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Thursday, September 14, 2017

2 Senior Field Officers Job at REACH - Career Opportunity in Uganda

Vacancy title:
2 Senior Field Officers

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Deadline of this Job:
25th September 2017 by 5:00PM

Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda

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Job details:
Reports to: Reach Regional Coordinator and Acted Country Director
About US:
REACH was born in 2010 as a joint initiative of two INGOs (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.
In 2017, REACH will expand its operations in Uganda addressing service delivery and information gaps in the refugee response across the country. REACH will provide direct support to UNHCR’s coordinated information management efforts through response gap analysis, coordinated needs assessments and geospatial analysis. All activities will be conducted in refugee settlements hosting both South Sudanese and Congolese refugees in Bidibidi, Imvepi, Kiryandongo, Kyangwali, Kyaka II, Lamwo, Maaji II and III, Nakivale, Oruchinga, Pagrinya, Palorinya, Rhino Camp, Rwamwanja, among others.
Job Summary: The Senior Field Officer is primarily responsible for supporting REACH GIS/Assessment Officer to ensure the successful completion of assessments in the refugee settlements. He/she will also be responsible for related logistics, data cleaning, focus group discussion facilitation, leading enumeration teams and any other reasonable tasks need to ensure the success of the REACH mission in Uganda. This position will work closely with experienced national and international staff members and will require a minimum of 80% of time in remote field locations.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Data Cleaning and Entry: The REACH Senior Field Officer will clean datasets given by REACH staff. They will also enter textual data into spreadsheets or databases for easier tracking and analysis
  • Leading Enumeration Teams: The REACH Senior Field Officer will lead enumeration teams of up to 20 individuals in the refugee settlements; they will be responsible to providing direction, logistical and technical support to the enumerators. They will support the REACH Assessment/ GIS Officer as needed; they will directly manage Junior Field Officers and their enumeration teams
  • Focus group discussion facilitation: The REACH Senior Field Officer will facilitate or co-facilitate focus group discussion in the refugee settlements
  • Logistics Support: The REACH Senior Field Officer will provide logistics support to the REACH country team by filling and tracking order forms and tracking existing and incoming REACH assets in Kampala and the field locations. They will also provide support in organizing movement of REACH teams to and from field locations, identifying accommodations and office space, and liaising with appropriate government authorities to ensure REACH can conduct activities as needed.
  • Other Tasks: The REACH Senior Field Officer will participate in other, undefined tasks that are necessary to support the REACH mission in Uganda.
  • Accountability to Communities and Beneficiaries: The staff member is responsible for ensuring that all relations with the communities we work are conducted in a respectful and consultative manner. Due attention must be paid to ensuring that communities are adequately consulted and informed about ACTED programme objectives, activities, beneficiary selection criteria, and methodologies. This is the responsibility of every ACTED staff member.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline (social science, development)
  • At least two years of progressively more responsible experience in humanitarian or development organizations, preferably in a field-based position Willingness and ability to work in a dynamic and fast-paced field environment for extended periods of the time required
  • Computer literacy skills i.e. proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Strong technical writing skills
  • Considerable experience using ODK for quantitative data collection, or the ability to rapidly master the process
  • Some experience creating ODK questionnaires, or ability to learn rapidly
  • Considerable experience hiring and managing casual laborers
  • Considerable experience conducting focus group discussions, or the ability to learn rapidly
  • Experience collecting information using hand-held GPS devices
  •  Knowledge of creating kml/ kmz files in Google Earth
  • Positive attitude and a willingness to learn
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to operate in a cross-cultural environment requiring flexibility
  • Prior experience working in refugee settlements an asset.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English required; French an asset.
  • Working knowledge of Juba Arabic or regional languages of Equatorian South Sudan or DRC an asset
  • Strong written English skills
  • Ability to work independently
Job application procedure
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send their updated CVs, cover letters, certified copies of academic documents and daytime telephone contacts of three professional referees to  The subject line should read REACH senior field officer.
NB: Only online applications will be considered and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and Reach Impact Initiatives reserves the right to recruit before the deadline for receiving applications.