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      1. REACH Assessment Officer for Nigeria
      2. REACH GIS Officer – Sectoral Team
      3. REACH GIS Officer – Intersectoral Unit
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    REACH Assessment Officer for Nigeria

    • Job Type Full Time
    • Qualification BA/BSc/HND , MBA/MSc/MA
    • Experience 2 years
    • Location Borno
    • Job Field NGO/Non-Profit&nbsp

    Location: Maiduguri, Nigeria, with field travel, security permitting, as appropriate/desired
    Department: REACH
    Position: Assessment Officer
    Contract Duration: 6 months
    Starting Date: ASAP

    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.

    Country Profile
    In North East Nigeria (NEN), the ongoing crisis continues to have a profound impact on the population, leading to displacement both within and out of the region and high rates of unmet needs among internally displaced persons. The conflict additionally exacerbates prior unmet needs among non-displaced and host communities. While the primary driver of the conflict remains violent conflict, including ISWAP (Islamic State West Africa

    Province), JAS (Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad) and associated armed opposition groups (AOGs), other underlying factors, such as climate change, poverty, and disease outbreaks, exacerbate need and further complicate aid delivery.

    Against the backdrop of this protracted crisis, the humanitarian situation in Northeast Nigeria remains one of the world’s most severe. Out of the Northeast’s Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe (BAY) state’s total population of 13 million people, an estimated 7.9 million are in need of humanitarian assistance.[1] Borno state remains the epicentre of the crisis, containing over 80% of the region’s over 2 million internally displaced persons.[2] Major incidents throughout 2019 have led to continued mass displacements and severely affected the provision of humanitarian assistance in the region.

    The sudden influx of arrivals added strain to the existing infrastructure of the humanitarian community, resulting in high rates of unmet needs, overcrowding in camps, and exposure to protection risks for vulnerable groups. The congestion status of the camps has resulted in over 60% of IDPs residing outside of camps within host communities, further complicating service delivery.[3] The intensity of needs within Maiduguri and the instability of the security situation in more remote regions has resulted in increased focus on populations in accessible areas; however, populations in the less accessible areas are presumed to have even greater needs.

    These hard-to-reach areas are estimated to contain around 971,000 persons.[4] Very little is known about the specific conditions and needs of the populations living in these areas, but they are presumed to have little mobility, limited essential services, and little or no access to humanitarian aid. The same threats that severely limit the ability of humanitarian actors to conduct thorough assessments also immediately affect the population living in the region. REACH’s Humanitarian Situation Monitoring (HSM) assessments in the Hard-to-Reach areas of Borno state have found that people in these inaccessible areas lack of access to basic services including health facilities, access to livelihoods and have decreased access to foods, access to improved water sources and access to humanitarian services.[5]

    As such, the needs for evidenced-based Humanitarian Aid and information on populations in both accessible and inaccessible areas is paramount to a coordinated response. REACH has been present in Nigeria since 2017, providing a growing evidence base for humanitarian response planning through sectoral, multi-sectoral and area-based assessments as well as information management services. In 2019, REACH is looking to continue to provide the humanitarian community with relevant and reliable information to strengthen strategic programming and needs-based targeting in Northeast Nigeria.

    As an initiative deployed in many vulnerable and crisis-affected countries, REACH is deeply concerned by the devastating impact the COVID-19 pandemic may have on the millions of affected people we seek to serve. REACH is currently scaling up its programming in response to this pandemic, with the goal of identifying practical ways to inform humanitarian responses in the 20+ countries where we operate, including Nigeria.

    Position Profile

    • IMPACT is seeking an experienced candidate who has previously designed and implemented quantitative and qualitative assessments, to support REACH’s Hard-to-Reach Assessment Team. Tasks will include supporting the full research cycle including consolidation of secondary data, selection of indicators, creation of analysis tools, coordination of data collection, data analysis, and output production.

    Functions
    The REACH Assessment Officer will fulfill the following functions:

    • Under the supervision of the Country Coordinator in Nigeria and of IMPACT’s HQ in Geneva, the REACH Assessment Officer is responsible for the research design and implementation of REACH-specific assessments, including their preparation, implementation and follow-up. S/he is also responsible for related logistics, partner coordination, reporting, and finance requirements and will be required to provide input to the strategic development of REACH in country.
    • In his/her mission, the REACH Assessment Officer will be hosted by ACTED and will fall under the responsibility of ACTED’s Country Director and his/her delegates. S/he and will fully abide to ACTED’s Security, HR, Administration and Logistics rules and regulations.

