Information Management Officer

UN Children's Fund, Syria

Skill Required:, IT and ICT
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
19th November, 2019

Job Description

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.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

For every child, Education

The Syria crisis is now entering its ninth year and has had a disastrous impact on the lives of children, youth and their families. Since 2011, the crisis has affected over 11.8 million Syrians. Currently, 6.1 million school-age children and youth in and out of school are in need of education assistance. Close to two million school-age children (5-17 years old) have been displaced as a result of the conflict, and many of them on multiple occasions.

The conflict has significantly increased the proportion of Syrian children and youth out of school from 0.9 million (14 per cent) in the 2011/12 school year to 2.1 million (36 per cent) in the 2017/18 school year. Every year since 2013, around one-third of the school-age children and youth have been out of school and a whole generation of children and youth have received an inadequate education. This, coupled with a significant brain-drain, has caused a dramatic decline in Syria’s human capital. In many cases, attending education is not possible. Hostilities have resulted in over one in three schools damaged, destroyed, no longer accessible or occupied for shelter and other purposes.

The current situation for out-of-school children (OOSC) in Syria is complex and a direct result of the protracted crisis.

UNICEF is devising a set of essential NFE programmes to address the needs of out-of-school and children at risk of dropping out in the immediate response, ensuring the alignment of the programmes with educational pathways currently being identified in evolving discussion at the sector level.

In the design and identification of the programmes, UNICEF considered the child profile determined by age, educational background (knowledge and skills) and needs and therefore conceived NFE programmes as a set of pathways to:

  • support children on early learning and school readiness before joining grade 1 of formal education (children aged 4-5 years);
  • support children at risk of dropping out to be retained within formal education mainstream (6-19 years old);
  • support out-of-school children in reaching the appropriate grade for their age in formal education (formal or vocational) or to support adolescents and youth to reach a minimal level of functional literacy and numeracy (young 4-5 yrs. old) and out-of-school children (OOSC 6-19 yrs. old).

How can you make a difference?

Under the guidance and general supervision of the Education Specialist (Level 4), the Information Management Officer provides the SCO education section with the expertise in data management, analysis and reporting on the specific Non-Formal Education Programme and in the management of Child Monitoring System (CMS). He/she will provide regular de-briefing on the status of UNICEF partnerships, expenditure and reach of beneficiaries vis-à-vis planned targets and approved budgets in collaboration with all education field officers and education team The Data and Information Management Officer will work on a daily basis with SCO Education Section and coordinate with UNICEF Education IM, MENARO-WoS IM, MoE and other relevant stakeholders. The Data and Information Management Officer will provide technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes to facilitate the administration and achievement of results on education programs/projects to improve tracking the OOSC and educational pathways for OOSC especially for children who are marginalized, disadvantaged and excluded in society.

The Data and Information Management Officer will be specifically accountable for:

  • Manage, improve and expand the Child-level Monitoring System (CMS) framework and data collection mechanism across all field offices in Syria
  • Ensure data collation, quality and analysis on NFE related programmes to inform the implementation and development of the programme, ensuring timely accurate reporting as per donor specific requirements
  • Coordinate with MoE to ensure that the Child-level Monitoring System (CMS) database is harmonized with EMIS system and is informing Curriculum B programme monitoring and reporting
  • Design manage and track UNICEF non-formal partnerships, resources allocation and timely expenditure in coordination with UNICEF education and field teams
  • Provide data analysis on NFE programme progress on resource allocation and expenditure, beneficiaries reach and recommend action for programme improvement
  • Support capacity building of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) carrying out NFE activities on data collection, as well as with UNICEF financial rules and regulations (particularly HACT)
  • The Data and Information Management Officer contributes to the achievement of results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM) and UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework.
  • To this end, UNICEF SCO is seeking to hire a Data and Information Management Officer who has a strong background in M&E, data management and analysis, and is familiar with the humanitarian education context.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Bachelor University degree in Social Sciences, Political sciences, Education, Statistical Analysis, Communications, or related fields. Advanced University degree is an asset in related fields.
  • Additional education experience in Geographic Sciences, Information Technology, Information Systems, budget management are a considerable asset.
  • A minimum of one year in proven experience working with programmes in humanitarian needs assessments, surveys, humanitarian performance monitoring and evaluations. It is preferred to have 3-6 years of experience in a similar role or function.
  • Previous experience working with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or UN Agencies is considered as an asset.
  • Fluency in English & Arabic is required.

Other required skills:

  • Strong knowledge of Excel and relevant computer programs and software (such as Power BI)
  • Ability to maintain and manage database content
  • Ability to present information in understandable tables, charts and graphs
  • Preferred experience in understanding of GIS/Cartographic outputs and ability to collect and organize data to support their production (potentially to be produced by others)
  • Knowledge of Visual Basic/macros a plus
  • Data storage and file management expertise
  • Communications and technical writing using both graphic and narrative presentations
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills


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