Regional GIS Officer – Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED)

Job Title:  Regional
GIS Officer
Organisation: Agency
for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED)
Duty Station: 
Kampala, Uganda
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.
Job Summary: The
GIS Officer will be responsible for the preparation, conception and production
of maps, including the supervision and monitoring of mapping-related data
collection and ensuring dynamic linkages between GIS data and ACTED Database;
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
1. Co-developing GIS components in proposals and supervising the
implementation of these GIS components in approved projects;
  • Mentor and train the AMEU team on usage
    of maps and GPS;
  • Represent ACTED in GIS related
    coordination meetings.
2. Preparation, conception and production of maps:
  • Identify map information needs;
  • Identify and access map information
    sources;
  • Work in liaison with the Database
    Manager to ensure an accurate link between the GIS and the Database data,
    cross check data collected in the field and to develop dynamic links
    between Database and GIS data and to ensure regular updates and solve
    eventual discrepancies;
  • Ensures that the produced maps meet the
    requirements of concerned ACTED departments.
3. Supervision and monitoring of mapping related data:
  • Conceptualize methodologies for
    collecting GPS and other GIS related data, as according to need;
  • Organize and supervise GIS field
    missions;
  • Managing and supervising the GIS
    assistant and the staff on the GIS;
  • Actively monitor accuracy of data
    collected.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • High degree of 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;
  • Good command of GIS software (especially
    those used by ACTED), Excel, Word and Database software such as Access or
    Foxpro. Familiarity with other information and data sources related to GIS
    to be recommended to ACTED for better GIS practices would be an asset.
  • Good knowledge and 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 Manager must be inventive and
    eager to improve his or her own skills, and be capable to adapt, shape and
    develop tools best suited for ACTED’s activities
  • 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.
Benefits:
  • Salary defined by the ACTED salary grid;
    educational level, expertise, hardship, security, and performance are
    considered for pay bonus
  • Additional monthly living allowance
  • Free food provided + housing allowance
  • Transportation costs covered, including
    additional return ticket + luggage allowance
  • Provision of medical, life, and
    repatriation insurance + retirement package
How to Apply:
All candidates should send and
updated cover letter, updated CV, and three references to: jobs@acted.org
Ref: RGIS/UG/SA
Deadline: 30th April 2015

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