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OCHA-IMO-P3-Remote (for Turkiye office/Syria response)

Remote, Home-based
Position Title: IMO
Receiving Agency: OCHA Turkiye
P Level: P3
Location: Remote (for Syrian response)
Duration: 3 months
Language: Fluency in English and Arabic

ROLE REQUIREMENTS

6. Main tasks and duties to be executed (specify precisely in a maximum of 10 bullet points):
 Support the Cash Working Group with the provision of cash-specific information management processes
and products and ensure integration of cash data into inter-cluster processes and products.
 Manage cash related content on relevant web platforms, provide overall quality control for the platform
and ensure content is current, comprehensive and follows relevant metadata standards.
 Harmonize tools and approaches, foster complementarities, and build synergies and a common strategic
and operational vision to promote joint accountability and coordination among all the CVA actors.
 Develop a base to integrate beneficiary information and assistance information management systems in
NWS.
 Ensure consistent cash-related information and activities are shared across relevant coordination forums,
including the Inter-Cluster Coordination Group, Assessment and Analysis Working Group and other
clusters as relevant
 Operationalize systems and processes to support cash and voucher activities.
 Provide technical review and analysis of cash programming in north-west Syria and produce analysis for
the Inter-cluster Coordination.
 Contribute to the information management working group in accordance with IASC guidance to facilitate
humanitarian information exchange and the promotion of data and information standards
 Support the Cash Working Group and integrate cash data into inter-cluster processes and products.
 Continue enhancing and managing the cash-related content on the interactive dashboard and ensure
quality control.
 Harmonize tools and approaches to promote joint accountability and coordination among all cash
assistance actors.

7. Expected outcome of the deployment (detail in bullet point form the anticipated achievements and added value expected from the deployment):
 Conduct information analysis to produce solutions for improved interoperability for the humanitarian actors to minimize duplication.
 Effective information management and coordination of the CWG and the Inter-cluster Coordination Group (ICCG)
 Support the continued transition of cash coordination in NWS.
 Perform CASH analysis and inclusion of these analysis in the online platforms.
 Maintain and produce monthly CASH 4Ws.
 Facilitate discussion and agreement on the use of common standards and tools among CWG partners, including leading the development of such standards and tools when required.
 Ensure proper handover to the CASH IMO who is being recruited.

8. Specific required skills (languages, experience, ability to work remotely/as a singleton, soft skills, etc.):
Experience in information management, information systems, web management, data management, geographic information systems & mapping, data visualization, or other related area. Experience managing information in disaster response or complex emergencies in the field is required. Experience with Cash coordination and information management support to a Cash Working Group. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Arabic are required.

OPERATIONAL ENVIRONMENT

9. Brief description of emergency outbreak/upsurge and the consequences for OCHA:
From 2023 to 2024, the number of people in need in north-west Syria has increased by five per cent from 4.05 million to 4.24 million people - out of 2024 population of some 5.06 million. The majority has been women and children. The total number of IDPs has increased by 21 per cent from 2.86 million in 2023 to 3.45 million in 2024. While the number remains at a similar level in 2023. Around 2.0 million people today continue to live in camps or self-settled sites in dire conditions, around 79 per cent are women and girls, often with limited or no access to health services, clean water or electricity. The UN and humanitarian partners continue to address on-going needs driven by the protracted nature of the conflict as well as additional needs in the aftermath of the earthquakes. Cash assistance is one piece of the crossborder response, becoming one of the most critical modalities for addressing needs in a manner which provides the affected population with dignity and choice. The earthquake response showed the enormous flexibility of this modality and the need to support the Cash Working Group (CWG - existing and fully functional) in maximizing it further. Advocacy has been placed with the Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator to ensure dedicated envelopes for multi-purpose cash assistance under the Syria Cross-border Humanitarian Fund, which is now a strategic priority in the Inter Cluster Coordination Group response. With a global requirement for OCHA to co-chair and be accountable for the functioning of the CWG under the transition to a new cash coordination structure mandated by the IASC, the deployment of an IMO to work on cash alongside the assigned Humanitarian Affairs Officer in the OCHA Coordination Unit and the existing CWG Coordinator has been identified as the most critical asset to ensure the success of the transition. Finally, the overall humanitarian response environment is changing due to the UN Security Council Resolution no longer in effect and a consent modality is in place. Given the uncertainty of what the future response will look like there is a general sense, and supported by the DRHC and donors that supporting through cash may become the most equitable and efficient way of supporting vulnerable populations with their needs. With a continued increase emphasis on cash, OCHA is required to show its leadership in this field.

10. Brief surge need justification (including why the post is urgent and why current/other OCHA capacity cannot cope/does not apply):
OCHA has taken on its responsibilities in the area of cash assistance coordination since the IASC adopted the cash assistance coordination model in 2022. This includes co-chairing the Cash Working Group (CWG). The OCHA Gaziantep office for NWS has limited capacity to fulfill its responsibilities in this area. Currently, there is one IM focal point position within the IM unit responsible for supporting this area, but that position is still under recruitment and the whole process will be finalized in the coming three months. The current arrangement for managing the CWG is not sufficient to perform the required tasks. Further, this limited capacity has meant that the CWG members' expected level of performance is not being reached. Therefore, OCHA Gaziantep would like to engage a stand-by partner to deploy a dedicated cash IM expert for an initial period of three months and ensure a handover to the coming dedicated CASH IMO.
OCHA's engagement of a stand-by partner to have a cash IM expert for an a period of three months will have several benefits. These include:
 Providing OCHA with a dedicated staff member for cash coordination.
 Supporting the implementation of the CWG workplan, as required by the new IASC coordination model.
 Ensuring a coherent and smooth transition to the new coordination model.
 Ensuring a smooth handover to the dedicated CASH IMO within the Information Management and Analysis Unit (IMAU)

11. OCHA’s role and key challenges:
There is a critical need to enhance cash coordination at the non-programmatic level and at the information management to ensure a comprehensive assessment and management to support the scale up of the humanitarian response in north-west Syria.

12. Main partners and stakeholders in the field:
 North-west Syria Cash Working Group
 UN agencies
 International NGOs
 Syrian NGOs
 Donors

13. What is the staffing plan to continue the work (if applicable) of the deployee, after the surge support period? OCHA Gaziantep will include a fully funded OCHA position to start at the end of the deployment into its costplan for 2024.

 

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