    Summary
    The REACH Assessment Officer’s responsibilities include:

    • In coordination with the Country Coordinator, designing and implementing REACH assessment strategy and research cycle;
    • For each assessment, create ToRs, ensure that they are approved by management (including Geneva HQ);
    • Facilitate engagement and feedback on research design with external partners, including clusters, IM focal points and agency representatives;
    • Coordinate external partners and internal teams during data collection;
    • Support in organizing and facilitating joint analysis workshops, as applicable;
    • Ensure the writing of timely and accurate assessment reports and factsheets, which comply with REACH’s guidelines;
    • Supporting the development/revision of assessment / programme strategies, reports or new proposals;
    • Development of assessment staff training matrices, and overseeing development of capacity in capital and field assessment staff;
    • In coordination with REACH Country Coordinator, external representation of REACH with Donors, Partners and the wider Aid Community through clusters and sectoral working groups;
    • Other tasks falling within REACH’s functions as requested by supervisors.

    REACH Assessment Management and Coordination:
    Objective 1.1: Management of assessments process:

    • The REACH Assessment Officer is responsible for designing the methodology and tools associated with each assessment, according to REACH requirements and principles. He/she will manage the planning, implementation, and follow-up of all REACH and projects specific assessment activities conducted in country. In operations in which REACH is a project component of a wider ACTED intervention, the REACH Assessment Officer is required to contribute to the preparation and follow up of the Project Management Framework and ensure that activities are properly coordinated and implemented as per the Project Cycle Management.
    • The REACH Assessment Officer shall manage logistics, financial, administration and HR processes directly related to REACH and liaise accordingly with the relevant ACTED counterpart. He/she is directly responsible for the implementation of proper ACTED FLAT procedures in all REACH interventions.

    Objective 1.2: Implementation:

    • The REACH Assessment Officer is responsible for contributing to the implementation of assessment projects, providing support to the development of assessment and database and GIS tools with the REACH team. This will specifically include, with the GIS/DB team, designing of data collection tools (household surveys, focus groups, and more) as well as the development, analysis and review of databases.

    Objective 1.3: Grants Management:

    • The REACH Assessment Officer shall provide technical support to the relevant ACTED department in terms of the preparation of new project proposals, development of programme strategies, implementation of project activities, and any other required REACH input to ACTED projects for added-value.
    • The REACH Assessment Officer is responsible for the timely and accurate preparation of narrative and financial reports related to REACH activities in country through close liaison with the Project Development and Finance departments. The REACH Assessment Officer shall liaise with other REACH Officers in the region and throughout IMPACT Initiatives’ and ACTED’s networks to provide and receive support in the expansion of REACH globally.

    REACH Reporting:
    Objective 2.1: Assessment Reporting

    • The REACH Assessment Officer is responsible for consolidating all analyses and conclusions from each assessment into REACH products such as factsheets, reports and briefs using standard formats.
    • He/she will liaise with Geneva and in-country GIS/DB Officers in order to represent data in interactive web map or static map format, as relevant. The REACH Assessment Officer is responsible for following the designated timeline of reports to be submitted to project partners and donors.
    • He/she must ensure the writing of timely and accurate assessment reports and factsheets, ensuring the quality and accuracy of technical information provided as well as the confidentiality and protection of collected information.
    • He/she will ensure that assessment reports contribute to aid coordination and planning and add to the general base of field knowledge in the country for all organizations working in the areas.

    Objective 2.2: Programmatic Reporting:

    • He/she will also manage the drafting of narrative reports and contribute to the development of financial reports through regular budgetary follow-up, in coordination with the REACH Country Coordinator.
    • The REACH Assessment Officer will also store, organize and disseminate assessments, project documents and best practices among ACTED and IPs. He/she will coordinate timely and accurate reporting to IMPACT Headquarter.

    Team Coordination:
    Objective 3.1: Staff Coordination:

    • The REACH Assessment Officer will liaise on day-to-day management of project and field staff both directly and remotely. He/she is expected to guide and direct REACH staff and prepare and follow up workplans related to the assessment. The REACH Assessment Officer will ensure that all field teams are comprehensively briefed on the objective, expected outputs and that the overall implementation strategy of any given activity is clearly understood.
    • He/she will ensure that project/field staff are given training and complete all the necessary documentation in line with program requirements set by REACH.

    Objective 3.2: Internal Capacity Development:

    • The REACH Assessment Officer is responsible, in coordination with the Country Coordinator, for the development and implementation of capacity training plans for REACH assessment and field team members and interested external stakeholders.
    • He/ she is responsible for setting clear and personalised development goals, and designing training and mentorship plans to assist team members in professional development.

