Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
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.
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UNICEF Malawi Country Programme (2019-2023) is aligned with the Government of Malawi’s Growth and Development Strategy (MDGS III) and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). The programme supports the Government of Malawi to meet its commitment to respect, protect and fulfil children’s rights in line with international conventions and standards. The country programme is guided by the principles of children’s rights, equity, gender equality, inclusion and resilience, and supports evidence-based, integrative and innovative programming. The vision is that ‘all girls and boys in Malawi, especially the most disadvantaged and deprived, realize their rights’. The programme focuses on: early childhood (parenting, high-impact social services, early stimulation and learning), middle childhood and adolescence (learning, multi-sectoral services, active citizenship), communities (decentralized services and systems, community ownership, social norms), programme effectiveness (monitoring, evaluation, HACT, Innovation, Social Protection and Social Policy and External Communication. The programme is based on ‘leaving no child behind’, realizing ‘rights for all children in Malawi’.
UNICEF is a major partner to government and other partners in ensuring all rights of children are attained and more specifically, the delivery of quality education in Malawi. The education programme aims to support government achieve its set objectives which are elaborated in national education sector plans including ensuring equitable access, quality education and improved governance. In this regard, the GoM/UNICEF education programme addresses optimal development of children from conception and early learning, through primary education through adolescence paying attention to the gender equity and the most marginalized. In the context of the new country programme, the education programme will in addition to ensuring systems strengthening also provide platforms for intersectoral integration in delivery of education for holistic and optimal development of all children from early years through adolescence.
UNICEF has since 2018 supported Ministry of Education (MoEST) in developing a Web-based Education Management Information System (EMIS) for Malawi. The education data is and has been providing information for a wide range of planning processes. Accurate and reliable data is needed to facilitate the planning and management of a fast growing and emerging education system. A responsive Education Management Information System (EMIS) is therefore pivotal.
At the same time, On the 8th of March 2019, the government of Malawi declared a State of National Disaster, following heavy rains and floods in the southern parts of the country. At least 15 districts have been impacted, with approximately 870,000 people affected by the floods, including over 650 injured and 59 dead. The response to the aftermath of Cyclone Idai is almost at the end of its second month and the Government, with support of partners, is now looking at strategies for return and early recovery. Accessibility of affected areas is improving, allowing IDPs to return to their homes. However, an estimated 60,880 people (70%) of the (86,976) displaced remain in camps. Timely return is critical to allow schools being used as displacement camps to resume normal delivery of education and learning services, prevent the outbreak of secondary disasters including disease outbreaks, and harmonize and rationalize delivery of relief assistance to all the affected without the camps acting as a pull-factor. A smooth transition from immediate disaster response to early recovery and development is also critical to restore livelihoods of displaced families. UNICEF as the co-cluster lead will be leading support in the emergency information management and this will be a key role for the position and will ensure effective integration of emergency preparedness into the program.
The IASC Generic Terms of Reference for Cluster/Sector Leads at the Country Level includes a requirement for ensuring appropriate IM for an effective and coordinated intra-cluster/sector and inter-cluster/sector response.The IASC Guidance on Responsibilities of Cluster/Sector Leads and OCHA for Information Management details, as part of these cluster/sector lead responsibilities, that as cluster lead agency need to appoint an Information Management focal point(s) who should have sufficient expertise and an ability to work with different partners and clusters/sectors, and allocate the necessary human and financial resources for Information Management to ensure this.
The sustainable development of EMIS is a key UNICEF contribution to the systems strengthening in MoEST. The institutionalization of EMIS requires a high degree of liaison with, and capacity building of MoEST staff, including at the time of emergencies. Follow-up on the deliverables of the UNICEF funded institutional contract to strengthen EMIS is also needed.
How can you make a difference?
Under the guidance of the Chief of Education and Adolescents and in collaboration with Data Unit, the Education Specialist (EMIS and M&E) will be responsible for monitoring, evaluating and giving technical advice to the Government of Malawi and specifically to the Ministry of Education (MoEST) on the development of the Education Management Information System (EMIS)-especially in the current context of the recovery phase of the 2019 emergency. The incumbent will also be responsible for planning, monitoring and evaluation within the UNICEF Education Section, maintaining a database for all education programming and integrated with data related to all other sectors, updating the database on a regular basis to ensure progress towards results are achieved.
Currently, the Malawi country office is operating under a matrix-management model, where individuals will have more than one reporting line. This role will be matrixed to the office centralized Data Unit (4P2C Data Intelligence Node)..
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
SUPPORT MoEST IN DEVELOPING A SUSTAINABLE EMIS:
PARTICIPATE IN FIELD VISIT TO DISTRICTS TO MONITOR ON-GOING EMIS TRAININGS AND DATA COLLECTION:
PROVIDE QUANTITATIVE INFORMATION NEEDED FOR UNICEF EDUCATION SECTION PROGRAMME ACTIVITIES:
SUPPORT EDUCATION SECTION ANNUAL WORK PLAN DEVELOPMENT AND REVISION:
Key Responsibilities and Tasks:
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:
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 functional competencies required for this post are: