IMPACT Initiatives GIS Specialist Jobs in South Sudan

IMPACT Initiatives GIS Specialist Jobs in South Sudan

  • Under the supervision of the IMPACT South Sudan Country Focal Point and of IMPACT’s HQ in Geneva, the GIS Specialist will be responsible for managing all processes and outputs related to REACH GIS, products and data, as well as information management systems, including web applications, in country.

  • He/she will ensure regular communication with REACH aassessment teams in country and with IMPACT HQ. He/she directly supervises all GIS staff and contributes to the development and implementation of REACH strategy in South Sudan.


    In coordination with the IMPACT Country Focal Point, the GIS Specialist is responsible for

  • the management of GIS-related functions in the REACH research cycles,

  • for the management of the GIS team, as well as supporting external relations

  • In coordination with the assessment team, ensure that all changes in data collection that lead to a modification in the agreed TORs are documented; and that the IMPACT Country Focal Point and IMPACT HQ are informed and agree on the modifications.Data Management & Analysis

  • Ensure that all collected data is stored in line with IMPACT’s Data Management Guidelines, and with the ToRs (data management plan Annex);

  • Facilitate data cleaning and analysis automation process for the ongoing long term projects / assessments. Providing technical guidelines and capacity building support to the team on the automated systems and workflows.

  • Ensure that data is revised and cleaned, and that all revisions are recorded;

  • Ensure spatial analysis conducted on collected data as per ToRs;

  • Ensure that data and its spatial analysis are validated by IMPACT HQ before product drafting stage;

  • Ensure that data and its analysis do not contain personal information and are validated by IMPACT HQ before sharing to external parties;

  • Ensure the quality and accuracy of technical information provided as well as the confidentiality and protection of collected information.

  • Ensure regular update and maintenance of REACH South Sudan Web productsGIS Products (including maps and web-products)

  • Ensure accurate linkages between spatial databases and assessment data;

  • Ensures that the produced maps meet the requirements of IMPACT and concerned partners;

  • Ensure regular communication maintained with IMPACT HQ on progress and deadlines for GIS products;

  • Ensure the drafting of timely and accurate GIS products, which comply with IMPACT’s guidelines;

  • Review all products before they are sent to IMPACT HQ for validation;

  • Ensure that all GIS products are validated by IMPACT HQ before external release;

  • When relevant, in close coordination with IMPACT HQ, ensure regular maintenance and update of web GIS products;

  • In coordination with the IMPACT Country Focal Point, manage the identification of satellite imagery and analysis needs in country X, and liaise with IMPACT HQ on the procurement of UNOSAT services and satellite imagery.

    Product dissemination and evaluation

  • In coordination with IMPACT’s Country Focal Point, promote the dissemination of GIS products in line with IMPACT Guidelines and Research ToRs;

  • Ensure the strictest confidentiality of data and data processes. He/she will actively take measures to prevent the unauthorized sharing of information and data;

  • In coordination with IMPACT HQ, ensure that GIS products are uploaded in relevant data portals, as specified in Research ToRs;

  • In coordination with IMPACT’s Country Focal Point and with the assessment team, ensure that lessons learned are gathered and documented at the end of each research cycle.

    Management of GIS Team

  • Conduct regular meeting with all international and senior national GIS Team members to assess progress in all research cycles and to review work plan;

  • Bilateral management of international and senior national GIS team members, including
    (in consultation with IMPACT country focal point) the conduct of appraisals, as well as participation in staff career management;

  • In coordination with Country Focal Point, conduct induction for new staff members, including training in basic GIS, data and IM competencies;

  • Support to the IMPACT Country Focal Point in the development and implementation of capacity training plans for GIS team members;

  • Be available to provide regular support and technical backstopping;

  • When relevant, support Country Focal Point in staff appraisal and recruitment process.

    External relations

  • Under the coordination of the IMPACT Country Focal Point, ensure that relevant partners are consulted and involved in the preparation of GIS products;

  • In coordination with the IMPACT Country Focal Point, engage in relevant technical fora in country (e.g. IM/GIS working groups);

  • In support of the IMPACT Country Focal Point, engage with other organisations engaged with the maintenance of spatial data in country X, ensuring IMPACT Geodatabases are up-to-date and in line with Common Operational Datasets (CODs) and Fundamental Operational Datasets (FODs)

  • In coordination with the IMPACT Country Focal Point, support the presentation of GIS products to relevant third parties, to enhance their use and impact;

  • Ensure that external communications with technical GIS/IM partners and key stakeholders, including relevant UN agencies, local and national government, and NGOs has been conducted and documented as appropriate;

    Strategy Development and Implementation

  • The GIS Specialist will participate and actively contribute to the development of the REACH strategy in South Sudan, in support to the Country Focal Point. In particular s/he will support in identifying and concretising:

  • GIS gaps in country

  • Synergies with other GIS and IM actors

  • Dissemination strategies to strengthen the impact of our GIS and IM work

  • Support in the preparation and follow up of country level internal strategic workshops and plans

  • Engagement with IMPACT HQ in global level GIS priorities


  • Other tasks as requested by supervisors.
    Key Performance Indicator

  • Ensure compliance with relevant GIS guidelines

    Mapping guidelines are systematically followed, in particular:

  • Map templates consistently used

  • Map validation process respected

  • Ensure adherence to research cycle TOR

  • GIS products support the research as designed and align to the analysis plan envisioned

  • Data is handled according to the arrangements specified in the data management plan

    Ensure internal communication protocols followed

  • Regular communication is maintained with IMPACT HQ on progress and deadlines for GIS products

  • Problems related to specific assessments are reported by writing and orally in a timely manner

  • Ensure maps produced and data analysed in a timely and accurate manner

  • Average number of days between end of data collection and internal product validation

  • Number of key automation scripts/apps for data cleaning and analysis process, fast-tracking output production.

  • Total number of maps receiving final validation

    Human Resource management

  • Retention rate among supervised national and international staff


  • Master degree in GIS or a related discipline (Geography, Geomatics, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sciences)
    2 years of experience in GIS / Database management, preferably in humanitarian context;
    Previous experience with mobile data collection (ODK, ONA, KOBO);

  • Knowledge of the Adobe Suite, particularly Illustrator and InDesign;

  • Knowledge of remote sensing analysis a plus

  • Experience analysing complex data with R or Python a plus

  • Excellent team management skills;

  • Ability to operate in a cross-cultural environment requiring flexibility;

  • Familiarity with the aid system, and understanding of donor and governmental requirements;

  • Prior knowledge of the region an asset;

  • Ability to operate Microsoft Word, Excel and Project Management Software.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; IMPACT Initiatives GIS Specialist Jobs in South Sudan

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