Fresher Information Management Associate US NGO Jobs – Humanitarian OpenStreetMap (HOT)

Organisation: Humanitarian
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to:
Country Manager
About US:
The Humanitarian
OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) is a U.S.-based NGO that applies the principles of
open data sharing for humanitarian response and achieving the Sustainable
Development Goals. Free, up-to-date maps are a critical resource when relief
organizations are responding to disasters or political crises. The Humanitarian
OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) creates and provides those maps.
About the Project:
The “Crowdsourcing
Non-Camp Refugee Data Through OpenStreetMap (OSM)” is a UNHCR-HOT partnership
project, which aims to improve program planning and service delivery to refugee
communities, develop better integration with host communities, and build refugee
self-reliance through Open-Source Map Data. The program trains and equips
community leaders in refugee communities to map vulnerabilities and assets in
the places they live, filling in key data gaps and “blank spots” on the map.
These micro-level maps are created using techniques including crowdsourced data
collection on mobile phones and the global community mapping efforts of the
45,000-strong Humanitarian OpenStreetMap community. The resulting multilanguage
maps and map data are then made openly available online in OSM, on mobile
phones for navigation, in printed form in refugee social/community centers, and
provided to local stakeholders and response coordination.
Job Summary:  The Information Management Associate will
report directly to HOT’s Country Manager in Uganda, helping coordinate field
operations and outputs with legible and informative GIS outputs/production. The
individual will ensure that data is up to date, correctly cleaned, managed,
archived, uploaded and attributed. Data accessibility will comprise a key
responsibility of the post, and a meticulous but imaginitive approach will be
key. The post-holder will work to facilitate the creation of comprehensive,
highly detailed maps for HOT Uganda, with incisive and revealing field-narratives
in mind. These will include refugee-specific base maps for disaster risk
analysis, operations and monitoring by partners, contributing to more effective
advocacy, navigation, and service delivery by humanitarian actors. This
individual will co-advocate with multiple partner organisations and UN bodies
working with data and risk information in Uganda, and promote access to – and
use of – OpenStreetMap data by all stakeholders. S/he may also serve in a
monitoring and evaluation capacity, ensuring that outputs and outcomes of
project activities are appropriately captured for accurate, nuanced reporting
to donors. The position will involve management and manipulations of data
across platforms, and reciprocations between Open and proprietary data formats.
There will be a need
for skilled organisation of personnel, workflows and data, and understanding of
the architectures of both traditional NGOs and more multi-lateral tech
methodologies. Candidates considered for this post will be able to show a
capacity for an improvised yet orderly approach, involving the design of data
management systems which are scalable, yet accommodate constraints dictated by
resource-poor settings. This is a dynamic evolutionary post, located in an era
which increasingly acknowledges Open Source Ethos as a contributing standard in
the future of international disaster relief.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
and manage in-house GIS capacity to develop, express, and deliver mapping
outputs in digital and physical formats.
Mapping Supervisors in organizing and facilitating OSM trainings, workshops,
and awareness sessions for local community centers and refugee populations.
Provide support
in designing data products and establishing partnerships to integrate OSM and
(open) geospatial data into pre-existing data sources and platforms.
and translate documentation as necessary.
implement and regularly update the Information Management Strategy and the
Dissemination Plan for information management products produced by the organisation,
and in-line with the UNHCR Web Portal.
necessary data collection tools, ensuring that the purpose and use of data
collected is clear and that questions are simple, clear and collectable in OSM
and manage data input at the server from data collection forms and conduct
initial analysis of the data.
gather information from relevant partners and other organisations which may be
of use to the employing agency or cluster for informing decisions.
participate in information management working group meetings representing the
organisation, and provide the necessary support in presenting the relevant GIS
data and information.
advice and counsel concerning information management issues and industry trend
to the partners.
Adapt to
changing project priorities and support other duties as assigned.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
The applicant
should preferably hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a
relevant field
professional experience in socio-humanitarian contexts, field improvisation
experience, and/or practical project management experience in the commercial
sector (inside/outside of GIS).
of use of OSM tools at field level; experience working with Open-Source GIS,
and OpenStreetMap tools such as OpenDataKit(ODK), Kobo Collect, Field Papers
and X-form building.
ideal candidate should have good ICT and information management skills and
eagerness/ability to learn new technologies.
of OpenSource GIS and Data Management tools (and content).
Show commitment
to Open Source ethos.
values, community focus, and field empathy.
leadership, versatility, and integrity in other professional /personal
environments, and people and deadline management experience.
Show commitment
to inclusive team behaviour, evidencing both robust leadership and good
visualisation and graphic design skills.
writing, advocacy, and analytical skills, including experience preparing
reports for clients.
knowledge and understanding of the complexity related to refugee situations.
Understanding of the variety of local stakeholders working on refugee response
an advantage.
to work independently and complete deliverables with minimal supervision.
to ask for help.
How to Apply:
All applicants
should send a complete application form at the link below.
NB: Be sure to
complete both parts 1 and 2 and combine CV and Cover Letter into one file
entitled ‘FirstName.LastName’
Deadline: 16th January, 2019
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