CartONG International Job Vacancy: Solutions Engineer – GIS, Chambéry – France
December 22, 2016
September 22, 2019
Presentation of the organization Founded in 2006, CartONG is a French non-governmental organization committed to furthering the use of geographic information tools to improve data gathering and analysis for emergency relief and development programmes around the world.
CartONG enables emergency relief and development organizations and local governments to manage their own existing data, integrate other data sources and then use that data to plan programmes and monitor progress and impact. In our work, we focus on listening closely to the needs of the community, as well as training local people. This ensures that projects are sustainable and tailored to the needs and priorities of the people we are seeking to assist.
Our teams work with innovative tools, using applications offered by new technologies (smartphones, GPS, satellite imagery, Internet). These enable the accurate gathering of vital information about the needs of individuals and communities and their environment.
We are currently looking for a Solution Engineer having extended experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), WebGIS and database management to join our team.
Contract Type: fixed term contract, 6 months renewable
Start Date: ASAP
Workstation: Chambéry (France) with frequent displacements to Geneva
Salary: To be discussed according to experience
Based mainly at the headquarters of the NGO, you will be in charge of proposing technical solutions meeting the needs expressed by our partners, establishing in collaboration with the project manager the project phasing/chronology and follow up with the partner throughout the development of the solution until delivery.
Your main tasks will be related to the proposal of GeoApps solutions (development of geographic applications that can include data collection in the field, visualization of data in BI form with a predominant cartographic aspect, editing of existing data, etc.). The needs and capacity of the partner to maintain the tool once developed must be taken into account.
In this context, your assignments are:
Analysis and clarification of user requirements on BI or GIS web applications from a technical point of view, business analysis skills with experience in explaining technical solutions in easy terms of non-technical people are strong asset
The design of the technical solution most adapted to the needs taking in consideration existing ones
Writing the methodological proposal document clarifying the solution and the involvement for the partner (in terms of maintenance, resources, etc.)
Clearly identify how quality control will be ensured, what type of testing the solution will be subjected to, what aspects need to be put in place to scale up
Establishing the project timeline in collaboration with the project manager and / or technical manager
Following up with the partner on technical aspects (milestones, adaptations of the tool according to the partner’s needs) if applicable, else through the Project Manager
Technology watch for future developments in BI and GIS
Working and following closely with the technical team the development of the project
Doing technical implementation, bugs corrections when needed
You will have to go to Geneva regularly and more travel periodically for short field missions. The position requires availability and flexibility, two characteristics inherent in the context of emergency humanitarian organizations (late work, rush situation).
Qualification: Master Degree or equivalent in web development or GIS /geography, computer science, or a related field, depending on position level
Experience: 7 year in the development and implementation of GIS / WebGIS solutions
Knowledge and Experiences:
You have a good knowledge of the wide range of GIS solutions: from mapping to server through web mapping and database management.
Maintains a deep awareness of IT/GIS industry and business environment to understand risks and enable business innovation and growth.
You are able to quickly understand partner needs in order to translate them into requirements and enjoy problem solving.
You have strong relational capacities allowing you to interact with other services of the organization (technical, communication, management …)
You are curious but pragmatic, you have a very good written and oral communication in English and French.
You are autonomous but enjoy team work.
Strong Project Management skills with a deep understanding of their assigned business area, including business processes, challenges, information flows and supporting GIS/related IT systems.
Identifying key drivers of a defined, straightforward problem and proposing solutions
Self-initiative, ability to balance short-term technical choices with a long-term vision of developments
Ability to demonstrate a complement of skills that contribute to and lead the requirements gathering process and business process modeling for new Information Management projects within their assigned business function.
Selects the most relevant tools/techniques to meet specific client requirements
Autonomy and rigor: Strong sense of ownership of assigned tasks and will have a proven track record of delivery on commitment.
Continually assess product quality and release readiness
Ability to articulate reasons behind the design choices being made
Performing database tuning and ETL performance related problems
Ability to communicate on applications, technical modules and implementation details to different audiences: users, technical people and project managers
Interest in humanitarian issues and understanding of the humanitarian work environment: rapidly changing needs and requiring responsiveness
Familiar with agile methods and iterative development
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