# of Staff: 23
Current Projects:- Seconded staff to provide IM support to UNICEF
iMMAP has been present in Yemen since late 2011, providing technical support to the clusters, United Nations' agencies and Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs). Over this period, the organization supported the humanitarian relief operations with Information Management (IM) and Geographical Information System (GIS) expertise, but also helped build national capacity.
Supporting the Humanitarian Coordination
From November 2011 to May 2014 iMMAP, through direct deployment of its IM experts to the Clusters' co-lead agencies in Yemen, assisted the humanitarian community with data collection, cleaning, compilation and mapping of response activities throughout the country. This systematic and standardized reporting mechanism helps with understanding the reach of the humanitarian assistance, but also served at occasions as proxy indicators for issues in certain geographic locations in the absence of comprehensive survey. In close collaboration with United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Yemen, iMMAP combined its data with planned activities and needs identified in the various districts to produce monthly products that showed progress made within each sector of activity. iMMAP also helped build the local IM capacity in the country by engaging in continuous training of its national staff, most of whom are still putting their developed skills to the service of humanitarian organizations.
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Starting late 2013 until mid-2015, iMMAP provided support to the IOM in Yemen with information management services. In 2013, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has started to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Yemenis citizen living illegally in the kingdom. This sudden and massive return triggered a crisis to which the IOM attended. iMMAP in close coordination with IOM deployed field enumerators at the Al-Thuwal border between Yemen and the KSA, where the migrants were offloaded by buses coming from the KSA. The returnees were counted upon arrival and figures were tallied in visual reports that helped not only IOM, but also donors and other humanitarian stakeholders, to tailor their response programs to the crisis.
iMMAP also seconded international IM personnel to IOM who helped the organization with various tasks such as database design, data collection forms, reporting and mapping.
World Health Organization (WHO)
With the escalation of the conflict in Yemen in the past year, coupled with the drawdown of the international humanitarian presence in the country, iMMAP has deployed, throughout the Standby Partner Program and with the support of USAID/OFDA three IM specialists to support WHO in the country. These consultants provide technical support to WHO operations and cluster co-lead work through data collection on epidemiological diseases, casualties of the conflicts, health facilities, cluster partners presence. This information is vetted and consolidated in databases for later use in maps, reports and infographics.
The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
Since August 2014, iMMAP maintains a Service Agreement with the United Nations' Children Fund (UNICEF) in Yemen whereby it provides the latter with IM expertise. iMMAP staff supports UNICEF in all IM functions, such as dedicated IM focal point for national programs, field offices IM focal person or IM Officer for the agency's co-led clusters. Presently iMMAP has 16 staff deployed with UNICEF, both at the Country Headquarter in Sana'a and in the five field offices.
Since September 2016, iMMAP started the humanitarian cluster support project hosted by UNOCHA, to facilitate response to the crisis in Yemen by strengthening the IM capacity of cluster members in their response; advance mechanisms for regularly identifying needs of populations, standardize products and tools, and promote best IM practices.
In addition to providing day-to-day emergency support, the iMMAP team is working on the standardization of the IM procedures to minimize data management and production time and avoid human error; this is done by automation of such processes to guarantee continued support after the emergency is over. This was already done for different clusters, such as: WASH, Nutrition, Child Protection, Health, Education, EECR, etc., in complementarity with the other projects iMMAP is implementing in Yemen.
The IM capacity will streamline the process that follows to complete needs assessments. This will be achieved by facilitating mobile data collection, form development, and data management. iMMAP has also supported and addressed the findings of the gender and diversity dynamics described in the needs assessments. IM support is also extended to the Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) for Yemen process through data cleaning, data presentation, mapping, and dynamic data visualization.