Senior Information Management Officer
Terms of reference
Senior Information Management Officer
Country/Region: Kabul, Afghanistan
iMMAP is an international not-for-profit non-governmental organization (NGO) that provides targeted information management support to partners responding to complex humanitarian and development challenges. For more than 15 years, we have promoted measurable change in people’s lives through our core philosophy: better data leads to better decisions and, ultimately, better outcomes. Our expertise in data collection, analysis and presentation has revolutionized the decision-making process for our diverse, multi-sectoral partners who seek enhanced coordination and sustainable solutions through information management. iMMAP’s mission is to be the first port of call for Information and Knowledge Management expertise within the humanitarian and development community.
iMMAP was formed in late 1998 to lead the first internationally-coordinated effort to combine information management, sociology and Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to define the scourge of landmines and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) and measure their impact on communities. In 2001 the United Nations asked iMMAP to take what it had learned and developed in addressing the ERW threat, and apply this to coordinating humanitarian activities in Afghanistan. Since that time, iMMAP has deployed at the request of the United Nations and international donors to most major humanitarian crises on the global scene.
Scope of work
The Senior Information Management Officer (SIMO) is a key position in the country of deployment, with support responsibility for all individuals and organizations designated by Country Representative for Afghanistan. The IMO will participate in establishing an effective information management unit that will support all goals and strategies of the iMMAP Afghanistan Program, national partners and applicable donor agencies.
- The SIMO is responsible for daily integration of Cluster-related, and OFDA partner, data into ASDC, a Common Operating Picture (COP) system developed by iMMAP.
- The SIMO will oversee the development of custom reports and map layers.
- The SIMO will design and customize databases from the reporting Clusters, and prepare them for integration into, a Common Operating Picture (COP) system developed by iMMAP.
- The SIMO will oversee the development of reporting and mapping products, and other geospatial information tools.
- The SIMO will represent iMMAP interests at and assist in the development of cooperative data exchange and information management networks beneficial to iMMAP by liaising with stakeholder organizations.
- The SIMO will work with the iMMAP Afghanistan team to ensure that all support requirements of iMMAP, OFDA, OCHA and other organizations are met in a timely and efficient manner.
- The SIMO will conduct iMMAP demonstrations and training sessions.
- The SIMO will develop Standing Operating Procedures (SOP), organization policies and national standards with regard to the deployment, use and maintenance of tools.
- The SIMO will develop standard formats for, and regular output of publication of materials and statistics highlighting the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan as required by OFDA and the Clusters.
- Prepare and deliver demonstrations and presentations concerning the capabilities and outputs of tools and other geospatial technologies;
- Manage, supervise and mentor iMMAP national staff to build capacity, to operate, modify and maintain tools in the long term.
- Conduct spatial analysis to identify populations at risk for available hazard data. Produce custom maps and reports.
- Under the leadership of the Country Coordinator, engage potential donors and pursue alternative funding sources for iMMAP.
- Identify new way and means to engage with NGOs, Humanitarian and development organisations.
- Oversee the migration of client based tool to web based tools.
- Disaster Risk Reduction: Compiling a historical record of major disasters in the selected province. iMMAP has already collected a significant amount of this data; including earthquakes, snow cover persistence, security incidents, landmine contamination, and flood inundation risk. Data collection will support analysis of existing localized risk within the province. The Data Collection Phase will also include collection of hazard assessments that have been conducted previously (e.g., seismic hazard assessment of Afghanistan by the United State Geological Survey [USGS])
- Gap Analysis and Review of Available Data: in this stage, any gaps in available data will be identified and therefore fieldwork can focus on the collection of the missing data.
- Decide upon the most appropriate available methodology for multi-hazard field data collection activity. This will take into account gaps identified in the previous phase, and focus upon collecting information that is not already available. This phase will include questionnaire development and incorporating existing data collection mechanisms from OCHA, UNDP, ANDMA, NGOs, and other organizations.
- Develop preliminary maps of multiple hazards affecting the selected provinces.
- Field data collection of hazards and their impacts.
- Population Vulnerability Analysis: Field data will be incorporated to examine vulnerability of the population against each identified hazard. The vulnerability assessment will identify all possible impacts these hazards may have upon the population. The vulnerability assessment will clearly outline social, economic, physical and environmental aspects of hazard impacts upon communities.
- Preparation of Vulnerability Maps.
- Disaster risk reduction capacity assessment of partners and stakeholders from government and non-governmental agencies, including local communities. The capacity assessment component will examine DRR skills and knowledge capacity at the individual and institutional levels to manage future disaster risk. This assessment will also analyze local dependence upon the central government for disaster early warning and response.
- Preparation of Capacity Assessment Maps.
- Provide inputs to the final report
- Represent the iMMAP Afghanistan Team with national and international donors, partners and other organizations as directed, and participate in local community activities as appropriate.
- Adhere to iMMAP branding guidelines for all iMMAP products and correspondence.
Chain of Command
The iMMAP SIMO works under the direct supervision of the iMMAP CR for Afghanistan. The SIMO will work in close consultation with other members of the iMMAP Afghanistan Team and refer to the CC for operational and security assistance.
- At least 10 years of experience in the field of Information Management (IM).
- Advanced University degree or related technical training in information management, computer information systems, database administration, knowledge management or geographic information systems.
- Knowledge of the ESRI range of technical products and tools.
- Experience in database administration and management.
- Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator
- Proven skills in Remote Sensing and its applications
- Proven ability and experience interacting with a wide range of organizations while upholding humanitarian principles of impartiality and neutrality;
- Practical experience working in emergency response or other fast paced high stress environment
- Experience in open source web mapping solutions is an advantage
- Willingness to travel in Afghanistan (if security situation allows), with possible regional travel necessary
- Physically fit and able to cope with demands of unusual working hours and difficult environments
iMMAP is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment based upon race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, handicap, or any other reason not related to employment.
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