SURGE SUPPORT PROGRAM

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iMMAP Surge Support Services


In times of emergency, highly skilled information management officers (IMOs) are called upon to help organizations improve the quality, timeliness, use, and sharing of critical humanitarian response data. iMMAP raises information management capacity in emergency settings by temporarily or permanently transferring information management experts to partner organizations to support relief operations and strengthen humanitarian coordination by building nexus within the sectors and clusters, as well as inter-sector linkages.

iMMAP maintains a roster of rapidly deployable information management experts to provide surge capacity support in emergency operations through the following regional and global agreements that entail the secondments of expert personnel to partner organizations.





Our Surge Support Agreements

STANDBY PARTNERSHIP

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Since 2012, iMMAP has been an official Standby Partner to United Nations agencies, providing skilled and experienced human resources in humanitarian emergencies. Currently supported by the USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (USAID BHA), we provide surge capacity support in emergency operations Through our roster of rapidly deployable information management experts. The location, duration, and tasks of these deployments are defined jointly with our partners. iMMAP currently maintains partnerships with nine United Nations agencies.



COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT (COAG) WITH THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC)

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Through the Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), iMMAP deploys information management (IM) specialists in a rapid manner to provide immediate IM support to Public Health operations. Our surge support program can provide rapid emergency or outbreak response deployments aimed at supporting CDC and WHO, and Ministries of Health through them. This support extends to other health partners' at regional, national, and/or sub-national levels.

Deployed IMOs are experienced in IM rapid response activities. During their deployment, they establish IM capacities and provide specialized IM services to meet the needs of the public health emergency responders. IMOs will work with response agencies to not only deliver IM services but support the development of the onward IM strategy, and coordinate with partners to ensure ongoing support is provided, including training, facilitation of surge capacity, or extended direct support.

GLOBAL WASH CLUSTER FIELD SUPPORT TEAM (WASH FST)

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iMMAP is a member of the Global WASH Cluster Field Support Team (FST), of which UNICEF is the Cluster Lead Agency. The FST is a consortium of six NGOs that mobilize individual FST experts and provide backstopping to country WASH platforms. They commit to lead or co-lead in national, sub-national clusters or technical working groups, engage with other relevant projects and other sectors with the objective of securing emergency coordination in national and international agendas to achieve effective and timely coordination to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of emergency WASH response. iMMAP provides Information Management capacity to the FST for WASH activities.

The primary aim of the FST is to ensure timely, relevant and measurable surge support at critical times of an emergency. Additional coordination support includes preparedness planning and capacity building of national coordination platforms. The FST project offers support through direct deployments, remote support, and a helpdesk by dedicated cluster coordinators, information management officers, assessment specialists, capacity building officers and specific WASH technical positions.

UNICEF LONG TERM AGREEMENTS FOR MAPPING AND GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION MANAGEMENT (GIM)

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Under the terms of the Long Term Agreement (LTA), iMMAP supports UNICEF in sudden-onset emergencies through the deployment, within 72 hours following the request, of expert information management officers to establish and/or support the emergency assessment and the response initiative with mapping/Geographic Information Systems (GIM) and information management services as appropriate.

Additionally, iMMAP provides information management services to UNICEF and partners for key decision making. Services include data collection, collation, mapping, analysis, and dissemination to provide a comprehensive picture of the disaster situation to inform both UNICEF's response as well as advocacy for appropriate donor, government and community responses.




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