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The GIS associate works under direct supervision of the head of Information Management Unit (IMU) supporting the information management activities of the OCHA Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA). The GIS associate will support the IMO in data collection, processing and visualization, including mapping, spatial modeling, cartography and spatial analysis concerning regional and country level humanitarian issues

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UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

 

 

 

 

 Position Information:

 

Job code title:                                    Geographic Information System Associate

Agency:                                             OCHA regional Office

Pre-classified Grade:                         ICS-7

Supervisor:                                        IMO Information Management Officer

Duty Station:                                      Cairo, Egypt

Closing Date for Applications:            

 

 

Organizational Context:

 

 

The GIS associate works under direct supervision of the head of Information Management Unit (IMU) supporting the information management activities of the OCHA Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA). The GIS associate will support the IMO in data collection, processing and visualization, including mapping, spatial modeling, cartography and spatial analysis concerning regional and country level humanitarian issues.

 

 

 

 

Functions / Key Results Expected:

 

Summary of key functions:

 

q  Implementation of information management systems and strategies

q  Support in development and management of GIS projects

q  Liaison with state agencies and partners to address issues concerning GIS activities in the humanitarian context

q  Design and development of geographic maps and infographs in support of the humanitarian operations

q  Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing

 

Key responsibilities in areas of Preparedness and Emergency response:

 

q  Clean, consolidate and document spatial datasets in line with OCHA’s common operational datasets guidelines

q  Incorporate common standards such as P-codes into datasets and products

q  Liaise with state agencies and partners to obtain administrative boundaries geographic shape files (first, second and third level) for the countries covered by ROMENA

q  Liaise with state agencies and partners to obtain transportation, hydrology and populated places (settlement) geographic shape files for the countries covered by ROMENA

q  Provide cartographic services to the humanitarian organizations in accordance with OCHA’s standard GIS software and map production templates

q  Obtain and process satellite imagery (images and grids) to support the response operations in the affected areas

q  Unify data formats to guarantee ease of use and transformation (convert shape files to file geodatabases)

q  Produce the following maps and infographs:

o    Country baseline/reference maps with different scales (A4, A3 and A0)

o    Regional thematic maps based on indicators used in OCHA’s global focus model and other indicators (HDI, employment, food security and others)

o    Regional Climate change maps – Desertification, land degradation, vegetation indices Satellite maps showing droughts

o    Country and regional vulnerability and hazard maps

o    Regional Humanitarian Snapshots

o    Country Profile maps

o    3W maps at different administrative levels (Province, District, city)

o    Inset maps as part of monthly humanitarian update and quarterly funding update.

 

q  Provide support and technical direction to GIS staff working in OCHA country offices

q  Establish GIS working group to improve the data exchange within UN agencies and geo spatial data holders

q  Work closely with clients to identify their needs and advise on the GIS products and services that OCHA ROMENA can offer

q  Deploy for a period of several weeks to large-scale emergencies in the region to assist in the set-up of emergency information management structures and tools

q  Build the capacity of humanitarian partners in regard to Geographic Information Systems

q  In collaboration with IT and IMO develop and implement a structured dissemination plan for all produced maps and graphics

q  Help IMU team in developing web-based maps. Explore new technologies needed to produce dynamic, scalable and interactive maps

q  Scan, digitize historical data if needed

q  Perform other duties, as assigned by head of Information Management Unit (IMU)

 

 

 

 

 

Impact of Results

 

 

The key results have an impact on the overall efficiency of the Regional Office including improved business results and client services. Forward-looking GIS associate management has an impact on the organization of office management, Information Management, knowledge sharing, and information provision.

 

 

 

 

 

Competencies and Critical Success Factors

 

 

Functional Competencies:             

 

Building Strategic Partnerships

Level 1.1: Maintaining information and databases

q  Analyzes general information and selects materials in support of partnership building initiatives

 

 

Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing

 

Level 1.1: Basic research and analysis

q  Researches best practices and poses new, more effective ways of doing things

 

 

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise

 

Level 1.1: Fundamental knowledge of processes, methods and procedures

q  Understands the main processes and methods of work regarding to the position

q  Identifies new and better approaches to work processes and incorporates same in own work

q  Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning

q  Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments

 

 

Promoting Organizational Change and Development

 

Level 1.1: Presentation of information on best practices in organizational change

q  Demonstrates ability to identify problems and proposes solutions

 

 

Strategic Alignment of Management Practice (HQ & RSCs)

Level 1.1: Collecting information, identifying best practice

q  Gathers information on best practices in the relevant management practice in his/her area of responsibility

 

 

Design and Implementation of Management Systems

 

Level 1.1: Data gathering and implementation of management systems

q  Uses information/databases/other management systems

 

 

Client Orientation

 

Level 1.1:  Maintains effective client relationships

q  Reports to internal and external clients in a timely and appropriate fashion

q  Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines

 

 

Promoting Accountability and Results-Based Management

 

Level 1.1:  Gathering and disseminating information

q  Gathers and disseminates information on best practice in accountability and results-based management systems

 

 

Core Competencies:

q  Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity  

q  Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment

q  Self-development, initiative-taking

q  Acting as a team player and facilitating team work

q  Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively

q  Creating synergies through self-control

q  Managing conflict

q  Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member.

q  Informed and transparent decision making

 

 

 

 

Recruitment Qualifications:

 

 

Education:

University Degree preferably First degree in Information Technology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), social sciences, management, information management, commerce or a related field.

 

Experience:

5 years of progressive experience is required especially with three years of experience in GIS (ex. GIS system integration, GIS modeling, geographic/terrain analysis, remote sensing, mapping, GPS, geo-spatial related information technology, etc.)

Experience in multinational working environment would also be an asset

Knowledge of GIS software and applications and geo-database is essential  

Knowledge of software program languages and web technology is desirable

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English and Arabic are required

Other Skills

 

Experience working for an operational UN Agency or NGO is an advantage;

Knowledge of a second UN language would be an advantage

 

 

Submission of Applications :

 

The application comprises a one-page cover letter explaining your interest and suitability for the post, and a UN Personal History Form (P11), your latest official performance evaluation report. 

 

For more detailed information about OCHA please visit our website at http://www.ochaonline.un.org/romena

 

Please note that incomplete applications & applications received after the closing date will not be given consideration.  Only short-listed candidates whose application responds to the above criteria will be contacted for test and an interview.  Female Candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All applicants are requested to email their personal history form and application letter to the following e-mail address:  

 

E.mail: vacancies.eg@undp.org

 

Deadline for application:  13 February 2013

 

 







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