Job Information REACH Assessment Officer NGO Information Job Information
Contract Duration 6 Months
Governorate Erbil
Job Shift
Nationality National
Working Hours Full Time
Posted 2019-09-12
Minimum Education Bachelor Degree
Degree Title
Minimum Experience 2 Year
Required Travel
Job Status
No Of Jobs 1
Published Date 2019-09-12
Deadline Date 2019-09-30
[Erbil,Iraq ]

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 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.

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.

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.


Country profile

REACH started its activities in the KRI in November 2012 and throughout 2013 and 2014, and collaborated with UNHCR to strengthen information management on the situation of displaced Syrian populations, with a specific focus on collecting comprehensive and reliable data. Information collected and analysed by REACH team has served to inform the humanitarian response in regards to the context and needs of Syrian refugees in both camp and host community settings. This information has been continuously updated and shared with all aid actors, allowing for enhanced prioritization and targeting of their response. REACH’s experience and methodology with regards to informing aid actors on the ground proved also beneficial and REACH teams were amongst the first organizations to conduct rapid assessments to share both a global overview on displacement patterns as well as priority needs of populations displaced by the conflict. 

Today, data collected and disseminated by REACH aims to provide a baseline for ongoing response planning efforts in the KRI and southern Iraq. In 2015 REACH aims to maintain assessment and mapping activities in the north of Iraq, both on refugee and IDP responses, and to expand operations in the south and centre of Iraq to inform the humanitarian response and fill critical information gaps. On the Syrian refugee response, REACH will conduct two further rounds of the MSNA in camp and non-camp settings, along with infrastructure mapping and thematic reports. On the IDP response REACH’s focus is on a “whole of Iraq” picture, which aims to both improve existing information coverage and garner comparable data across all areas of the country.



We currently have open positions for an Assessment Officer role in Iraq, seeking young professionals with knowledge and technical expertise in assessments. Broadly speaking, REACH Iraq implements assessments within the following areas:


  • Humanitarian needs assessments and monitoring of return areas across Iraq, including:
  • Area-Based Assessments to support humanitarian actors to identify key response gaps in areas of return and coordinate reconstruction and rehabilitation planning.
  • Context mapping and monitoring to identify and analyse indicators of instability and conflict in areas of humanitarian or development implementation, to inform programme design.
  • Inter-sectoral and sectoral assessments supporting the humanitarian programme cycle, including:
  • Multi-Cluster Needs Assessment, to create a broad, multi-sectoral understanding of the situation facing conflict-affected populations within Iraq in order to better inform the humanitarian community and enable effective prioritization of assistance.
  • Technical support to clusters, in the form of coordination and implementation assessments, production of thematic assessments, presentations of findings, and capacity building.
  • Assessment, monitoring and evaluation of cash, markets, and livelihoods programming, including:
  • Cash and market monitoring in coordination with the Cash Working Group to conduct harmonized price monitoring and assessment of market functionality across Iraq.
  • Post-Distribution Monitoring and impact evaluation of humanitarian actors’ multi-purpose cash assistance to inform programming and improve service delivery quality.
  • Livelihoods focused assessments to support and inform programming related to sustainable employment and livelihood opportunities in key sectors.


For examples of REACH Iraq information products, please see here. Past experience with the aforementioned areas is not essential although highly desirable. At minimum, experience with information management systems, familiarity with the development and/or humanitarian sector, quantitative and/or qualitative analysis skills, and effective communication skills are required.








Under the direct supervision of a member of the REACH Iraq Assessment team, and functional management by the Country Coordinator, the REACH Assessment Officer will be responsible for the coordination and implementation of assessments, including preparation, implementation, and reporting. This includes:


  1. Technical coordination of assessments
  2. Responsibility for general programme management related to logistics, reporting, and finance
  3. External engagement with donors and relevant actors in Iraq
  4. Maintain confidentiality of data and related processes
  5. Other tasks falling within his/her functions as requested by supervisors.




  1. Technical coordination of PDM team assessments
  • Providing technical inputs into the design and implementation of research and assessments falling under the relevant project portfolio
  • Overseeing that assessments are planned and implemented in a structured and coherent manner, in line with project and program objectives and with research cycle and other relevant guidelines
  • Ensure approval of research TORs by management (including Geneva HQ), making sure these are also understood and used by assessment staff and stakeholders, and updated as required
  • Ensuring the timely and high quality implementation of data collection, including guaranteeing each staff member is properly trained and data cleaning mechanisms are in place and functional during the data collection cycles.
  • Leading complex analyses of quantitative and/or qualitative data across research cycles
  • Overseeing the drafting and review of timely and accurate assessment outputs, including reports and factsheets, which comply with HQ guidelines


  1. Responsibility for general programme management related to logistics, reporting, and finance
  • Supporting the development/revision of assessment / program strategies, reports, or new proposals
  • Liaise with the REACH Operations Coordination and field staff, as well as the ACTED support departments in country to:
    • Maintain and procure needed materials and/or equipment for project implementation, as well as to contract enumerators and drivers as needed
    • Draft and review project development reporting as needed
    • Forecast, track, and regular follow up on project budgets


  1. External engagement with donors and relevant cash actors in Iraq
  • External representation with partners at coordination meetings and through presentation of findings


  1. Maintain confidentiality of data and related processes
  • The 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 or collected during his/her assignment.


  1. Other tasks falling within his/her functions as requested by supervisors.
Qualifications & Preferred Skills


  • Good academic qualifications, including a Bachelor/ Master degree or equivalent experience in a relevant discipline.
  • At least 2 years of relevant working experience in development or transitional settings, through either research, evaluation, assessments, or programmes
  • Prior field experience required. Field research, M&E, or assessment experience highly desirable
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to operation Microsoft Word, Excel and Project Management Software
  • Advanced skills in SPSS and/or R, STATA or other statistical analysis software an advantage
  • Strong communication and drafting skills for effective reporting
  • Ability to operate in a cross-cultural environment requiring flexibility
  • Team management experience highly desirable
  • Fluency in English required, Arabic and/or Kurdish language skills highly desired
  • Ability to multitask with tight deadlines, on numerous research cycles
  • Ability to travel to the field.



  • Good attention to detail, and commitment to producing high quality work
  • Openness to feedback and willingness to learn
  • Ability to work independently with initiative, and strong capacity to work in an intercultural team
  • Flexibility and adaptability to ever-changing needs and responsibilities.
How To Apply

Interested candidates can apply via the following link: 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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