BACKGROUND ON IMPACT AND REACH REACH was born in 2010 as a joint initiative of two International NGOs (IMPACT Initiatives and ACTED) and the United Nations 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. 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 organisation manages several initiatives, including the REACH Initiative. The IMPACT team comprises specialists in data collection, management and analysis and GIS. 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, enabling IMPACT to benefit from ACTED’s operational support on its fields of intervention.
We are currently looking for an Assessment Officer to support our team in Moldova.
- Department: REACH
- Position: Assessment Officer
- Starting Date: ASAP
The Assessment Officer is responsible for overseeing the planning, implementation and follow up of research cycles to which s/he is assigned, in close coordination with other team members and with relevant external partners. In doing so, the Assessment Officer will ensure an effective management of related projects and resources, including line-management national and international assessment staff.
More specifically the Assessment Officer is responsible for the following:
- Anticipate knowledge gaps prior to the execution of a research cycle;
- Ensure that required secondary data review and/or analysis has been conducted in preparation of an assessment;
- Ensure that all research cycles are planned in line with the country strategy, relevant research and project objectives and with research cycle and other relevant guidelines;
- Design research approaches and methodologies according to REACH’s requirements and principles as well as partners’ information needs;
- Compose and construct, in close coordination with GIS and data teams, qualitative and quantitative data collection tools;
- For each research cycle, prepare ToRs and ensure their validation by HQ before any data collection begins;
- Ensure relevant stakeholders and partners are engaged in research design and planning.
- Ensure that required enumerators are identified and trained for primary data collection;
- Monitor data collection, ensuring its correct implementation in line with agreed TORs;
- Manage assessment logistics, including with partner organizations, identifying assessment areas, facilitating design workshops, managing joint data collection processes, and facilitating joint analysis workshops;
- Ensure regular situation updates on data collection are produced and circulated to line manager, relevant colleagues and external counterparts;
- Keep track of progress and delays of all assigned assessments throughout the research cycle. Ensure that delays or identified challenges for specific assessments are reported in writing and orally in a timely manner;
- Ensure logistics, financial, administration, security and HR processes directly related to ongoing and upcoming assessments are appropriately planned;
- Ensure that all collected data is stored in line with REACH’s Data Management Guidelines;
- Ensure that data is revised and cleaned, and that all revisions are recorded;
- Provide data analysis on primary and/or secondary data as per ToRs, ensuring that meaningful techniques are used to analyze the data collected;
DRAFTING OF RESEARCH PRODUCTS
- Draft timely and accurate outputs that consolidate the analyses from each research cycle into relevant products such as factsheets, reports, briefs, presentations;
- Ensure that products accurately reflect the information collected and that information is conveyed in a way that maximizes their impact in line with their intended use;
- Liaise with relevant GIS colleagues to ensure effective spatial representation of research findings in maps or interactive web-portals, as relevant.
- Consult relevant partners at all stages of research cycle: assessment preparation; data collection; data analysis; review of research products; product dissemination; and lessons learnt;
- Follow up on issues identified by partners or during meetings/working groups;
- Promote an active use of datasets and research findings by partners and the broader humanitarian community for their decision making;
- Present research findings to relevant third parties in order to enhance their use and impact;
- Ensure that all partner engagement and all external relations are clearly documented and communicated with the line manager and relevant colleagues;
- Academic Excellent academic qualifications, preferably including a Master degree in relevant discipline;
- Research skills Proficiency and proven experience with research methods
- Software skills Proven knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite, to include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Advanced skills in R, SPSS and/or STATA or other statistical analysis software are an advantage; Experience with InDesign an asset.
- Years of work experience At least 2 years of relevant working experience. Experience in humanitarian settings highly desirable;
- Management skills Team management experience and skills highly desirable;
- Communication/reporting skills Excellent communication and drafting skills for effective reporting;
- Multi-tasking skills Ability to multitask with tight deadlines, on numerous research cycles;
- Level of independence Proven ability to work independently;
- Cross-cultural work environment Ability to operate in a cross-cultural environment requiring flexibility;
- Experience in geographical region Past experience in the [relevant] region is desirable;
- Language skills Fluency in English is required, competency in Russian / Moldovan is an asset;
- Security environment Ability to operate in a complex and challenging security environment.
Starting date: As soon as possible
Official employment, competitive salary according to knowledge and experience.
In order to apply for this position please follow the below sample suggestions:
- CV with no more than 1-4 pages in ENGLISH language;
- Named as First_Last_Name_ desired position_CV;
- If you consider to send Letter of intention name as - First_LastName_desired position_Letter of Intention.
Please apply only if you are able to work full time.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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