    External Engagement:

    • Representation of ACTED/REACH in cluster and multi-sector meetings/ technical working groups in country and follow up on technical issues identified in cluster meetings in other parts of the country. This specifically will include liaising with external partners to identify potential for data sets to be integrated into existing databases and mapped to support the coordination of the broader humanitarian community.
    • The REACH Assessment Officer will further represent ACTED/REACH vis-a-vis current and potential donors and communicate relevant information to the ACTED Project Development Manager and Country Director. He/she will participate in inter-NGO meetings and those of UN agencies and any other relevant inter- governmental institutions at the national or provincial level.
    • More generally, the REACH Assessment Officer is expected to contribute to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of the organisation, notably through the application of REACH mandate, ethics, values and stand-point with regard to other actors.

    Confidentiality:

    • The REACH Assessment Officer will maintain the strictest confidentiality on all data collected and related processes. He/she will actively take measures to prevent the unauthorized sharing of any information and data belonging to IMPACT and its partners, or collected during his/her assignment with IMPACT.

    Accountability to Communities and Beneficiaries

    • The staff member is responsible for ensuring that all relations with the communities we work are conducted in a respectful and consultative manner. Due attention must be paid to ensuring that communities are adequately consulted and informed about REACH programme objectives, activities, beneficiary selection criteria, and methodologies. This is the responsibility of every REACH staff member.

    Requirements

    • Excellent academic qualifications, including a Master degree in relevant discipline;
    • Excellent quantitative and qualitative analytical skills;
    • At least 2 years of relevant working experience in humanitarian settings;
    • Excellent communication and drafting skills for reporting and external coordination;
    • Ability to operate in a cross-cultural environment requiring flexibility;
    • Ability to operate in a complex and challenging security environment;
    • Fluency in English required;
    • Advanced skills in Excel as well as SPSS, R or related statistical programming;
    • Ability to work independently.

    Desirable:

    • Experience developing or managing a web-based platform;
    • Knowledge of qualitative analysis and related analytical software (e.g. NVivo);

    Conditions

    • Salary defined by the IMPACT salary grid; educational level, expertise, hardship, security, and performance are considered for pay bonus
    • Additional monthly living allowance provided in-country by IMPACT’s partner ACTED
    • Food and lodging provided at the organisation’s guesthouse/or housing allowance (depending on contract length and country of assignment)
    • Transportation costs covered, including additional return ticket + luggage allowance
    • Provision of medical, life, and repatriation insurance + retirement package:
      • OCHA, Humanitarian Needs Overview, 2020
      • IOM, Displacement Tracking Matrix, November 2019
      • OCHA, Humanitarian Needs Overview, 2020
      • OCHA, Humanitarian Needs Overview, 2020
      • REACH HSM Hard-to-Reach Factsheets, 2020

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    REACH GIS Officer – Sectoral Team

    • Job Type Full Time
    • Qualification MBA/MSc/MA
    • Experience 2 years
    • Location Borno
    • Job Field Research / Data Analysis&nbsp

    Location: Maiduguri, Nigeria, with field travel, security permitting, as appropriate/desired
    Contract duration: 6 months
    Department: REACH
    Starting Date: ASAP

    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.

    Country Profile
    In North East Nigeria (NEN), the ongoing crisis continues to have a profound impact on the population, leading to displacement both within and out of the region and high rates of unmet needs among internally displaced persons. The conflict additionally exacerbates prior unmet needs among non-displaced and host communities. While the primary driver of the conflict remains violent conflict, including ISWAP (Islamic State West Africa

    Province), JAS (Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad) and associated armed opposition groups (AOGs), other underlying factors, such as climate change, poverty, and disease outbreaks, exacerbate need and further complicate aid delivery. Against the backdrop of this protracted crisis, the humanitarian situation in Northeast Nigeria remains one of the world’s most severe.

    Out of the Northeast’s Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe (BAY) state’s total population of 13 million people, an estimated 7.9 million are in need of humanitarian assistance.[1] Borno state remains the epicentre of the crisis, containing over 80% of the region’s over 2 million internally displaced persons.[2] Major incidents throughout 2019 have led to continued mass displacements and severely affected the provision of humanitarian assistance in the region.

    The sudden influx of arrivals added strain to the existing infrastructure of the humanitarian community, resulting in high rates of unmet needs, overcrowding in camps, and exposure to protection risks for vulnerable groups. The congestion status of the camps has resulted in over 60% of IDPs residing outside of camps within host communities, further complicating service delivery.[3] The intensity of needs within Maiduguri and the instability of the security situation in more remote regions has resulted in increased focus on populations in accessible areas; however, populations in the less accessible areas are presumed to have even greater needs.

