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Information Management Officer (GIS)

Job Category:
National Officers
Career Level:
Job Type:
Full Time
Agency / Project:
Posted On:
20 March, 2009
Last Date to apply:
03 April, 2009
Experience in years
2 to 4

Relevant Experience:

 At least two years prior relevant experience. Experience in information management or related field would be an asset, some experience in the design and successful implementation of new processes and systems would be an asset. Experience in the application of information management in humanitarian response is desirable.

Job Description:


Under the guidance and direct supervision of the IMO in Islamabad, the National IM Officer Geographic Information System (GIS) will be responsible for the following:
  1. Support and maintain a client-oriented approach with all relevant stakeholders to help identify information requirements for their geographic products and support activities, ensuring that the information needed to support humanitarian operations (and the coordination role of the Humanitarian Coordinator, OCHA Field Office) is submitted/collected, organized and made available to all humanitarian stakeholders in-country.
  2. Collect, clean, consolidate and document (metadata) relevant spatial datasets in line with OCHA’s “Country Level Minimum Common Operational Datasets” and disseminate to cluster/sectors. 
  3. Incorporate common standards such as P-codes and GLIDE numbers into datasets and products and insure that common operational coding standards are disseminated and used across cluster/sectors for data collection and reporting.
  4. Assist in strategic and operational decision-making by coordinating the processing and spatial analysis of data and information and presenting it in the format most useful for decision makers. (e.g. reports, maps).
  5. Provide cartographic services to OCHA and the cluster/sector system utilizing OCHA standardized GIS software and map production templates.
  6. Management and promotion of OCHA’s standardized document management system (FiDMS) and GeoNetwork for geographic data discovery.
  7. In collaboration with senior staff, develop, design and implement a structured dissemination plan for information products and services (e.g. reports, data, maps) through, for example, hard copy, stand alone executable programmes, CD-ROMs and websites.
  8. Provide GIS support when necessary for OCHA’s core information management tools, such as, the Financial Tracking System (FTS), Who Does What Where database (3w), Contact Directory, Field Document Management System (FiDMS).
  9. Participate in forums such as the Country Level Information Management (CLIM) Network to collaborate and share information related to geographic information, standards and baseline data.
  10. Support recommendations made by relevant senior OCHA staff on primary geographic data and information elements that are required internally and externally to support humanitarian decision-making.
  11. Incorporation of global information management standards, policies and procedures to guide related activities within the OCHA Office.
  12. Perform other duties, as assigned by the Senior National HAO.

Core Competencies:

‚óŹ    Professionalism – Comprehensive knowledge of and exposure to a wide range of humanitarian issues , emergency relief and related human rights issues; conceptual and strategic analytical capacity, to analyze and articulate the  protection dimension of complex issues that require a coordinated UN response; demonstrated problem-solving skills; and very good knowledge of region of assignment, including the political, economic and social dimensions; strong negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement; ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters and human misery); very good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to humanitarian  protection and  knowledge of the institutions of the UN system; demonstrated ability to complete in-depth studies and to formulate conclusions/recommendations; ability to relate humanitarian  protection issues and perspectives, including gender issues, to political, economic, social and human rights programmes in affected  region.


‚óŹ    Communication – Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability to convey complex concepts and recommendations to staff at senior levels, both orally and in writing, in a clear, concise style.


‚óŹ    Planning & Organizing – Ability to coordinate the work of others, work to tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent projects/activities.


‚óŹ    Client orientation – Ability to identify client’s needs and match them to appropriate solutions; ability to establish and maintain effective and productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; capacity to keep clients informed of [progress or setbacks in ongoing projects. Ability to monitor ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’’ environment to keep informed and anticipate potential problems.


‚óŹ    Teamwork – Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.







Must Degree Degree Level Country Description
 Master's DegreeMasters Degree Masters degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), social sciences, management, information management, or a related field.