REACH Field Officer – Baidoa, Somalia
Closing date 20 May 2021
REACH was born in 2010 as a joint initiative of two International NGOs (IMPACT Initiatives and ACTED) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT). REACH’s purpose is to promote and facilitate the development of information products that enhance the humanitarian community’s decision making and planning capacity for emergency, reconstruction and development contexts, supporting and working within the framework of the humanitarian reform process. REACH facilitates information management for aid actors through three complementary services: (a) need and situation assessments facilitated by REACH teams; (b) situation analysis using satellite imagery; (c) provision of related database and (web)-mapping facilities and expertise.
IMPACT Initiatives is a humanitarian NGO, based in Geneva, Switzerland. The organization manages several initiatives, including the REACH Initiative. The IMPACT team comprises specialists in data collection, management and analysis, GIS and remote-sensing. IMPACT was launched at the initiative of ACTED, an international NGO whose headquarter is based in Paris and is present in thirty countries. The two organizations have a strong complementarity formalized in a global partnership, which allows particularly IMPACT to benefit from ACTED’s operational support on its fields of intervention.
ACTED is a French humanitarian NGO, founded in 1993, which supports vulnerable populations, affected by humanitarian crises worldwide. ACTED provides continued support to vulnerable communities by ensuring the sustainability of post-crisis interventions and engaging long-term challenges facing our target populations, in order to break the poverty cycle, foster development and reduce vulnerability to disasters. Their interventions seek to cover the multiple aspects of humanitarian and development crises through a multidisciplinary approach which is both global and local, and adapted to each context. Their 3,300 staff is committed in to responding to emergencies worldwide, to supporting recovery and rehabilitation, towards sustainable development.
We are currently looking for a REACH Field Officer to support our REACH team in Baidoa, Somalia**
Position: REACH Field Officer
Location: Baidoa, Somalia with travel to other locations. Willingness to travel is essential for this position.
Starting Date: May/June 2021 (as soon as possible)
REACH has been operational in Somalia since 2012, providing information management support to humanitarian actors in a complex environment through assessment capacity, GIS services and support to Cluster IM practices. Past projects have included tri-cluster assessments in support of the WASH, Shelter and Education Clusters, support to Food Security response analysis, and development of a Shelter Cluster M&E Framework.
In 2017 and beyond REACH Somalia is looking to expand information support to the humanitarian response in several key areas, including IDP settlement profiling, multi-cluster needs assessment and improved remote data collection. Key strategic aims are to increase geographic and sectoral coverage and to enhance advocacy capacity through strengthened data collection and information targeting.
Under the supervision of the REACH Country Coordinator and the REACH Field Coordinator, the REACH Field Officer is responsible for the management and implementation of REACH assessments in Somalia; with anticipated travel to field locations as required.
The REACH Field Officer shall be responsible for:
Ø Assessment Preparation and Training;
o Undertake travel and conduct preliminary planning missions in assessment sites
o In coordination with the REACH Field Coordinator and the REACH Assessment team prepare all details related to data collection (field schedule, daily collection quote, logistics and administration) according to specified methodology
o Coordinate and plan assessment team and enumerator training.
o Facilitate sessions of the assessment and enumerator training.
o Assist in testing data collection tools and flagging any issues prior to data collection, which may also include assisting in translating tools from English to Somali.
Ø Data collection
o Provide regular support to the REACH data collection team leaders
o Follow all guidance from REACH Country Coordinator and REACH Field Coordinator while in the field; ask questions when necessary
o Accompany all enumerators while in the field and ensure data collection is accurate and is done as specified in the methodology.
o When data collection is done remotely, ensure effective remote supervision of enumerators to ensure data collection is accurate and is done as specified in the methodology.
o Ensure care of all REACH inventory including daily check of assessment mobile phones
Ø Data Validation
o Download all data from the mobile phones at the end of each data collection day
o Spot-check online database for accuracy at the end of each day; question team leaders about any inaccuracies observed and review in daily team debriefs.
o If manual data is used, spot-check data entries against hard copy surveys for accuracy on a daily basis
o If data is collected remotely, conduct random spot checks to ensure data accuracy
o Perform data cleaning at the end of each assessment day and flag any issues to assessment team
o Prepare final assessment reports including lessons learned, incidents and timeframe; consolidate feedback from enumerators on quality of training
o Assist in preparation of assessment factsheets and consolidated reports as needed
Ø External Coordination
o Coordinate field operations with participating partner agencies
o Report regularly to agency focal points about assessment progress and any changes to the plans
o Prepare and disseminate assessment results and presentations to relevant partner organizations, and when needed in relevant coordination forums and meetings
Ø Internal Coordination
o Daily reports / updates on work activities and outreach completed sent by email or verbally via phone;
o Weekly situation analysis (context, activities completed, plans for next week, etc.)
o Monthly REACH activity report noting activities completed against REACH strategy and objectives;
· Prior experience collecting data in a humanitarian context
· Excellent analytical skills of qualitative, quantitative and geo-spatial data
· 3 years of relevant working experience in humanitarian settings a benefit
· Excellent communication and drafting skills for effective reporting
· Excellent team management skills
· Flexibility and willingness to travel to other locations in Somalia
· Familiarity with the aid system, and understanding of donor and governmental requirements
· Somali Language required, good communication skills in English an advantage
· Ability to operate in Microsoft Word, Excel and Project Management Software
· Prior experience with using mobile data collection tools (especially KoBo Collect)
· Ability to operate qualitative data analysis
· Ability to work independently.
How to apply
Qualified national persons with the required skills are invited to submit their applications accompanied by detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter as a single document i.e. with the cover letter being on the first page and the CV starting on the second page, detailing three work related referees and contacts to firstname.lastname@example.org and received on or before 5.00PM on 20th May, 2021 with the subject line “REACH FIELD OFFICER_BAIDOA”
Please do not attach any other documents while sending your applications, if required they will be requested at a later stage.
Please note that only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
ACTED will at no stage of recruitment process request candidate to make payments of any kind. Further, ACTED has not retained any agent in connection with recruitments.
ACTED is committed to protecting beneficiaries within our programmes from exploitation and abuse and any kind of misconduct. ACTED has specific policies, including PSEA and Child Protection, which outlines the expected behaviour and the responsibility of all staff, beneficiaries, consultants and other stakeholders and has zero tolerance towards misconducts. Any candidate offered a job with ACTED will be expected to sign ACTED’s organizational Policies and Code of Conduct as an annex to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents.
ACTED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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