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.
ACTED has been working in Iraq since 2003, providing humanitarian support to vulnerable populations through multi-sector emergency assistance. ACTED's humanitarian response in Iraq can be divided in three phases:
(1) Since 2003, following the war between Armed Groups (AGs) and the international coalition, ACTED focused on providing assistance for IDPs seeking refuge in southern Iraq, in particular Muthanna and Najaf governorates;
(2) In 2011, following the escalation of violence in neighbouring Syria, thousands of refugees, predominantly Kurdish Syrians, fled to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). ACTED expanded its program activities in the KRI through child protection activities;
(3) in 2014 with the emergence of a new conflict between AGs and Iraqi forces, around 2 million IDPs have fled conflict in central Iraq, around half to the KRI. ACTED was among the first humanitarian actors to address the massive displacement of people from Mosul in June. Since then, ACTED has been responding to the subsequent displacements through bases in the KRI and southern Iraq.
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.
Under the supervision of the REACH Iraq GIS Manager and Country Coordinator, and in collaboration with assessment teams, the REACH Data Officer/ Web-Developer will be responsible for:
- Supporting on the technical development and maintenance of web-based dashboards and of information systems.
- Technical oversight and support in the collection, storage, analysis and visualisation of data.
- Supporting the development of robust information management procedures.
- Supporting on the technical development and maintenance of dashboards and of information systems.
- Designing and implementing technical solutions to web-based or information management tasks within the REACH Iraq mission, including development of ToRs for independent research cycles, in coordination with assessment teams.
- Capitalise on existing processes to draft or review guidelines and tools for dashboard and information system development to create standard procedures across the mission in close collaboration with IMPACT HQ.
- In coordination with the REACH Assessment team, take part in external representation with donors and partners, and work closely with stakeholders to design and follow up on project development.
- Develop and maintain web-based dashboards and any relevant information management systems in line with project objectives and requirements.
- This will include, at minimum, support to the development of an interactive dashboard to monitor cash-based interventions in Iraq and provide key findings on post distribution monitoring.
- Technical support in the collection, storage, analysis, and visualisation of data
- Technical support to ensure that data collected and received from teams are stored in line with IMPACT and REACH data management guidelines, with particular care given to uploading of any data to open-source platforms
- Support the development of automated scripts for cleaning and analysis of data to be integrated into web-based dashboards and other information systems, where required
- Support the development of data visualisation for web-based dashboards in collaboration with assessment teams on all relevant projects.
- Maintain and update web-based dashboard and information management systems when needed for data dissemination and reporting.
- Supporting the development of robust information management mechanisms in country
- Provide technical backstopping to the country team throughout a projects lifecycle.
- Streamlining the process of moving raw data to final products
- Technical support to design tools to facilitate more efficient and effective data cleaning and analysis
- Increase the capacity of staff in web-based dashboard and information system development, and data management and analysis
- Building the capacity of the team to utilise and ensure capitalisation of the web-based dashboard and any relevant information management systems
- Providing technical support and guidance to the team for effective implementation of targeted information systems.
- Support the development/ revision of relevant outputs or activities in project proposals developed by the senior management team.
- 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.
- Master degree or equivalent experience in Computer Science, Information Systems, or a relevant discipline.
- Strong computational and problem solving skills.
- Some skills in data processing, manipulation and analysis (such as the use of Python, R etc).
- Skills and experience in databases management (such as with PostgreSQL and MySQL etc).
- Eye for design, and an awareness of the fundamentals of user experience
- Background in/Knowledge of humanitarian context preferred
- Strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.
- Good command of English language speaking and writing skills are required
Interested candidates can apply via the following link:
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.