Information Management Officer

United Nations Children's Fund, Yaounde, Cameroon

Skill Required:, IT and ICT
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
3rd June, 2021

Job Description

For every child, Protection

UNICEF has been working in Cameroon since 1975 in order to allow women and children to fully realize their rights to development without restriction, as enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. UNICEF provides financials and technical support to Cameroon across seven areas in an effort to fully realize the rights of women and children. These areas include Health, HIV/AIDS, Water-sanitation-Hygiene, nutrition, education, child protection and social inclusion. UNICEF focuses mainly on children and the most vulnerable and excluded families. Cameroon 2020 population is estimated at 26,545,863 people according to UN data. The population is young and generates strong socioeconomic demand. In rural areas, limited access to basic social services and effects of climate changes lead to household impoverishment and severe child deprivations. The task is immense but not insurmountable; it requires the energy of all stakeholders in Cameroon and out of Cameroon: also, women, men, youth and children, government, technical and financial partners, donors, civil society, the private sector, parliamentarians, communities. Everyone is invited to take part in the struggle to meet the challenges that lie ahead. It is together that we will act for Cameroon, a country which summarizes the challenges and hopes of Africa.

How can you make a difference?

Under the guidance of the Chief Field Operations and Emergencies, the incumbent will provide quality humanitarian situation information and analyses, planning, and monitoring the performance of UNICEF emergency Programme and supporting decision-making through quality information and analyses.

Key tasks and responsibilities

  • Manage an up to date inventory of relevant documents on the humanitarian situation and response. Analyze available information on the evolving situation to systematically feed into analyses on UNICEF's coverage and performance.
  • Create predictable flows of information on situation, activities, funding, supplies, staffing, and quality of the humanitarian response and produce a system where all these elements are analyzed to inform decisions on prioritization, fundraising, implementation, and reporting UNICEF's emergency response.
  • Develop and maintain information databases that consolidate and analyze UNICEF's emergency response.
  • Present/visualize and disseminate information in ways that feed easily into decision making.
  • Use GIS mapping for map production and geographic data management. Produce coverage and sectoral maps, needs maps, situation maps and any other graphic representation useful to analysis and performance reporting.
  • Manage flows of information and dissemination in an appropriate way between the field and the central level, between section and with the relevant sectors to ensure complete and timely availability of data and use of information for decision making, coordination, reporting and advocacy at all levels.
  • Support assessments and monitoring, including development of tools for data collection and data entry, procedures for joint assessments in line with UNICEF's CCCs and provide capacity building on quality data collection that is in line with CCCs and Humanitarian Principles notably to field programme staff.
  • Develop and strengthen M&E capacity through the training of emergency focal points and field staff in close collaboration with section Information Management Officers and with the M&E section.
  • Ensure field monitoring for quality of UNICEF and its partners interventions. Set up third-party monitoring in high-risk areas as needed.
  • Up to date information on humanitarian situation is available to decision makers and implementing staff within UNICEF and used to orient UNICEF's emergency response based on clear prioritization criteria in line with the Core Commitments for Children (CCCs)
  • Bottlenecks to emergency response for children are identified and communicated in timely, quantified, and synthetic manner to decision makers for action.
  • UNICEF performance in achieving its CCCs is known in quantity and quality and reported through succinct and visual analysis.
  • Performance of systems, processes, and teams regarding situation and humanitarian performance monitoring at national and field level in place.
  • Simplified and high frequency reporting by UNICEF and its implementing partners on project implementation is in place.
  • Acts in a support role for substantive part of the functional areas of in the small or medium country office. May be responsible for implementing small-scale monitoring and/or evaluation activities at project and activity level.
  • The nature of work is primarily conceptualization, analysis, interpretation, and problem identification, leading to drawing methodical conclusion and making analytical/operational recommendations.
  • The work requires assuming active team member or substantive contributor role.
  • Provide support to the analysis of key humanitarian performance indicators and produce graphs, maps, and infographics of UNICEF's humanitarian response
  • Partnership for engagement with counterpart and immediate customers, as well as ability to liaise with knowledge institutions.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

  • University Degree in Management of Information Systems (MIS), data management and in-depth analysis or Computer Science or Statistics or related disciplines
  • Extensive work experience relevant to this post may be considered as a replacement for formal qualifications.
  • A minimum of 2 years in data collection and data management, monitoring and evaluation or other relevant fields.
  • Experience in database design, database distribution and map production and capacity building to give "hands-on" training on database management and reporting. Proficient in use of GIS, Advanced Excel, SPSS or STATA and other related software packages.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in data and data analysis visualization.
  • Emergency experience desirable
  • Fluent French. Working knowledge of English required.


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