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 Initiatives, with operational support from its global partner ACTED, and in consortium with Girl Effect and Ground Truth Solutions will be conducting Third Party Monitoring of the DFID funded North East Nigeria Transition to Development (NENTAD) programme to bring an objective / external verification of delivery as well as ensuring optimal monitoring, verification, accountability and analysis of good practices are drawn for this UK multi year’s humanitarian programme.
IMPACT Senior Field Officer Biu
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 Assessment Manager
- In country: IMPACT Field Manager
- Their own activities
- Field officers
- Enumeration teams
- IMPACT Assessment Officer
- IMPACT, Finpact and Girl Effect Monitoring Teams
- Other relevant ACTED departments (Finance, Logistics, Secuirty, etc…)
DFID’s NENTAD Partners
Under the direct line management of the IMPACT Field Manager, the IMPACT Senior Field Officer is responsible for (1) Managing of IMPACT field activities in a North Eastern State (2) Managing the activities of Junior national staffs (3) Manage data collection teams across the State (3) Supervise the hiring and training of enumeration teams (4) internal and external relations
1. Research Cycles
1.1 Assessment Preparation and Planning:
- The IMPACT Senior Field Officer will supervise field officers in; the hiring of enumeration teams and the training of enumeration teams on quantitative, qualitative and spatial data collection tools and methodology.
- S/He be responsible for planning and managing all field movements and data collection in the state.
- Ensure that IMPACT monitoring activities in the state are in line with relevant programme objectives, IMPACT’s research cycle and other relevant guidelines.
1.2 Data collection and management
- The IMPACT Senior Field Officer will monitor data collection in the state, ensuring its correct implementation in line with agreed TORs;
- Ensure programme activities in the state are in compliance with ACTEDs logistics, financial and security SOPs.
- Ensure regular situation updates on data collection is properly communicated. Provide support and follow up on identified challenges during the data collection process.
- The IMPACT Senior Field Officer in close coordination with IMPACT team and enumerators will clean and manage qualitative, quantitative and spatial data collected in state.
- S/He will be responsible for ensuring IMPACT field officers; identify and organize respondents for focus group discussion, facilitating or co-facilitating the discussion and take proper notes.
2. Internal Relations
- Routine communication of all state field activities, data collection progress and other key findings to management in timely and effective manner.
- Responsible for disseminating information from management to the state team and training of field officers on new processes.
- Work in close coordination with the state field teams of other DFID TPM consortium partners to ensure achievement of the overall goals.
3. External Relations
- Foster strategic partnerships with key stakeholders in the state; establish and maintain a network of Local stakeholders (Bulamas, SEMA, NEMA, Government officials and other local authorities) to ensure smooth running of field activities.
- As state representative of IMPACT, S/He will establish and maintain good working relationship with DFID’s NENTAD Partners
4. FLAT Support
- The IMPACT Senior Officer would be responsible for coordinating field movement within the state, ensuring all logistical and financial requirement for data collection are timely meet.
- As state team leader, the IMPACT Senior Officer will ensure a strict adherence to ACTED’s security SOPs.
- The IMPACT Senior Field Officer 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…)
- S/He might be required to act in an administrative capacity if need be.
5. Other Responsibilities
- The IMPACT Senior Field Officer will be responsible for supervising junior national staff participating in their assigned duties as well as building technical capacity related to data collection.
- The IMPACT Senior 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.
- Minimum of 3 years working in humanitarian responses
- Experience in data collection, working in deep field location and managing junior national staffs desirable
- Bachelor’s degree with a strong focus on both quantitative and qualitative Field methodologies required
- Previous experience in Third Party Monitoring (TPM), an asset.
- Strong skills with the Microsoft Office Suite
- Strong technical writing skills
- Considerable experience collecting information using hand-held GPS devices
- Considerable experience using ODK for quantitative data collection, or the ability to rapidly master the process
- Some experience creating ODK questionnaires
- Experience managing junior staff
- Considerable experience hiring and managing casual laborers
- Considerable experience conducting focus group discussions, or the ability to learn rapidly
- Some experience using data analysis software (spss, stata) preferred
- Positive attitude and a willingness to learn
- Excellent communication skill
- Excellent time management skills
- Ability to operate in a cross-cultural environment requiring flexibility
- Prior experience working in IDP displacement locations
- Fluency written and spoken fluency in English a must; additional fluency in Hausa and Kanuri preferred
- Ability to work independently
Method of Application
Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications will 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.
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.
For general information about ACTED/IMPACT, please consult: www.acted.org; http://www.impact-initiatives.org
Interested and qualified? Go to IMPACT Initiatives career website on docs.google.com to apply