REACH Humanitarian Situation Monitoring GIS Officer in Ethiopia

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: IMPACT Initiatives
Closing date: 29 Jan 2021


IMPACT Initiatives is a humanitarian NGO, based in Geneva, Switzerland. The organisation manages several initiatives, including the REACH Initiative. The IMPACT team comprises specialists in data collection, management and analysis, GIS and remote-sensing. IMPACT was launched at the initiative of ACTED, an international NGO whose headquarter is based in Paris and is present in thirty countries. The two organizations have a strong complementarity formalized in a global partnership, which allows particularly IMPACT to benefit from ACTED’s operational support on its fields of intervention.

REACH was born in 2010 as a joint initiative of two International NGOs (IMPACT Initiatives and ACTED) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT). REACH’s purpose 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.

ACTED is a French humanitarian NGO, founded in 1993, which supports vulnerable populations, affected by humanitarian crises worldwide. ACTED provides continued support to vulnerable communities by ensuring the sustainability of post-crisis interventions and engaging long-term challenges facing our target populations, in order to break the poverty cycle, foster development and reduce vulnerability to disasters. Their interventions seek to cover the multiple aspects of humanitarian and development crises through a multidisciplinary approach which is both global and local, and adapted to each context. Their 3,300 staff is committed in to responding to emergencies worldwide, to supporting recovery and rehabilitation, towards sustainable development.

We are currently looking for a REACH HSM GISO to support our team in Ethiopia.

Department: IMPACT

Position: REACH Humanitarian Situation Monitoring GIS Officer

Contract duration: 6 months

Starting Date: February 2021

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with regional and in-country travel as needed


Over the last two years, Ethiopia has witnessed a surge in violent conflict following major domestic political shifts. Large-scale displacement, killings, and destruction of property have further exacerbated the impact of pre-existing and cyclical climate-related crises across the country. Late 2019 and early 2020 have brought additional humanitarian crises in the form of a large-scale desert locust infestation, Ethiopia’s worst in 25 years, and the global COVID-19 pandemic, which counted 98,391 cases in Ethiopia as of 5 November1 and has led to lockdowns and transport bans in many regions that restrict access to markets. Furthermore, unrest in Tigray region during November 2020 has seen large-scale displacement, contributing an approximate 1.1 million additional people needing assistance in Amhara, Afar and Tigray regions2 . All of these events have severely disrupted livelihoods, affected the availability of staple market commodities, and threatened to sharply escalate humanitarian need for vulnerable populations across the country.

On 6 November fighting was reported along the internal Tigray – Amhara border as well as close to the border between Tigray and Sudan. Since then the conflict has escalated, with incidents reported in wider Ethiopia, Eritrea and large numbers (approximately 4000 per day)3 fleeing into Sudan. The population in the Tigray region of Ethiopia includes approximately 600,000 people dependent on food relief assistance (more than 400,000 food insecure, 100,000 IDPs and 95,929 Eritrean refugees).4 In addition, 1 million people receive safety net assistance.5 It is unclear how this conflict has affected this population and general information on displacement and humanitarian need is scarce.

To try and fill this information gap, REACH is setting up humanitarian situation monitoring of the Tigray region, through interviewing new arrivals fleeing into Sudan, Kassala state and Ethiopia, Amhara and Afar regions. Humanitarian situation monitoring is a research approach designed to provide regular information on population movement and changing humanitarian needs. For hard to reach areas, REACH humanitarian situation monitoring uses the “area of knowledge” methodology to capture information through key informants. REACH interviews new arrivals, who have recently left an area, to ask questions on the settlement they have recently left. In some countries, where phone networks are operational, REACH will call directly key informants remaining in hard to reach settlements. This method is being used to capture information on hard to reach areas in the Sahel (Burkina Faso Niger and Mali), North East Nigeria, Syria, South Sudan, Somalia, Central African Republic, Afghanistan and has been recently launched in Venezuela and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In Ethiopia, REACH will conduct, on monthly qualitative and quantitative data collection to understand population movement and humanitarian needs. Using qualitative participatory mapping, REACH will identify areas where populations have displaced from and to and assess the key routes being used. Using quantitative structured surveys with key informants, REACH will assess the level of humanitarian needs, including access to basic services (markets, healthcare and WASH infrastructure) and goods (access to food, water and shelter).


