About Us:

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 the related database and (web)-mapping facilities and expertise.

In 2018, REACH will expand its operations in Uganda addressing service delivery and information gaps in the refugee response across the country. REACH will provide direct support to UNHCR’s coordinated information management efforts through response gap analysis, coordinated needs assessments and geospatial analysis. The activities will be conducted in all refugee settlements across Uganda, from the South Sudanese response to the DRC and Burundian responses.

Job Summary: The REACH Field Officer is responsible for supporting REACH GIS/Assessment Officer, Operations Manager, and Senior Field Officer to ensure the successful completion of assessments in the refugee settlements. He/she will also be responsible for related logistics, data cleaning, focus group discussion facilitation, leading enumeration teams and any other reasonable tasks need to ensure the success of the REACH mission in Uganda. This position will work closely with experienced national and international staff members and will require a minimum of 80% of the time in remote field locations.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

The REACH Field Officer shall be responsible for:

Data cleaning, analysis, and entry: The REACH Field Officer will clean and analyze datasets given by REACH staff.  They will also enter textual data into spreadsheets or databases for easier tracking and analysis, and ensure that all data they collect is properly stored on the Dropbox server.

Managing enumeration teams: The REACH Field Officer will lead enumeration teams of up to 20 individuals in the refugee settlements and be responsible for providing direction, logistical and technical support to the enumerators. They will also support the REACH Assessment/ GIS Officer as needed; they will directly manage Field Assistant and their enumeration teams.

Focus group discussion facilitation and analysis: The REACH Field Officer will facilitate or co-facilitate focus group discussion in the refugee settlements and provide qualitative analysis of the results.

Logistics Support: The REACH Field Officer will provide logistics support to the REACH Senior Field Officer by filling and tracking order forms and tracking existing and incoming REACH assets in field locations as needed.  They will also provide support in organizing the movement of REACH teams to and from field locations, identifying accommodations and office space, and liaising with appropriate government authorities to ensure REACH can conduct activities as needed.

Other Tasks: The REACH Field Officer will participate in other, undefined tasks that are necessary to support the REACH mission in Uganda.

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

Qualifications, Skills, and Experience: 

  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline (social science, development)
  • One year of experience in humanitarian or development organizations, preferably in a field-based position
  • Willingness and ability to work in a dynamic and fast-paced field environment for extended periods of the time required
  • Strong skills with the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience using ODK for quantitative data collection, or the ability to rapidly master the process
  • Experience hiring and managing casual laborers
  • Experience conducting focus group discussions, or the ability to learn rapidly
  • Experience collecting information using hand-held GPS devices
  • Knowledge of creating kml/ kmz files in Google Earth
  • Positive attitude and a willingness to learn
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to operate in a cross-cultural environment requiring flexibility
  • Prior experience working in refugee settlements an asset.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English required; French an asset.
  • Working knowledge of Juba Arabic and/ or regional languages of Equatorian South Sudan or DRC an asset
  • Strong written English skills
  • Ability to work independently

How to Apply:

All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their updated CVs, cover letters, certified copies of academic documents and day-time telephone numbers of three professional referees to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line indicated as “REACH field officer.” You can also hand deliver your credentials to the ACTED Head Office, Plot 1102, Nsambya Road, Kampala. Uganda.

NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Deadline: 11th February 2018 by 5.00pm