UNOPS GIS and Mapping Assistant Jobs in Uganda

UNOPS GIS and Mapping Assistant Jobs in Uganda

Access to basic services is essential to poverty alleviation. Better access leads to more efficient agricultural production, better market opportunities, diversification of rural economics and general improvement of living conditions is seen due to increased access to essential services like hospitals and schools.

UNOPS East Africa Hub is supporting Word Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Uganda (Central and District) in understanding South Western and Karamoja Regions Road Network and Infrastructure by conducting an assessment: Rural Access to Basic Social Services using Evidence Based Decisions tools for Optimal Investments and Attainment of the SDGs.

In order to provide access to services for host communities or displaced/refugee or marginalized vulnerable populations, it is imperative that a comprehensive knowledge of the existing network, its bottlenecks, its used infrastructure and choke points are analysed and understood in order to provide smart and relevant connectivity solutions and to identify and prioritize development needs and ultimately optimize investments based on evidence.

This comprehensive knowledge must be coupled with accessibility to other infrastructure and social services (School, Hospitals, Markets.. etc) to understand the services available to these populations. Knowledge and infrastructure will be express on maps.

Functional Responsibilities

The GIS and Mapping Assistant working under
Assessment and GIS Expert, will be required to undertake the following tasks and responsibilities:-

  • Assist the UNOPS Assessment and GIS expert to produce a clear and transparent georeferenced information database and maps;
  • Assist in verification and recording of all field data from surveyors; manage data related to road network, services and infrastructures (health, schools, market, water points, and other social facilities)
  • Assist in gathering, integrating existing spatial data, determining how best the information can be displayed using GIS and in producing map template;
  • Assist in analyzing data with spatial analysis for the accessibility and infrastructures mapping undertaken (analysis of satellite image, production of list of GPS coordinate for the villages, facilities, critical points etc)
  • Assist in making the Rural Access Index calculation, in producing and printing maps following the instruction of the Assessment and GIS expert
  • Assist in monitoring and evaluation of assessments;

    Interpersonal skills

  • Strong analytical skills; resourceful, pro-active, maturity of judgement and behavior skills;
  • Ability to build and sustain effective work relationship with subordinates and peers to achieve common goals;
  • Ability to plan, prioritize and organize work well under stress, meet deadlines;
  • Self-motivated, ability to take on leadership and ownership of actions, and provide flexible and effective solutions to challenging situations;
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to constant change;
  • Willingness to learn and openness to suggestions for self-improvement


  • Secondary education is required ;
  • Relevant professional diploma or Bachelor's degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Information management, Computer Science or any related area may be accepted in lieu of relevant years of experience (respectively).


  • Secondary education completed and a minimum of 5 years’ experience in Geospatial, spatial analysis and mapping is required;
  • Experience in use on android smartphone and its apps, computer software or its equivalent is desired;
  • Experience in collecting electronic Geomapping data and in using tools in a multi-faceted program as well as using Management Information Systems (MIS) is required;
  • Experience in field collection is desired;
  • Skills in Geospatial/ terrain analysis, Geographic Information System, ArcGIS,Spatial and Geographical database acknowledgement are essential;
    Previous UN/NGO experience is an asset


  • Fluency in written and
    oral English required

    Applications Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
  • It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
  • Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

    Contract type, level and duration

    Contract type:

  • Local Individual Contractor Agreement

    Contract level:

  • LICA 5

    Contract duration:

  • Short-Term ICA -Maximum duration 3 monthsThis is a local post. As such, it is only open to Ugandans or persons with valid residence permits.

    Background Information - UNOPS

  • UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

  • UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

    Working with us

  • UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


  • With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures.
  • We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

    Work life harmonization

  • UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.East Africa Hub Located in Nairobi, Kenya, the East Africa Hub manages a growing portfolio of engagements, including associated strategic and operational risks.
  • The East Africa sub-region currently consists of an established Operation Centre in South Sudan and a portfolio of engagements managed by the Kenya based East Africa Hub office.
  • This includes primarily transactional projects in partnership with the Nairobi based UN Agencies UN-Habitat and UNEP, and multiple ‘operational’ projects in Somalia, Tanzania, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya and several island states.

    How to apply

  • Interested candidates should apply online by 5th October, 2018

  • For more information and job application details, see; UNOPS GIS and Mapping Assistant Jobs in Uganda

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