BACKGROUND ON IMPACT AND REACH
REACH was born in 2010 as a joint initiative of two International NGOs (IMPACT Initiatives and ACTED) and the United Nations 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. 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 and GIS. 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, enabling IMPACT to benefit from ACTED’s operational support on its fields of intervention.
We are currently looking for a Cash & Markets Assessment Officer to support our team in Ukraine.
Title:Assessment Officer – Cash & Markets
Contract duration: 6 months
Location: Ukraine, base TBD
Starting Date: ASAP
Following the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine on February 24th, 2022, military hostilities have caused widespread damage to infrastructure and houses, hundreds of civilian deaths, disrupted markets and essential services, and precipitated massive displacement within Ukraine and into neighbouring countries. Present in Ukraine since 2014, IMPACT is working across the country to provide humanitarian actors with rigorous data and in-depth analysis to ensure aid interventions are timely, appropriate, and relevant. As part of this, the Cash and Markets Unit monitors humanitarian access to cash for populations across Ukraine, as well as market functionality.
Under the line management of the Cash and Markets Senior Assessment Officer, the Cash & Markets Assessment Officer (AO) is responsible for the implementation of IMPACT’s research cycles in Ukraine, including the preparation, data collection, analysis, drafting, dissemination and evaluation stages. S/he is also responsible for the management, implementation and follow-up of REACH Ukraine’s cash & markets portfolio.
The Joint Market Monitoring Initiative (JMMI) is a regular data collection exercise which aims to inform cash-based interventions in Ukraine by providing indicative information on key commodities sold in local marketplaces. The Assessment Officer will be responsible for the implementation and expansion of the Ukraine JMMI, and will liaise with relevant stakeholders, including the Cash Working Group, and will be responsible for the management and continued roll out of the initiative. With the support of both the Cash and Markets SAO and a variety of thematic experts from across the mission, s/he will be expected to proactively identify gaps in knowledge related to needs, design new approaches to tackle these information gaps, and engage with a range of external organisations. The ideal candidate will be eager to work in a dynamic and fast-paced organisation, with opportunities to help build the country mission’s Cash & Markets portfolios, and to oversee assessments to inform the rapidly growing cash-based response in Ukraine.
The Cash & Markets AO is responsible for the following:
- Research Planning
- 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 new research approaches and methodologies or update existing ones 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 using Kobo Collect and Open Data Kit (ODK);
- For each research cycle, prepare or update ToRs and ensure their validation by HQ before any data collection begins
- Research Implementation
- In close liaison with field and database officers, ensure that required enumerators are identified and trained for primary data collection;
- In close liaison with field officers and database officers, monitor data collection, ensuring its correct implementation in line with agreed ToRs;
- Liaise with CWG partners to co-ordinate JMMI data collection;
- 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;
- In close liaison with the database officer and CWG partners, ensure that data is revised and cleaned, and that all revisions are recorded;
- Provide data analysis on primary and/or secondary data as per ToRs, ensuring that meaningful techniques are used to analyse the data collected;
- Ensure that all data and analysis are validated by IMPACT HQ before the product drafting stage.
- Drafting of Research Products
- Draft 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 JMMI data is uploaded quickly and correctly on the dashboard and disseminated effectively to CWG partners;
- Ensure that products accurately reflect the information collected and that information is conveyed in a way that maximizes impact in line with their intended use including data visualization methods.
- External Engagement
- Ensure that all 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;
- Provide analysis/ updates on JMMI-related findings in the monthly CWG meetings;
- Follow up on relevant issues identified by partners or during meetings / working groups;
- Engage with external partners to identify areas where JMMI datasets and findings can be actively used and expand coverage in new locations;
- After validation by line manager, present research findings to relevant third parties in order to enhance their use and impact.
- Knowledge sharing and learning processes
- Generate and document robust lessons learned at the end of each research cycle;
- Ensure knowledge and learning processes are shared with other team members, and units within mission, and with HQ.
- Project Cycle Management
- Ensure compliance to project cycle management requirements and guidelines at all phases;
- Ensure that project deliverables and requirements are tracked, met and complied to;
- Ensure that any issue in relation to project implementation is reported to the line manager, finance and grants colleagues, and HQ;
- Support the line manager, finance, and grants colleagues in drafting of relevant project narrative and financial reports;
- Other tasks as requested by supervisors.
Data Confidentiality and Protection
The Assessment Officer will maintain the strictest confidentiality on all data collected and related processes, ensuring full compliance with IMPACT’s data protection policy and SOPs. S/he 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.
- Academic Excellent academic qualifications, preferably including a Master degree in relevant discipline;
- Research skills Proficiencyand proven experience with research methods. Excellent analytical skills in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies;
- Software skills Proven knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite, to include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Skills in R, or other statistical analysis software, are an advantage; Experience with InDesign an asset.
- Years of work experience At least 1 year of relevant working experience. Experience in humanitarian settings required, experience in complex humanitarian crises desirable;
- Experience in cash and markets sectors Experience working in the cash and markets sectors an asset;
- Management skills Team management experience and skills highly desirable;
- Communication/reporting skills Excellent communication and drafting 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;
- Experience in geographical region Past experience in the region is desirable;
- Language skills Fluency in English required, competency in Ukrainian or Russian an asset;
- Security environment Ability to operate in a complex and challenging security environment.
- Salary defined by the IMPACT salary grid; educational level, expertise, hardship, security, and performance are considered for pay bonus
- Additional monthly living allowance provided in country by IMPACT’s partner ACTED
- 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