Humanitarian Information Management Unit Manager

United Nations Development Programme, Kathmandu, Nepal

Skill Required:, IT and ICT
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
19th April, 2019


Job Description

Background

The Information Management Unit (IMU), headed by the Humanitarian Information Management Unit Manager (HIMUM), is an integral part of the UNRCO. Over the last two years the IMU has contributed to preparedness and response planning for the HCT.

Staff from the IMU have helped to bring about significant improvements in how the HCT undertakes preparedness planning and subsequent prioritisation. For example, in 2016 the HCT’s Emergency Response Preparedness (ERP) plan for monsoon flooding was predicated on an assumption that 25% of the population in 36 districts would be impacted simultaneously by flooding. The non-linear nature of flooding and the availability of data from the GoN which shows the whereabouts of flood risk supported the IMU to re-visit this assumption.

The 2017 ERP for the monsoon season brought together 2011 census statistics with data on historic flood risk generated by the Department of Irrigation. By combining different datasets, the IMU was able to estimate the numbers of people living in areas prone to flooding. The approach employed in 2017 significantly reduced the caseload in comparison to previous years. For example, the contingency plan for 2016 had a worst-case scenario of 5 million people versus 2 million in 2017.

Through analysis of historic flood data, undertaken in conjunction with the GoN and humanitarian agencies, the IMU provided an improved evidence base for the HCT’s preparedness plans. Further, the actual impacts of the 2017 monsoon with 1.7 million people affected, according GoN data, were relatively close to the IMU’s projections.

In 2018 the IMU made further improvements to the HCT’s ERP for the monsoon. This was achieved through the integration of data from specific Clusters and relief agencies regarding aspects of humanitarian vulnerability. For example, the IMU worked with the Nutrition Cluster to integrate flood risk data with information regarding undernutrition. Likewise, the IMU also worked with UNICEF to merge demographic and flood risk data. This enabled the UNRCO and by extension the HCT to understand the nexus between vulnerability and hazard.

Learning from the 2017 monsoon response saw the HCT establish the Key Immediate Needs (KIN) Working Group. A notable achievement of the 2017 response to floods in the Terai was the implementation of an Initial Rapid Assessment (IRA) - the first time such a joint assessment had been implemented in Nepal. The IRA process faced a number of delays and in total took more than ten days to complete whereas guidance from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) stipulates IRAs should be completed within a 72-hour period.

The aim of the KIN Working Group is to provide the HCT with an initial scenario definition 48 hours after a disaster event has occurred. This will be led by the IMU and will based on analysis of pre-crisis/secondary and real time data. The initial scenario definition will provide the HCT with an overall estimation of need and will include a prioritized caseload for those most in need of humanitarian support. The KIN Working Group will help to provide humanitarian responders with information sufficient to mobilize immediate relief aid on a low regrets basis. The KIN WG will draw on IRA data if it is available. Alternatively, it will draw on other sources of information if results from an IRA are not available owing to delays or if an assessment has not been triggered.

Duties and Responsibilities

Functions / Key Results Expected

Contingency Planning:

  • The HIMUM will work alongside the Disaster Resilience & Humanitarian Adviser (DRHA) to support the development of ERPs for seismic and flood risk. The HIMUM, building on work undertaken in 2017 and 2018 by the UNRCO and Durham University, will design methodologies for the identifying caseloads of persons that may, potentially, be affected by floods and earthquakes;
  • The HIMUM, on behalf of the UNRCO, will manage relationships with key information management partners to gain access to up-to-date and relevant datasets that can support the development of ERPs;
  • The HIMUM will lead the development of provincial and palika profiles for particularly high-risk locations and will support the DRHA in disseminating such information products with local level, provincial and federal government actors;
  • 4W and other information management products will be maintained by the HIMUM on behalf of the HCT and will be shared with MoHA and other actors.

