# of Staff: 91
- Whole of Syria
- Population Monitoring Initiative (PMI)
- Support to Humanitarian Response Actors
Capacity Building Program
In May 2016, iMMAP launched its capacity building program which aims at strengthening existing information management capacity of NGOs, UN agencies, and humanitarian clusters. The objective of this program is to conduct regular monthly trainings over a period of one year to humanitarian information managers on IM tools, standards, and methodologies.
iMMAP also provides resources to its partners by seconding or temporarily loaning Information Management Officers to fill a special need or gap within the partner’s agency similar to the stand-by partnership program.
Additionally, iMMAP is implemented an IM internship program that aims at hosting and training fresh graduates for a period of 2-3 months. Following rigorous training, interns will be set free for humanitarian organizations searching for information managers to hire. A larger pool of trained candidates will enable the humanitarian community with improved and timely access to hire information management professionals to better manage their data activities.
The Regional Food Security Analysis Network (RFSAN) is a partnership between the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) and iMMAP, and is funded by USAID Food for Peace (FFP) and FAO. RFSAN works with various food security partners in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, providing technical support in identified priority areas of food security and livelihood information systems.
The partnership is unique and builds upon the complementary qualities of both entities. FAO has the global mandate in food security, has proven capacity in food security information and early warning systems, and is a co-coordinator of the global Humanitarian Food Security Cluster system. iMMAP has extensive expertise in Information Management and Humanitarian Coordination and has a strong presence in the sub-region affected by the Syria and Iraq crises.
iMMAP Response to the Syria Crisis
iMMAP supports the Syrian humanitarian crisis response, since March 2012 through assisting humanitarian actors in Syria. iMMAP contributes to the Whole of Syria (WoS) approach and the analysis from the Regional Food Security Analysis Network (RFSAN), as mentioned above. This support extends from information management specialists to assessment experts and is instrumental in improving the overall coordination of the response. This coordination is staged from five locations; Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Iraq.
In partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), iMMAP developed the Population Management Initiative (PMI) to monitor IDP populations and returnees to their original location. As a result of the crisis, approximately 4.8 million Syrians have claimed refugee status in the region, 7.6 million are internally displaced, and 13.5 million are in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria.
Additionally, in partnership with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), iMMAP leads the assessment aspect of the Humanitarian Needs Overview for the crisis in Syria that is released through OCHA in mid-October/early-November of each year. This report serves as the baseline for upcoming year.