ACTED REACH Senior Assessment Officer- Cash and Markets Jobs in Kenya

ACTED REACH Senior Assessment Officer- Cash and Markets Jobs 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.

  • 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.

    Country Profile

  • REACH, has been working in Kenya and regionally supporting inter-agency information management and assessment capacity since 2012. In 2012-2016 REACH supported the development of an early warning monitoring system through training of monitors and support to county analysts for the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA).

  • REACH has been operating in Somalia since 2012 and has multiple research cycles including two large-scale national assessments (Joint Multi-Cluster Needs Assessment and Detailed Site Assessment) as well as a number of other smaller assessments all aimed at providing intersectoral analysis of the response. In addition, there is a cash and markets team, which provide third party monitoring to the largest cash consortium in Somalia and Joint Market monitoring for the Shelter, NFI and WASH clusters.


  • Under the direct supervision of the senior research manager, the senior assessment Officer is responsible for the management and implementation of REACH cash and markets assessments in Kenya and Somalia, including their preparation, implementation and follow-up. Throughout research cycles, the senior assessment officer engages with partners to promote their participation and maximize their impact.

    More specifically the senior assessment officer is responsible for the following:

    Management of All Kenya and Somalia Cash and Market Research Cycles:

  • Ensuring that all assessments are planned in line with relevant project and program objectives and with REACH’s research cycle and other relevant guidelines;

  • Ensure that ToRs are understood and used by assessment staff and stakeholders, and updated as required; Compose and construct, in close coordination with GIS and data management team, qualitative and quantitative data collection tools; ensure engagement with GIS teams on GIS requirements of research cycle/assessment;

  • Keep track of progress and delays of all assigned assessment throughout the research cycle. Ensure that delays or identified challenges for specific assessments are reported in writing and orally in a timely manner;

  • Ensure relevant stakeholders and partners are engaged in assessment design and planning.

  • Ensuring wherever possible cash and markets research practices and tools are standardized between countries to ensure best practices and efficiencies. These opportunities should be detailed in a high-level cash and markets strategy.

  • Ensure that lessons learned are gathered and documented at the end of each research cycle;

  • Support the senior research manager to conduct monitoring and evaluation as specified in the research ToRs and in line with IMPACT Guidelines.

  • Support the Assessment officers and Field Officers of to implement all aspects of the cash and markets projects;

  • Develop and maintain a work plan for cash and markets unit and conduct regular follow-up of the work plan, identify and address any delays in a timely and effective manner;

    Management of Assessment Team and Field Assessment Team

  • Conduct regular meeting with junior assessment team members and other team members of the cash and markets unit to assess progress in all research cycles and to review work plan;

  • Bilateral management of junior assessment team members, including (in consultation with the senior research manager the conduct of appraisals, as well as participation in staff career management;

  • In coordination with the senior research manager, conduct induction for new staff members, including training in basic technical competencies for assessment design, implementation and analysis;

  • Support the country senior management
    in the development and implementation of capacity training plans for REACH assessment and field team member;

    Projects Cycle Management for the Cash and Markets Unit

  • Support the REACH senior management in drafting of relevant funding proposals and budgets;

  • Support the senior management in conducting budget follow-ups for the cash and markets unit projects including providing budget forecasts for upcoming assessments.

  • In close coordination with line management, finance and grants colleagues, monitor and regularly update the use of assets, financial and human resources, in full compliance with REACH’s guidelines; this includes maintaining an oversight of budget availability and expenditure for assessment activities;

  • Contribute to the strategy development of the cash and markets unit for Kenya and Somalia.

    External Engagement

  • Ensure that relevant partners are consulted and involved at all stages of research cycle: assessment preparation; data collection; data analysis; review of research products; product dissemination; and lessons learnt;

  • Represent REACH in relevant meetings/ working groups including Cash working groups;

  • Be the REACH focal point in the Minimum Expenditure Basket (MEB) Workstream of the Kenya Cash working group in close coordination with the co-chair of the Workstream.

  • Present REACH assessment findings in relevant external meetings and forums.

  • Follow up on issues identified by partners or during meetings / working groups;

  • More generally, contribute to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of the organization, notably through the application of REACH’s mandate, ethics, values and stand-point with regard to other actors.


  • Excellent academic qualifications including a bachelor degree in relevant discipline (Social sciences, statistics, economics, research, development studies etc) required. Master’s degree an added advantage.

  • At least 5 years of relevant working experience in humanitarian settings in the fields of data analysis, monitoring and evaluation, research or conducting assessments required.

  • Experience with cash and voucher assistance projects in humanitarian settings required.

  • Experience in cash monitoring and conducting markets assessments highly desirable

  • Excellent analytical skills with quantitative and qualitative data, and a good understanding of sampling techniques.

  • Proven knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite, to include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

  • Experience with InDesign an asset.

  • Team management experience and skills required;

  • Excellent team management, coordination, organizational and planning skills required, including ability to manage large workloads, oversee multiple teams and effectively meet deadlines;

  • Experience with external engagement (donors, partners and other key stakeholders) required;

  • Familiarity with the humanitarian coordination system required;

  • Excellent communication and report drafting skills for effective reporting;

  • Ability to multitask with tight deadlines, on numerous research cycles;

  • Proven ability to work independently;

  • Ability to operate in a cross-cultural environment requiring flexibility;

  • Past experience working for Somalia programs an asset but not required;

  • Language skills Fluency in English required.

    How to apply

  • Qualified national persons with the required skills are invited to submit their applications accompanied by detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter 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 14 June, 2022 with the subject line "REACH Senior Assessment Officer"

  • 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 recruitment.

  • Shortlisting will be on rolling basis and ACTED reserves the right to hire before the deadline.

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