Information Management Officer - (6 months) Bamako, Mali

Post date Monday, 18 July, 2022 - 11:19
Closing date Sunday, 31 July, 2022 - 23:45
Document Type Vacancy Announcement
Sources Food Security Cluster / Sector
Filed under Job Vacancies

Deadline 31st of July


Information Manager is one of the core Food Security Cluster Coordination team members and plays a vital role in collecting, analysing, and sharing information that is important for the cluster stakeholders to make informed, evidence based and strategic decisions on:

  1. the food security needs of affected populations
  2. the prioritization of these areas according to Food Security indicators
  3. where there is a need for Food Security actors and to what degree
  4. what are the key gaps in activity and need
  5. what capacity (human, material, financial) exists to be used in support of the identified prioritised response needs


The Information Manager therefore supports the Food Security Cluster Coordinator by collecting and analysing data and information required to make programmatic decisions.

As such, the Information Manager needs to be able to liaise and communicate with many different types of people and agencies and act as a ‘bridge’ between food security decision makers and technical information management (IM) staff.

Fundamental to the job is the ability to collect and analyse data as well as to present information in a way that is easily understood by the cluster members. Sometimes this is through graphic means such a mapping but also through tables, charts, and narrative writing. Other times it involves discussing the information directly with the decision makers.

The IM tool facilitates data collection, processing and response analysis.  By producing project reports and maps the IM tool can visualize gaps and overlaps of partner responses, and avoid duplication of humanitarian assistance, especially considering issues of food availability, access and utilization.  Consistent information sharing by partners facilitates project tracking and monitoring, and ultimately result in evidence based decision making for strategic intervention and improved implementation. Furthermore, use of the IM tool enhance the dissemination of timely and accurate information for advocacy efforts by clusters.

The FSC Information Manager is responsible for the day to day management of the FSC IM Tool.


Data collection and information analysis:

  • Report to the Food Security Cluster Coordinator and respond to the Cluster Membership’s needs for information;
  • Provide IM services to cluster for key decision making, including managing the FSC IM Tool. These services will include data collection, cleaning, collation, analysis and dissemination processes relevant to the needs of the cluster.  This may require building additional and appropriate capacity through the training of additional staff and managing, organizing, and conducting these activities;
  • Proactively gather information from Cluster partners and other organizations which may be of use to the Food Security Cluster for informing making;
  • Identify secondary data and information resources as needed;
  • Organize and manage the data input and initial analysis and presentation of data for the Food Security cluster, including setting up the FSC IM Tool in accordance with the country context. 
  • Create, manage and maintain contact directories and mailing lists of Food Security Cluster partners;
  • Establish, collect information for and maintain Who does What Where and When for Whom (5W) database and derivative products, such as maps with the gFSC Information Management Tool
  • Based on collected data, conduct needs and gap identification for the sector; facilitating and agreeing benchmarks to enable prioritisation within the sector;
  • Conduct inventory of and identify relevant common Cluster / Sector data sets, including population data disaggregated by age and sex;
  • Develop simple, user-friendly emergency Food Security monitoring reporting formats in consultation with the local authorities, providers of Food Security assistance and other key stakeholders;
  • Collect data on the humanitarian requirements and contributions (financial, material, human – as appropriate);


Other tasks:

  • Liaise with OCHA and IM Focal Points in other clusters – share information as appropriate and identify and gather information from other clusters which can inform Food Security response and preparedness decisions.
  • Assist OCHA and the partners in the HPC 2023 process (ICC meeting and information requests, supporting the NGO with the reviewing of the projects, support the IM working group with the revision of the indicators, ensure the projects are Gender and protection sensitive, ensure the partners meet with the Cluster Gender and protection engagements)
  • Assist in organizing and following up with FSC Meetings (including preparing and disseminating meeting minutes)
  • Produce and disseminate information, including through e-mail updates, bulletins, etc. (periodic dashboards and Cluster periodic review from data analysis)
  • Ensure the FSC website is kept up to date
  • Provide inputs for various situation reports and information inquiries as needed
  • Keep the Cluster mailing list up to date. Provide support to the regions for the local lists update
  • Any other tasks that may be required (within reason) to achieve the objective of this assignment.


Desired Responsibilities

  • Produce maps of 5Ws, identified gaps, food security resources and needs as requested with GIS software as needed beyond the basic maps that can be produced with the IM Tool 
  • Coaching and mentoring of the regional Focal points. Provide solid support to the provision of accurate and useful decision-making information (RRM matrix, follow up market situation and food security situation)
  • Provide capacity strengthening support to partners on IM tools when needed
  • Follow up on regional key activities. Provide support to meetings organization and drafting of presentations and reports
  • Provide Regional Focal Points with analysis of each region from 5W matrix or any other monitoring tool. 
  • Provide any other support required from partners or focal points



  • Bachelor (BAC+3) level at least qualification or equivalent. Preferably, this should be in a relevant field or discipline such as Food Security, Agriculture, geographic sciences, humanitarian affairs, political science, Information Technology, Information Systems, Engineering, or Communications although experience can replace qualifications.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience – experience in humanitarian field in emergency context is preferred.
  • Willingness and ability to work in difficult environments, in often stressful time- critical situations.
  • Ability to work in French required, with working-level proficiency in English. 
  • Cultural and Gender awareness and sensitivity.

Technical Skill sets

Essential Technical Skills:

  • Strong knowledge of and experience in using advanced Excel and data analysis softwares, including proficiency with databases.
  • Understanding of GIS/Cartographic outputs and ability to collect and organize data to support their production (potentially to be produced by others).
  • Ability to present information in understandable tables, charts and graphs.

Other Technical Skills that are considered desirable:

  • Ability to maintain and manage website content for the cluster.
  • Data storage and file management expertise.
  • Assessment, Survey, and Monitoring and Evaluation expertise.
  • Communications and technical writing using both graphic and narrative presentations.
  • Information Technology and networking skills.
  • Knowledge of ArcGIS or other mapping software is an advantage.



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