REACH International is recruiting for contract REACH Senior Field Officer.
REACH was born in 2010 as a joint initiative of two INGOs (IMPACT Initiatives and ACTED) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Field (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.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: REACH Senior Field Officer
Locations: Adamawa, Borno, Yobe Position to start 1st Quarter, 2019 Contract Duration 6 months
Context / Country
The crisis in North-East Nigeria is now in its 9th year, with 1.88 million people displaced across the three states of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa. Borno state hosts the largest proportion of these (1.4 million people). Major operations by NAF and counter offensives by AOGs have increased through the 2nd quarter of 2018, leading to the displacement of 59,567 individuals between DTM rounds 22 and 23 (April – June 2018). In Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States, Kukawa, Monguno, Mafa, Dikwa, Bama, Gwoza, Damboa, Gujba, Tarmwa, Maiha, Nusman, Song, Yola South and Fufore LGAs have all seen significant increases in the number of IDPs in accessible areas who are primarily originating from Hard to Reach (H2R) areas. While there is a considerable amount of information related to the needs and conditions of IDPs (as well as returnees and non-displaced populations, thanks in part to the ongoing efforts of REACH) in these accessible areas, despite the availability of information sources – the recently displaced populations themselves – there is an evident lack of information on populations remaining in H2R areas.
UN OCHA estimates that 820,000 individuals remain isolated in areas inaccessible to the humanitarian response and with limited access to basic services such as health care and education. Specific conditions and needs of the population in hard to reach settlements remain unknown, and population figures, well as demographic composition and status (non-displaced, IDP, returnee), are formulated with little actual knowledge of the situation.
In recognition of the urgent need for data in further areas of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, REACH intends to expand data collection in secure locations of Maiduguri, Monguno, Kukawa, Pulka, Mafa, Bama, Dikwa, Ngala, Damasak, Rann, Banki, Gwoza, Mubi and Gujuba in 2018. Through an H2R assessment approach, REACH will provide regular, reliable indicative tracking of humanitarian needs over time, to support in prioritization and identification of “hot-spot” areas witnessing a deterioration of humanitarian needs. To ensure this data is directly informing humanitarian response planning, data will be shared through formal coordination structures, such as OCHA, the OISWG, and relevant clusters, with feedback from partners used for both triangulations of gathered data as well as to inform research design and geographical targeting.
Chain of Command Under the authority of:
In country: ACTED Country Director
In country: REACH Regional Representative
In country: REACH Assessment Officer
In country: REACH Field Manager
Their own activities
REACH Regional Representative
REACH (Senior) GIS/Assessment Officers
REACH (Senior) Field Officers
REACH Field Assistants
REACH Database Specialist
Summary The REACH Senior Field Officer shall be responsible for:
Leading of field teams
Research and analysis
External relations support
Any other tasks need to ensure the success of the REACH mission in Nigeria
Leading of field teams:
The REACH Senior Field Officer will lead field teams comprised of Field Officers, Field Assistants, and teams of enumerators up to 10 individuals. They will directly manage Field Officers, Field Assistants and their enumeration teams and be responsible for managing data collection activities and guiding the teams through REACH standard weekly meetings and work plans. They will support the REACH Assessment/ GIS Officers/Field Manager as needed, and are the key focal point for reporting and communicating field team progress.
The REACH Senior Field Officer will manage quantitative and qualitative data collected by the REACH field team.
They will support and manage data cleaning, ensure datasets are properly stored onto the Dropbox server, and enter textual data into spreadsheets or databases for easier tracking and analysis as necessary.
They will ensure qualitative data collected is properly transcribed and stored onto the Dropbox server.
Research and analysis:
The REACH Senior Field Officer will be responsible for conducting analyses on the quantitative and qualitative data collected by their field teams and help provide a synthesized understanding of needs and conditions in their H2R areas of focus.
This may include leading focus group discussions, transcribing and translating FGD transcripts, conducting coding and qualitative analysis as is possible in reference to the capacities of other team members.
They will conduct other analysis tasks as required by the REACH Assessment/GIS Officer/Field Manager.
The REACH Senior Field Officer will be responsible for logistics for their field teams during data collection activities by coordinating vehicle transport, accommodation, and the team’s schedule.
They will provide work plans and schedules as necessary to the REACH Assessment/GIS Officer/Field Manager, and are responsible for coordinating all of their activities with these same people.
They will also provide support in organizing movement of REACH teams to and from field locations and identifying accommodations and office space.
External relations support:
The REACH Senior Field Officer will be the primary face of REACH in the field, representing REACH with partners and liaising with appropriate government authorities to ensure REACH can conduct activities as needed.
They are responsible for properly representing REACH in all interactions and managing the external interactions of Field Officers and Field Assistants.
They are responsible for developing and maintaining contacts in their field locations who can both assist REACH data collection efforts and benefit from receiving REACH products.
The REACH Senior Field Officer will participate in other, undefined tasks that are necessary to support the REACH mission in Nigeria.
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 ACTED programme objectives, activities, beneficiary selection criteria, and methodologies.
They will also be responsible with printing and delivering REACH products directly to those providing REACH with the data.
This is the responsibility of every ACTED staff member.
Min Required Experience:
Qualifications and Experience
Minimum of 3 years of progressively more responsible experience in humanitarian or development organizations, preferably in a field-based position
Willingness and ability to work in a dynamic and fast-paced field environment for extended periods of the time required
Bachelor's degree in relevant discipline (social science, development) required
Strong skills with the Microsoft Office Suite
Strong technical writing skills
Excellent experience using ODK for quantitative data collection
Some experience creating ODK questionnaires, or ability to learn rapidly
Considerable experience hiring and managing casual laborers
Considerable experience guiding and managing field teams
Considerable experience conducting and transcribing focus group discussions
Positive attitude and a willingness to learn
Excellent communication skills
Excellent time management skills
Ability to operate in a cross-cultural environment requiring flexibility
Prior experience working in IDP settlements an asset
Written and spoken fluency in English and Hausa required
Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications will be considered. ACTED/REACH considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, colour, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability.
Due to the large numbers of expected applicants ACTED will only inform shortlisted candidates. We apologise for the inconvenience. Only short-listed applicants will be invited for written test and oral interview.
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