Position: HSM Assessment Officers

Department: REACH

Location: Mogadishu

Contract Duration: 6 months

Direct Hierarchy: REACH FLAT Manager

Number of positions: Three (3)

Starting date: May 2023

Background on ACTED

Created in 1993, ACTED is an international non-governmental organization pursuing a dual mandate of emergency response and development interventions in 40 of some of the world’s most vulnerable countries affected by conflicts, disasters, or socio-economic hardship. With a team of 7,000 national staff and 400 international staff, ACTED implements 500 projects a year to support more than 20 million beneficiaries, notably in hard-to-reach areas.

ACTED goes to the last mile through programs and approaches that look beyond the immediate emergency towards opportunities for longer term livelihood reconstruction and sustainable development. Guided by the motto “Think Local, Act Global” and its 3Zero –Zero Exclusion, Zero Carbon, and Zero Poverty – strategy, ACTED puts local territories at the centre and provides a tailored support to local needs.

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.


REACH has been operating in Somalia since 2012 and has multiple research cycles including two large-scale national assessments (Joint Multi-Cluster Needs Assessment and Detailed Site Assessment) as well as several other smaller assessments all aimed at providing intersectoral analysis of the response. In addition, there is a cash and markets team, which provide third party monitoring to the largest cash consortium in Somalia and Joint Market monitoring for the Shelter, NFI and WASH clusters.

REACH is looking for professionally confident, self-motivated, experienced, and committed team player to fill the Three (3) Humanitarian Situation Monitoring (HSM) Assessment Officer positions, One (1) in Mogadishu, One (1) in Baidoa and one (1) in Kismayo Somalia.

Position Profile:

Under the line management of the HSM Senior Assessment Officer in Somalia, the Assessment Officer is responsible for the implementation of the HSM research cycles in Somalia, including the preparation, data collection, analysis, drafting, dissemination, and evaluation stages. Throughout all HSM research cycles and rapid assessments, the Assessment Officer engages with partners to promote their participation and maximize their impact. He/she also ensures an efficient and transparent use of resources required for project implementation. This includes the direct supervision of assessment teams.

In his/her mission, the Assessment Officer will be hosted by ACTED and will fall under the direct responsibility and management of ACTED’s Country Director and his/her delegates for all Administrative, Security, and relevant Logistics and Finance issues. S/he will therefore fully abide to ACTED’s Security, Administration, and relevant HR, Logistics and Finance rules and regulations.


  • Under the supervision of the REACH HSM Senior Assessment Officer, the AO will be responsible for coordinating with all relevant stakeholders, including the IM and Assessment Working Group, the humanitarian coordination structure, and relevant Cluster partners throughout all stages of the Research Cycle. In addition, the AO will be responsible for coordinating with other departments from ACTED (finance, logistics, etc.) to ensure a smooth implementation of assessments.
  • Under the supervision of the REACH HSM Senior Assessment Officer, and in collaboration with all relevant stakeholders, the AO will be responsible for designing assessments by preparing terms of references, data analysis plans and sampling strategies and ensuring that the Research Design for the project is comprehensive, and follows the ACTED research best practices/quality standards.
  • Under the supervision of the REACH HSM Senior Assessment Officer, and in collaboration with all relevant stakeholders, the AO will be responsible for supporting the implementation of all operational stages of the relevant data collection exercise(s), both qualitative and quantitative, including tool and methodology design, coordination of data collection, data cleaning, and data analysis. The AO will work closely with GIS and data colleagues within the research department (REACH) and will be expected to coordinate closely by having constant, timely and effective communication with the different teams in order to ensure all relevant team members are aware of their roles across the research cycle and the assessment is conducted in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Under the supervision of the REACH HSM Senior Assessment Officer, and in collaboration with all relevant stakeholders, the AO will be responsible for producing and/or overseeing the production of all relevant outputs related to the data collection exercise. These outputs may include cleaned datasets, factsheets, situation overviews, maps, reports, and online dashboards. The AO is required support in the development of work plans and to ensure that all team members follow the designated timelines in delivering the results of all the stages of the assessment. The AO will ensure the writing and review of lessons learnt and monitoring and evaluation matrices for the assessments.

    • The Assessment Officer will maintain the strictest confidentiality on all data collected and related processes, ensuring full compliance with ACTED data protection policy and SOPs. He/she will actively take measures to prevent the unauthorized sharing of any information and data belonging to ACTED and its partners or collected during his/her assignment with ACTED.

technical skills

  • Human qualities

    • Organizational value alignment
    • Thinking outside of the box
    • Adaptation to different work situations
    • Dedication and self-commitment
    • Autonomy and self-direction
  • Management skills

    • Leadership – inspire and encourage others within the team;
    • Decision making and problem solving
    • Achieving results
    • Teamwork and team leadership
  • Process skills

    • Transparency and Accountability.
    • Planning and organizing;
    • Operationalizing – concrete actions with measurable outputs
    • Effective communication


  1. Academic Excellent academic qualifications, preferably including a Master degree in relevant discipline;
  2. Research skills Proven experience with complex research methods. Excellent analytical skills.
  3. Software skills Proven knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite, to include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Advanced skills in R, SPSS and/or STATA or other statistical analysis software are an advantage; Experience with InDesign an asset.
  4. Familiarity aid system Familiarity with the aid system is a strong asset;
  5. Years of work experience At least 3 years of relevant working experience;
  6. Experience in humanitarian settings Experience working in humanitarian complex humanitarian settings with vast hard to reach areas, an asset
  7. Management skills Proven team management experience and skills; ability to build assessment capacity of team through training and mentoring
  8. Communication/reporting skills Excellent communication and drafting skills for effective reporting;
  9. Multi-tasking skills Ability to multitask with tight deadlines, on numerous research cycles;
  10. Level of independence Proven ability to work independently;
  11. Cross-cultural work environment Ability to operate in a cross-cultural environment requiring flexibility;
  12. Experience in geographical region Past experience in the HoA region is desirable;
  13. Language skills Fluency in English required, competency in Somali an asset;
  14. Security environment Ability to operate in a complex and challenging security environment

How to apply

Application Procedure:

Qualified national persons with the required skills are invited to submit their applications accompanied by detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter as a single document i.e. with the cover letter being on the first page and the CV starting on the second page, detailing three work related referees and contacts to [email protected] and received on or before 5.00PM on 24th March, 2023 with the subject line “REACH HSM ASSESSMENT OFFICER (indicate location eg Mogadishu, Baidoa or Kismayo” Kindly indicate only one LOCATION and Apply for ONLY ONE POSITION

Please do not attach any other documents while sending your applications, if required they will be requested at a later stage.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ACTED will at no stage of recruitment process request candidate to make payments of any kind. Further, ACTED has not retained any agent in connection with recruitments.

ACTED is committed to protecting beneficiaries within our programmes from exploitation and abuse and any kind of misconduct. ACTED has specific policies, including PSEA and Child Protection, which outlines the expected behaviour and the responsibility of all staff, beneficiaries, consultants, and other stakeholders and has zero tolerance towards misconducts. Any candidate offered a job with ACTED will be expected to sign ACTED’s organizational Policies and Code of Conduct as an annex to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents.

ACTED is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Deadline: 24 Mar 2023