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Context Analyst - Nationality of Syria and Lebanon are encouraged to apply

Job Description and Requirements

Organization Background:


iMMAP is an international not-for-profit non-governmental organization (NGO) that provides targeted information management support to partners responding to complex humanitarian and development challenges. For more than 15 years, we have promoted measurable change in people’s lives through our core philosophy: better data leads to better decisions and, ultimately, better outcomes. Our expertise in data collection, analysis and presentation has revolutionized the decision making process for our diverse, multi-sector partners who seek enhanced coordination and sustainable solutions through information management

Project Background:

The Syria crisis is a profoundly urban crisis: damage, destruction and displacement are concentrated in major urban centres and cities. The majority of Governorate capitals and secondary cities have been damaged during the crisis. Many hospitals, schools, water supply and sanitation systems, electricity grids, industries and markets have been destroyed. Hundreds of thousands of homes and buildings have likely been damaged or demolished.

In this context, a set of like-minded partners with complementary areas of expertise and profiling approaches in urban areas have established the Urban Analysis Network- Syria (UrbAN-S) under the leadership of iMMAP for working in close collaboration with the wide array of stakeholders working in urban areas within Syria for a better data, analysis and planning.

The UrbAN-S understands the profiling of urban areas as an adaptive exercise, designed to draw a detailed picture of how cities are (not) functioning and how they cope during and in the aftermath of the Syrian conflict. The core scope of the UrbAN-S initiative is to support and contribute to the operational agencies/actors and coordination mechanisms on how to analyse the particularities of the urban areas and better address them in their planning and responses. This contribution is presented through a) expertise in urban analysis; b) Information Management tools and c) collaborative and inclusive approaches. Therefore, as a key outcome of the project, the UrbAN-S wishes to contribute to fostering a better response in urban areas in close collaboration with the existing structures and coordination mechanisms of Syria.

Description of Duties:

The National Context Analyst position is a senior national role within the UrbAN-S project demanding strong analytical skills. He/she will be supporting the UrbAN-S’s core urban and neighborhood profiling and analysis functions and mechanisms with a close relationship with network members, key stakeholders and partners. Specific tasks include:


·         Examine the impact of political, security and military developments on Syria’s urban populations and their effect on programmatic, operational and strategic decision-making for policy makers and their operational partners.

·         Examining market dynamics and political economy surrounding the local value chains of cities and regions.

·         Examining the existence of civil society organizations; their roles, functions and capacities in communities throughout the country.

·         Providing historical context and analysis of political developments, conflict, key stakeholders, groups and leaders. Describing how these have had an effect on cities, the local causes of conflict and possibilities of relapse.

·         Maintaining awareness of political, social, economic and cultural developments impacting cities and urban areas.

·         Monitoring of humanitarian actors and response in urban areas.

·         Contribute to survey design to ensure the most relevant information is collected at the appropriate level of desegregation.

·         Regular responsibilities will also include: advising and guiding data collection efforts, tracking atmospheric data, conducting quantitative and qualitative analysis of primary data, composing reports based upon said analysis, and coordinating with GIS and Urban Analysts in profile analysis and recommendations.

·         Provide analytical and operational support for the partners and the project team throughout.

·         Supporting the production of GIS products.

·         Meeting with and briefing partners and stakeholders.

·         Work closely with the IM team and technical specialists in support of data visualization, imagery, and GIS and keep concerned counterparts fully briefed on project implementation and progress from the functional and technical standpoints.

·         Support and document the review and development of the project strategy, and projected targets, and indicators per the proposal submission.

·         Providing monthly and quarterly reports as required per project deliverables.

·         Perform other duties as required.


·         Background in international relations, international law, political science or related field;


3 years’ experience in crisis response, preferably in the field of humanitarian information management.


·         Represent the iMMAP country office with national and international partners, donors, and media, and participate in local stakeholder engagement as appropriate;

·         Maintain effective and positive internal contacts with iMMAP country and regional representatives, external contacts with national and local government officials, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), donor agency officials, vendors, media and the general public;

·         Follow iMMAP's branding regulations required for marketing or branding of all iMMAP products and correspondence.


·         Follow security protocols as laid down by the iMMAP Global Security Advisor

Organizational Learning

·         As part of the iMMAP commitment to organizational learning, and in support of the understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, it is expected that he/she will commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit iMMAP, as well as individual professional development.

Accountability to Beneficiaries

  iMMAP team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to beneficiaries of iMMAP programs, and to international standards guiding relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of field projects.