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 Research Manager to support our REACH team in Somalia.
Position: Somalia Research Manager
Contract duration: One year
Location: Hargeisa, Somalia
Starting Date: ASAP
Under the functional supervision of the IMPACT Country Coordinator in Somalia and of IMPACT’s HQ in Geneva, the Somalia Research Manager is responsible for the management of all REACH research cycles in Somalia, including implementation, resource mobilization and management, partnership framework, dissemination and evaluation. He/she directly supervises all Assessment staff and plays a key role in the development and implementation of REACH strategy in Somalia.
In his/her mission, the Somalia Research Manager 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.
In coordination with the Country Coordinator, the Research Manager is responsible for (1) the overall management of REACH humanitarian situation monitoring and durable solutions research cycles, (2) for the management of the Assessment team, and plays a key role in (3) external relation and (4) the development and implementation of REACH strategy in Somalia. More specifically:
1. Management of all Humanitarian Situation Monitoring and Durable Solutions Research Cycles
1.1 Assessment Preparation and Planning:
1.2 Product dissemination and evaluation
2. Project Cycle Management
2.1 Project Implementation Follow-up
2.2 Grants Management
3. Management of Assessment Team
4. External Relations
5. Strategy Development and Implementation. In support to the Country Coordinator, the Assessment Manager will actively contribute to the development of the REACH/IMPACT strategy in Somalia. In particular s/he will support in identifying and concretising:
Institutional engagement in research process:
# 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:
# and type of actors accessing and using drafted research products
Reported level of satisfaction by actors using research findings
# of references to research findings in key humanitarian planning and response documents
# of key events/ milestones informed by research cycles/ assessments
Management of research process:
# of research cycles completed
% 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).
% of projects completed with complete grants and finance management folder (BFUs, RFUs, project factsheets, etc.)
% of research projects completed without overspending/underspending
Human Resource management
Retention rate among supervised national and international staff
Progression in performance of supervised staff
The Assessment Manager 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.