IFRC recruits 01 Information Management/GIS Officer
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Information Management/GIS Officer
Closing date (Geneva time zone):19-05-2020
Duty station status: N/A
Accompanied status: N/A
Category of Staff: National Staff
Grade: Not applicable
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, with 192 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC or “the Federation”) is the World’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network. The Federation is a membership organization established by and comprised of its member National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Along with National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Federation is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The overall aim of the IFRC is” to inspire, encourage, facilitate, and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Societies with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.” It works to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people before, during and after disasters, health emergencies and other crises. The Federation is served by a Secretariat based in Geneva, with regional and country offices throughout the world. The Secretariat is led by the IFRC Secretary General and provides the central capacity of the International Federation to serve, connect, and represent National Societies. The Secretariat’s focus includes providing support to the IFRC governance mechanisms; setting norms and standards; providing guidance; ensuring consistency; coordination and accountability for performance; knowledge sharing; promoting collaboration within and respect for the RCRC Movement; and expanding engagement with partners. The Secretariat’s headquarters is organized in three main business groups: (i) Partnerships, including Movement and Membership; (ii) Programs and Operations; and (iii) Management. The Secretariat has five regional office, as follows: Americas (Panama City); Africa (Nairobi); Asia/Pacific (Kuala Lumpur); Europe (Budapest); Middle East and North Africa (Beirut).
The objective of this position is to support the IFRC and its partners strengthen the ability of communities and civil society groups to prevent, detect, and respond to disease threats and play a central and significant role in preparing for future health and disaster risks. As part of the Community Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Programme (CP3) in Kenya, the Kenya Red Cross Society will work with the IFRC, the American Red Cross, government entities, anthropologists, social scientists, civil society groups and other partners to collect and release key datasets and to produce digital visualization tools that will help responders at all levels to better understand where and why disease threats exist and thrive and to better prepare for them.
Acting as a champion for the importance of mapping and open data, the GIS Officer will work with government and other partners to gather existing information and data, identify gaps and validate the collected data, and work to gain permission to release the data openly. Priority datasets include geographic base data, social and cultural determinants of health, etc. These datasets will be finalized in coordination with local stakeholders and with guidance from the IFRC, the Kenya Red Cross Society, and the American Red Cross, working from a draft list already created by the project team. Once the data layers are assembled and permissions granted, the consultant will work with Red Cross partners to upload these to OpenStreetMap and HDX, as appropriate.
The IM/GIS Officer will engage with local partners, government actors, and other NGOs to promote open data and mapping within the region, and solicit stakeholder input into data needs to ensure that mapping results in useful products and synergistic inputs for Red Cross programmes. The GIS Consultant will receive close technical support from the IFRC and the American Red Cross’ GIS and Information Management unit.
The IM/GIS Officer will cover the project work in Kenya and will be based in Nairobi with some travel to the field.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Build and maintain relationships with the IFRC, Kenya Red Cross Society, American Red Cross, government ministries and partner organizations to collect relevant datasets
Meet with relevant ministries (Ministries of Health, Geographic Information, Census, etc) to determine relevant datasets
Work with officials to allow for sharing and dissemination of data using appropriate licenses
Work with Red Cross partners to validate data to ensure data quality
Arrange that data is received in a universally accessible, and if possible, a machine-readable format to allow for data analysis
Assist in determining the best way for data to be disseminated and visualized
Practice responsible data management for sensitive datasets
Work with Red Cross partners to ensure that data are upload to the relevant database (e.g. OpenStreetMap, Humanitarian Data Exchange, etc.)
Consult on strategy and methods for mapping vulnerable areas, as identified by Red Cross partners, in OpenStreetMap.
Engage with volunteers and partner organizations to educate people about the value of open data and mapping as key infrastructure for humanitarian/development efforts
Ensure that all appropriate geographic data are uploaded to OpenStreetMap or other relevant, accessible repositories
Support local OpenStreetMap communities to encourage local mapping.
Work closely with Red Cross partners to support the project’s collaborative partnerships with other Red Cross / Red Crescent National Societies, HOT, MSF, the World Bank, local government agencies, and other relevant entities.
Ensure timely submission of all required project reporting.
Minimum of bachelor’s degree in geography, GIS, urban planning, or other related field
Minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in the field of GIS. The position requires proficiency in ArcGIS or QGIS, online server-based GIS, and web-mapping. Graphic design skills and experience using Adobe Creative Suite and are strongly preferred
Previous experience with community-based mapping
Extensive experience with OpenStreetMap (OSM)
Knowledge, skills and languages
Strong data analysis skills (Excel, Access, PostGIS, PostgreSQL, etc.)
Interest in using open source software and working to promote open data
Awareness of data protection principles are strongly preferred
Minimum of five years of experience in project management; demonstrated experience in providing technical assistance to projects and in training/overseeing staff
Willingness to travel within the project region for meetings with partners
Fluency in English with strong report writing and verbal communication skills.
Strong interpersonal skills and public speaking abilities
High degree of discretion, tact and sensitivity in dealing with internal and external clients and stakeholders at all levels
Previous experience with various humanitarian and health partners
Ability to work in an environment of diverse languages and cultures
Minimum of 3 years’ experience living and working in developing country contexts
Prior experience with Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies, IFRC and/or ICRC
Competencies and values
Values:Respect for diversity; Integrity; Professionalism; Accountability
Core competencies:Communication; Collaboration and teamwork; Judgement and decision making; National society and customer relations; Creativity and innovation; Building trust