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25 Oct 2018

REACH Field Officer

Job Description


25/10/2018 ACTED Kenya/Somalia Last Update
HR Department October 2018


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 Somalia.


Position:REACH Field Officer

Contract duration:6 months

Location:Baidoa, Somalia with travel

Starting DateNovember 2018

Country profile

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. 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.

ACTED Kenya/Somalia

Position profile.

Under the supervision of the REACH Country Coordinator and the REACH Senior Field Manager, 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:

Assessment Preparation and Training;

  • Undertake travel and conduct preliminary planning missions in assessment sites
  • In coordination with the REACH Field team prepare all details related to data collection (field schedule, daily collection quote, logistics and administration) according to specified methodology
  • Coordinate and plan assessment team training. o Facilitate sessions of the assessment training.

Data collection

  • Provide regular support to the REACH collection team leaders
  • Follow all guidance from REACH Management while in the field; ask questions when necessary o Accompany all data collectors in the field and ensure accurate data collection as specified in the methodology.

o  Ensure care of all REACH inventory including daily check of assessment mobile phones

  • Download all data from the mobile phones at the end of each data collection day
  • 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.
  • Is manual data is used spot-check data entries against hard copy surveys for accuracy daily o Perform data cleaning at the end of each assessment day


  • Prepare final assessment reports including lessons learned, incidents and timeframe o Assist in preparation of assessment factsheets and consolidated reports.
  • Coordinate field operations with participating agencies o Coordination with local authorities and agencies

o  Report regularly to agency focal points about assessment progress and any changes to the plans

o  Prepare and dissemination assessment results and presentations in relevant coordination forums and meetings

  • 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;

Qualifications/Skills Required

  • Ability to operate in a cross-cultural environment requiring flexibility;
  • Excellent academic qualifications, having a Masters Degree in relevant Discipline is an added advantage.
  • 5 years of relevant working experience in humanitarian settings;
  • Experience managing large data collection teams;
  • Experience developing assessment methodology and analytical frameworks;
  • Excellent communication and drafting skills for effective reporting;
  • Excellent team management skills;
  • Familiarity with the aid system, and understanding of donor and governmental requirements;
  • Prior knowledge of the region an asset
  • Ability to operation Microsoft Word, Excel and Data visualization and analysis software.
  • Fluency in English required
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent communication and drafting skills for effective reporting;
  • Flexibility and willingness to travel;

ACTED Kenya/Somalia

  • Familiarity with the aid system, and understanding of donor and governmental requirements;
  • Prior experience of mobile data collection tools.

Application Procedure:

Qualified Somali nationals only persons with the required skills are invited to submit their applications accompanied by detailed curriculum vitae 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 and received on or before 5.00PM on 8th November 2018 with the subject line “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 an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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