ICT and GIS Specialist

Country:  Ethiopia

City: Addis Ababa

Organization:  Save the Children – US

Career Category: Information and Communications Technology

Years of experience:  5-9 years

Closing date: 30 Nov 2021



Job description

Save the Children is seeking a ICT and GIS Specialist for an anticipated 4-year USAID-funded Household Economy Approach Utilization (HEA-U) Activity in Ethiopia. The anticipated focus of the new HEA-U Activity is to support evidence-based decision making and strengthen the Government of Ethiopia’s analytic and information management capacity under the new Strengthening Disaster Risk Management Systems and Institutions.

The ICT and GIS Specialist will be responsible for integrating the use of Innovative Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Geographic Information Systems applications to collect, analyse and disseminate data to support decision making among Government and humanitarian partners. S/he oversees and provides leadership for all ICT and GIS-related activities that are associated with activity planning and implementation, and will advise the HEA Activity team on the application of geospatial information and analyses. The incumbent is expected to lead training and capacity building efforts targeting the Government of Ethiopia and partner staff on the utilisation of innovative technologies to strengthen emergency and development programs.

This Specialist position is a key position on this program team and will report directly to the HEA-U Chief of Party. The position will be based in Addis Ababa, but will require extensive field travel and supervision across the program areas.

This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

  • Leads and tailors the Household Economy Approach Project’s generation and application of GIS to support application of livelihoods data to inform emergency and development programming.
  • Facilitates discussions within the Project team to integrate geospatial information and analyses into strategic planning, activity implementation, and Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation (LME).
  • In collaboration with the Knowledge Management team, prepare, present, and disseminate livelihoods data and communications resources tailored to the priorities of internal and external audiences in a visual and dynamic fashion.
  • Provides geographic analysis to guide evidence-based planning.
  • Leads the development and management of databases to increase the efficiency of access to and quality of data that supports decision-making.
  • Lead the design of a user-friendly web-portal to archive data and enhance user access to materials and reports.
  • Lead the development of web-based applications that provide access to downloadable tools that support ongoing on-demand analysis.
  • Lead the development and facilitation of training on geospatial analysis and use of Geographic Information Systems, tailored to GOE and partners implementing emergency and development programming.

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced university degree in the relevant field such as information systems and information and communication technology
  • Five years of relevant professional experience, in the field of data and information management systems and data analysis
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing and negotiation
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind-sets
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner
  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge and experience in using Adobe and ArcGIS are highly desirable
  • Proven technical experience in development and use of innovative technology, particularly in the areas of data, early warning and response monitoring, use of mobiles and open source, and training in the related field is highly desirable

What’s In It for You

  • Meaningful work, with a knowledge that you are changing the lives of children all around the world
  • A family friendly work environment
  • Highly collaborative and innovative teams
  • Generous paid vacation days, holidays, family leave days, and sick time
  • Healthcare plans including medical, dental, and life insurance
  • Retirement savings account with matching company contributions
  • Structured and formalized management development and coaching programs for mid and senior level managers
  • Extensive e-learning opportunities on a variety of topics offered through our affiliation with several prestigious universities and with the American Management Association, as well as language learning opportunities

Qualified local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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