Impact Assessment Officer

IMPACT Initiatives

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IMPACT Initiatives is a leading Geneva-based think and do tank, created in 2010 and firstly operationalized in 2012. IMPACT is a member of the ACTED Group. Through its action, IMPACT aims at shaping practices and influencing policies in humanitarian and development settings, in order to positively impact the lives of people and their communities. We do so by co-constructing and promoting knowledge, tools, and practices which enable better decision-making by key aid stakeholders. In all our work, we promote the use of settlement approaches as a catalyst for more effective aid action. We believe that by understanding settlements through the lens of community dynamics, governance structures and socio-economic relationships, we can impact lives of people, improve communities’ development pathways and contribute to a fairer world.

Job Function:

  • Under the functional supervision of the IMPACT Country Focal Point in Nigeria and of IMPACT’s HQ in Geneva, and in close collaboration with the IMPACT Consortium Assessment Manager and IMPACT Field Manager, the IMPACT Assessment Officer is responsible for the creation of information products and the supervision of IMPACT assessments, including their preparation, implementation and follow-up.
  • He/she is also responsible for related logistics, partner coordination, reporting and finance requirements and will be required to provide input to the strategic development of IMPACT in Nigeria
  • During his/her mission, the IMPACT Assessment Officer will be hosted by ACTED and will fall under the direct responsibility and management of ACTED’s Country Director and his/her delegates for all Administrative, Security, Logistics and Finance issues.
  • S/he will therefore fully abide to ACTED’s Security, HR, Administration and Logistics rules and regulations.

Responsibilities

In coordination with the IMPACT Country Focal Point, the IMPACT Assessment Officer is responsible for designing and implementing IMPACT research cycles for UNHCR. This includes:

Assessment Planning and Preparation:

  • Ensuring that assessments are planned in line with relevant project and program objectives and with IMPACT’s research cycle and other relevant guidelines;
  • 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.
  • Identify and analyse secondary data;
  • For each assessment, draft ToRs and ensure that they are approved by management (including Geneva HQ) before data collection begins, and understood and used by assessment staff and stakeholders;
  • 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;

Data Collection:

The following activities will be conducted as necessary to support the Field Manager, who will be the functional lead on all data collection activities:

  • Identification and training of enumerators for primary data collection;
  • Overseeing data collection, in line with agreed TORs;
  • Management of enumerators, including regular briefings and debriefings, problem-solving, technical support, performance assessment, etc;
  • Manage logistics, financial, administration and HR processes related to research cycles and liaise accordingly with the relevant ACTED counterpart. He/she is directly responsible for the compliance to ACTED FLAT procedures of all activities and teams that s/he supervises.
  • In partnership with the GIS team, when relevant, ensure that collected data is geo-referenced enabling the production of maps and related products;
  • Immediately alerting IMPACT Country Focal Point and IMPACT HQ to any issues that prevents full implementation of the methodology in line with the agreed TORs; document any agreed changes to the methodology throughout implementation;
  • Drafting of situation updates on data collection progress for submission to IMPACT Country Focal Point, and, where relevant, external partners and stakeholders.

Data Management:

  • Ensure that all collected data is stored in line with IMPACT’s Data Management Guidelines, and with the ToRs (data management plan Annex);
  • Ensure that data is revised and cleaned, and that all revisions are recorded;
  • Conduct analysis on collected data as per ToRs;
  • Ensure that meaningful techniques are used to analyze the data collected;
  • Ensure that data and its analysis are validated by IMPACT HQ before product drafting stage;
  • Ensure that data and its analysis do not contain personal information and are validated by IMPACT HQ before sharing to external parties;
  • Ensure the quality and accuracy of technical information provided as well as the confidentiality and protection of collected information.

Product Drafting:

  • Ensure that all collected data is stored in line with IMPACT’s Data Management Guidelines, and with the ToRs (data management plan Annex);
  • Ensure that data is revised and cleaned, and that all revisions are recorded;
  • Conduct analysis on collected data as per ToRs;
  • Ensure that meaningful techniques are used to analyze the data collected;
  • Ensure that data and its analysis are validated by IMPACT HQ before product drafting stage;
  • Ensure that data and its analysis do not contain personal information and are validated by IMPACT HQ before sharing to external parties;
  • Ensure the quality and accuracy of technical information provided as well as the confidentiality and protection of collected information.

External Relations:

  • Under the coordination of the IMPACT Country Focal Point, ensure that relevant partners are consulted and involved in: the preparation of the assessment; data collection; data analysis; review of research products; product dissemination; and lessons learnt;
  • Document and file all external engagement during each research cycle;
  • When requested by the IMPACT Country Focal Point, participate in inter-NGO meetings and those of UN agencies and any other relevant, while maintaining the positive image and overall credibility of the organization;
  • Represent, in close coordination with the IMPACT Field Manager, IMPACT during regular Consortium Technical Analysis Unit.

Others:

  • Support the IMPACT Country Focal Point and ACTED support team in drafting of relevant project narrative and financial reports;
  • Maintain an oversight, in close coordination with the IMPACT Country Focal Point and the Consortium Finance Manager, of budget availability and burn-rates for all data collection activities.

Key performance indicators

Institutional engagement in research process:

  • Number and type of actors participating in various steps of research cycles
  • Reported level of satisfaction by actors involved in the research

Use of research findings to inform aid response:

  • Number of actors accessing and using drafted research products
  • Number of actors using research findings to inform their activities and planning
  • Reported level of satisfaction by actors using research findings.

Management of research process:

  • Average number of days between end of data collection and internal product validation, by type of product % of research cycles with complete documentation folder (validated TOR(s)/Methodology note(s) for assessment(s) including all annexes; validated data set(s) and cleaning log(s); validated output(s).
  • The IMPACT 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.

Job Requirement:

  • Excellent academic qualifications, including a Master’s degree in relevant discipline;
  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative analysis skills;
  • Familiarity with the aid system, and understanding of donor and governmental requirements;
  • Prior knowledge of the region an asset
  • Fluency in English required, proficiency in Hausa or Kanuri as an asset
  • Ability to operate Microsoft Word and Project Management Software
  • Advanced skills in Excel, SPSS, R or related statistical programming
  • Ability to work independently.
  • At least 1 year of relevant working experience in humanitarian settings, preferably in monitoring and evaluation of programme implementation
  • Excellent communication and drafting skills for effective reporting;
  • Excellent team management skills;
  • Ability to operate in a cross-cultural environment requiring flexibility;

Conditions

  • Salary defined by the IMPACT salary grid; educational level, expertise, hardship, security, and performance are considered for pay bonus
  • Transportation costs covered, including additional return ticket + luggage allowance
  • Provision of medical, life, and repatriation insurance + retirement package.
  • Additional monthly living allowance
  • Free food and lodging provided at the organization’s guesthouse/or housing allowance (depending on contract length and country of assignment)

Note:

  • Interested and qualified candidates should send in English, their cover letter, CV, and three references.
  • Please indicate the reference in the subject line of your email.

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Summary

Company

IMPACT Initiatives

Job Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)

Location

Borno

Specialization

NGO/Community Services & Dev

Job Type

Full-Time

Minimum Qualification

Degree

Preferred Years of Experience

1 - 3 years