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Position: REACH Senior Assessment Officer- Cash and Markets
Country/s Kenya and Somalia
Direct Hierarchy: Senior Research Manager
Duration: Six Months
Location: Nairobi with occasional travel to Somalia
Expected Start Date: June 2022
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.
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. 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.
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). Since 2017, REACH has been supporting the collection of information in Dadaab refugee camp and in border areas through technical support and assessment coordination services to NRC. In 2020, REACH has implemented vulnerability assessments in Samburu County including needs assessment, infrastructure mapping and capacity building of County officials. In addition, REACH is a member of the Kenya Cash consortium and the Kenya Cash Urban consortium, which, in collaboration with consortium partners have facilitated the conduct of monthly market monitoring in informal settlements of Nairobi and Mombasa as well as markets in ASAL counties.
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.
The Cash and markets unit for Kenya and Somalia implements a range of cash and assessments with a dedicated team of assessment and database staff. Currently, the unit implements a joint market monitoring initiative in both Kenya and Somalia as well as conducting baseline, midline and endline assessments for the Somalia cash consortium and the Kenya cash consortium cash transfer programs.
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. S/he also ensures an efficient and transparent use of resources required for project implementation. S/he will also be responsible for related logistics, partner coordination, and reporting and finance requirements. He/she directly supervises junior assessment staff and will be required to provide input to the strategic development of cash and markets unit in Kenya and Somalia.
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 required secondary data analysis has been conducted in preparation of an assessment;
- For each assessment, develop ToRs and ensure thorough review of ToRsbefore they are sent to Geneva for validation and ensure that ToRs are validated by HQ before any data collection begins;
- 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.
- Ensuring the writing of timely and accurate assessment reports and factsheets with integration of cluster and/or partner feedback;
- Under the direction of the senior research manager, engage in the dissemination of research products, including through articles, IMPACT social media contents, targeted e-mails, presentations, meetings, etc, in line with IMPACT Dissemination and External Communication Guidelines and Research ToRs;
- 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;
- Be available to provide regular support and technical backstopping;
- When relevant, support/ lead staff appraisal and recruitment process in collaboration with the senior management.
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.
- Provide inputs in relevant donor and partner reports for the cash and markets unit in close coordination with the senior management.
- Before project start, ensure the organization of a kick off meeting and the availability of key project management documentations to plan the efficient use of assets, financial and human resources;
- 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
- 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;
- Promote an active use of datasets and research findings by partners and the broader humanitarian community for their decision making;
- Ensure that all partner engagement and all external relations are clearly documented and communicated with the line manager and relevant colleagues; and
- 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.
DATA CONFIDENTIALITY AND PROTECTION
The Senior Assessment Officer will maintain the strictest confidentiality on all data collected and related processes, ensuring full compliance with REACH’s data protection policy and SOPs. S/he will actively take measures to prevent the unauthorised sharing of any information and data belonging to REACH and its partners, or collected during his/her assignment with REACH.
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 REACH programme objectives, activities, beneficiary selection criteria, and methodologies. This is the responsibility of every REACH staff member.
Protection Mainstreaming- Promoting of and adhering to Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse policy and guidelines
- 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 email@example.com 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.
ACTED is committed to protecting beneficiaries within our programmes from exploitation and abuse and any kind of misconduct. ACTED has specific policies, including PSEA and Child Protection, which outlines the expected behaviour and the responsibility of all staff, beneficiaries, consultants and other stakeholders and has zero tolerance towards misconducts. Any candidate offered a job with ACTED will be expected to sign ACTED’s organizational Policies and Code of Conduct as an annex to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents.
*ACTED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.*