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Geographical Information Officer Job in Nairobi

Background: INSO is the new global charity dedicated exclusively to issues of humanitarian safety.

In response to rising levels of violence against aid workers worldwide, our core mission is to assist humanitarian agencies in conducting their operations safely and to minimize the risks faced by their staff and beneficiaries.

We achieve this through the operation of NGO Safety Offices (NSO) - which work on the ground alongside our NGO partners in violent or insecure contexts - to provide high quality, real-time information and analysis of the local security conditions.

We aim to support informed decision making, by improving agencies immediate situational awareness, and to defend impartial humanitarian action by providing information that is free from a political agenda.

Current Vacancy: Geographical Information Officer

Program: INSO Kenya

Supervised by: Regional Safety Analyst (RSA), Nairobi

Location: Nairobi

The Geographical Information Officer will work with the supervision of the Regional Safety Analysts (RSAs) and ensure the implementation of all INSO safety and security services as specified in the INSO Scope of Services (SoS) and or line management policies and procedures.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conception, preparation and production of appropriate static- and web-maps for INSO’s informational outputs, under the supervision of the RSA.
  • Ensuring dynamic linkages between GIS data and INSO’s Incident Database.
  • Conception, preparation and production of maps:
  • Identify map information needs in collaboration with the RSA.
  • Identify and access map information sources.
  • Produce and maintain high-quality, security-relevant static- and web-maps, including: security incident mapping; area of influence mapping; and the production of detailed risk maps for key roads and cities.
  • Provide GIS-relevant inputs on field missions intended to gather data for INSO outputs, including maps.
  • Work closely with the Database Manager to ensure accurate and regularly updated linkages between GIS maps and INSO’s Incident Database.
  • Supervision of mapping systems:
  • Maintain a web portal for registered NGOs to be able to access static maps and web-maps.

  • 7-10 years of work experience in the GIS field, including a strong command of GIS software such as ArcGIS, including both static and web-maps, as well as in supporting software such as Excel, Access and/or Foxpro.
  • Experience in security and/or political mapping a strong asset. If not, willingness to learn about security-focused mapping, and capability to develop and innovate GIS inputs to best match INSO’s numerous service outputs.
  • Capacity to work to tight deadlines, including at weekends if necessary.
  • Flexibility in adapting the mechanics and appearance of maps to best suit INSO’s NGO partners.
  • Good organisational and communication skills.

Interested applicants should apply by sending a comprehensive CV and a covering letter explaining why they are suited for the role and what they can bring to the position to

The closing date for applications is 15th October 2013.

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