IMPACT Initiatives Job Vacancy: REACH Senior Assessment Officer - To Be Determined

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 organisation 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 Senior Assessment Officer. 
Department: REACH 
Position: REACH Senior Assessment Officer 
Contract duration: 6 months 
Location: to be determined 
Starting Date: asap

Under the supervision of the Country Coordinator and IMPACT HQ in Geneva, the REACH Senior Assessment Officer is responsible for the management and implementation of all REACH assessments, including their preparation, implementation and follow-up. He/she 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 IMPACT in country and region, if relevant. 


The REACH Senior Assessment Officer shall be responsible for:
  • Design and implement REACH assessment strategy and methodology; 
  • External representation of REACH with Donors, Partners and the wider Aid Community through clusters and sectoral working groups; 
  • Management of assessment field staff and officers to ensure smooth & timely implementation of activities; 
  • Ensuring that assessment strategies are implemented in a structured and coherent manner in line with project and strategic objectives; 
  • Coordinate and ensure timely data collection, analysis and, in partnership with GIS/Database team, mapping of datasets, ensure that all collected data are geo-referenced; 
  • Works closely with GIS/database team in country.
  • Ensure the writing of timely and accurate assessment reports and factsheets;
  • Keep track of all projects and programmes assessment schedules and work with field teams 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 and information sharing is maintained;
REACH Assessment Management and Coordination
  • Objective 2.1: 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.

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 2.2: Implementation
The REACH Senior Assessment Officer is responsible for contributing to the implementation of assessment projects, liaising with assessment officers, providing support to the development of assessment, database and GIS tools with the REACH team, as well as the development of work plans, data collection schedules and output design.

REACH Reporting
The REACH Senior 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 organisations working in the areas.

The REACH Senior Assessment Officer will also store, organize and disseminate assessments, project documents and best practices among partners. He/she will coordinate timely and accurate reporting to IMPACT Headquarter.

REACH HR Management

Staff Management
The REACH Senior Assessment Officer is responsible for 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 with each staff member that directly reports to him/her. The REACH Senior Assessment Officer will be required to take the lead in the recruitment of REACH assessment staff. This will include the preparation of ToRs, observation of recruitment procedures by planning recruitment needs in advance, and undertake interviews.

The REACH Senior 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. 

Representation of 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.

  • Excellent academic qualifications, including a Master degree in relevant discipline;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • At least 2 years of relevant working experience in humanitarian settings such as research, evaluation, assessments and programmes
  • Excellent communication and drafting skills for effective reporting;
  • Excellent and proven team management skills;
  • Ability to operate in a cross-cultural environment requiring flexibility;
  • Prior knowledge of the Syria response is an asset
  • Fluency in English required
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to operation Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Ability to operate SPSS or related statistical programming an asset
  • Salary defined by the IMPACT salary grid; educational level, expertise, hardship, security, and performance are considered for pay bonus
  • Additional monthly living allowance
  • Free 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
How to apply:
Please send, in English, your cover letter, CV, three references and samples of previous researches to


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Deadline: September 20th, 2016