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  • Posted on: 8 October, 2018 Deadline: 18 October, 2018
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  • Since May 2013, the Boko Haram insurgency in Northern Nigeria has destroyed infrastructure, provoked dramatic livelihoods erosion and triggered the displacement of over 2 million people, out of which 1.4 million people are in Borno State. The humanitarian situation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) is critical. Following years of conflict, the majority of the state’s rural areas are empty. Much of the population has fled to the relative safety of Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, or other Local Government Area (LGA) capitals. In the IDP camps of Maiduguri and other enclaved LGA capitals, large portions of the population are extremely vulnerable and in need of immediate humanitarian support. While some areas have recently experienced returns in proximity of main roads, the population from many LGAs is likely to remain displaced for the medium term, lacking security, shelter and livelihoods in their villages of origin. When returns are made possible, it will be essential to support returnees in rebuilding their homes, which are in many cases completely destroyed, and resuming their productive lives and livelihoods.

    IMPACT Field Assistant


    Since April 2017, IMPACT’s REACH Initiative has been deployed to Nigeria to help meeting the information needs of humanitarian actors operating in the State and build a better understanding of the needs of conflict affected populations. Supported by EU humanitarian aid and in coordination with different humanitarian actors, REACH is carrying out the following activities:

    Assessing IDPs’ movement intentions: IMPACT’s REACH Initiative  is assessing IDP intentions to return to their area of origin, move to a new location, or settle permanently in their current location in Borno State, while also looking into factors that are likely to influence IDPs’ decision to move, such as their current living conditions, separation from family members and access to information on their preferred future location. The assessment will help anticipate internal displacement flows and understand IDPs’ current needs, vulnerabilities, coping mechanisms, as well as future challenges.
    Camp infrastructure mapping: IMPACT’s REACH Initiative   is collecting information on formal IDP camps in Borno State to support site planning and the effective distribution of humanitarian assistance.
    Rapid assessments of informal IDP camps: IMPACT’s REACH Initiative is profiling informal IDP camps in Maiduguri, Borno State, in order to better understand displacement dynamics of these IDP populations, while in parallel identifying common community services used by IDPs and barriers in accessing critical services.
    Cash Working Group support: IMPACT’s REACH Initiative has conducted research to support the implementation of cash programming across Borno State in close coordination with the CWG


    Chain of Command

    Under the authority of:

    In country: ACTED Country Director

    In country: IMPACT Regional Coordinator

    In country: IMPACT Country Focal Point

    In country: IMPACT Field Manager

    In country: IMPACT Sr Field Officer

    In country: IMPACT Field Officer



    Responsible for:

    · Their own activities

    · Enumeration teams



    Working Relations

    Internal Relations:

    • IMPACT Sr Field Officer
    • IMPACT Field Officer
    • IMPACT Field Manager
    • IMPACT Assessment Officer
    • IMPACT and Girl Effect Monitoring Teams
    • Other relevant ACTED departments (Finance, Logistics, Secuirty, etc…)
    • External relations

     DFID’s NENTAD Partners


    Under the direct line management of the IMPACT Field Officer, the IMPACT Field Assistant is responsible for (1) Training and Supervising IMPACT Monitors on quantitative data collection in field locations (2) Facilitating Focus Group discussions - FGDs (3) internal and external relations

    1.  Research Cycles

    Assessment Preparation and Planning:

    The IMPACT Field Assistant will be responsible training teams on the use of data collection tools (ODK) and methodology, and leading the teams in the field.

    Ensuring that IMPACT monitoring activities are implemented in the field with relevant project and program objectives and with IMPACT’s research cycle and other relevant guidelines

    Data collection and management

    • Directly supervise monitoring teams during data collection
    • Ensure regular situation updates on data collection is properly communicated. Provide support and follow up on identified challenges during the data collection process.
    • Under direct supervision of the IMPACT Field Officer , S/He will clean and manage qualitative, quantitative and spatial data collected by the IMPACT team and monitors.
    • The IMPACT Field Assistant will be responsible for conducting focus group discussion, facilitating or co-facilitating the discussion and recording results

    Internal Relations

    • Routine communication of all field activities, data collection progress and other key findings to the IMPACT Field Officer in timely and effective manner
    • Responsible for directly supervising the activities of the monitors.

    External Relations

    The IMPACT Field Assistant  will work in close coordination with the field teams of other TPM consortium partners to ensure achievement of the overall goals

    Foster strategic partnerships with key stakeholders in the field; establish and maintain a network of Local stakeholders (Bulamas, SEMA, NEMA, Government officials and other local authorities) to ensure smooth running of data collection.

    FLAT Support

    The IMPACT Field Assistant will have custodial responsibility for all IMPACT assets (computers, GPS devices, smart phones, etc) at their operational base, and will need to work with the IMPACT team and ACTED Logistics to ensure serviceability of assets and availability of consumables (printer ink, paper, pens, etc…)

    Other Responsibilities

    The IMPACT Field Officer may be called upon to work on other IMPACT programmes in various locations in Nigeria including, but not limited to, remote LGA capitals, as the security situation allows.


    • Bachelor’s degree with a strong focus on both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies preferred
    • Strong Academic records, an asset
    • Fluency written and spoken fluency in English a must; additional fluency in Hausa and Kanuri preferred
    • Previous experience in Third Party Monitoring (TPM),also an asset.
    • Strong skills with the Microsoft Office Suite
    • Strong technical writing skills
    • Experience collecting information using hand-held GPS devices
    • Experience using ODK for quantitative data collection
    • Experience hiring and managing casual laborers
    • Experience conducting focus group discussions, or the ability to learn rapidly
    • Positive attitude and a willingness to learn
    • Excellent communication skill
    • Excellent time management skills
    • Ability to operate in a cross-cultural environment requiring flexibility
    • Ability to work independently

    Method of Application

    Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications will be considered. CV-only applications will not be considered.

    ACTED/IMPACT considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, colour, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability.

    CVs will be review on rolling bases.

    Due to the large numbers of expected applicants ACTED will only inform shortlisted candidates. We apologise for the inconvenience. Only short-listed applicants will be invited for written test and oral interview.

    Interested and qualified? Go to IMPACT Initiatives career website on to apply

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