Information Management Specialist for Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH)

  • Entry-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 10 July 2020

Job Description

Purpose
The Information Manager is a core Sector Coordination function. The purpose of this post is to manage the collection, analysis and sharing of information that is important for the Sector participants to make informed strategic decisions, to draw lessons from the experience and develop sound technical and socially adapted strategies.

Expected results:
The following key end results will be supported by the consultant during the six-month contract:

  • Government-led coordination of COVID-19 related WASH-IPC response, including hygiene promotion, is operational, effective and includes multisectoral and private partners in the states of Amazonas and Pará, and the cities of Manaus and Belém.
  • Key hygiene practices, including handwashing with soap, are improved, reinforced and sustained, particularly among vulnerable populations in at-risk countries.
  • Gains on improved hygiene behaviors are sustained and systems and community resilience strengthened to prevent and withstand shocks from future disease outbreaks or other emergencies.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
This post holders will work under the overall supervision of the Sector Coordinator and closely within a team of experts. They will also support the coordination at state and municipal levels.
The post holders are expected to have responsibilities to build, lead and manage the WASH sector information, encompassing the following:

WASH Sector progress monitoring

  • Undertake an initial assessment of the existing information management processes and capacities of the WASH sector in Amazonas and Para, both at States and Cities levels.
  • Define and set-up processes that are aligned with the requirements of the existing monitoring system (Sistema Nacional de Informações sobre Saneamento) and contribute to monitoring the progress of the PlanSaB in both States as regard the four main areas of programs (abastecimento de água potável, esgotamento sanitário, manejo de resíduos sólidos e drenagem das águas pluviais urbanas).
  • Maintain Sector information databases up to date that consolidate, analyse and report/disseminate information critical to decision making.
  • Use GIS mapping for map production and geographic data management.
  • Support the development and analysis of needs assessment and monitoring programmes.
  • Develop and strengthen information management capacity through tailored training.

COVID-19, humanitarian response and emergency preparedness

  • Defines and set-up processes to monitor the progress of the four key COVID-19 areas of response: Preserve the health and well-being of all people, including the most vulnerable, by meeting their basic water, sanitation and hygiene needs, Intensify awareness-raising campaigns for infection prevention and control (IPC) and the efficient use of water in the home and in public spaces, Ensure the continuity and safety of water and sanitation services, Provide technical and financial support to utilities.
  • Collect, analyze and provide key data in a systematic and regular way to the WASH sector coordination team to support the preparation of sector SitRep related to COVID-19 activities with emphasis on sector plans, targets and achievements.
  • Support both the WASH sector and the WASH Working Group dedicated to the Venezuelan migration assistance for the development of an integrated adapted 5Ws (‘Who does What, Where, When and for Whom?’ databases) to enhance synergies and prevent duplication of actions.
  • Support the estimation of spatial and temporal gaps, overlaps and coverage of Sector COVID-19 and humanitarian activities and projects.
  • Manage an inventory of relevant documents related to the COVID-19 and humanitarian situation.

Deliverable 01:

  • Monthly report detailing: (1) situation of children and adolescents in WASH and Covid-19 pandemic contexts with data variables as specified by UNICEF; (2) advances in the coordinated response; (3) challenges encountered; (4) priority actions for the subsequent month; 5) regular project management meetings held and share findings, results and notes with the management team.
  • Initial assessment of the existing information management processes and capacities of the WASH sector in Amazonas and Para, both at States and Cities levels

Duration: 30 days
Deadline: 01 month from the date of contract signature

Deliverable 02:

  • Monthly report detailing: (1) situation of children and adolescents in WASH and Covid-19 pandemic contexts with data variables as specified by UNICEF; (2) advances in the coordinated response; (3) challenges encountered; (4) priority actions for the subsequent month; 5) regular project management meetings held and share findings, results and notes with the management team.
  • Document 5Ws (‘Who does What, Where, When and for Whom?’ databases) to enhance synergies and prevent duplication of actions.