    These hard-to-reach areas are estimated to contain around 971,000 persons.[4] Very little is known about the specific conditions and needs of the populations living in these areas, but they are presumed to have little mobility, limited essential services, and little or no access to humanitarian aid. The same threats that severely limit the ability of humanitarian actors to conduct thorough assessments also immediately affect the population living in the region. REACH’s Humanitarian Situation Monitoring (HSM) assessments in the Hard-to-Reach areas of Borno state have found that people in these inaccessible areas lack of access to basic services including health facilities, access to livelihoods and have decreased access to foods, access to improved water sources and access to humanitarian services.[5]

    As such, the needs for evidenced-based Humanitarian Aid and information on populations in both accessible and inaccessible areas is paramount to a coordinated response. REACH has been present in Nigeria since 2017, providing a growing evidence base for humanitarian response planning through sectoral, multi-sectoral and area-based assessments as well as information management services. In 2019, REACH is looking to continue to provide the humanitarian community with relevant and reliable information to strengthen strategic programming and needs-based targeting in Northeast Nigeria.

    As an initiative deployed in many vulnerable and crisis-affected countries, REACH is deeply concerned by the devastating impact the COVID-19 pandemic may have on the millions of affected people we seek to serve. REACH is currently scaling up its programming in response to this pandemic, with the goal of identifying practical ways to inform humanitarian responses in the 20+ countries where we operate, including Nigeria.

    Position Profile

    • IMPACT is seeking an experienced candidate to support REACH’s Sectoral Team. Tasks will include providing GIS support throughout the research cycle including research design, data collection, data analysis and output production.

    Functions
    The REACH Sectoral Team GIS Officer will fulfill the following functions:

    • Under the supervision of the Country Coordinator in Nigeria and of IMPACT’s HQ in Geneva, the REACH GIS Officer is responsible for managing all processes and outputs related to REACH GIS, products and data in-country. They will ensure regular communication with REACH Assessment teams in-country to support the ongoing assessments accordingly, and liaise with IMPACT HQ on GIS product validation.
    • In his/her mission, the REACH Assessment Officer will be hosted by ACTED and will fall under the responsibility of ACTED’s Country Director and his/her delegates. S/he and will fully abide to ACTED’s Security, HR, Administration and Logistics rules and regulations.

    Responsibilities
    Management of GIS functions within Research Cycles:

    Assessment Preparation and Planning:

    • In coordination with the assessment manager/focal point(s), ensuring that assessments are planned in line with project and program objectives and with REACH’s research cycle and other relevant guidelines;
    • Identification of available GIS data to inform secondary data review, in coordination with the assessment team;
    • For each assessment, ensure contribution to and review of draft ToRs with a specific focus on the analysis plan, and related mapping, as well as data management plan;
    • In coordination with Assessment team, co-construct qualitative and quantitative data collection tools, ensuring GIS requirements of research cycle/assessment are met;
    • Develop geo-spatial analysis of assessment areas to be used, as relevant, in developing daily assessment plans, field movement plans and accompanying operational maps for field teams;
    • In coordination with relevant assessment officer(s), support construction of quantitative sample;
    • Keep track of progress and delays of all GIS and relevant data- and information-management tasks throughout the research cycle.
    • Ensure that delays or identified problems are reported by writing and orally in a timely manner.

    Data Collection:

    • When relevant, ensure that support is provided by the GIS team for the identification and training of enumerators for primary data collection;
    • When relevant, ensure that support is provided by GIS teams in overseeing data collection, in line with agreed TORs (including their Annexes), including spatial verification and validation as part of daily assessment checks;
    • Ensure that collected data is geo-referenced, enabling the production of maps and related products;
    • In coordination with the assessment team, ensure that all changes in data collection that lead to a modification in the agreed TORs are documented; and that the IMPACT Country Coordinator and IMPACT HQ are informed and agree on the modifications.

    Data Management & Analysis:

    • Ensure that all collected data is stored in line with IMPACT’s Data Management Guidelines, and with the ToRs (data management plan Annex);
    • Facilitate data cleaning and analysis automation process for the ongoing long term projects / assessments. Providing technical guidelines and capacity building support to the team on the automated systems and workflows.
    • Ensure that data is revised and cleaned, and that all revisions are recorded;
    • Ensure spatial analysis conducted on collected data as per ToRs;
    • Ensure that data and its spatial analysis are validated by IMPACT HQ before product drafting stage;
    • Ensure that data and its analysis do not contain personal information and are validated by IMPACT HQ before sharing to external parties;
    • Ensure the quality and accuracy of technical information provided as well as the confidentiality and protection of collected information.
    • Ensure regular update and maintenance of REACH Nigeria products

