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.
REACH was born in 2010 as a joint initiative of the two International NGOs (IMPACT Initiativesand 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.
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 are committed to responding to emergencies worldwide, to supporting recovery and rehabilitation, towards sustainable development.
We are currently looking for a (Senior) Assessment Officer to support our Area-Based Response Project in Afghanistan.
Position: (Senior) Assessment Officer
Duration: 12 months
Location: Herat, Afghanistan
Starting Date: 01 July
Forty years of war, recurrent natural disasters, chronic poverty, drought and the COVID-19 pandemic have devastated the people of Afghanistan. At the same time, the recent economic upheaval and ruptures in basic services, financial systems and civil service are transpiring and exacerbating an already dire humanitarian situation. Even prior to the events of 15 August, the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan was one of the worst in the world. By the mid-year mark, nearly half of the population – some 18.4 million people – were already in need of humanitarian and protection assistance in 2021; more than 22 million are projected to be in need in 2022.
In light of the political turmoil and economic crisis facing Afghanistan after the events of 2021, the humanitarian response is implementing an unprecedented scale-up in implementation to meet such critical and rapidly worsening need across the country. As such, the needs for evidenced-based humanitarian aid and information on populations in both accessible and inaccessible areas is paramount to an effective, accountable, and coordinated response.
IMPACT has been present in Afghanistan since 2016, providing a growing evidence base for humanitarian response planning through sectoral, multi-sectoral and area-based assessments as well as information management services across the entire country, with bases in all regions of Afghanistan. The mission is structured around three units, each with key objectives to support different aspects of the response. This includes (1) supporting strategic planning and prioritization through the Inter-Sectoral Research Unit (ISRU), (2) emphasizing localization agendas through area-based early recovery and development through the Resilience and Recovery Unit (RRRU), and (3) providing programmatic and operational support to key actors and partners in the aid response to ensure effective, appropriate, transparent, and accountable delivery of assistance to the people of Afghanistan through the Programming and Accountability Research Unit (PARU).
REACH Initiative Afghanistan is currently seeking a young professional with experience in research to lead the Area-Based Response (ABR) Project Portfolio in Afghanistan as an Assessment Officer, with seniority based on experience (S/AO). The position is based in Kabul, Afghanistan with travel to other areas and regions required.
Area-Based Response Consortium and REACH Assessments
A major pillar of the RRRU has been to assess and advocate for the needs of populations living in Informal Settlements (ISETs) across Afghanistan. These ISETs are predominantly located in and diffused through urban areas, and populated by displaced communities, often lacking access to secure land tenure, stable employment, and key services. In 2021, in coordination with ACTED and NRC, REACH Afghanistan launched its Area-Based Response (ABR) Consortium to respond to the critical needs of ISETs and their surrounding populations using an Urban Displacement Out of Camps (UDOC) approach. Within the consortium, REACH collects and analyses data that is used to inform this area-based approach, to respond to the emergency needs of Informal Settlement populations in four key cities (Herat, Mazar, Kunduz, and Jalalabad). This project will ensure that emergency services that are provided are in line with the informal settlement’s community needs and priorities, as well as strengthen local humanitarian coordination mechanisms in each of the four cities.
This position sits within REACH’s Resilience and Recovery Research Unit (RRRU). The ABR SAO will be responsible for overseeing all research streams within the project portfolio. This includes meeting contractual deliverables, including coordination of trainings with partners, and production of datasets, tabulated analysis, factsheets, situation overviews, and narrative reports.
The ideal candidate will be eager to work in a dynamic organization with opportunities to build upon existing data analysis and external coordination skills. Technical backstopping and support is provided by the Research Manager for the REACH RRRU, and REACH Afghanistan Data Specialist, and the IMPACT Geneva HQ team. Past experience in the aforementioned areas is not essential although highly desirable. At minimum, experience with the subject matter, familiarity with the development and/or humanitarian sector, quantitative analysis skills, and effective communication skills are required.
Under the supervision of the (Deputy) Country Coordinator in Afghanistan, direct line-management of the RRRU Research Manager, and with direct coordination with IMPACT HQ as well as the donors and partners involved in the research cycle, the REACH SAO responsibilities include:
1. Research Cycle Implementation and Management
2. Team, Project, and Grants Management
3. External Engagement
4. Support to the Research Manager and SMT on Strategy Development and Implementation
Other tasks falling within his/her functions as requested by supervisors
The REACH Assessment Officer will maintain the strictest confidentiality on all data collected and related processes. He/she will actively take measures to prevent the unauthorized sharing of any information and data belonging to IMPACT and its partners, or collected during his/her assignment with IMPACT.
In his/her mission, the REACH SAO will be hosted by ACTED and will fall under the responsibility of ACTED’s Country Director and his/her delegates. S/he and will fully abide to ACTED’s Security, HR, Administration and Logistics rules and regulations.
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