Organization: IMPACT Initiatives
Country: Italy
Closing date: 31 Oct 2016


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 data collection, management and analysis, GIS and remote – sensing. For more information visit:

We are currently looking for a REACH Enumerator to support our new project Analysis of migration trends and profiles of children migrating to Europe

Department: REACH

Position: REACH Enumerator – Migrant Project

Contract duration: 6 months

Location: Palermo and Catania, Italy

Starting Data – ASAP


The Enumerator will report to and be under the direct supervision of the REACH Field Coordinator based in Catania, Italy.


Summer 2015 marked an unprecedented spike in migration towards Europe, with thousands of asylum seekers travelling through the Balkans on a daily basis until the imposition of travel restrictions in February and March 2016. Since then, migrants and asylum seekers have continued to arrive Europe: through the Balkans by increasingly relying on smugglers and illegal routes; and through Italy by using of the dangerous Central Mediterranean sea crossing from Libya. Many migrants have also found themselves stranded in Europe after the imposition of the new travel restrictions, in fear of deportation and increasingly resorting to illegal travel.

IMPACT, through its REACH initiative, has been working in the Western Balkans since November 2015 to collect and provide information to decision – makers and humanitarian actors responding to the migrant crisis. Building on its work so far, REACH will launch a new program focusing on migration t rends and patters, needs of migrants and intentions, with a focus on Greece and Italy, and managed directly by IMPACT global team in Geneva.


Reporting to the Field Coordinator in Catania the Enumerator will be responsible for the implementation of REACH’s data collection in the field.

The role will entail going to migrant reception centres and potentially informal gathering places (incl. squats and other urban areas) of migrants and refugees across the country and interviewing child migrants on the basis of predefined questionnaires. Interviews may take the form of both filling out one-by-one questionnaires on mobile phone devices (provided) or open-ended group discussions with migrants with notes taken on hand. Extensive training on these data collection methods will be provided, however, after initial supervision and guidance, prospective candidates must feel confident to go to migrant centres alone.

This role requires strong interpersonal skills, as enumerators will be required to approach children and teenagers for interview who may be in a very tense environment. For this reason, preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate previous experience of working with children and/or teenagers in difficult environments. Further, the role requires solid negotiation skills in negotiating access and maintaining good working relationships with reception centre authorities (enumerators will be supported in gaining formal authorisation to enter the centres).

The office of the organisation will be located in Catania, Italy, however, enumerators are required to be based either in Palermo and Catania. In addition, data collection is likely to take place across Sicily and potentially other Southern regions. As such, enumerators should be available to travel upon request; any car travel will be reimbursed.


The Enumerator will be responsible for:

Primary data collection

  • Conduct face to face interviews and group discussions with children/teenagers in reception centres

  • Ensure anonymity of respondents and develop relationship of trust and safe space during data collection exercise with respondents

  • Accurate recording of data collected

  • Provide daily feedback to the Field Coordinator regarding any challenges faced during data collection (incl. tool development, stakeholder and respondent management)

Representation of the organisation

  • Liaise and maintain good relationships with the management of migration centres to ensure access

  • Develop good relationships with members of the migrant community

Data management support

  • Ensure the reliability of the primary data by supporting Field Coordinator with data cleaning and triangulation of findings

  • Be available to follow up on missing/incongruent information, as required



  • Working knowledge of Italian

  • Fluency in at least one of the following languages: Arabic, English, French

  • Strong representation and interpersonal skills

  • Attention to detail

  • Previous experience working with children/teenagers

  • Ability to operate in a cross – cultural environment requiring flexibility

  • Drivers licence and confidence to drive alone in the city & countryside

  • Availability to travel across Sicily and Southern Italy on a regular basis

  • Ability to work independently and confidence to go alone to migrant reception centres

  • Computer literacy to be able to work on smart phone based data collection applications

  • Valid work permit


  • Demonstrated interest in quantitative and/or qualitative research skills

  • Academic background in Migration studies

  • Previous work experience in migration, ideally, in the refugee crisis response either as part of an NGO or volunteer

How to apply:

Please send, in English, your cover letter, CV, and three references to Ref: 16 / ITA/ENMP

Please indicate the reference in the subject line of your email. For more information, visit us at http://www.impact –

Please, note that the selected candidate will be legally contracted by IMPACT in-country implementing partner.

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