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VMAM Code COGR000089-6595

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist

International Specialist
Brazzaville (COG)
01 July 2020
24 months
29 March 2020

Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.

During deployment, the duties may be modified, based upon the technical needs of the Programme.

Reporting to the Head, WHO Country Office or the Director, Technical Cluster, and working closely with counterparts at the respective Regional Office and HQ, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Provide technical support in developing effective tools and processes to collect, manage and combine spatial datasets.
  • Conduct geospatial analysis on collected datasets; create maps, infographics, and other cartographic products on a regular and ad-hoc basis; in response to functional team leads’ technical needs.
  • Standardize and clean geospatial datasets and associated attributes across specific datasets.
  • Lead field data collection efforts as necessary using different data collection techniques such as mobile data collection devices and applications.
  • Develop the tools for loading/transferring GIS data between different systems; design and maintain the structures necessary for GIS data storage.
  • Manipulate presentation of geographical information by creating programs to convert GIS information from one format to another.
  • Adapt tools to join together different GIS datasets and create new information or investigate patterns, e.g. estimating the number of people affected by the incident, etc.
  • Perform any other related duties, as required by the functional supervisor.
Bachelor degree or equivalent


  • First level university degree in geography, cartography, GIS, information management, engineering, geometrics, computer or earth sciences from an accredited and recognized academic institution, is required.


  • Post-graduate diploma in GIS, is desirable.
36 Months


  • At least 3-5 years of relevant professional work experience, at the national and international level, in GIS management, using different GIS tools such as QGIS and other open sources, GIS software and/or ArcGIS Online.
  • Experience in supporting field data collection in emergency or humanitarian context, is required.


  • Prior humanitarian work experience at the field level, with WHO/UN system, health cluster partners, relevant nongovernmental or humanitarian organizations, is desirable.
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Working Knowledge
  • French(Optional), Level - Working Knowledge
  • Portuguese(Optional), Level - Working Knowledge
Database design, administration and maintenance

Computer skills:

  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and the use of complex databases, spreadsheets, and specific software such as ArcGIS.

Functional Knowledge and Skills:

  • Excellent data management skills and experience working with datasets in multiple formalities including shapefile, geodatabase, CSV and XLS;
  • Advance ability to design, manage, analyse and coordinate complex information system projects, computer-based applications and databases, web-based tools;
  • Strong presentation skills;
  • Proven ability to translate requirements into working solutions.

Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Integrity, Professionalism, Working in Teams

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Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply.

This assignment is in the framework of the Africa Women Health Champions to improve health and gender equality initiative. African female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application deadline: 29 March 2020