REACH was born in 2010 as a joint initiative of two International NGOs (IMPACT Initiatives and ACTED) and the United Nations 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. 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.
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 and GIS. 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, enabling IMPACT to benefit from ACTED’s operational support on its fields of intervention.
We are currently looking for a Data Analyst to join our global Research Team, to contribute towards the integration of emerging innovations and best practices in Data Science within IMPACT’s way of working.
Position: Data Analyst (Officer level)
Supervisor: Senior Research Specialist
Duration: 6 months (with potential for extension)
Start date: February-March 2024
Location: TBD (within one of IMPACT’s country offices in Middle East or Sub-Saharan Africa)
To work towards transformational change in how data is being produced, analysed, and used within the humanitarian sector, IMPACT launched an Innovation Communities of Practice (CoP) approach in 2023 to create dedicated spaces for testing ideas and sharing knowledge within the organisation, with a specific focus on Data Science and Effective Communications. Led by Specialists at the global level, these CoPs bring together staff with specialised skills and/ or interests to discuss common problems and identify solutions that enable organisational learning and growth.
Within this setup, the Data Analyst will take the lead on implementing pilot exercise(s) defined by the global Data Science Specialist in collaboration with the CoP, in order to determine how emerging best practices and innovations in the field of Data Science can be applied and sustainably integrated into IMPACT’s research and analysis practices. In order to ensure a constant learning loop is maintained, he/ she will also be responsible for proactively sharing knowledge and lessons learned from this pilot, in a timely manner.
Take the lead on implementing the pilot exercise(s) in close collaboration with the global Data Science Specialist; this would include:
Finalising the design and scope of the pilot exercise
Testing and validating pre-identified solutions and identifying challenges and / or opportunities for further scale-up
Producing a Research Brief summarizing the key conclusions and lessons learned from the pilot, including recommendations for future use within IMPACT
Proactively sharing knowledge and learning from the innovation pilots as required, including training and capacity building for future use
Contribute towards exploring and identifying emerging best practices and innovations in the field of Data Science with potential applications for IMPACT’s research and analysis practices; this would include:
Contributing towards literature reviews to identify relevant and innovative Data Science applications for humanitarian research and analysis
Proactively participating in the Data Science Innovation CoP within IMPACT to exchange ideas, knowledge, and experiences across countries
Contribute to the expansion of IMPACT’s Research Toolkit and the development, roll-out of at least one global guidance package, including, but not limited to, Quantitative Data Analysis, R tools, etc.
Provide other support for the implementation of IMPACT Research Cycles as directed, including in-country or remote surge to IMPACT country teams (up to 25% per month).
Qualifications & Experience
Good academic qualifications, including a Master’s degree or higher in relevant discipline (e.g. Data Science, Economics, Econometrics, Statistics, etc.)
At least 2-3 years of relevant work experience in a research/ data analyst/ information management role, ideally in humanitarian / development contexts (e.g. needs assessments, monitoring and evaluation, etc.)
Good working knowledge of Python
Good understanding of statistics and statistical analysis
Good understanding of standard machine learning algorithms (supervised and unsupervised), and different modelling techniques
Demonstrated experience with model validation and selection, including testing different models, validating and selecting the best model, and communicating results
Attention to detail and commitment to producing high quality work
Openness to feedback and willingness to learn
Ability to manage time effectively and thrive in a fast paced, results-oriented working environment
Ability to work independently, with initiative, while taking a proactive, solutions-oriented approach
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, including in remote work settings
Fluency in English
Good working knowledge of R
Technical expertise in data models, database design development, data mining and segmentation techniques
Fluency in French and/ or Spanish
Familiarity with the humanitarian aid system
For this position, salary between 2’100 CHF and 2’520 CHF monthly (before income tax), etc as well as a monthly living allowance of 300 USD
NB - IMPACT salaries are strictly determined by our salary grid depending on the grade of the position and the level of education of staff. A location-dependent security and/or isolation adjustment is then applied as a recognition that some staff are required to work in difficult places where living and working conditions are much more difficult than elsewhere.
Accommodation and food provided in a guesthouse.
Enrolment in Swiss private pension fund (Swisslife – approx. 9.975% of staff gross salary), health insurance, life insurance and repatriation assistance
Flight tickets every 6 months & visa fees covered (in-country travel costs and professional expenses are fully covered)
R&R after 2-3 months (flight ticket up to 500$ + 200$ of living allowance) if duty station allows
Contribution to the luggage transportation: between 20 and 100 kgs, depending on the length of the contract (+ luggage and personal property insurance)
Annual leave of 36 days per year. Public holidays of the country of assignment. Family/compassionate leave when applicable.
Predeparture induction - 3 days at IMPACT Initiatives’s HQ in Geneva + one week pre-departure training in ACTED HQ in Paris, including a 4-days in situ security training;
Enrolment in IMPACT Initiatives Research Foundational Learning Programme within the first 3 months from the start of contract.
IMPACT prioritizes the psychological safety of its staff and the health insurance provided covers, among others, up to 1000 € per year of psychosocial counselling fees
Accompanied status does not apply to this position