28 Mar 2017

UNICEF Emergency Information Management Officer Job in Kenya

Below average performance of the 2016 short and long rains has led to a severe drought in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) of Kenya. As a consequence the food insecure population in Kenya has more than doubled over a six-month period. It is estimated that 2.7 million people in Kenya are
now in need of relief assistance, from 1.3 million in August 2016[1].

This includes 300,000 people in non-Arid and Semi-Arid (non-ASAL) counties affected by crop failures and decline of yields. Most vulnerable are children under 5 years, mothers, the elderly and the sick. Turkana North, North Horr of Marsabit, and Mandera have reported critical levels (GAM >30per cent) of acute malnutrition. Approximately 35 per cent of rural water points were non-functional even before the drought; now it is estimated that an additional 20 per cent of water points have broken down or dried up in some areas. The cost of water has risen up to ten-folds in some counties as water points are breaking down due to extra demands or drying up.


  • Support visualization, collection and maintenance of primary data and information elements, in humanitarian context and UNICEF Humanitarian response, that are required internally and externally to support humanitarian decision-making
  • Identify secondary data and information resources relevant for and prior to deployment for rapid onset emergency response. Liaise with UNICEF M&E section to gather and share information – especially for background data and sources of information in-country
  • Maintain and update GIS data set and produce Cartography and infographics as requested across the sectors.
  • Assist in strategic and operational decision-making by coordinating the processing and analysis of data and presenting it in the format most useful for analysis (e.g. reports, maps) using latest data visualisation and mapping technologies.
  • Participate, advise and ensure adherence to information management system during field assessment.
  • Identify barriers for humanitarian information collection, collation, analysis and sharing. Work with the sector coordinator/emergency focal point to develop appropriate supportive strategies for collecting and sharing data/information by providing a timely, added value service to all stakeholders.
  • Liaise with OCHA and IM Focal Points in other sector/clusters – share information as appropriate and identify and gather information from other sector/clusters which can inform sector response and preparedness decisions.
  • Assist in structured development and dissemination of UNICEF information products and services (e.g. reports, data and maps) through internally and to external partners (OCHA, donors, UN agencies, government): for example, hard copy, email list and websites.
  • Work in close collaboration with communication team to provide update contents on the UNICEF website, twitter and humanitarian products;
  • Promote and support capacity building of UNICEF staff, sector partners, Government personnel as required on information managements and simple mapping with M&E section.
  • Be the responsible for organising FO&E UNICEF shared drive and innovation in utilisation of One drive cloud.
  • Any other duties as may be requested by Chief of Field Operation and Emergency.

Job Requirements

  • University degree in Information Management (Geographic Sciences, Information Technology, Information Systems, Statistics) or Social Sciences, Humanitarian Studies, International Relations with specialized training in data/information management or/and graphics design and visualization.
  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant professional work experience – including field experiences in information management and development of information products with visualization in an international development or humanitarian setting.
  • Willingness and ability to work in difficult environments, in often stressful, time-critical situations.
  • Experience/exposure in humanitarian coordination mechanism.
  • Excellent technical capacities to ensure smooth and high quality production
  • Experience in working with state institution, NGOs and local authorities, working in the local development and the public administration field.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills.
  • The ability to provide quality products, with minimum supervision and to tight deadlines.

How to Apply
Click Here to apply before 7th April 2017.

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