Duration: 30 days
Deadline: 02 months from the date of contract signature

Deliverable 03:

  • Monthly report detailing: (1) situation of children and adolescents in WASH and Covid-19 pandemic contexts with data variables as specified by UNICEF; (2) advances in the UNICEF response; (3) challenges encountered; (4) priority actions for the subsequent month; 5) participate in regular project management meetings held and share findings, results and notes with the management team.
  • Estimation of spatial and temporal gaps, overlaps and coverage of Sector COVID-19 and humanitarian activities and projects

Duration: 30 days
Deadline: 03 months from the date of contract signature

Deliverable 04:
Monthly report detailing: (1) situation of children and adolescents in WASH and Covid-19 pandemic contexts with data variables as specified by UNICEF; (2) advances in the UNICEF response; (3) challenges encountered; (4) priority actions for the subsequent month; 5) regular project management meetings held and share findings, results and notes with the management team.
Duration: 30 days
Deadline: 04 months from the date of contract signature

Deliverable 05:
Monthly report detailing: (1) situation of children and adolescents in WASH and Covid-19 pandemic contexts with data variables as specified by UNICEF; (2) advances in the UNICEF response; (3) challenges encountered; (4) priority actions for the subsequent month; 5) regular project management meetings held and share findings, results and notes with the management team.
Duration: 30 days
Deadline: 05 months from the date of contract signature

Deliverable 06:
Summary end of consultancy report detailing: Situation of children and adolescents in WASH and Covid-19 pandemic contexts with data variables as specified by UNICEF; (2) summary of accomplishments achieved during the consultancy; (3) summary of remaining challenges; (4) summary of recommended next steps for UNICEF’s consideration; 5) regular project management meetings held and share findings, results and notes with the management team.
Draft of donor report developed, per UNICEF guidelines.
Duration: 30 days
Deadline: 05 months from the date of contract signature

PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

  • In accordance with UNICEF priorities, the supervisor and consultant will discuss and consolidate the Work Plan, establishing the products and competencies, which will be evaluated during and at the end of the consulting process. The monthly reports shall be subject to review and approval by UNICEF after delivery by the Consultant. If needed, revisions and alterations may be requested by UNICEF related to quality and technical depth parameters. Only after final clearance from the UNICEF Brazil, will the payment be processed.
  • Activity reports should be submitted with frequency lists of meetings and / or events, minutes of meetings with referrals agreed, photographic record with permission to use image according to UNICEF standard and life histories;
  • If the product’s delivery date is at the weekend or on a public holiday, it must be delivered on the next following business day;
  • UNICEF reserves the right to terminate the contract and/or withhold all or a portion of payment if the rules and the regulations regarding confidentiality, ethics and procedures of UNICEF and the partners are not followed, the performance is unsatisfactory, or work/deliverables are incomplete, not delivered or fail to meet the deadlines.

Key competences, technical background, and experience required Deadline

  • Excellent knowledge of MS Excel or MS Access (e.g. pivot tables and functions); proven technical expertise for managing data capture and storage, for analysing diverse datasets, and presenting information in understandable tables, charts, graphs and reports; knowledge of establishing and managing basic websites; proven skills in using GIS and map-making packages, and in web design and software development are an asset.
  • Languages: Portuguese; Spanish and English are an asset.

Qualifications

  • University degree, preferably at an advanced level, in a subject area relevant to information management.
  • Extensive work experience relevant to this post may be considered as a replacement for formal qualifications.
  • Formal training in cluster information management an advantage.

Experience

  • At least 3/5 years progressively responsible development or humanitarian work experience with UN and/or NGO, including information management in the first phase of an emergency response.
  • Extensive work experience outside the humanitarian sector which is relevant to this post will be considered as a replacement for humanitarian experience.

Closing Date Thu Jul 16 2020 10:55:00 GMT+0800 (China Standard Time)

About the Organization

UNICEF is out to change the world for children vaccination by vaccination, blanket by blanket, biscuit by biscuit, book by book. In most of America, these things are considered completely ordinary. But in many parts of the developing world, they can save a child's life. UNICEF is unique among world organizations and unique among those working with young people. As a global movement, we use our authority to influence decision makers and diverse partners to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. In 155 countries and territories, UNICEF's field staff uses hard-won expertise to meet the challenges facing children and those who care for them. Our history has given us a profound understanding of development and the importance of child health, education, equality and protection in advancing humanity. All that we do helps children realize their full potential. In support of UNICEF's work, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF focuses on five major priorities: education, emergencies, HIV/AIDS, immunization and malnutrition.

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