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United Nations Office for Project Services   |   Nairobi, Kenya   |   Log in or register to see the closing date

Data Management/GIS Specialist

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Information technology, software development, data
  • Expert (non-managerial)
  • Full Time
  • Temporary

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Job Summary

Data Management/GIS Specialist will be responsible for supporting data management and evidence based activities for the East Africa portfolio.

Understanding the accessibility to community services:
• Use the Rural Access Index methodology developed by the World Bank – methodology to analyse of the quality and reach of the road networks,
• Mapping the facilities,
• Understanding the population dynamics and movement,
• Develop an overview of the level of access to socal infrastructures and the services they provide,
• Analysing the functionality of these social infrastructure
This exercise will be useful to:
• Demonstrate the present distribution of service delivery points within the determined area with a focus on health, education, economic growth and other social services,
• Understand the Migratory routes of the nomadic population,
• Provide the rationale for evidence based planning and resource allocation by area/county governments and partners,
• Understand the local potential for growth and development,
• Serve as an advocacy tool for results based programming and investment,
• Develop a tool to measure impact of the interventions.


Specific Output

The Assessment/GIS Specialist, together with his/her team, and as per request may implement a number of the following:
• Conduct a rapid assessment of all social infrastructure and services for a given area;
• Analyse the population distribution & density;
• Analyse the road network accessibility and make the Rural Access Index calculation;
• Create Maps (national and county specific) reflecting the geographic location of community services facilities; population distribution & density; Rural Access Index and the road network characteristics;
• Create a service accessibility index in order to enable the analysis of access to various levels of service facilities in the selected counties
• Conduct further analysis on key indicators and produce spatial maps;
• Provide the dataset that will inform and enable the creation of an interactive mapping site which contains the information gathered through this process as well as the main access routes that reflect the referral system;
• Over-see the integration of the results of the accessibility mapping exercise into the national health database;
• Train local counterparts in data management, GIS, evidence based planning and develop a sustainable and durable programme to hand over.
Monitoring and Progress Controls
The Assessment and GIS Specialist will report directly to the Programme Manager.
The Assessment and GIS Specialist will report progress of the assessment to the UNOPS project team at the end of each segment of the assignment.
1. Collect all official data on health and education facilities, social services,economic activities, road networks, update available information with the local authorities – the data will be used on qGIS (an open source software for GIS).
2. Work on the process of prioritizing areas within the Area/County that require interventions for a better access to services and can enhance development.
3. Identify and classify all critical points encountered on the road network and all social services (Referral services, schools, water points, mosques/churches, police posts etc.).
4. Analyse the accessibility to services within the Rural Access Index and analyze the actual distribution of the Community Services facilities for an Area.
5. Formulate recommendations on current et future of access to Community Services Facilities. 
6. Produce a final report on Accessibility to Community Services facilities.
7. Produce all visual representations of distribution of services/ schematic maps/ to enable better understanding of the context.
8. Develop a Capacity Building program for local counterparts.

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Contract type: Temporary
Job type: Full Time
Location: Nairobi
Area of work: Information technology, software development, data
Seniority: Expert (non-managerial)

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 5 years
Required skills: Data collection; Project monitoring and evaluation (M&E); Reporting; Data analysis; Programme management; File management and data back-up; IT support; Geographic information systems (GIS); Training delivery
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

United Nations Office for Project Services

Non-profit, social workCompany size: 1000+ people

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world.