    GIS Products (including maps as standalone or within assessment outputs):

    • Ensure accurate linkages between spatial databases and assessment data;
    • Ensures that the produced maps meet the requirements of IMPACT and concerned partners;
    • Ensure regular communication maintained with IMPACT HQ on progress and deadlines for GIS products;
    • Ensure the drafting of timely and accurate GIS products, which comply with IMPACT’s guidelines;
    • Review all products before they are sent to IMPACT HQ for validation;
    • Ensure that all GIS products are validated by IMPACT HQ before external release;
    • In coordination with the IMPACT Country Coordinator, manage the identification of satellite imagery and analysis needs in Nigeria, and liaise with IMPACT HQ on the procurement of UNOSAT services and satellite imagery.

    Product dissemination and evaluation:

    • In coordination with IMPACT’s Country Coordinator, promote the dissemination of GIS products in line with IMPACT Guidelines and Research ToRs;
    • Ensure the strictest confidentiality of data and data processes. He/she will actively take measures to prevent the unauthorized sharing of information and data;
    • In coordination with IMPACT HQ, ensure that GIS products are uploaded in relevant data portals, as specified in Research ToRs;
    • In coordination with IMPACT’s Country Coordinator and with the assessment team, ensure that lessons learned are gathered and documented at the end of each research cycle.

    Internal Coordination with GIS Team:

    • Conduct regular meeting with all international and senior national GIS Team members to assess progress in all research cycles and to review work plan;
    • In coordination with Country Coordinator, conduct induction for new staff members, including training in basic GIS, data and IM competencies;
    • Support to the IMPACT Country Coordinator in the development and implementation of capacity training plans for GIS team members;
    • Be available to provide regular support and technical backstopping;
    • When relevant, support Country Coordinator in staff appraisal and recruitment process.

    External relations:

    • Under the coordination of the IMPACT Country Coordinator, ensure that relevant partners are consulted and involved in the preparation of GIS products;
    • In coordination with the IMPACT Country Coordinator, engage in relevant technical fora in country (e.g. IM/GIS working groups);
    • In support of the IMPACT Country Coordinator, engage with other organizations engaged with the maintenance of spatial data in Nigeria, ensuring IMPACT Geodatabases are up-to-date and in line with Common Operational Datasets (CODs) and Fundamental Operational Datasets (FODs)
    • In coordination with the IMPACT Country Coordinator, support the presentation of GIS products to relevant third parties, to enhance their use and impact;
    • Ensure that external communications with technical GIS/IM partners and key stakeholders, including relevant UN agencies, local and national government, and NGOs has been conducted and documented as appropriate;

    Strategy Development and Implementation:

    • The GIS Officer will participate and actively contribute to the development of the REACH strategy in Nigeria, in support to the Country Coordinator. In particular s/he will support in identifying and concretising:
    • GIS gaps in country
    • Synergies with other GIS and IM actors
    • Dissemination strategies to strengthen the impact of our GIS and IM work
    • Support in the preparation and follow up of country level internal strategic workshops and plans
    • Engagement with IMPACT HQ in global level GIS priorities

    Key Performance Indicators:

    • Ensure compliance with relevant GIS guidelines
    • Mapping guidelines are systematically followed, in particular:
    • Map templates consistently used
    • Map validation process respected
    • Ensure adherence to research cycle TOR
    • GIS products support the research as designed and align to the analysis plan envisioned
    • Data is handled according to the arrangements specified in the data management plan
    • Ensure internal communication protocols followed
    • Regular communication is maintained with IMPACT HQ on progress and deadlines for GIS products
    • Problems related to specific assessments are reported by writing and orally in a timely manner
    • Ensure maps produced and data analysed in a timely and accurate manner
    • Average number of days between end of data collection and internal product validation
    • Number of key automation scripts/apps for data cleaning and analysis process, fast-tracking output production.
    • Total number of maps receiving final validation

    Confidentiality:

    • The REACH Assessment Officer will maintain the strictest confidentiality on all data collected and related processes. He/she will actively take measures to prevent the unauthorized sharing of any information and data belonging to IMPACT and its partners, or collected during his/her assignment with IMPACT.

    Accountability to Communities and Beneficiaries:

    • The staff member is responsible for ensuring that all relations with the communities we work are conducted in a respectful and consultative manner. Due attention must be paid to ensuring that communities are adequately consulted and informed about REACH programme objectives, activities, beneficiary selection criteria, and methodologies. This is the responsibility of every REACH staff member.

