ACTED REACH Assessment officer Job in Kenya

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.

REACH was born in 2010 as a joint initiative of two INGOs (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:

  • need and situation assessments facilitated by REACH teams;
  • situation analysis using satellite imagery;
  • provision of related database and (web)-mapping facilities and expertise.

    Context / Country

    REACH Somalia established its presence in Somalia in 2012, partnering with UN-OCHA and the cluster system. Its aim was to provide surge capacity and technical support contributing to the formulation of countrywide needs analysis and response strategies.

    REACH Somalia stemmed on the focus of geographic identification of internally displaced peoples (IDPs) living in settlements through collecting a core baseline of household specific information focused on the shelter, WASH and education sectors that enables the preparation of situational and gap analyses; thus enabling better planning, coordination and traceability of aid.

    The team has quickly expanded its connectivity to other clusters (namely Food Security) and the overall coordination mechanism of OCHA.

    The project coordinates its actions through the cluster system to define locations for assessment and mapping activities working through a large network of local partners operational in each assessment region.

    To date the project has mapped IDP settlements in Doolow, Mogadishu, Baidoa, Kismayo, North Galkayo, Hargeisa, Burao, Bossasso, Qardho and Garowe


    Under the supervision of the REACH Country Coordinator, the REACH Assessment Officer is responsible for the management and implementation of all REACH assessments in country, including their preparation, implementation and follow-up, if relevant.

    S/he will also be 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 and region.


    Under the supervision of REACH Country Focal

    Point, the REACH Assessment Officer shall be responsible for:

  • Designing and implementing REACH assessment strategy and methodology and corresponding analytical frameworks;
  • Provide information management support through in-depth data analysis, technical training development, macro development, IM platform management, and/or geo-referencing, when possible.
  • Ensuring the writing of timely and accurate assessment reports and factsheets with integration of cluster and/or partner feedback;
  • Manage project timeframes and assessment schedules and work with field staff to design and implement REACH assessment procedures;
  • Supporting the development/revision of assessment/programme strategies, reports or new proposals;
  • Liaising with programme staff of other ACTED departments to ensure close coordination is maintained;
  • Under the supervision of REACH Country Focal Point, external representation of REACH with Donors, Partners and the wider Aid Community through clusters and sectoral working groups;
  • Coordinate timely and accurate reporting to REACH Country Focal Point
  • Managing of REACH assessment field staff to ensure a smooth and timely implementation of activities;
  • Ensuring that assessment strategies are implemented in a structured and coherent manner in line with project and strategic objectives;
  • Coordinating and ensuring timely data collection, analysis and, in partnership with GIS/DB team, mapping of datasets and ensuring that all collected data are geo-referenced

    Qualifications/Skills/Profile Required

  • Excellent academic qualifications including a Masters Degree in relevant Discipline
    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;
  • 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
    Ability to operation Microsoft Word, Excel and Data visualization and analysis software.
  • Fluency in English requiredExcellent analytical skills;
  • Ability to work independently.

    How to apply

    Qualified persons with the required skills are invited to submit their applications (CV and cover letter) to: [email protected] on or before May 15, 2018. Please do not attach any other documents while sending your applications, if required they will be requested at a later stage.

    ACTED reserves the right to hire prior to the application deadline.

    Please note that only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    ACTED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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