Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development Vacancy: GIS Officer - Middle East & Northern Africa

Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development Vacancy: GIS Officer - Middle East & Northern AfricaI. Background on ACTED

ACTED is a French humanitarian NGO, founded in 1993, which supports vulnerable populations, affected by humanitarian crises worldwide. ACTED provides continued support to vulnerable communities by ensuring the sustainability of post-crisis interventions and engaging long-term challenges facing our target populations, in order to break the poverty cycle, foster development and reduce vulnerability to disasters. Our interventions seek to cover the multiple aspects of humanitarian and development crises through a multidisciplinary approach which is both global and local, and adapted to each context. Our 3,300 staff is committed in to responding to emergencies worldwide, to supporting recovery and rehabilitation, towards sustainable development.

Our teams in the field implement some 340 projects in 34 countries covering the following sectors emergency relief, food security, access to health, education and training, economic development, microfinance, advocacy, institutional support, and regional dialogue, cultural promotion.

Based on considerable experience addressing the needs and situations of vulnerable communities, ACTED contributes to the international agenda towards reaching the Millennium Development Goals, through a wide range of partnerships, innovative initiatives, and campaigns.

II. Country Profile
Many positions opened in the following countries:

  • Iraqi Kurdistan
  • Turkey
  • Yemen
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Palestine
To get more information about our programs in each country, feel free to visit our website:

III. Position Profile
The GIS Officer reports directly to Area Coordinator
GIS Officer responsibilities include:

1. General
  • Preparation, conception and production of maps, including the supervision and monitoring of mapping-related data collection and ensuring dynamic linkages between GIS data and ACTED Database; 
  • Co-developing GIS components in proposals and supervising the implementation of these GIS components in approved projects; 
  • Train the AMEU team on usage of maps and GPS; 
  • Represent ACTED in GIS related coordination meetings.
2. Preparation, conception and production of maps
  • Identify map information needs; 
  • Identify and access map information sources; 
  • Work closely with the Database Manager to ensure an accurate link between the GIS and the Database data, cross check data collected in the field and to develop dynamic links between Database and GIS data and to ensure regular updates and solve eventual discrepancies; 
  • Ensures that the produced maps meet the requirements of concerned ACTED departments.
3. C. Supervision and monitoring of mapping related data
  • Conceptualize methodologies for collecting GPS and other GIS related data, as according to need; 
  • Organize and supervise GIS field missions; 
  • Managing and supervising the GIS assistant and the staff on the GIS; 
  • Monitor accuracy of data collected.
IV. Qualifications:
  • Flexibility and adaptability are essential, as well as the ability to plan, take initiative and organize work independently. In addition Impartiality, objectivity and confidentiality are imperative;
  • Good command of GIS software (especially those used by ACTED), Excel, Word and Database software such as Access or Foxpro. Familiarity with other information and data sources related to GIS to be recommended to ACTED for better GIS practices would be an asset.
  • Understanding the nature of the work carried out by programs is necessary for ensuring the relevancy and usability of the maps produced. Therefore a proactive and self-motivated attitude towards gaining a good understanding of ACTED programs, innovating GIS activities and developing new GIS components for proposals is essential;
  • Willingness to learn and capacity to innovate: The GIS Manager must be inventive and eager to improve his or her own skills, and be capable to adapt, shape and develop tools best suited for ACTED’s activities
  • Ability to travel to the field for data collection, cross-checking the data and provide training to field staff;
  • Good organizational and communication skills with international and national staff and rural communities.
V. Conditions:
  • Salary defined by the ACTED salary grid; educational level, expertise, hardship, security, and performance are considered for pay bonus
  • Additional monthly living allowance
  • Free food and lodging provided at the organisation’s guesthouse/or housing allowance (depending on contract length and country of assignment)
  • Transportation costs covered, including additional return ticket + luggage allowance
  • Provision of medical, life, and repatriation insurance + retirement package
How to apply:
Please send, in English, your cover letter, CV, and three references to with the job offer reference as object of your email.

Closing Date: 31 Aug 2014