    Requirements

    • Master’s degree in GIS or a related discipline (Geography, Geomatics, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sciences)
    • 2 years of experience in GIS / Database management, preferably in humanitarian context;
    • Previous experience with mobile data collection (ODK, ONA, KOBO);
    • Knowledge of the Adobe Suite, particularly Illustrator and InDesign;
    • Knowledge of remote sensing analysis a plus
    • Experience analysing complex data with R or Python a plus
    • Excellent team management skills;
    • Ability to operate in a cross-cultural environment requiring flexibility;
    • Familiarity with the aid system, and understanding of donor and governmental requirements;
    • Prior knowledge of the region an asset;
    • Fluency in English required;

    Ability to operate Microsoft Word, Excel and Project Management Software.

    Conditions

    • Salary defined by the IMPACT salary grid; educational level, expertise, hardship, security, and performance are considered for pay bonus
    • Additional monthly living allowance provided in country by IMPACT’s partner ACTED
    • Food and lodging provided at the organisation’s guesthouse/or housing allowance (depending on contract length and country of assignment)
    • Transportation costs covered, including additional return ticket + luggage allowance
    • Provision of medical, life, and repatriation insurance + retirement package:
      • OCHA, Humanitarian Needs Overview, 2020
      • IOM, Displacement Tracking Matrix, November 2019
      • OCHA, Humanitarian Needs Overview, 2020
      • OCHA, Humanitarian Needs Overview, 2020
      • REACH HSM Hard-to-Reach Factsheets, 2020

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    REACH GIS Officer – Intersectoral Unit

    • Job Type Full Time
    • Qualification MBA/MSc/MA
    • Experience 2 years
    • Location Borno
    • Job Field Research / Data Analysis&nbsp

    Location: Maiduguri, Nigeria, with field travel, security permitting, as appropriate/desired
    Contract duration: 6 months
    Department: REACH
    Starting Date: ASAP

    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.

    Country Profile
    In North East Nigeria (NEN), the ongoing crisis continues to have a profound impact on the population, leading to displacement both within and out of the region and high rates of unmet needs among internally displaced persons. The conflict additionally exacerbates prior unmet needs among non-displaced and host communities. While the primary driver of the conflict remains violent conflict, including ISWAP (Islamic State West Africa Province), JAS (Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad) and associated armed opposition groups (AOGs), other underlying factors, such as climate change, poverty, and disease outbreaks, exacerbate need and further complicate aid delivery.

    Against the backdrop of this protracted crisis, the humanitarian situation in Northeast Nigeria remains one of the world’s most severe.

    Out of the Northeast’s Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe (BAY) state’s total population of 13 million people, an estimated 7.9 million are in need of humanitarian assistance.[1] Borno state remains the epicentre of the crisis, containing over 80% of the region’s over 2 million internally displaced persons.[2] Major incidents throughout 2019 have led to continued mass displacements and severely affected the provision of humanitarian assistance in the region.

    The sudden influx of arrivals added strain to the existing infrastructure of the humanitarian community, resulting in high rates of unmet needs, overcrowding in camps, and exposure to protection risks for vulnerable groups. The congestion status of the camps has resulted in over 60% of IDPs residing outside of camps within host communities, further complicating service delivery.[3] The intensity of needs within Maiduguri and the instability of the security situation in more remote regions has resulted in increased focus on populations in accessible areas; however, populations in the less accessible areas are presumed to have even greater needs.

    These hard-to-reach areas are estimated to contain around 971,000 persons.[4] Very little is known about the specific conditions and needs of the populations living in these areas, but they are presumed to have little mobility, limited essential services, and little or no access to humanitarian aid. The same threats that severely limit the ability of humanitarian actors to conduct thorough assessments also immediately affect the population living in the region. REACH’s Humanitarian Situation Monitoring (HSM) assessments in the Hard-to-Reach areas of Borno state have found that people in these inaccessible areas lack of access to basic services including health facilities, access to livelihoods and have decreased access to foods, access to improved water sources and access to humanitarian services.[5]

    As such, the needs for evidenced-based Humanitarian Aid and information on populations in both accessible and inaccessible areas is paramount to a coordinated response. REACH has been present in Nigeria since 2017, providing a growing evidence base for humanitarian response planning through sectoral, multi-sectoral and area-based assessments as well as information management services. In 2019, REACH is looking to continue to provide the humanitarian community with relevant and reliable information to strengthen strategic programming and needs-based targeting in Northeast Nigeria.

    As an initiative deployed in many vulnerable and crisis-affected countries, REACH is deeply concerned by the devastating impact the COVID-19 pandemic may have on the millions of affected people we seek to serve. REACH is currently scaling up its programming in response to this pandemic, with the goal of identifying practical ways to inform humanitarian responses in the 20+ countries where we operate, including Nigeria.

