Nov 032018

Organization: IMPACT Initiatives
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 09 Nov 2018


IMPACT Initiatives is a humanitarian think tank, based in Geneva, Switzerland. The organisation manages several initiatives, including the REACH Initiative, which was created in 2010 to facilitate the development of information tools and products that enhance the capacity of aid actors to make evidence-based decisions in emergency, recovery and development contexts. The IMPACT team comprises specialists in research design; data collection, management and analysis; GIS and remote-sensing. For more information visit: and

We are currently looking for a Data Unit Intern to join our IMPACT Initiatives team in Geneva, Switzerland.

Position: Data Unit Intern

Department: Research

Supervisor: Data Analysis Officer

Duration: 6 months

Start date: ASAP

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Remuneration: 1050 CHF/month


The Data Unit Intern will be part of the IMPACT Research department, under the supervision of the Data Analysis Officer. The Data Unit Intern will be supporting processes and infrastructure related to data protection as well as data collection, cleaning, analysis, sharing and storing, ensuring transparency, accuracy, reproducibility, adequacy and interoperability at each stage of IMPACT / REACH Research Cycles.

Specifically, s/he will be supporting the centralisation of the data collection system, to ensure visibility and protection of the data collected, according to IMPACT/ REACH standards. The Data Unit Intern will support the implementation of IMPACT/REACH data sharing standards; ensuring accuracy, consistency, comparability and privacy of the data shared. S/he will support to ensure that data processing and analysis steps are fully documented and replicable. Further, S/he will support the global Data Unit to ensure that meaningful statistical analysis and techniques are used to infer results from the data collected.

Being part of the Data Unit, which supports all research projects conducted by IMPACT, this position offers the opportunity to gain a global overview of, leading data sources, methodologies and actors across the humanitarian system. This includes direct insight into the production of meaningful analysis, guided by sector and context specific experts, using one of the most comprehensive selection of data sets in the humanitarian system, spanning more than 20 humanitarian crises.


The Data Unit Intern supports to ensure guidelines and processes are in place to guide data collection, processing and analysis by IMPACT / REACH teams in countries of intervention. Specifically;

· Supporting the development and implementation of data protection guidelines

· Supporting the creation of guidelines for data processing, data analysis and data sharing.

· Supporting the creation of tools to facilitate the implementation of data processing, data analysis and data sharing guidelines both at HQ and field level.

· Advising IMPACT / REACH teams on how to implement guidelines, tools and processes.


The Data Unit Intern supports to ensure that the processing of data collected in countries of intervention meets IMPACT / REACH research standards. Specifically;

  • Support to ensure that data is collected by IMPACT /REACH country teams in accordance with the research term of reference;
  • During data collection, support to ensure that incoming data collected by country teams is monitored on a regular basis;
  • After data collection, support to ensure that data cleaning implemented by country teams follows IMPACT /REACH research standards and guidelines;
  • Support to ensure that all changes in the dataset are replicable and transparent through accurate logging according to IMPACT /REACH research standards.


The Data Unit Intern supports to ensure that the data analysis produced by country teams is accurate and meets IMPACT/REACH minimum standards. Specifically:

  • Support to ensure that meaningful statistical analysis and techniques are used to infer results on data collected;
  • Support to ensure that qualitative data analysis and findings are traceable to collected data.
  • Support in monitoring accuracy and adequacy of results produced, including of spatial data.
  • Support to ensure that all data analysis steps are replicable and transparent through accurate logging according to IMPACT / REACH research standards.


The Data Unit Intern will maintain the strictest confidentiality on all data collected and related processes. S/he will ensure all data are processed according to REACH / IMPACT data storage guidelines. S/he will actively take measures to prevent the unauthorized sharing of any information and data belonging to IMPACT and its partners, or collected during assignment with IMPACT. When data is to be shared, the Data Unit Intern will also support to ensure that data sharing standards are implemented; ensuring accuracy, consistency, comparability and privacy of the shared data.


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



  • Good academic qualifications, preferably a Master degree in relevant discipline (e.g. Information Technology, Computer Science, Data science, IT infrastructure or other disciplines that demonstrate strong technical skills relating to information management).
  • Experience working with R software.
  • Experience with best practices in data protection.
  • Experience with secure communication and data sharing infrastructure.
  • Experience with quantitative analysis.
  • Attention to detail and commitment to producing high quality work.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to reliably track document and execute a large number of smaller tasks.
  • Openness to feedback and willingness to learn.
  • Ability to manage time effectively and work in a fast-paced, results oriented working environment.
  • Ability to work independently and with initiative.
  • Strong team player, viewing tasks as part of achieving common goals shared between the colleagues.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to establish and maintain good relations with teams across the globe.


  • Experience with mobile data collection platforms such as Kobo/ODK.
  • Experience with qualitative analysis.
  • Experience with Python, SPSS, Stata or other softwares used for statistical analysis and programming.
  • Experience in assessments, monitoring & evaluations, especially in field research settings in an international context.
  • Familiarity with the humanitarian aid system.
  • Driven to making systematic improvements to processes and workflows.

How to apply:

Please send, in English, your cover letter, CV, and three references to

Please indicate the below reference in the subject line of your email.


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