WASH Sector Information Management Specialist

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Manaus, Brazil
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
Languages Required: 
Portuguese

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Background & Rationale

UNICEF Brazil is committed to continuing to deliver assistance to children across the areas affected by COVID-19 and will continue working with governments (Department of Social Development, Education,  Health and WASH) at State and City levels and partners to ensure children, parents, care givers, communities in informal settlements, poor townships, rural indigenous areas and in need receive humanitarian assistance that is framed in longer term private and public alliances and adjusted sector and intersectoral public policies. The work of UNICEF contributes both to outbreak control and to mitigating  the collateral socio-economic impacts of the pandemic, through adequate Risk Communication and, supporting the continuity of essential social services for children, women and vulnerable populations, among which access to water, sanitation and hygiene services are critical.

In order to ensure a timely response envisioning large scale and sustained impact for the most vulnerable groups in urban slums and rural areas, UNICEF Brazil, in alignment with its COVID-19 response plan, will focus its efforts on outcome on strenghtening the water and sanitation sector coordination at States and Cities level in Amazonas and Para.

UNICEF, as highlighted in its Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action, is fully committed to support Government-led coordinaton efforts and interagency humanitarian action through provision of leadership and participation in assigned clusters and sectors.

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.

General Conditions: Procedures and Logistics

  • No contract may commence unless the contract is signed by both UNICEF and the consultant or individual Contractor
  • Consultants will not have supervisory responsibilities or authority on UNICEF budget.
  • Any type of transportation that might be needed, except for the day-today dislocation, shall be provided by the UNICEF (for example, internal flight/road dislocation. Such movement shall be object of authorization by the contract supervisor in the UNICEF.

Financial Proposal

Costs indicated are estimated. Final rate shall follow “best value for money” principle, i.e., achieving the desired outcome at the lowest possible fee.

A financial proposal including the fee for the assignment based on the deliverables and number of days must be submitted. Consultants and individual contractors are asked to stipulate all-inclusive fees, including lump sum travel and subsistence costs, as applicable.

The payment will be based on submission of agreed deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.

Restrictions

In case of government officials, the contract cannot be issued without prior written clearance by the Government​, or unless on leave without pay.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all religious and ethnic backgrounds, representing the diversity of Brazil, such as black and indigenous people, to apply to become a part of our organization. Candidates will be equally considered regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, social and HIV/aids status.

Opening Date Thu Jul 09 2020 08:00:00 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time) E. South America Standard Time
Closing Date Wed Jul 15 2020 22:55:00 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time