Information Management Officer (IMO) - Food Security Sector, Beirut, Lebanon

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Country: Lebanon

City: Beirut, Lebanon

Office: WFP Beirut, Lebanon

Closing date: Thursday, 22 October 2020

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


This vacancy Announcement will close on 22 October 2020 at 11:59, Rome Time


This position is open to qualified Lebanese candidates ONLY.

Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Only shortlisted applicants will be conducted.


Assisting more than 90 million people in 83 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. As the international community has committed to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition by 2030, one in nine people worldwide still do not have enough to eat. Food and food-related assistance lie at the heart of the struggle to break the cycle of hunger and poverty.

WFP Lebanon provides humanitarian assistance to nearly 1.1 million vulnerable person, in the form of unrestricted assistance in-kind and cash based transfers. WFP Lebanon also provides food assistance in the form of snack and fresh food to school aged students and their families. This support is designed to improve the students‘ health and make them and their families more motivated to pursue the children’s right to education. WFP Lebanon also supports vulnerable households in protecting and improving their livelihoods through trainings and rehabilitation of local infrastructures.

To know more about WFP’s mission, please check the below video:

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT AND JOB PURPOSE: The Information Management Officer (IMO) is one of the core Food Security Sector (FSS) Coordination team members and plays a vital role in collecting, analysing, and sharing information that is important for the sector stakeholders to make informed, evidence based and strategic decisions on:

Food security needs and geographic areas of affected populations

Location and activity of Food Security actors

Key gaps in activity/program coverage and response overlaps

Existing capacity (human, material, financial) to be utilised in support of the identified response needs

Monitoring of the response against the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP), the Beirut Blast Appeal, the Lebanon Emergency Appeal for COVID-19 and other set indicators

The IMO reports to the Food Security Sector Coordinator (FSS-CC) and responds to the FSS Membership’s needs for information. The FSS IMO is responsible for the day to day management of the FSS IM Tool, under the technical guidance and support of the Information Management (IM) team at the Global FSC and in coordination with the IM Working Group in Lebanon, both under the Beirut Blast Appeal and the LCRP. The IMO can also be requested to provide support to the nutrition task force under the FSS during the Beirut Blast appeal duration. The IMO needs to be able to liaise and communicate with a wide range of stakeholders and acts as a ‚bridge‘ between food security decision makers and technical information management (IM) staff. Fundamental to the job is the ability to design (and/or adapt) the right tools to collect and analyse data as well as to present information in a way that is easily understood by the FSS members, and external audience (i.e. graphic means such a mapping but also through tables, charts, and narrative writing).

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Within delegated authority and under the direct supervision of the Food Security Sector Coordinator (FSS-CC), the incumbent will perform the following tasks:

Support the LCRP preparation: provide data for FS indicators; together with FSS-CC, and along with IMWG, analyse the severity of needs and define PiN

Support the development, together with the FSS-CC and in consultation with sector partners, of the coordination of FSS response plans, strategy and logframe under the LCRP;
Support FSS-CC in creating and monitoring partners‘ project submissions (ex: HPC online system for project submission);
Support in creating and monitoring the partners‘ reporting though ActivityInfo;
Proactively gather information from FSS partners and other organizations which may be of use in ensuring informed decision-making processes;
Develop and maintain database about FSS partners‘ activities (i.e 4Ws), analyse and process the data, and share final information and products (dashboards, maps, etc.) with FSS partners. Ensure that data is collected and presented in a way consistent with the FSS objectives

Ensure financial monitoring for the sector response activities (check OCHA FTS);
Conduct secondary data review, compile an inventory of available assessments and provide FSS partners with a list of available information/data with respective sources on a regular basis (e.g. common Cluster / Sector data sets, including population data disaggregated by age and sex, assessments and other surveys such as EFSA /CFSAM/SMART, IPC);
Create and maintain Contact directories and mailing lists;
Maintain updated gFSC country and the FSC Humanitarian Response webpages with all relevant material;
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Conduct capacity building for FSS partners on IM (e.g. on monitoring / reporting formats, project submission, excel use);
Contribute to the development of reports (Sitreps, Bulletins, newsletters, sector presentation updates ) by providing the FSS-CC with data and information;
Assist in organizing FSS Meetings (national and regional), FSS - Blast response meeting and working groups (ex: Nutrition Task Force, Cash-Based Transfer Task Force) and in note taking;
Together with the FSS-CC, support gFSC initiatives, e.g. CCPM (Cluster Coordination Performance Monitoring), global cluster annual overview, global dashboards, etc.;
Liaise with OCHA, UNHCR/UNDP and IM Focal Points in other sectors, and attend IM Working Group meetings or other relevant WG meetings - share information as appropriate;
Respond to inter-agency information requests (i.e. 5W, situation reports) and engage with inter-agency processes.

Perform any other duties as required.

Deliverables /OUTPUTS:

Mandatory IM products on a regular basis: 4Ws database, Partners Presence Map, Gap Analysis (PiN vs reached), Funding Analysis, Activity Analysis;
Contact directory and mailing list;
Assessments repository;
Quarterly, Mid-year and end-of year dashboards as applicable

Monthly FS indicators reporting monitoring in the Activity Info System

FSS meeting presentations and minutes, including dashboards and maps;
FSS country webpage;
IM annual workplan;
Handover report with shared folder with documents at the end of the assignment.


Education: University Degree or equivalent preferably in Statistics, Economics, Data Management, GIS and other related fields.

Experience: Minimum of 3 years of experience in data management and visualization.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Arabic. Knowledge of French is an advantage.


Experience in humanitarian context is mandatory and experience in food security -related topics is highly desirable.

Working knowledge of Arabic and English.

Willingness and ability to work in difficult environments, in often stressful time- critical situations;
Formal training in Cluster/sector IMO or previous Cluster/sector experience is desirable.