Undertake early and low regrets humanitarian responses through the development of initial scenario definitions based on analysis of pre-crisis/secondary and real time data:

  • The HIMUM will lead the development of scenario definitions working with the support of the KIN Working Group;
  • Following a request from the HCT the HIMUM will be responsible for producing a scenario definition within a 48-hour period.
  • Leadership of inter-cluster working groups, specifically; the KIN Working Group and the Information Management (IM) Working Group:
  • Chair both the KIN and IM working groups and undertake a review of their functionality and membership and will develop a workplan for 2019 and subsequent years.
  • Maintenance and promotion of the Index for Risk Management (INFORM) 
  • The HIMUM will be responsible for maintenance of the INFORM tool and as part of this the HIMUM will work to access latest datasets to facilitate updates to the index;
  • Development of information products based on the INFORM tool will be led by the HIMUM.

Management and Supervision of Information Management Unit:

The HIMUM will be responsible for the overall management and supervision of the information management unit in RCO.

Competencies

Core Competencies

  • Innovation: Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully

  • Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow

Level 4: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others

  • People Management: Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Level 4: Models independent thinking and action

  • Communication: Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis

  • Delivery; Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services

Technical/Functional Competencies

  • Immediate response situations: Possess a comprehensive set of competencies to immediately take on the challenging role of coordinating early recovery efforts in the designated area of responsibility – strategic, integrity, results oriented, teamwork, good inter-personal skills, well developed communication skills, sound judgment, analytical skills, flexibility, proactive engagement, innovation, risk management, gender and culturally sensitive, ability to work under pressure and demonstrates high tolerance for change, complexity and unpredictability

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

  • Knowledge Management: Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

  • Crisis Assessment: Ability to use methods, tools and regional analysis to determine impact of various elements for crisis and post crisis situations

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

  • Strategic thinking/Visioning: Ability to analyse the organization’s value proposition and shape visionary/long term plans. Use insight to identify target audiences and partners and to inform communication objectives, messages and solutions

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

  • Management and Coordination: Ability to manage and coordinate campaigns and people with inspiration. Believe in and promote diversity in the workplace and reshaping the workforce to meet need

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

  • Advocacy and Activations: Ability to design and implement strategic short/long term campaigns and carry out customized activations to highlight UNDP's position and support issue based advocacy

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

  • Knowing your audience: Ability to use a range of techniques and intelligence to develop and implement customized initiatives to target varied audiences to meet UNDP’s objectives

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

  • Crisis Governance: Knowledge of Crisis Governance concepts and principles and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

  • Gender and Institutional Development: Knowledge of systems for gender mainstreaming and capacity development and interagency collaboration and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

  • Partnerships: Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

  • Representation: Ability to productively share UN knowledge and activities (at UN and other venues)

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

  • Substantive positioning of UN: Knowledge of global institutions (such as the UN, IFIs), processes (such as G20 and various UN initiatives), good grasp of UN’s niche, and ability to engage and foster strong networks with those institutions

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

  • Security Risk Management: Ability to assess threats and risks, identify and oversee implementation of mitigation measures, including ability to design and test security plans

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Required Skills and Experience

Education: Completion of Master's Degree in Geographic Information Management (GIS) or a related field.

Experience:

  • At least 7 years of relevant experience. A proven track record of leading information management processes including those related to GIS in a development or humanitarian setting;
  • Experience of management, coordination and liaison with disaster affected communities, Government agencies, relief organizations, donors and the other stakeholders;
  • Experience of working with national and/or international humanitarian organizations.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Nepali is essential;
  • Comprehension of other languages used in Nepal (such as Hindi, Maithili and Bhojpuri) is desirable.

Other:

  • Nuanced understanding of the humanitarian principles and of other humanitarian norms;
  • Understanding of the disaster response architecture and approaches in Nepal e.g. the role of Ministry of Home Affairs, the Nepal Red Cross Society, the Initial Rapid Assessment tool, the Cluster system, the HCT, the Emergency Response Preparedness process;
  • Demonstrable track record of delivering high quality and analytical reports on time.

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