United States of America: FPwatch GIS Consultant

Organization: Population Services International
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 12 Jan 2017

FPwatch GIS Consultant

Department: Reproductive Health and Family Planning

Location: Washington, D.C.

Reports to: Principal Investigator, FPwatch

Who we are

We’re Population Services International (PSI), the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. We work to make it easier for people in the developing world to be healthy by providing access to products and services that range from mosquito nets to HIV testing.

There are over 9,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. It’s a diverse group of entrepreneurs and professionals with an unusually wide range of backgrounds – from the medical industry to the music business – all with unique skills we bring to the job.

Join us!

FPwatch is PSI’s multi-country research project designed to provide relevant, timely and high-quality evidence to inform and monitor family planning programs and policies. The project is currently implemented in 5 countries through funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Three MDG Fund. National contraceptive market outlet surveys collect information about contraceptive availability, price, market share and service readiness in Ethiopia, Nigeria, the DRC, India and Myanmar. See www.fpwatch.info for more information.

Under the leadership of the Project Director, the FPwatch team is comprised of a Deputy Director, a Principal Investigator, Research Fellows, Research Associates and a Data Manager. A central team of Research Fellows work with PSI Country Program Coordinators (based in PSI country platforms) to collect and analyze quantitative survey and GIS data using standardized methods and tools. FPwatch seeks a qualified candidate to fill the position of FPwatch GIS Consultant to assist in analyzing GPS data using QGIS software.

Sound like you? Read on.

Your contribution

The consultant will report to the Principal Investigator that is based in Washington, D.C. The period of performance of the consultancy will be from December, 2016 – February, 2017. Duties include:

Checking validity of GPS coordinates (2 – 3 weeks)

The consultant will work closely with the PI and country fellows to ensure validity, cleaning and preparation for mapping of collected GPS coordinates for facilities/outlets for all 5 FPwatch countries. Collected GPS data has been cleaned for obvious errors. However, some inconsistencies remain. The consultant will:

  • Communicate with the PI on issues of GPS validity.
  • Be provided FPwatch datasets for 5 FPwatch countries.
  • Identify inconsistencies in collected GPS coordinates.
  • Clean inconsistencies according to FPwatch SOPs.
  • Provide a clean set of GPS coordinates for each FPwatch country.

Mapping GPS coordinates with FPwatch indicators (4 – 6 weeks)

The consultant will link selected FPwatch indicators and facility/outlet variables to GPS coordinates for all FPwatch countries. The consultant will be expected to:

  • Be responsible for mapping based off a provided list of facility/outlet variables and FPwatch indicators.
  • Link variables and indicators to facility/outlets using appropriate GIS software.
  • Provide visual systems with linked variables and indicators for each FPwatch country.

Analyzing GPS coordinates with FPwatch indicators (optional: 2 – 3 weeks)

The consultant will work with the PI to explore additional research questions, interactive mapping and analytical strategies based on mapping output.

What are we looking for?

  • Degree (MPH, MSc, etc.) in statistics, demography, epidemiology or other related field.
  • Strong quantitative data management and analysis skills.
  • Demonstrated experience with QGIS software, mapping and analysis.
  • Additional experience with ArcGIS preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Family planning research experience preferred.


  • Exempt
  • Consultant

PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.


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