level 1)
  • Works collaboratively with others (level 1)

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.


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




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