Humanitarian Information Management Officer
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Start Date Sep - Nov 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 5 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
Language Scale: http://cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to all nationalities outside of Ethiopia. Applicants must be eligible to obtain an entry visa and work permit for Ethiopia.
Due to funder restrictions, support for accompanying partners/dependents is not available for this placement.
The Volunteer’s Role
This is an exciting opportunity for a humanitarian communications professional who is passionate about supporting the Growing Nutrition for Mothers and Children (GROW) project in Ethiopia. This is an initiative to address under nutrition in women of reproductive age and children under five years of age.
As the Humanitarian Information Management Officer your primary role will be to facilitate communication flows to ensure that CARE decision-makers and key external stakeholders (including CARE implementing partners and disaster-affected communities) receive the information they need during an emergency response in a timely way. This will require strengthening and streamlining existing information management systems to respond to vastly increased time-critical information demands from internal and external stakeholders.
Apply to this postion today and help make a difference in Ethiopia!
As a volunteer, you will:
- Conduct periodic assessments (including field visits) to determine current and anticipated priority information needs of key target groups (CARE decision-makers, media/communications, fundraising, implementing partners, disaster-affected communities, donors, government and UN coordinators, etc.)
- Lead the development and implementation of a communications/information management (IM) strategy for CARE’s emergency response which clarifies Information management approaches. Provides streamlined protocols for collection and validation of information collected; and
- Strengthen and streamline IM systems, including reinforce and oversee the maintenance of Emergency Operations Rooms in the CARE CO and Field Offices which are designed to provide clear display of updated status of CARE’s activities and priority follow-up actions to, for example, facilitate decision-making during meetings, proposal development, preparation of emergency strategies, presentations to donors, etc.
- Information and Data Collection and Coordination by attending internal briefings, external meetings (e.g. cluster meetings), collect and (where appropriate) synthesize relevant documents, meet with CARE staff and undertake field visits as appropriate to remain up to date on the unfolding emergency situation and CARE’s response. Also assist Country Office to produce necessary materials to disseminate information throughout CARE International and externally. Such materials may include situation reports, program strategy, fact sheets, briefing notes and any others requested by CARE International members.
- Provide relevant training to field staff and partners in using information management systems, report drafting, etc.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
-University Degree in Information Science or equivalent combination of education and work experiences.
Essential Professional Background:
- Prior experience of setting up streamlined information management systems for a humanitarian agency during an emergency response.
- Ability to undertake research under potentially difficult and sensitive conditions
About Cuso International and Our Partner
Cuso International is a development organization that works to eradicate poverty and inequality through the efforts of highly skilled volunteers, collaborative partnerships, and compassionate donors. We mobilize hundreds of skilled volunteer professionals every year to work with local partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada to create positive, lasting change. Established in 1961, Cuso International is dedicated to tackling today’s most important development issues.
CARE – Addis Ababa
CARE started working in Ethiopia in 1984 in response to severe drought and famine that devastated the population and claimed the lives of nearly one million people. Since then, the organization’s activities have expanded to address the root causes of poverty and vulnerability.
Terms and Conditions
Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.
- Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)
- Accommodation while in placement
- Return airfare and visa/work permit costs
- Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance
- Pre-departure training and in-country orientation
- Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend
- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
- Travel and accommodation for the pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation (more details below)
- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months
Pre-departure Training and Briefing
We commit to helping you prepare as best as possible for your placement. As a volunteer you will have an advisor to support you through the pre-departure process and you will receive essential training as part of your preparation. This training is designed to maximize your understanding of your placement country and culture, help you identify and plan your own learning, and help you stay safe and healthy during your placement.
Overview of pre-departure training:
1.Self-directed briefing with documents and online training provided by your volunteer advisor and external resources
2.Online health briefing
3.Fundraising 101 Webinar
4.Pre-departure Training -Skills and Knowledge for Working in Development (SKWID) course
In-Country Training and Learning
As a volunteer, you will receive an In-Country Orientation (ICO) that builds upon pre-departure training. This will be conducted by either the country program office or the supporting partner organization. This normally lasts for 2-10 days (depending on language learning requirements and other factors). In some countries, volunteers will be able to access ongoing language training opportunities. In-Country Orientation equips you with the relevant skills, knowledge, and country-specific information to be successful in your placement. Furthermore, our Country Program Office or local partner will provide you with continuous in-country support throughout the duration of your placement.
Residency and Citizenship
The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.
We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for training, as applicable.
Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of travelling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.
By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to pre-departure training, an international placement or other Cuso International related travel.
You must check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:
- Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.
- Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.