Location: Maiduguri, Nigeria
Contract duration: 6 months
Starting Date: ASAP
REACH was born in 2010 as a joint initiative of two INGOs (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.
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 IDPs in Borno State is critical. Following years of conflict, the vast majority of the State’s rural areas are empty. The population has fled to the relative safety of Maiduguri or Local Government Area (LGA) capitals. In IDP camps in Maiduguri and especially in the enclaved LGA capitals the entire population is extremely vulnerable and in need of basic humanitarian support. While some areas have recently experienced returns in proximity of main roads (for example Beni Shekh in Kaga LGA, 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 accompany returning populations in order to enable them to rebuild their livelihoods and remain in their villages, which are in most cases completely destroyed while anticipating potential sources of conflict with local populations.
In response to the crisis in North-Eastern Nigeria, humanitarian assistance has been recently scaling up. The recent increase in access to LGA capitals (largely enabled by UNHAS helicopters) has resulted in outreach by humanitarian partners beyond Maiduguri, with a number of NGOs establishing themselves in newly “liberated” LGA capitals such as Biu and Monguno. However, the existing humanitarian capacity is insufficient to respond to the scale of the crisis. Even within Maiduguri IDPs are not receiving regular food aid, leading to intolerable Severe Acute Malnutrition and mortality rates. IDP camps and camp-like settlements are disorganized, flood-prone and unsanitary, with extreme humanitarian indicators across all sectors.
In addition there is a clear lack of information and information coordination in North East Nigeria to support the planning and delivery of humanitarian assistance. Despite the current efforts conducted by IOM on DTM, OCHA as well as sectors, operational actors in Borno often lack specific evidence based and localized information to support their planning and anticipate populations’ movements and needs. With a highly dynamic and difficult to access context, Nigeria remains a crisis with limited amount of evidence available to humanitarian partners for aid planning and delivery. In such context, it is key to ensure that the humanitarian community continues to have regular access to data on humanitarian needs and context in Nigeria.
Within this context, REACH has recently launched an ECHO-funded mission in north-eastern Nigeria. Over the next 11 months, REACH will provide information support in formal and informal IDP camps in Borno and neighboring states through mapping, needs assessments and monitoring the attainment of humanitarian service delivery standards. REACH will also conduct IDP return intentions assessment to identify potential areas of return, triggers for movement and limiting factors. The final component of REACH’s currently anticipated activities will be a profiling for settlements in potential areas of return to assess their capacity and suitability to receive returning populations; this will include assessments of vital infrastructure, services in the area, Government/ NGO/ UN ability to scale-up their responses, and vulnerability assessments of current inhabitants.
The REACH GIS Officer will fulfill the following functions:
Preparation, conception and production of maps:
Supervision and monitoring of mapping related data collection:
Data Management and Analysis Activities:
Supervision and monitoring of remote data collection:
Data cleaning, management, and merging:
Internal Communication Processes:
Confidentiality and Data Protection:
Accountability to Communities and Beneficiaries
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