Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) Expert DRDIP

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  • Nairobi
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Development Response to Displacement Impacts Project (DRDIP) in the Horn of Africa


A Regional Secretariat on Forced Displacement and Mixed Migration for the Horn of Africa has been established in Nairobi, Kenya through a Regional IDA grant for the Development Response to Displacement Impacts Project (DRDIP) to IGAD.

IGAD is, therefore, seeking to recruit a Geospatial Information Systems Expert that will support the project countries of Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and Djibouti; and the Regional Secretariat with spatial mapping, geo-statistical analyses, and capacity building on GIS and knowledge generation functions. These Terms of Reference outline the objectives, expected outputs and the list of tasks as well as the reporting and qualification requirements for the assignment.

Job Summary

The Expert will support the DRDIP Regional Secretariat in the successful delivery of the DRDIP mandate by generating reliable qualitative and quantitative data on forced displacement and migration flows, prudent management of migration databases, spatial mapping of the host communities as well as providing practical methods of data and information sharing. The GIS expert will also spearhead the design, conduct, monitoring and evaluation of all phases of the systematic implementation of a GIS.

Towards this end, the expert will provide technical support in the discovery and access of geospatial data, manage geospatial data, and create spatial products using internal and external data sources. Further the expert will develop visualization products and spatial models. These products shall accurately and effectively convey complex migration settings, research findings and analytical conclusions in a visually rich yet easy to understand context. Creatively designed thematic maps, dashboards and profiles shall be instrumental in decision making, knowledge sharing and dissemination of information to internal and external audiences.

The expert will engage directly with the DRDIP country projects/programs and IGAD Member States on surveying, thematic mapping and establishing linkages with GIS units from the respective project countries.

Core Duties and Responsibilities:  

Mapping and geo-statistical analysis

  • Detailed mapping of the social amenities and other resources existing within refugee hosting communities;
  • Prepare spatial documentation of the strain resulting from sustained resource competition in areas of protracted displacements;
  • Design, conduct, monitor and evaluate the systematic implementation of all GIS related activities carried out by the Secretariat;
  • Collect data and information to produce statistical reports and geospatial products including dashboards, profiles, maps and statistical reports;
  • Carrying out GIS analysis, modelling and reporting to support decision making;
  • Creating metadata for existing RS base data as well as digitizing new base data from the remotely sensed imagery;
  • Converting and loading Secretariat’s and other agencies spatial data into a singular geo-database and making it accessible to stakeholders and partners implementing the RS strategy;
  • Train and support field staff on GIS-related requirement for data collection and management, surveys and assessments, and maintenance and support of spatial database systems;
  • Creating tests that enhances GIS operations; develops and administers web-based applications;
  • Provides technical support for the implementation and operation of GIS projects;
  • Designs GIS enterprise database and enforces data standards.

Knowledge Banking

  • Provide technical support to research, knowledge generation and learning; a key area of intervention envisioned in the Regional Strategy on tackling Forced Displacementand Mixed Migration,
  • Design, develop and maintain spatial and non-spatial databases that aid in better understanding of migration flows in the project countries.
  • Maintain geo-statistical analyses tools and develop geospatial products/analyses on forced displacement and mixed migration in the project countries as well as Somalia.
  • Provide technical support, guidelines/training materials and conduct trainings to RS staff and other stakeholders in the deployment, use, operation, and maintenance of databases and data collection systems/tools,
  • Prepare learning objectives and conduct training related to geo-referencing/ camp verification procedures and documentation of geo-coordinates.
  • Establish and maintain strong partnerships and regular liaison with key stakeholders in relation to GIS such as the Information Management Working Groups (IMWGs), Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX), GIS units from partners and the information management structures of implementing partners.
  • Ensure quality standards of all knowledge products according to IGAD standards.

Expected outputs:

  • Maps, dashboards/info-sheets, profiles, geo-statistical analyses, charts/graphs and technical reports describing the state of forced displacement and mixed migration in the project countries;
  • Detailed inventory of social comforts and other infrastructures in the areas where communities hosting refugees live;
  • GIS enterprise database(s) and meta-data;

Qualifications and experience required:

  • University Degree in Geospatial Engineering, Computer Science or GIS related field from an accredited academic institution, or an equivalent combination of relevant training and field experience;
  • Five-year expert experience in the innovative use of ESRI mapping products especially ArcMap and ArcGIS Online as well as remote sensing applications. Knowledge of Q-GIS will be an added advantage;
  • Experience in using SPSS, Stata or a similar statistical software package to carry out social science data analysis would be an advantage;
  • Proven experience in graphic design skills using Adobe products especially InDesign and Illustrator;
  • Considerable knowledge of cartographic principles, automated mapping, geographic information system (GIS) database design and structure;
  • Data and information management and analysis, and good report writing skills;
  • Experience with issues related to Forced Displacement and Mixed Migration at the community level;
  • Knowledge of the IGAD regional dynamics and countries 

Language requirements:  Fluency in English, working knowledge of French is an added advantage.

Tenure of appointment: The initial appointment will be for twelve calendar months renewable subject to performance and availability of funds.

Remuneration & Location:

Negotiable   within   IGAD   salary   scale   and   policy based   on   applicant’s qualifications and experience. The position will be   based at the IGAD Regional Secretariat on Forced Displacement and Mixed Migration (RSFDMM) in Nairobi, Kenya.

Deadline for Application: 13 October 2017

Interested candidates should submit their applications accompanied by a detailed CV, copies of both academic and professional certificates and testimonials, names and addresses of three reputable referees, contact details (e-mail, telephone) by email to:; with copies to and


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