REACH Data Officer

IMPACT Initiatives, Hargeisa, Somalia

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
10th July, 2020

Job Description



Under the supervision of the Country Coordinator in Somalia, the Assessment Specialist and of IMPACT’s HQ in Geneva, the REACH Data Officer is responsible for the analytical design and implementation of the 2020 MSNA in Somalia. The overall goal of the Data Officer will be to provide technical backstopping to the MSNA. More specifically, he/she will be responsible for the REACH Somalia and 2020 MSNA database set up, analysis and management, including oversight of data cleaning and analysis process, as well relevant IM/Data partner’s engagement as needed.


The Data Officer will be responsible for the following tasks :

Database Management

  • Ensure that management and access rights for REACH Kobo servers aligns with the IMPACT Personally Identifiable Information Standard Operational Procedure.
  • Development of assessment Kobo forms based on templates/translations provided by the Assessment Specialist and/or Country Coordinator

Data analysis

  • Lead on the development of strategies and standardised processes for handling and analysing data
  • Overall oversight and review of the integrity and quality of all outputs developed through the data analysis cell. Direct line management of national GIS/Data Officer(s) if any.
  • Coordinate with Assessment staff to develop detailed technical data analysis plans (DAP) for quantitative data collected through REACH/IMPACT assessment cycles
  • Coordinate with Assessment staff to identify sampling methodology and to design and implement accurate sampling framework(s)
  • Develop and validate R scripts to implement technical DAPs developed, ensuring that these are in line with IMPACT data analysis guidelines for probability samples.
  • With the support of Assessment teams, work to develop scripts for daily data checking during data collection processes.
  • With the support of Assessment teams, work to develop and implement data cleaning protocols for each assessment cycle, and review data cleaning outputs prior to validation.
  • In coordination with Assessment teams and Country Coordinator, provide ad-hoc analysis support to external partners where relevant, where capacity allows, and according to donor contractual requirements.

GIS and spatial analysis

  • Identify map information needs;
  • Identify and access map information sources;
  • Ensure accurate linkages between spatial databases and assessment data;
  • Production of GIS products including maps and factsheets.
  • Ensure the produced maps meet the requirements of REACH and concerned partners.

Coordination and representation

  • Manage logistics, financial, administration and HR processes related to the data cell, and liaise accordingly with relevant ACTED counterparts. He/she is directly responsible for the compliance to ACTED FLAT procedures of all activities and teams that s/he supervises
  • Coordinate work across different cells within the GIS/Data department through weekly meetings.
  • Represent the Data cell at the IMPACT country mission weekly coordination meeting.
  • Represent the IMPACT Data cell directly in relevant discussions with external partners regarding ongoing or upcoming work cycles.


  • The REACH Data 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 IMPACT and its partners, or collected during his/her assignment with IMPACT


  • Excellent academic qualifications, including a Master degree in Statistics, Economy, GIS, Information Systems, or relevant discipline;
  • Minimum of 2,5 year of experience working in information management, database management or a related field
  • Proven experience in data processing and/or analysis (using R mandatory);
  • Advanced MS Excel skills (Advanced usage of formulas, Pivot tables, Lookup functions)
  • Considerable experience using ODK for quantitative data collection
  • Considerable experience creating ODK questionnaires
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills;
  • Experience with industry standard mapping tools, especially ESRI products is desired;
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Good organizational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to think creatively in terms of tool and process development
  • Positive attitude and a willingness to learn
  • Ability to operate in a cross-cultural environment requiring flexibility
  • Fluency in English one other local language required
  • Ability to work independently


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