Background/IRC Summary: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 26 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.
The Syria crisis is often described as the worst humanitarian catastrophe since the end of the Cold War. Inside Syria, 7.6 million people are internally displaced and 12.2 million are in need of humanitarian assistance, with 4.8 million in hard-to-reach areas. There are 4 million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries. This is no short-term humanitarian episode. The devastating human consequences to huge numbers of people will endure for decades. The destruction of relationships, communities, livelihoods, homes and infrastructure will take years to repair.
IRC is offering a robust humanitarian response to the Syria crisis. With an annual budget in excess of $140 million and a rapidly expanding portfolio, supported by more than 3,000 staff and workers in the region, IRC is undertaking programs in Syria and the neighboring countries of Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan in the fields of health, child protection, education, women’s protection and empowerment, NFI and food distribution, cash assistance, water and sanitation, and livelihood programming. Our work in these challenging settings gives rise to some of the most pressing issues facing contemporary humanitarian action, including questions of access, security, funding and coordination.
IRC undertake protection monitoring in Western Syria, through a team of protection monitors who conduct assessments and collect data about humanitarian need. The program’s goal is to improve the protection environment of conflict affected populations. The Program aims at strengthening protection efforts through a constant monitoring presence, addressing the current and most pressing protection needs facing communities.
The Protection Data Analyst (PDA) will be responsible for gathering and analysis of data collected through protection monitoring and other protection interventions in Western Syria. This will include analyzing trends, highlighting unmet needs and offering suggestions for adapting programs and policies as necessary. The information will help IRC and other humanitarian agencies to form pertinent policies, advocacy strategies and programming decisions for their country-wide operation. This will contribute to an increased understanding of and real-time response to the protection and assistance problems confronting IDPs, refugees and vulnerable community members in southern Syria.
The Protection Data Analyst will report to the Protection Manager and will work in close coordination with the protection monitoring team.
· Oversee the information management activities of the protection unit, including basic data analysis, reporting, communications and beneficiary/indicator tracking
· Manage and track disaggregated information on beneficiary numbers and indicators monthly; follow-up with protection staff as needed to ensure program data is accurate and complete.
· Ensure that all data collected and products (tools, datasets, reports, data analysis, maps, etc.) are centrally organized, updated and accessible (according to restriction protocols) when needed by the IMOs, and readily available for use by other WPE staff, grants and other stakeholders where necessary.
· Support the Protection Coordinator to develop guidelines regarding information management of WPE department data, ensuring data security and protections are in place.
Data cleaning and analysis
· Review datasets for deficiencies or errors, correcting any incompatibilities if possible, for improved data quality.
· Provide translation of Arabic texts in quantitative datasets (from structured tools) and qualitative data (from semi-structured tools)
· Analyse quantitative data collected from the protection monitors and other protection activities (such as partner monitoring), including but not limited to baseline/end line surveys, distribution site visits and post-distribution monitoring surveys etc.
· Analyze qualitative data collected from the department’s Information management data base, site visits, attendance, focus group discussions, key information visits and other qualitative methods; identify relevant trends and patterns
· Identify and make suggestions on improvement of data collection techniques to ensure capturing of quantitative and qualitative information
· Handle the unit’s data management accounts on Ona and support with the design periodic and non-periodic data collection tools using ODK.
· Develop, maintain and update a comprehensive, user friendly and secure directory for service providers in Southern Syria using the data collected during service mapping.
Reporting and communications
· Support the Information Management Manager Protection Manager and Snr Protection Manager to generate timely and useful reports, presentations and other data analysis/visualization products that meet donor and IRC needs for better program learning, decision-making and accountability.
· Collaborate with protection staff to discuss, analyze and interpret findings for improved contextualization and understand ding of protection programming.
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: Protection Monitoring Manager
Position directly supervises: n/a
Indirect Reporting: Information Management Manager, Senior Protection Monitoring Manager, Protection Coordinator, Will work within IRC’s Protection Cross Border Team, particularly with IRC Protection Rule of Law Team as well as close collaboration with IRC M&E team
Other Internal and/or external contacts: Regular coordination with other humanitarian actors and partners in Jordan and Syria.
- University Degree in Social Sciences, Computer Sciences, or related
- Strong background in data management, Approximately 2 years of relevant experience working in data management and analysis
- Experience with data analysis and/or data management
- Statistics, data analysis, data-driven computation are all relevant areas of study or experience
- Fluency in Arabic and high standard of professional English
- Demonstrated English writing skills and experience, with English language reports
- Able to think critically about data and information, triangulating and cross-checking data when needed and with minimal guidance
- Self-directed and able to work and set priorities independently
- Strong computer literacy with Microsoft Office (in particular, Excel)
- Excellent visual design sense regarding clear and accurate presentation of data
- Experience with ODK an asset
- Experience in the humanitarian sector an asset
Working Environment: Standard office work environment. This position does not include any travel to Syria.