Fresher NGO Jobs – GIS Intern at ACTED

Job Title:
  GIS Intern
Organisation: Agency for Technical
Cooperation and Development (ACTED)
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Salary: 300 USD
About ACTED:
ACTED is an
International humanitarian NGO, founded in 1993, which supports vulnerable
populations, affected by humanitarian crises worldwide. ACTED provides
continued support to vulnerable communities by ensuring the sustainability of
post-crisis interventions and engaging long-term challenges facing our target
populations, in order to break the poverty cycle, foster development and reduce
vulnerability to disasters. Our interventions seek to cover the multiple
aspects of humanitarian and development crises through a multidisciplinary
approach which is both global and local, and adapted to each context. Our 3,300
staff is committed in to responding to emergencies worldwide, to supporting
recovery and rehabilitation, towards sustainable development.
ACTED has been
active in Uganda since May 2007, both in the northern region and Karamoja. In
the North, ACTED supports the early recovery process with a specific focus on
the needs of returning populations displaced by years of conflict. It also
expands access, retention, equity and quality of primary education. In
Karamoja, the focus is enhanced food security and resilience to disasters,
especially droughts, as well as improving the primary education sector.
ACTED focuses its
intervention on strengthening livelihoods through improved resource management,
conflict mitigation and capacity building. In Northern Uganda, as internally
displaced persons (IDPs) have returned home and gained access to land, ACTED is
working with farmers on infrastructure and capacity development to rebuild
agricultural livelihoods. In the Karamoja/Pokot area, ACTED responds to severe
food insecurity caused by the drought in the Horn of Africa, providing support
to agro-pastoral communities to increase their purchasing power and protect
their assets, reducing vulnerability to natural disasters. As part of its
integrated cross-border strategy between Uganda and Kenya, ACTED maintains its
community-driven disaster risk reduction (DRR) focus and promotes conflict
mitigation to ensure peaceful and sustainable access to shared resources.
In 2013, ACTED
maintains a strong focus on this approach and looks at extending it further
along the border with Kenya. ACTED continues working with community-level
structures and initiatives such as the APFS, the CDMCs or the DEWS to continue
building the communities’ resilience to disasters.
The GIS Intern will be responsible
  • Technically supporting
    the development and maintenance of a global database for the consolidation
    of all project-related, assessment-related and GIS data at the country
  • Supporting in
    project-level mapping and planning participatory GIS activities
  • Increasing the capacity
    of national staff in GIS and spatial data management
  • Supporting project-level
    database creation and information management mechanisms
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Supporting
the maintenance of a global database for the consolidation of all
project-related, assessment-related and GIS data:
  • Assist the Database
    Officer(s) and GIS team in maintaining the global database, consolidating
    data collected from all ACTED /partner activities within country
  • Regularly review database
    management guidelines and ensure capitalization of tools and procedures
  • Support the collection
    and management of spatial datasets, and verify and update collected data
  • Actively monitor the
    accuracy of collected data
  • Support the integration
    of existing information between ACTED units and maintain regular updating
  • Propose and implement new
    technical solutions and partnerships
  • Quickly respond to
    information requests from ACTED Units
  • Streamline process moving
    raw data to mapped end products
  • Solicit information from
    partner organizations to be incorporated into database
2. Technical
Support to the DB/GIS team:
  • Offer technical
    backstopping of database to GIS/DB team
  • Provide capacity-building
    to GIS/DB team related to database maintenance and advanced GIS techniques
3. Regular
interactions and reporting with key partners including cluster lead agencies,
UNOSAT, UNOCHA and technical partners:
  • Support the development
    of joint database tools and processes with ACTED partners in country
  • Respond to information
    requests from ACTED partners related to MIS data and mapping
  • Works in consultation
    with partners to ensure that data is shared with ACTED MIS team when
  • Support the collection of
    spatial datasets and integration with REACH activities
4. Field
level support of online mapping tool and other REACH program products:
  • Actively participate in
    continued development of web-based mapping tools at the field level
  • Ensure the update process
    from field to web publishing is organized and well documented
  • Liaise with IMPACT Geneva
    to guarantee a quality product that suits the needs of the field office
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant should hold
    a Master’s degree or equivalent experience in Information Systems, GIS, or
    a relevant discipline
  • Past experience in
    database and general computer software (such as SQL Server, PostgreSQL and
  • Prior experience with
    industry standard mapping tools, especially ESRI products
  • Possess the ability to
    think creatively in terms of tool and process development
  • Ability to travel to the
  • High degree of
    flexibility and adaptability to ever-changing needs and responsibilities
Field Intern benefits include:
  • 300 USD per month living
  • Coverage of all
    accommodation, guesthouse, food, and travel costs, a luggage allowance of
    50 kg
  • The provision of medical,
    repatriation, and life insurance.
How to Apply:
All candidates
should send and updated cover letter, updated CV, and three references to:
Deadline: 31st
May 2015

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