Somalia: GIS officer

Organization: Government of Somalia
Country: Somalia
Closing date: 21 Aug 2018


GIS Officer

Terms of Reference

Position Title: GIS Officer

Department: Public Works

Reporting to: Director public works

CIM Level: A4

Duration: 30 Months (depending on continued budget availability and need for the position as well as satisfactory or better performance evaluations)

Duty Station:

Ministry of Public Works, Reconstruction and Housing (MPWR&H)

About MPWR&H

The Federal Ministry of Public Works, Reconstruction and Housing is responsible for managing, building and rehabilitating federal government buildings and the infrastructure of the country. The Ministry has always been the custodian authority of all infrastructures, buildings, bridges, highways and roads, land plots, land tenure, national infrastructure policy, urban planning and topographic and cartographic research in Somalia.

The Ministry is committed to deliver its mandate and functions in a transparent, accountable, effective and efficient manner. The Ministry is also committed to recruit a diverse and inclusive civil service work force that aims to best meet the needs of all Somali citizens.

Somalia Strengthening Institutions for Public Works Project (SSIPWP)

The SSIPWP project is the centre piece for building the capacity of the Federal Ministry of Public Works, Reconstruction and Housing (MPWR&H) and the recently established state-level Ministries and the Banadir Regional Administration (BRA) by developing more effective, efficient, inclusive and accountable institutions for public works and infrastructure.

The SSIPWP project is funded by the African Development Fund (ADF) and the Transition Support Facility (TSF) of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and implemented through a Tripartite Protocol Agreement between the Somalia Federal Government, African Development Fund and the United Nations Office for Project Service (UNOPS).

The purpose of the SSIPWP project is improve the capacities of MPWR&H, State-Level Ministries and BRA responsible for public works to enable them independently plan, manage and oversee infrastructure construction projects and maintenance of public works (Project Appraisal Report, 2016).

Purpose of the position

This position will be responsible for supporting the ongoing research, practice, teaching and capacity building programs at the Geospatial lab and perform Geographic Information Systems (GIS) assignments, namely applying computer-based collecting, managing, analyzing, modeling, and presenting geographic or spatial data. Utilize GIS software to overlay maps and datasets and query them in terms of their spatial relationships to each other among others.

Scope of Services

Reporting to the Director of public works, the incumbent is responsible for:

o Assisting in assessing and utilizing IT and GIS systems

o Developing improved systems of acquisition, processing, and data storage; their transactions and production of relevant outputs;

o Assessing and supporting the improvement of processes & user-interface (both internal and external) used in different states.

Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to these:

o Leading and developing new methods using machine learning and cloud computing for advanced geospatial analytics and decision making;

o Working on potential areas of research such as mapping urban areas, land administration, climate change, disaster risk and related fields;

o Conceptualizing and developing a platform for crowd sourcing geospatial data and supervised machine learning;

o Developing customized web, desktop and mobile based GIS and non-GIS applications to expand the labs’ services globally;

o Developing tools and scripts for automating existing processes in proprietary and open source GIS software;

o Use and train others on GPS and ArcGIS software as well as other relevant software applications.

o Any other duties assigned by his/her Supervisor

Required Qualifications, Experience and Skills

o Minimum of Bachelor Degree of Geographical Science, GIS or related discipline.

o At least 5 years of professional work experience in GIS

o Excellent organizing and demonstrated competence in the use ArcGIS;

o Demonstrated GIS skills;

o Excellent oral and written communication skills in Somali. Fluency in English highly desirable.

How to apply:

o Interested Somali candidates who meet the criteria above are encouraged to send their application letters and detailed CVs to, Closing date by 21st August, 2018 @5: 00pm.Kindly indicate “**GIS officer MPWRH & VAno 0019/18**– Mogadishu, Somalia” on the subject line when applying.

o Qualified Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

o Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.