REACH Field Officer



ACTED Kenya/Somalia
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HR Department
August 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.
Department: REACH
Position: REACH Field Officer
Contract duration: 6 months
Location: Garowe, Somalia with travel
Starting Date: October 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 Specialist 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.
Facilitate sessions of the assessment training.

Data collection

Provide regular support to the REACH collection team leaders
Follow all guidance from REACH Country Coordinator and REACH Field Specialist while in the field; ask questions when necessary
Accompany all data collectors in the field and ensure accurate data collection as specified in the methodology.
Ensure care of all REACH inventory including daily check of assessment mobile phones

Data Validation

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
Perform data cleaning at the end of each assessment day


Prepare final assessment reports including lessons learned, incidents and timeframe
Assist in preparation of assessment factsheets and consolidated reports.

External Coordination

Coordinate field operations with participating agencies
Report regularly to agency focal points about assessment progress and any changes to the plans
Prepare and dissemination assessment results and presentations in relevant coordination forums and meetings

Internal Coordination

Daily reports / updates on work activities and outreach completed sent by email or verbally via phone;
Weekly situation analysis (context, activities completed, plans for next week, etc.)
Monthly REACH activity report noting activities completed against REACH strategy and objectives;

Qualifications/Skills Required

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;
Familiarity with the aid system, and understanding of donor and governmental requirements;
Somali Language required, English an advantage
Ability to operation Microsoft Word, Excel and Project Management Software.
Prior experience of mobile data collection tools
Ability to operate qualitative data analysis
Ability to work independently.

Application Procedure:
Qualified 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 7th
ACTED Kenya/Somalia
September 2018 with the subject line “FIELD OFFICER GAROWE” Please do not attach any other documents while sending your applications, if required they will be requested at a later stage. CVs will be shortlisted on an on-going basis.
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.
ACTED Kenya/Somalia


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