    Position Profile

    • IMPACT is seeking an experienced candidate to support REACH’s Intersectoral Unit. Tasks will include providing GIS support throughout the research cycle including research design, data collection, data analysis and output production.

    Functions
    The REACH Intersectoral Unit GIS Officer will fulfill the following functions:

    • Under the supervision of the Country Coordinator in Nigeria and of IMPACT’s HQ in Geneva, the REACH GIS Officer is responsible for managing all processes and outputs related to REACH GIS, products and data in-country. They will ensure regular communication with REACH Assessment teams in-country to support the ongoing assessments accordingly, and liaise with IMPACT HQ on GIS product validation.
    • In his/her mission, the REACH Assessment Officer will be hosted by ACTED and will fall under the responsibility of ACTED’s Country Director and his/her delegates. S/he and will fully abide to ACTED’s Security, HR, Administration and Logistics rules and regulations.

    Responsibilities
    Management of GIS functions within Research Cycles:

    Assessment Preparation and Planning:

    • In coordination with the assessment manager/focal point(s), ensuring that assessments are planned in line with project and program objectives and with REACH’s research cycle and other relevant guidelines;
    • Identification of available GIS data to inform secondary data review, in coordination with the assessment team;
    • For each assessment, ensure contribution to and review of draft ToRs with a specific focus on the analysis plan, and related mapping, as well as data management plan;
    • In coordination with Assessment team, co-construct qualitative and quantitative data collection tools, ensuring GIS requirements of research cycle/assessment are met;
    • Develop geo-spatial analysis of assessment areas to be used, as relevant, in developing daily assessment plans, field movement plans and accompanying operational maps for field teams;
    • In coordination with relevant assessment officer(s), support construction of quantitative sample;
    • Keep track of progress and delays of all GIS and relevant data- and information-management tasks throughout the research cycle. Ensure that delays or identified problems are reported by writing and orally in a timely manner.

    Data Collection:

    • When relevant, ensure that support is provided by the GIS team for the identification and training of enumerators for primary data collection;
    • When relevant, ensure that support is provided by GIS teams in overseeing data collection, in line with agreed TORs (including their Annexes), including spatial verification and validation as part of daily assessment checks;
    • Ensure that collected data is geo-referenced, enabling the production of maps and related products;
    • In coordination with the assessment team, ensure that all changes in data collection that lead to a modification in the agreed TORs are documented; and that the IMPACT Country Coordinator and IMPACT HQ are informed and agree on the modifications.

    Data Management & Analysis:

    • Ensure that all collected data is stored in line with IMPACT’s Data Management Guidelines, and with the ToRs (data management plan Annex);
    • Facilitate data cleaning and analysis automation process for the ongoing long term projects / assessments. Providing technical guidelines and capacity building support to the team on the automated systems and workflows.
    • Ensure that data is revised and cleaned, and that all revisions are recorded;
    • Ensure spatial analysis conducted on collected data as per ToRs;
    • Ensure that data and its spatial analysis are validated by IMPACT HQ before product drafting stage;
    • Ensure that data and its analysis do not contain personal information and are validated by IMPACT HQ before sharing to external parties;
    • Ensure the quality and accuracy of technical information provided as well as the confidentiality and protection of collected information.
    • Ensure regular update and maintenance of REACH Nigeria products

    GIS Products (including maps as standalone or within assessment outputs):

    • Ensure accurate linkages between spatial databases and assessment data;
    • Ensures that the produced maps meet the requirements of IMPACT and concerned partners;
    • Ensure regular communication maintained with IMPACT HQ on progress and deadlines for GIS products;
    • Ensure the drafting of timely and accurate GIS products, which comply with IMPACT’s guidelines;
    • Review all products before they are sent to IMPACT HQ for validation;
    • Ensure that all GIS products are validated by IMPACT HQ before external release;
    • In coordination with the IMPACT Country Coordinator, manage the identification of satellite imagery and analysis needs in Nigeria, and liaise with IMPACT HQ on the procurement of UNOSAT services and satellite imagery.

    Product dissemination and evaluation:

    • In coordination with IMPACT’s Country Coordinator, promote the dissemination of GIS products in line with IMPACT Guidelines and Research ToRs;
    • Ensure the strictest confidentiality of data and data processes. He/she will actively take measures to prevent the unauthorized sharing of information and data;
    • In coordination with IMPACT HQ, ensure that GIS products are uploaded in relevant data portals, as specified in Research ToRs;
    • In coordination with IMPACT’s Country Coordinator and with the assessment team, ensure that lessons learned are gathered and documented at the end of each research cycle.

