Kenya Initial Rapid Assessment- Phase 2
Duration: 6 Months
Closing Date: 29 July, 2013
Position Title: Kenya Initial Rapid Assessment-Data Officer
Location: Nairobi, with visits to the field
Duration: Minimum 6 months (with possibility of extension)
Start Date: August 1st 2013
Language: Fluent in English and Kiswahili

Kenya Initial Rapid Assessment Background
The objective of the Kenya Initial Rapid Assessment (KIRA) project is to design and implement a country-wide coordinated, multi-sector, multiagency approach to emergency assessments in Kenya, to provide appropriate and timely information to support decision making regarding the response to humanitarian needs.
KIRA is a joint initiative initially instigated by OCHA and UNICEF on behalf of Kenya Humanitarian Partnership Team (KHPT), delivered in partnership with the Emergency Capacity Building Project (ECB), RedR UK, and supported by the Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS). The project was initiated to respond to a gap in multi sector assessments for sudden onset emergencies. This was identified by the inter sector working group (ISWG) and was the recent Real Time Evaluation (RTE) of the 2011 Horn of Africa drought.
KIRA’s key stakeholders include UN agencies, sectors, NGOs, the Kenya Red Cross and the Government in Kenya. KIRA phase I activities and outputs, between June 2012 – March 2013, comprised of consultations with stakeholders, the participatory development of a coordinated needs assessment methodology and tool, and training delivery to 300+ decentralized participants at national and field levels to build skills in stakeholders’ application of the tool in the field. Phase I was linked closely to the wider government owned national humanitarian contingency planning and preparedness efforts of the Kenyan 2013 elections. The KIRA mechanism package was used in four joint rapid assessments in the run up to elections, and four additional assessments after the elections.

Scope of Work and Expected Deliverables
Purpose: Under the direct supervision of OCHA Kenya Humanitarian Affairs Officer and technical supervision from UNICEF Kenya Country Office – Emergency Specialist on behalf of the KIRA Core Team, the Kenya Initial Rapid Assessment – Data Officer will support country-wide humanitarian needs assessment preparedness process, primarily through the cataloguing/inventory of secondary data sources (pre and in-crisis) and carrying out activities to improve KIRA data collection, processing, analysis and dissemination based on the KIRA Phase 1 Lessons Learned review conducted in June 2013.
  • The expected deliverables are:
  • Identify possible arrangements and systems for the management of secondary data in the longer term (including assessment registry, technical data base, website etc.); Identification of gaps in baseline information and work with partners to address those information gaps; Identification of likely sources of secondary in-crisis information;
  • Continue building a metadata repository of appropriate secondary data, that includes but is not limited to, consolidated repository of baseline information relevant to the humanitarian action; Compilation of existing procedures and agency policy on sharing assessment data/reports;
  • With support of KIRA core team, work with partners/consultants to develop procedures and guidelines for (national and district level) collation, consolidation, and analysis of secondary pre-crisis and lessons learned data;
  • Work with partners in developing guidance note for analysis and reporting in preparation for, and following KIRA missions;
  • With support of KIRA core team, undertake a secondary data review with focus on pilot counties identified and recommended by the KIRA core Team through inter sector working group;
  • To support drafting of KIRA information dissemination strategy in line with Accountability framework in place;
  • To produce secondary data packages for KIRA assessment teams in support of KIRA missions;
  • Any other activities to support the roll out of a multi-sectoral coordinated needs assessment; 
  • Any other duties as may be requested by the supervisor.

Desired background and experience
The consultant selected must have the following skills:
  • Relevant university degree preferably in information management, statistics, humanitarian action, management, social sciences or international development.
  • Minimum 2 years experiences within a humanitarian/development context focused on information management, data consolidation and decision support mechanisms.
  • Relevant experience with working with GoK statistics.
  • Knowledge of the most common approaches and methodologies for needs assessment.
  • Experience in working with secondary data analysis/desk reviews.
  • Experience in data visualization (graphs, tables, maps, timelines etc.)
  • Experience with project reporting and general information activities.
  • Ability to work in a team as well as individually self-guided

Interested and suitable candidates should ensure that they forward their applications along with their curriculum vitae to;



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