REACH Senior Assessment Officer

Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted June 30, 2021
Category Business Development
Facility Management
Social Sciences
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


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. IMPACT was launched at the initiative of ACTED, an international NGO headquartered in Paris and 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 field intervention.

We are currently looking for a REACH Senior Assessment Officer to support our REACH team in Ethiopia.

Country profile

Over the last two years, Ethiopia has witnessed a surge in violent conflict following major domestic political shifts. Large-scale displacement, killings, and destruction of property have further exacerbated the impact of pre-existing and cyclical climate-related crises across the country. Late 2019 and early 2020 have brought additional humanitarian crises in the form of a large-scale desert locust infestation, Ethiopia’s worst in 25 years, and the global COVID-19 pandemic, which counted 98,391 cases in Ethiopia as of 5 November and has led to lockdowns and transport bans in many regions that restrict access to markets. Furthermore, unrest in Tigray region during November 2020 has seen large-scale displacement, contributing an approximate 1.1 million additional people needing assistance in Amhara, Afar and Tigray regions. All of these events have severely disrupted livelihoods, affected the availability of staple market commodities, and threatened to sharply escalate humanitarian need for vulnerable populations across the country.

Given the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in particular and its global effects on supply chains, there is a need for a joint rapid market monitoring initiative with dedicated analytical capacity that produces regular, frequent market data, including robust data on changes in market functionality, to meet the demands of the Ethiopia COVID-19 response.

While aid actors have conducted market monitoring through past efforts, no efforts have included nation-wide, ongoing monitoring that harmonizes strategies across cash actors. To address existing information gaps and consolidate existing data collection efforts, REACH is working in close collaboration with the Ethiopia Collaborative Cash Delivery (CCD) Network and has launched a Joint Market Monitoring Initiative (JMMI). The initiative is helping to develop an evidence base for the wider use of cash and voucher assistance (CVA), as well as facilitating discussions of changes in critical market dynamics, which are an integral part of cash feasibility considerations.

Position profile

Under the direct supervision of the REACH Cash Research Manager in Ethiopia, the Senior Assessment Officer (SAO) plays a key role in the implementation of REACH Joint Market Monitoring Initiative (JMMI) and Supply Chain Analysis (SCA) in Ethiopia. S/he will be responsible for the design, implementation, coordination and reporting of the Cash Research cycles.


1.1   Research Design and Implementation

Under the direct line management of the REACH Cash Research Manager, in close collaboration with the Ethiopia Collaborative Cash Delivery (CCD) Network and in consultation with the Ethiopia Cash Working Group (ECWG) and other Humanitarian partners, the SAO will be responsible for designing and monitoring Cash research cycles related to JMMI and SCA, in compliance with the best practices as defined by REACH and IMPACT global standards. S/he will lead the implementation of operational stages, including methodology, TORs and indicators design, adaptation to evolving information needs, maintenance and revision of KoBo tool and other technical tools, training and coordination of data collection with field teams, including the Field Manager, and support to data cleaning.

1.2   Output production

The SAO will lead the production of all relevant outputs related to Cash research cycles. Among them: supply chain analysis and JMMI factsheets; standardized market monitoring tool for data collection; preparing both quantitative and qualitative tools for data collection; JMMI market analysis dashboard and JMMI support training sessions with feedback mechanisms for government officials.

1.3   Coordination and external relations

Under the supervision of the Cash Research Manager, the SAO will support in the coordination with the Ethiopia Collaborative Cash Delivery (CCD) Network, the Ethiopia Cash Working Group (ECWG) and other relevant Humanitarian partners and stakeholders throughout all stages of the Research Cycle from research design and adaptation to the development of key assessment messages.

1.4   Ad-Hoc Analysis and Information Requests

The SAO will support on ad-hoc data analysis to address possible partners requests and/or internal analytical discussions needs. This may include more targeted or thematic data analysis, or supporting in targeted or trends analysis of data from other related projects.

1.5   Protection Mainstreaming

Promoting of and adhering to Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse policy and guidelines

Any other duty as may be requested by your supervisor or Coordination.

Supervisor:   REACH Research Manager

Contract duration:   1 year

Starting Date:   JULY 2021

Job Requirements


  • Excellent academic qualifications, University degree required preferably in fields related to Sociology, Development Studies, International Relations, Applied Research and Economics, etc.;
  • At least 2 years of relevant working experience in applied social research, including all steps of the research cycle;
  • At least 2 years of relevant working experience in emergency or development contexts;
  • Proven communication, coordination and external relations skills;
  • Public presentation skills for high-quality outputs presentation to stakeholders
  • Excellent organizational and drafting skills for effective reporting;
  • Proven analytical skills, including required skills in Excel and desired skills in SPSS, R or other statistical languages;
  • Written and spoken fluency in English required; professional proficiency in at least 2-3 federal working languages of Ethiopia is an advantage;
  • Ability to operate in a cross-cultural environment;
  • Ability to work independently and with flexibility;
  • Ability to travel to the field.


  • Previous experience in InDesign;
  • Knowledge of the humanitarian coordination structure;
  • Knowledge of the local and national Ethiopian socio-political context.


Applying Instructions

Qualified nationals with the required skills are invited to submit their applications accompanied by detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter as a single document i.e. with the cover letter being on the first page and the CV starting on the second page, detailing three work-related referees and contacts to and received on or before 5.00 PM on 7TH July 2021 with the subject line


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