IMPACT Initiatives Senior Assessment Officer Jobs in Uganda

IMPACT Initiatives Senior Assessment Officer Jobs in Uganda


Under the line management of the IMPACT Country Coordinator or his/her delegates in Uganda, the Senior Assessment Officer is responsible for the implementation of IMPACT’s research cycles in country, including the preparation, data collection, analysis, drafting, dissemination and evaluation stages.

Throughout research cycles, the Senior Assessment Officer engages with partners to promote their participation and maximize their impact. He/she also ensures an efficient and transparent use of resources required for project implementation. This can include the direct supervision of assessment teams.

In his/her mission, the Senior Assessment Officer will be hosted by IMPACT’s global partner ACTED and will fall under the direct responsibility and management of ACTED’s Country Director and his/her delegates for all Administrative, Security, and relevant Logistics and Finance issues. S/he will therefore fully abide to ACTED’s Security, Administration, and relevant HR, Logistics and Finance rules and regulations.


The Senior Assessment Officer is responsible for overseeing the planning, implementation and follow up of research cycles to which s/he is assigned, in close coordination with other team members and with relevant external partners. In doing so, the Senior Assessment Officer will ensure an effective management of related projects and resources, including (when relevant) line-management national and international assessment staff.

Research Planning:

  • Anticipate knowledge gaps prior to the execution of a Research Cycle;

  • Ensure that required secondary data review and/or analysis has been conducted in preparation of an assessment;

  • Ensure that all research cycles are planned in line with the country strategy, relevant research and project objectives and with IMPACT’s research cycle and other relevant guidelines;

  • Design research approaches and methodologies according to IMPACT’s requirements and principles as well as partners’ information needs;

  • Compose and construct, in close coordination with GIS and data teams, qualitative and quantitative data collection tools;

  • For each research cycle, prepare ToRs and ensure their validation by HQ before any data collection begins;

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

    Research Implementation

  • In close liaison with field officer(s), ensure that required enumerators are identified and trained for primary data collection;

  • In close liaison with field officer (s), Monitor data collection, ensuring its correct implementation in line with agreed TORs;

  • In close liaison with field officer (s), Manage assessment logistics, including with partner organizations, identifying assessment areas, facilitating design workshops, managing joint data collection processes, and facilitating joint analysis workshops;

  • In close liaison with field officer (s), Ensure regular situation updates on data collection are produced and circulated to line manager, relevant colleagues and external counterparts. Provide support and follow up on identified challenges during the data collection process;

  • Ensure that the line manager and IMPACT HQ research department are alerted to any issues that prevents full implementation of the methodology agreed in the approved TORs. Ensure that all changes to the methodology are documented throughout implementation, and that any change is formally validated by IMPACT HQ;

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

  • In close liaison with field officer (s), Ensure logistics, financial, administration, security and HR processes directly related to ongoing and upcoming assessments are appropriately planned, implemented and coordinated with the relevant ACTED departments;

  • Ensure that all collected data is stored in line with IMPACT’s Data Management Guidelines and with the ToRs;

  • In close liaison with field officer (s), Ensure that data is revised and cleaned, and that all revisions are recorded;

  • In close liaison with data colleagues Provide data analysis on primary and/or secondary data as per ToRs, ensuring that meaningful techniques are used to analyze the data collected;

  • Ensure that data and its 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.

    Drafting of Research Products

  • Ensure the drafting of timely and accurate outputs that consolidate
    the analyses from each research cycle into relevant products such as factsheets, reports, briefs, presentations, etc which comply with IMPACT’s guidelines and quality standards;

  • Ensure that products accurately reflect the information collected and that information is conveyed in a way that maximizes their impact in line with their intended use;

  • Liaise with relevant GIS colleagues to ensure effective spatial representation of research findings in maps or interactive web-portals, as relevant;

  • Follow the designated timeline of reports to be submitted to project partners and donors. Ensure that delays or identified challenges for specific assessments are reported in writing and orally in a timely manner;

  • Maintain regular communication with country Management and IMPACT HQ on progress and deadlines for written products;

  • Ensure that all written products are validated by IMPACT HQ before external release.

    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;

  • After validation by the line manager, represent IMPACT in relevant meetings/ working groups;

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

  • Promote an active use of datasets and research findings by partners and the broader humanitarian community for their decision making;

  • After validation by line manager, present research findings to relevant third parties in order to enhance their use and impact;

  • Ensure that all partner engagement and all external relations are clearly documented and communicated with the line manager and relevant colleagues;

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


  • Academic Excellent academic qualifications, preferably including a Master degree in relevant discipline;

  • Research skills Masters and proven experience with complex research methods. Excellent analytical skills and capacity to contextualize and interpret the data. Familiarity with qualitative analysis is required for this position – either through the saturation grid system or with software such as MAXQDA.

  • Software skills Proven knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite, to include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Advanced skills in R, SPSS and/or STATA or other statistical analysis software are an advantage but not essential. However, this person must be familiar with statistical outputs and able to interpret them. Experience with InDesign / illustration software is an asset.

  • Familiarity aid system Familiarity with the aid system is required;

  • Years of work experience At least 3 years of relevant working experience;

  • Management skills Proven team management experience and skills; ability to build assessment capacity of team through training and mentoring. The person chosen for this position will likely manage one junior Assessment Officer and will coordinate with the field team and data team.

  • Communication/reporting skills Excellent written and verbal communication; the Senior Assessment Officer will be responsible to engage different stakeholders and partners during the research design, analysis and reporting. Excellent writing skills for effective reporting.

  • Multi-tasking skills Ability to multitask with tight deadlines, on numerous research cycles;

  • Level of independence Proven ability to work independently;

  • Cross-cultural work environment Ability to operate in a cross-cultural environment requiring flexibility; the person shall be culturally aware and able to establish effective relationship with a multicultural team. Ability to work effectively in a consortium and ability to be flexible in working closely with external actors

  • Experience in geographical region Past experience in Uganda and East Africa is desirable.

  • Language skills Fluency in English

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; IMPACT Initiatives Senior Assessment Officer Jobs in Uganda

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