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REACH Database Specialist at REACH International

REACH Database Specialist at REACH International

REACH was born in 2010 as a joint initiative of two INGOs (IMPACT Initiatives and ACTED) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Field (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. We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: REACH Database SpecialistLocation: Maiduguri, with up to 50% travelPosition to start: 4th quarter 2018Contract Duration: 6 monthsContext / CountryThe crisis in North-East Nigeria is now in its 9th year, with 1.88 million people displaced across the three states of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa. Borno state hosts the largest proportion of these (1.4 million people). Major operations by NAF and counter offensives by AOGs have increased through the 2nd quarter of 2018, leading to the displacement of 59,567 individuals between DTM rounds 22 and 23 (April – June 2018). In Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States, Kukawa, Monguno, Mafa, Dikwa, Bama, Gwoza, Damboa, Gujba, Tarmwa, Maiha, Nusman, Song, Yola South and Fufore LGAs have all seen significant increases in the number of IDPs in accessible areas who are primarily originating from Hard to Reach (H2R) areas. While there is a considerable amount of information related to the needs and conditions of IDPs (as well as returnees and non-displaced populations, thanks in part to the ongoing efforts of REACH) in these accessible areas, despite the availability of information sources – the recently displaced populations themselves – there is an evident lack of information on populations remaining in H2R areas.UNOCHA estimates that 820,000 individuals remain isolated in areas inaccessible to the humanitarian response and with limited access to basic services such as health care and education. Specific conditions and needs of the population in hard to reach settlements remain unknown, and population figures, well as demographic composition and status (non-displaced, IDP, returnee), are formulated with little actual knowledge of the situation.In recognition of the urgent need for data in further areas of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, REACH intends to expand data collection in secure locations of Maiduguri, Monguno, Kukawa, Pulka, Mafa, Bama, Dikwa, Ngala, Damasak, Rann, Banki, Gwoza, Mubi and Gujuba in 2018. Through an H2R assessment approach, REACH will provide regular, reliable indicative tracking of humanitarian needs over time, to support in prioritization and identification of “hot-spot” areas witnessing a deterioration of humanitarian needs. To ensure this data is directly informing humanitarian response planning, data will be shared through formal coordination structures, such as OCHA, the OISWG, and relevant clusters, with feedback from partners used for both triangulations of gathered data as well as to inform research design and geographical targeting.Chain of CommandUnder the authority of:In country: ACTED Country DirectorIn country: REACH Regional RepresentativeIn country: REACH (Senior) GIS OfficersResponsible for:Their own activitiesNational staff (data management activities)Working RelationsWorking RelationsInternal Relations:REACH Regional RepresentativeREACH (Senior) GIS/Assessment OfficersREACH Field ManagerREACH (Senior) Field OfficersREACH Field AssistantsSummaryThe REACH Database Specialist shall be responsible for:Data managementTool design and creationData trainingsData analysisAny other tasks need to ensure the success of the REACH mission in Nigeria.Data Management:The REACH Database Specialist will manage all data collected by the REACH field team. They will coordinate with field teams to ensure quantitative datasets are properly cleaned, are in the same file formats, and are stored together onto the Dropbox server. They will similarly coordinate to ensure all qualitative data collected is properly transcribed and stored onto the Dropbox server from all field bases.Tool design and creation:The REACH Database Specialist will manage the Open Data Kit (ODK) tool design and management using XLSForm, ensuring that the forms are error free and updated each month according to the feedback from Assessment/GIS Officers, Field Manager, and field teams. They will deploy tools to Kobo and liaise with field teams to ensure they are downloaded onto phones prior to each month’s data collection cycle onset. They will support Assessment/GIS Officers and field teams with ad-hoc tool requests and error fixing.Data trainings:The REACH Database Specialist will periodically hold trainings for REACH field staff, ensuring that they have the skills needed to clean and manage data collected in their field bases. These will occur at minimum on a quarterly basis when field teams convene for a workshop. When the REACH Database Specialist feels that the data coming from certain field bases is below par, they can deploy to those bases to provide oversight and training on the data cleaning and management in coordination with the Assessment/GIS Officers and Field Manager. They will also be expected to deploy for this purpose if requested by the Assessment/GIS Officers and/or Field Manager.Data Analysis:The REACH Database Specialist will be responsible for providing support upon request to the quantitative data analysis activities of the Assessment/GIS Officers. They will also oversee and validate any quantitative analysis conducted by Senior Field Officers or Field Managers prior to its delivery to Assessment/GIS Officers.Other TasksThe REACH Database Specialist will participate in other, undefined tasks that are necessary to support the REACH mission in Nigeria.Accountability to Communities and BeneficiariesThe 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.They will also be responsible with printing and delivering REACH products directly to those providing REACH with the data. This is the responsibility of every ACTED staff member.

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