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Position: Senior ICT and GIS Specialist
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Place of Work: Addis Ababa, Addis Abeba - Ethiopia
Posted date: 1 week ago
Deadline: May, 25/2024 (0 days left)

Child Safeguarding:

Level 3: the post holder will have access to personal data about children and/or young people as part of their work, a police check will be required (at ‘standard’ level in the UK or equivalent in other countries).

ROLE PURPOSE:

The Household Economy Approach Utilization (HEA-U) activity is a four (4) year project that will support evidence-based decision-making and strengthen the Government of Ethiopia’s analytic capacity and information management to complement and support the GOE’s ongoing efforts to establish a multi-hazard, multi-sector-early-warning-system. The Senior ICT and GIS Specialist will be responsible for integrating the use of innovative Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Geographic Information Systems applications to collect, analyze, and disseminate data to support decision-making among Government and humanitarian partners. S/he oversees and provides leadership for all ICT and GIS-related activities that are associated with activity planning and implementation, and will advise the HEA Activity team on the application of geospatial information and analyses. The incumbent is expected to lead training and capacity-building efforts targeting the Government of Ethiopia and partner staff on the utilization of innovative technologies to strengthen emergency and development programs. In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

Summary:

Save the Children is seeking a Senior ICT and GIS Specialist for an anticipated 4-year USAID-funded Household Economy Approach Utilization (HEA-U) Activity in Ethiopia. The anticipated focus of the new HEA-U Activity is to support evidence-based decision-making and strengthen the Government of Ethiopia’s analytic and information management capacity under the new Strengthening Disaster Risk Management Systems and Institutions.

The Senior ICT and GIS Specialist will be responsible for integrating the use of Innovative Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Geographic Information Systems applications to collect, analyze, and disseminate data to support decision-making among Government and humanitarian partners. S/he oversees and provides leadership for all ICT and GIS-related activities that are associated with activity planning and implementation, and will advise the HEA Activity team on the application of geospatial information and analyses. The incumbent is expected to lead training and capacity-building efforts targeting the Government of Ethiopia and partner staff on the utilization of innovative technologies to strengthen emergency and development programs.

This Specialist position is a key position on this program team and will report directly to the HEA-U Chief of Party. The position will be based in Addis Ababa but will require extensive field travel and supervision across the program areas.

Scope of Role

Reports to: Chief of Party - HEA-U

Staff Reporting to: None.

Budget Responsibility: None

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:

IT Infrastructure & GIS Database Management

  • Leads and tailors the Household Economy Approach Project’s generation and application of GIS to support the application of livelihoods data to inform emergency and development programming.
  • Facilitates discussions within the Project team to integrate geospatial information and analyses into strategic planning, activity implementation, and Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation (LME).
  • In collaboration with the Knowledge Management team, prepare, present, and disseminate livelihoods data and communications resources tailored to the priorities of internal and external audiences visually and dynamically.
  • Provides geographic analysis to guide evidence-based planning.
  • Leads the development and management of databases to increase the efficiency of access to and quality of data that supports decision-making.
  • Lead the design of a user-friendly web portal to archive data, enhance user access to materials and reports, and enable an analysis of key household economy variables to inform programming.
  • Lead the development of web-based applications that provide access to downloadable tools that support ongoing on-demand analysis.
  • Oversee the design, implementation, and maintenance of IT infrastructure,
  • Maintains and updates content and monitors publication of new materials on the portal, removing outdated/irrelevant materials, migrates existing analysis and documents and updates links in the data repository.
  • Lead the development and facilitation of training on geospatial analysis and use of Geographic Information Systems, tailored to GOE and partners implementing emergency and development programming.
  • Monitor system performance and security, and implement necessary upgrades and patches.
  • Ensure the accuracy, completeness, and consistency of GIS data through quality assurance processes.
  • Stay updated on GIS technology trends and best practices, and recommend improvements to GIS infrastructure and workflows.

Training and Support:

  • Provide training and support to staff members on IT and GIS systems, tools, and procedures.
  • Develop training materials and documentation to facilitate knowledge transfer and skill development.
  • Serve as a resource for IT and GIS-related inquiries and assist with troubleshooting and problem resolution.

Collaboration and Communication:

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to integrate IT and GIS solutions into organizational processes and workflows.
  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders to gather requirements, provide updates, and address concerns.
  • Build and maintain relationships with external vendors, consultants, and partners to leverage their expertise and resources.

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)

Accountability:

  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modeling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance, and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved

Ambition:

  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), take responsibility for their personal development, and encourage others to do the same
  • Widely shares their vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future-orientated, thinks strategically

Collaboration:

  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to

Creativity:

  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks

Integrity:

Honest, encourages openness and transparency

EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

  • Bachelor’s degree in the relevant field such as information systems and information and communication technology
  • 10 years of relevant professional experience, in the field of data and information management systems and data analysis
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing and negotiation
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind-sets
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, the definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner
  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge and experience in using Adobe and ArcGIS are highly desirable
  • Proven technical experience in the development and use of innovative technology, particularly in the areas of data, early warning and response monitoring, use of mobiles and open source, and training in the related field is highly desirable.
  • Qualified local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.