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Somalie : REACH GIS Officer

Reference : REACH/17/SOM/GISO01

Pays : Somalie

Durée 6 mois

Ville : Hargeisa

Date de démarrage : ASAP

Description du pays

REACH has been operational in Somalia since 2012, providing information management support to humanitarian actors
in a complex environment through assessment capacity, GIS services and support to Cluster IM practices. Projects have
included tri-cluster assessments in support of the WASH, Shelter and Education Clusters, support to Food Security
response analysis, and development of a Shelter Cluster M&E Framework.
In 2017 and beyond REACH Somalia is looking to expand information support to the humanitarian response in several
key areas, including IDP settlement profiling and monitoring, multi-cluster needs assessment and improved remote data
collection. Key strategic aims are to increase geographic and sectoral coverage and to enhance advocacy capacity
through strengthened data collection and information targeting.

Description du poste

The REACH GIS/DB Officer will fulfill the following functions:
1. GIS Activities
a. Preparation, conception and production of maps
- Identify map information needs;
- Identify and access map information sources;
- Ensure accurate linkages between spatial databases and assessment data;
- Ensures that the produced maps meet the requirements of REACH and concerned partners.
b. Supervision and monitoring of mapping related data collection
- Conceptualize methodologies for collecting data in the field, as according to need;
- Organize and supervise GIS field missions;
- Monitor accuracy of data collected;
- Cross check data collected in the field, ensure regular updates and solve eventual discrepancies.
c. Project development support
- Co-developing GIS components in proposals and supervising the implementation of these GIS
components in approved projects.
d. GIS Staff Management
- Supervising the activities of subordinate GIS staff, including GIS assistants and interns.
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2. Database/Data Management Activities
The REACH GIS/DB Officer will manage the maintenance of database(s) for the consolidation of all assessment-related
and GIS data in country. He/she will ensure the capitalization of tools and procedures related to mapping and databases.
Furthermore, he/she will support the assessment team in the collection and management of spatial datasets, verification
and update of the collected data. He/she will monitor the accuracy of collected data.
3. Technical Support
The REACH GIS/DB Officer will contribute towards the identification and implementation of effective and adapted
technical solutions and partnerships. The REACH GIS/DB Officer will provide technical backstopping of database to
GIS/DB team and provide capacity-building to GIS/DB team related to database maintenance and advanced GIS
techniques. He/she will also support the collection of spatial datasets and integration with REACH activities.
4. External Relations
The REACH GIS/DB Officer will respond to information requests from REACH and its partners. In order to support the
development of joint database tools and processes with REACH partners in country, the REACH GIS/DB Officer will
maintain regular interactions and reporting with key IM partners including cluster lead agencies, UN agencies, NGOs and
technical partners. He/she will respond to information requests from REACH partners in country related to MIS data and
mapping as well as solicit information from partner organizations to be incorporated into database. Furthermore, he/she
will liaise with these partners to ensure the data is shared with REACH MIS team when required.
5. Internal Communication Processes
The REACH GIS/DB will liaise with IMPACT in Geneva to guarantee a quality product that suits the needs of the field
office. He/she will respond to information requests from IMPACT Initiatives and keep Geneva informed of the MIS
activities in the field.
6. Confidentiality and Data Protection
The REACH GIS/DB Officer will maintain the strictest confidentiality of data and processes. He/she will actively take
measures to prevent the unauthorized sharing of information and data.


- Master degree in Geography/GIS or a related discipline;
- 2 years of experience in GIS / Database management, preferably in humanitarian context;
- Good command of GIS software (especially ArcGIS Desktop), general computer software (Excel, Word) and
conventional database applications (Access/SQL).
- Flexibility and adaptability are essential, as well as the ability to plan, take initiative and organize work
independently. In addition impartiality, objectivity and confidentiality are imperative as is the ability to operate in
a cross-cultural environment;
- Understanding the nature of the work carried out by programs is necessary for ensuring the relevancy and
usability of the maps produced. Therefore a proactive and self-motivated attitude towards gaining a good
understanding of ACTED programs, innovating GIS activities and developing new GIS components for
proposals is essential;
- Willingness to learn and capacity to innovate: The GIS Officer must be inventive and eager to improve his or
her own skills, and be capable to adapt, shape and develop tools best suited for REACH activities;
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- Ability to travel to the field for data collection, cross-checking the data and provide training to field staff;
- Good organizational and communication skills with international and national staff and rural communities;
- Fluency in English required.
- Previous experience with mobile data collection (ODK, ONA, KOBO);
- Knowledge of analytical software packages (R, SPSS, Stata, Tableau, etc.);
- Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and InDesign;
- Knowledge of JavaScript and related libraries (D3, Leaflet) for development of interactive webmaps and
- Good team management skills;
- Familiarity with the aid system, and understanding of donor and governmental requirements an asset;
- Prior knowledge of the region an asset.


- Salary defined by the IMPACT salary grid; educational level, expertise, hardship, security, and performance are
considered for pay bonus
- Additional monthly living allowance
- Free food and lodging provided at the organisation’s guesthouse/or housing allowance (depending on contract
length and country of assignment)
- Transportation costs covered, including additional return ticket + luggage allowance
- Provision of medical, life, and repatriation insurance + retirement package


Please send, in English, your cover letter, CV, and three references to
Ref: 17/SOM/GISO01
Please indicate the reference in the subject line of your email.
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