    Internal Coordination with GIS Team:

    • Conduct regular meeting with all international and senior national GIS Team members to assess progress in all research cycles and to review work plan;
    • In coordination with Country Coordinator, conduct induction for new staff members, including training in basic GIS, data and IM competencies;
    • Support to the IMPACT Country Coordinator in the development and implementation of capacity training plans for GIS team members;
    • Be available to provide regular support and technical backstopping;
    • When relevant, support Country Coordinator in staff appraisal and recruitment process.

    External Relations

    • Under the coordination of the IMPACT Country Coordinator, ensure that relevant partners are consulted and involved in the preparation of GIS products;
    • In coordination with the IMPACT Country Coordinator, engage in relevant technical fora in country (e.g. IM/GIS working groups);
    • In support of the IMPACT Country Coordinator, engage with other organizations engaged with the maintenance of spatial data in Nigeria, ensuring IMPACT Geodatabases are up-to-date and in line with Common Operational Datasets (CODs) and Fundamental Operational Datasets (FODs)
    • In coordination with the IMPACT Country Coordinator, support the presentation of GIS products to relevant third parties, to enhance their use and impact;
    • Ensure that external communications with technical GIS/IM partners and key stakeholders, including relevant UN agencies, local and national government, and NGOs has been conducted and documented as appropriate;

    Strategy Development and Implementation
    The GIS Officer will participate and actively contribute to the development of the REACH strategy in Nigeria, in support to the Country Coordinator. In particular s/he will support in identifying and concretizing:

    • GIS gaps in country
    • Synergies with other GIS and IM actors
    • Dissemination strategies to strengthen the impact of our GIS and IM work
    • Support in the preparation and follow up of country level internal strategic workshops and plans
    • Engagement with IMPACT HQ in global level GIS priorities

    Key Performance Indicators

    • Ensure compliance with relevant GIS guidelines
    • Mapping guidelines are systematically followed, in particular:
    • Map templates consistently used
    • Map validation process respected
    • Ensure adherence to research cycle TOR
    • GIS products support the research as designed and align to the analysis plan envisioned
    • Data is handled according to the arrangements specified in the data management plan
    • Ensure internal communication protocols followed
    • Regular communication is maintained with IMPACT HQ on progress and deadlines for GIS products
    • Problems related to specific assessments are reported by writing and orally in a timely manner;
    • Ensure maps produced and data analysed in a timely and accurate manner
    • Average number of days between end of data collection and internal product validation
    • Number of key automation scripts/apps for data cleaning and analysis process, fast-tracking output production.
    • Total number of maps receiving final validation

    Confidentiality:

    • The REACH Assessment Officer will maintain the strictest confidentiality on all data collected and related processes. He/she will actively take measures to prevent the unauthorized sharing of any information and data belonging to IMPACT and its partners, or collected during his/her assignment with IMPACT.

    Accountability To Communities And Beneficiaries
    The staff member is responsible for ensuring that all relations with the communities we work are conducted in a respectful and consultative manner. Due attention must be paid to ensuring that communities are adequately consulted and informed about REACH programme objectives, activities, beneficiary selection criteria, and methodologies. This is the responsibility of every REACH staff member.

    Requirements

    • Master degree in GIS or a related discipline (Geography, Geomatics, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sciences)
    • 2 years of experience in GIS / Database management, preferably in humanitarian context;
    • Previous experience with mobile data collection (ODK, ONA, KOBO);
    • Knowledge of the Adobe Suite, particularly Illustrator and InDesign;
    • Knowledge of remote sensing analysis a plus
    • Experience analysing complex data with R or Python a plus
    • Excellent team management skills;
    • Ability to operate in a cross-cultural environment requiring flexibility;
    • Familiarity with the aid system, and understanding of donor and governmental requirements;
    • Prior knowledge of the region an asset;
    • Fluency in English required;
    • Ability to operate Microsoft Word, Excel and Project Management Software.

    Conditions

    • Salary defined by the IMPACT salary grid; educational level, expertise, hardship, security, and performance are considered for pay bonus
    • Additional monthly living allowance provided in-country by IMPACT’s partner ACTED
    • Food and lodging provided at the organization’s guesthouse/or housing allowance (depending on contract length and country of assignment)
    • Transportation costs covered, including additional return ticket + luggage allowance
    • Provision of medical, life, and repatriation insurance + retirement package:
      • OCHA, Humanitarian Needs Overview, 2020
      • IOM, Displacement Tracking Matrix, November 2019
      • OCHA, Humanitarian Needs Overview, 2020
      • OCHA, Humanitarian Needs Overview, 2020
      • REACH HSM Hard-to-Reach Factsheets, 2020

    Method of Application

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