# of Staff: 2
iMMAP has 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). 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. 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.
Regional Food Security Analysis Network
With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Food for Peace and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), iMMAP and FAO are jointly implementing RFSAN program.
The RFSAN seeks to support food security and livelihoods by providing timely information and working towards an enhanced early warning system. RFSAN is a coherent and agreed approach across stakeholders - providing a neutral multi-stakeholder ‘voice’ regarding food security issues.
Whole of Syria Support (WoS)
iMMAP supports WoS approach by contributing to crucial information management processes and assisting with the response coordination across a range of sectors. iMMAP has many staff seconded to various humanitarian actors working on the WoS.
This support encompasses four modalities:
- Need Analysis Unit (NAU): the NAU team is responsible for the normalization of how we assess the needs of the affected populations across the various responses to the same crisis.
- Syria Information Management and Assessments Working Group (SIMAWG) Advisory Team (SAT): The SAT focuses on the analysis of non-traditional assistance to the crisis.
- Secondments to clusters: iMMAP seconds information management and assessment specialists to clusters to improve the information systems and train cluster members.
- Security analysis: iMMAP works with OCHA to record, analyze, and disseminate security event data and products to humanitarian actors working in Syria.
Capacity Building Unit
This unit supports the WoS framework by providing information management support to humanitarian actors, strengthening these actors’ IM capacity via delivery of training in various IM disciplines and challenges that are tackled by the capacity building team through training and mentoring, additionally, providing them an intern resource pool, as well as supporting needs assessment and monitoring efforts.
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.
Additionally, iMMAP is implementing 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.
Population Monitoring Initiative (PMI) Southern, Syria
Over the six years of crisis in Syria the destruction of war, large scale displacement, food insecurity, market disruption, and damage to critical infrastructure have led to ever-worsening humanitarian conditions and insecurity throughout the country.
The goal of this project is to improve protection of the most vulnerable in southern Syria by providing operational updates on population, specifically IDP movements, sub-region profiling, and humanitarian conditions related to protection across approximately 100 villages in southern Syria.
Support to Humanitarian Response Actors
iMMAP provides critical information management assistance to a multitude of humanitarian response actors working on the Syria crisis, that includes International Organization for Migration (IOM), The United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO), World Food Program (WFP), Whole of Syria Health, WASH, Shelter Clusters and NGOs. Through the delivery of technological innovations and products such as a mobile phone application to collect, analyze and visualize humanitarian data, and interactive online maps, iMMAP provides much needed situational awareness required by the community.