Under the supervision of, and in close coordination with, the Research Manager of the Inter-Sectoral Unit, IMPACT Country Coordinator and IMPACT HQ in Geneva, the REACH HSM GISO responsible for an accurate, timely and efficient consolidation of the database from the data collected from the field. The HSM GISO will be responsible for coding cleaning and analysis tools, performing data quality control, tracking data collection progress, downloading, storing and managing datasets, and contributing to the REACH team in terms of delivering high quality analysis and outputs.


The REACH HSM GIS Officer will fulfill the following functions:


  • Preparation, conception and production of maps
  • 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.
  • Ensures that the produced maps meet the requirements of REACH and concerned partners.


  • Monitor accuracy of GIS information collected by field staff

  • Cross check data collected in the field, ensure regular updates and solve eventual discrepancies;

  • Maintain, update and expand R and/or GIS system from automated data map production for factsheets

  • Contribute to sampling strategies and sampling frames by coding population level data, as needed


  • Following up with HSM Field Focal Points about identified problems and mistakes identified in the GIS recorded data

  • Work with HSM Focal Point and/or enumerator where repeated GIS issues to address in the geo caching process and flag up for general improvement


The REACH Data Officer will liaise with IMPACT in Geneva to guarantee a quality product that suits the needs of the field office. He/she will respond to information requests from IMPACT Initiatives and keep Geneva informed of the data activities in the field. In-country the HSM GISO will work closely within the GIS/Data unit and provide analytical support to the REACH Assessment staff and Country Coordination. The HSM GISO will liaise with technical backstopping, in specific the HQ Data Unit. These relations will also extend to ACTED country staff including Program Development, AMEU and Area Coordinators.


The REACH Data Officer will maintain the strictest confidentiality of data and processes. He/she will actively take measures to prevent the unauthorized sharing of information and data.


Representation of IMPACT in cluster and multi-sector meetings/ technical working groups in country and follow up on technical issues identified in cluster meetings in other parts of the country. This specifically will include liaising with external partners to identify potential for GIS datasets to be integrated into existing outputs and mapped to support the coordination of the broader humanitarian community.

The HSM GISO will participate in inter-NGO meetings and those of UN agencies and any other relevant intergovernmental institutions at the national or provincial level as relevant, particularly assessment and information management working groups. The HSM GISO is expected to contribute to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of the organisation, notably through the application of IMPACT’s mandate, ethics, values and stand-point with regard to other actors.


The staff member is responsible for ensuring that all relations with the communities REACH and partners work are conducted in a respectful and consultative manner. Due attention must be paid to ensuring that communities are adequately consulted and informed about REACH programme objectives, activities, beneficiary selection criteria, and methodologies. This is the responsibility of every REACH staff member


  • Master degree in Geography/GIS or a related discipline;
  • 2 years of experience in GIS / Database management, preferably in humanitarian context;
  • Considerable experience analysing complex GIS data with ARC GIS mandatory; knowledge of other GIS programming languages and packages a plus;
  • Previous experience with mobile data collection (ODK, ONA, KOBO);
  • Knowledge of the Adobe Suite, particularly Illustrator and InDesign;
  • Excellent team management skills;
  • Ability to operate in a cross-cultural environment requiring flexibility;
  • Familiarity with the aid system, and understanding of donor and governmental requirements;
  • Prior knowledge of the region an asset;
  • Fluency in English required;
  • Ability to operate Microsoft Word, Excel and Project Management Software;
  • High level of autonomy and willingness to spend time in deep field locations away from IMPACT/ ACTED support;
  • Ability to work independently


  • Salary defined by the IMPACT salary grid; educational level, expertise, hardship, security, and performance are considered for pay bonus
  • Additional monthly living allowance provided in country by IMPACT’s partner ACTED
  • Food and lodging provided at the organisation’s guesthouse/or housing allowance (depending on contract length and country of assignment)
  • Transportation costs covered, including additional return ticket + luggage allowance
  • Provision of medical, life, and repatriation insurance + retirement package

How to apply:

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