AGORA Assessment Officer vacancy at IMPACT Initiatives

IMPACT Initiatives is a humanitarian NGO, based in Geneva, Switzerland. The organization 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.

We are currently looking for a qualified candidate to support our IMPACT team in Nigeria:

Job Title: AGORA Assessment Officer
Maiduguri, Borno
Department: AGORA
Contract duration: 6 months
Starting Date: ASAP

Project Overview
AGORA is a joint initiative of ACTED and IMPACT Initiatives, founded in 2016. AGORA promotes efficient, inclusive and integrated local planning, aid response and service delivery in contexts of crisis through applying settlement-based processes and tools. AGORA enables more efficient and tailored aid responses to support the recovery and stabilization of crisis-affected communities, contributing to meet their humanitarian needs, whilst promoting the re-establishment of local services and supporting local governance actors. AGORA promotes multi-sectoral, settlement-based aid planning and implementation, structured around partnerships between local, national, and international stakeholders. AGORA’s core activities include area-based needs and capacity assessments, evidence-based local planning, as well as support to area-based coordination mechanisms institutional cooperation and tailor-made capacity strengthening for local institutional actors.

Country Profile

  • 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 the 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 resume their productive lives and livelihoods.
  • Since April 2017, IMPACT’s REACH Initiative has been deployed to Nigeria to help meet the information needs of humanitarian actors operating in the State and build a better understanding of the needs of conflict-affected populations.

Position Profile

  • IMPACT is seeking an experienced candidate, who has previously designed and implemented mixed-methods assessments – ideally in a humanitarian setting.
  • The candidate should be capable of synthesizing qualitative, quantitative, and geospatial information to design clear, engaging information products.
  • Moreover, the candidate should be able to engage with consortium partners and all relevant external stakeholders involved in this project in order to successfully plan their activities on the evidence provided.
  • The candidate should be flexible, self-organized and able to deal with deadlines.

Project Profile:

  • The AGORA Project “From Response to Resilience in Maiduguri” is a joint consortium project of ACTED, IMPACT Initiatives, and the International Rescue Committee (IRC).
  • The consortium members will adopt an area-based, multi-risk, and multi-stakeholder approach to system strengthening for disaster risk reduction, durable solutions for displacement, and urban resilience for communities in Maiduguri, Nigeria.
  • The project will map urban risks, including risks related to human conflict and social dynamics, flooding, fire, and disease outbreaks, and local services and capacities, including humanitarian, public, and private inputs.
  • With the resulting in-depth understanding of priority humanitarian and development needs, the consortium will support coordination and city planning efforts among relevant state and local authorities and civil society organizations.
  • While benefiting all city residents, the project will focus on implementation through an area-based approach to urban resilience within three priority areas, whilst simultaneously promoting local civic engagement and social accountability.
  • At a city level, state and local authorities will be supported to strengthen their capacity for more effective coordination, resource planning, and shock responsive decision making. At a neighborhood level, pilot Neighbourhood Resilience Plans will be developed through community engagement and implemented.


  • Excellent academic qualifications, including a Master degree in a relevant discipline;
  • Established quantitative analytical skills;
  • At least 1 year of relevant working experience in humanitarian settings;
  • Excellent communication and drafting skills for reporting and external coordination;
  • Ability to operate in a cross-cultural environment requiring flexibility;
  • Fluency in English required;
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Knowledge in Excel as well as SPSS, R or related statistical programming;
  • Ability to operate Microsoft Word


  • Experience using GIS mapping software (e.g. ArcGIS);
  • Knowledge of qualitative analysis and related analytical software (e.g. NVivo);


  • 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 allowance
  • Shared flat in the ACTED Guesthouse
  • Six weeks break in Abuja (Capital)
  • Every three months partly paid Rest and Recreation break outside of Nigeria
  • Transportation costs covered, including additional return ticket + luggage allowance
  • Provision of medical, life, and repatriation insurance + retirement package

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How to Apply
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Application Deadline: 27th September, 2019.

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