Senior Analyst – English | ReliefWeb

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Organization

iMMAP is an international nongovernmental organisation that provides information management services to humanitarian and development organizations. Through information management, we help our partners target assistance to the world’s most vulnerable populations. Our core philosophy is that better data leads to better decisions and that better decisions lead to better outcomes. iMMAP’s critical support to information value chains helps to solve operational and strategic challenges of our partners in both emergency and development contexts by enabling evidence-based decision-making for better outcomes.

Background

iMMAP is looking for a senior analyst to work on the COVID-19 Situational Analysis Project in partnership with Data Friendly Spaces (DFS). The project aims to identify and structure information from multiple documents and sources to enable effective analysis of the humanitarian conditions and identify information gaps to provide sound recommendations in needs assessment strategies.

The information is identified by a dedicated team of trained secondary data review officers who identify and tag available information based on the analytical framework developed between IMMAP/DFS.

The Senior Analysts’ role is to work closely with the Global Analyst and ensure all relevant information is screened and tagged accurately. Depending on the country, two to three SDRO will be supervised by the Senior Analyst. The tagging and subsequent analysis may include the following documents; news articles, humanitarian reports, appeals, operations updates, field assessments and reports, minutes of coordination meetings, etc. Once a month, the Senior Analyst will prepare with his/her team a draft situation analysis report based on the data available in DEEP.

Description of Duties

  • Tagging supervision: Supervise SDROs daily and provide feedback on tagging accuracy and sources being captured; Identify relevant information and import in the DEEP software if necessary. Identify alternatives sources of information that are not always publicly available; Ensure the list of main internet sources for each country of interest is updated and maintained;
  • Quality control: Verify tagging accuracy in the DEEP software, based on the agreed analysis framework. Participate in DFS weekly quality control meetings to discuss tagging issues, challenges, and definitions. Ensure quality control. Manage with other global analysts and quality controllers the master analysis framework definitions and examples. Support the identification or reference material for the agreed framework, including definitions and examples;
  • Data repository: Supervise the establishment of a shared quantitative baseline data repository (key population statistics, displacement data, health, food security, nutrition, etc.). Ensure naming convention is consistently and systematically used across the SDROs and in DEEP. Liaise with field partners to obtain or share data in coordination/collaboration with DFS teams and IMMAP Field offices
  • DEEP improvement: Report on DEEP bugs and problems and submit ideas for further improvement of the platform. Participate in the design and development of additional analytical modules in DEEP. Provide feedback on new features. Develop at least two entire categories in the DEEP category editor (a list of keywords associated with sub-sectors, in a different language, so the DEEP NLP can improve)
  • Situation analysis: Every month and in collaboration with DFS and IMMAP field teams, prepare with the SDROs, a situation analysis report detailing the country’s humanitarian conditions and the impact of COVID-19 on the situation. Ensure feedback from field partners is incorporated in the report before publication.
  • Analytical thinking. Ensure analytical standards are respected by the SDROs when developing the situation analysis. Select appropriate Structured Analysis Techniques to mitigate the impact of cognitive biases. Develop strategies to ensure the trustworthiness of results and the credibility of the findings.
  • Methodology: Each month, identify methodological gaps and lessons learned and identify key topics that require further methodological improvements. Maintained a list of key topics that require the capacity building of the SDRO team and other topics that require methodological briefs to be developed. Support the development of a Situation Analysis package, including guidance, tools, procedures, and templates.
  • Coordination: Coordinate with the DFS and IMMAP teams on the ground to decide on the next topics or information gaps to cover, improve field data collection, secondary data review and improvements to the next situation analysis document.

Requirements

Education:

  • Relevant university degree, social science, public health, Humanitarian Action, etc.

Experience:

  • At least 4-7 years of experience in secondary data collection and analysis in humanitarian settings
  • Familiarity with humanitarian settings and the United Nations/NGO system
  • Expert in developing and using analysis frameworks to guide data collection and analysis;
  • Experience in desk review and research mandatory
  • Experience in leading analysis team, teaching analysis, and analytical thinking tools mandatory
  • Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques and approaches
  • Experience with synthesis and analytical writing
  • Experience with project reporting and general information activities
  • Experience with secondary data review software, e.g., DEEP, qualitative data analysis software, etc.

Language:

  • Fluent in written and oral in English.

Skills & Knowledge:

  • An understanding of the analysis spectrum and specific analytical techniques to ensure each level of analysis is covered, i.e., descriptive, explanatory, interpretive, anticipative, and prescriptive analysis;
  • Knowledge of techniques and criteria to assess the reliability of sources and credibility of information;
  • An ability to work with both quantitative and qualitative data;
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize qualitative and quantitative information from a wide range of sources.
  • An understanding of main analytical standards used to assess the quality and credibility of analysis;
  • The ability to understand and recognize cognitive biases and their impact on conclusions (i.e., process, selection, and group biases) and to make use of recommended techniques and strategies to mitigate against judgment errors;
  • Ability to lead and supervise analysis teams
  • Excellent communications and reporting skills
  • Excellent analytical writing skills.
  • Ability to use a logical and structured approach to collate, archive, and synthesize information.
  • Excellent critical thinking skills, including challenging assumptions, considering alternative hypotheses, and looking for inconsistent data or negative cases; and
  • Ability to use a search engine and extract data from the internet
  • Rigor and attention to details
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to handle complex issues and data
  • Ability to address data inconsistencies and triangulate information.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to understand and adapt to complex and dynamic situations.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Good facilitation skills to achieve strong consensus between stakeholders;

The Senior analyst must have permanent access to the internet and a recent computer with a Chrome web browser.

Communication will be handled using skype, slack, or email.

Guiding Principles

Personnel is expected to conduct itself in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and iMMAP’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all Countries.

iMMAP has zero-tolerance for sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, human trafficking, child abuse and exploitation. Any violations of these principles and policies will be treated as serious misconduct.

iMMAP is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of background.

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