OCHA-IMO-P3-Caracas, Venezuela

Location: Caracas, Venezuela, Venezuela
Date Posted: 02-08-2018
Venezuela is facing a worrisome deterioration of living conditions since 2017 due to a combination of falling oil output, international sanctions, spiraling hyperinflation and scarcity of basic goods. The economic crisis has thrown the majority of Venezuelans into poverty and extreme poverty. Some 90% of households indicate they cannot afford to purchase food.
The basic food basket is currently sixteen times pricier than the minimum monthly wage. This led to a sharp increase in the migratory flows out of the country during the period, notably towards neighboring Colombia.
Since the second half of 2017, the Venezuelan crisis has spilled over neighboring Colombia, Brazil, Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago in the form a mass migration flows. Taking into account new data including migrants, refugees and other affected population, there are as many as 3.5 million Venezuelans outside of the country as of early 2018, with nearly 3 million in just Latin America, according to OCHA’s estimates. These affected populations have yet to account for People in Need, which will have to discount those Venezuelans who don’t have urgent humanitarian needs, but include other populations including Colombians returning from Venezuela after decades in the neighbouring country, and members of vulnerable host communities in countries throughout the region. In the case of Panama, nearly 80,000 Venezuelans have been identified living in Panama, one of the highest proportions in the region. The analysis of upcoming scenarios makes us think that there will be greater openness to more international cooperation and therefore more actors will participate in both development and emergency activities by increasing the generation of information. Therefore, the need to collect, process and update information and to elaborate tools and develop adapted products will grow.
The development of the current situation requires direct support to the OCHA ROLAC office, especially taking into consideration the preparation currently underway for the upcoming hurricane season. For this reason, this SBP support will be focused on providing support to the OCHA ROLAC information team, with a focus on the Venezuela information management effort in the area of data collection, validation and dissemination.

OCHA's Role and Key Challenges
•       OCHA’s role is to work with the RCO's and partners to facilitate relations, strengthening response capacity and Information management in the region including Venezuela. That includes working with data regarding population, vulnerabilities, risks and response capacity.

Main Tasks and Duties to be Executed

•      Lead the data collection,- validation and dissemination effort for the Venezuela response in coordination with other surge assets deployed to work on the Venezuela crisis;
•      Support and lead the vulnerability assessment process in country in conjunction with the HAO
•      Be the lead on HDX coordination, creating a timeline and schedule for the upload of key datasets across the region;

•      Ensure the inclusion of Sex and Age Disaggregated Data (SADD) in order to ensure data availability to improve a focused response for boys, girls, men and women for the Venezuela crisis;
•      Responsibility for the collection and final publication of all 3w and 4w data around the situation in Venezuela, and its relationship with development projects.
•      Work with UN agencies, NGOs and IQ to pool data and information into a common analysis.
•      Promote standard tools for disaster preparedness and response within the stakeholder community and keep planning documents, contact lists and other key attachments that require regular updating to be updated.
•      Develop other information management activities required to support and contribute to the development of key stakeholder capacity. Participate in the development and revision of data standards and advice on the application of these standards in local systems and processes.
•      Produce and update information products such as reports, databases and infographics; develop advocacy materials, presentations and other visual materials in collaboration with ROLAC information team.
•      The challenge is to improve monitoring mechanisms of humanitarian indicators to coordinate common analysis and agree on selected actions. This must be done at country and regional levels.
•      Despite the information from the media, another challenge is the scarcity of official validated information. Official sources, at country level, restricts the access to relevant information or don’t keep regular systems of data collection in place. In neighboring countries, a lack of international standard procedures and different legal frameworks also brings challenges to data collection and the creation of a clear panorama of the situation based on data evidence.

Specific Required Skills
•      Statistical analysis;
•      Knowledge of SPSS, SAS or a similar statistics package;
•      Experience in creating information flow processes to validate datasets;
•      Significant experience in Information Management, humanitarian preparedness and response.
•      Experience with complex emergencies in diverse and politically challenging settings.
•      Experience in liaising with a broad range of stakeholders including international donors, UN agencies and INGOS, national authorities, national local/ partner’s agencies and emergency affected communities.
•      High level of analysis, presentation and communication skills.
•      Fluency in English and Spanish.
•      Interpersonal and negotiation skills.
•      Resilience, stress tolerance and ability to cope with change.
•      Proactive problem solving.
•      Strong organizational skills and capacity to self-manage.
•      Good network of contacts in the region would be an advantage.
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