ADVISOR, INFORMATION MANAGEMENT At Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining

Location : Geneva, Switzerland

Start Date: As soon as possible.

Duration: 12 months, with eligibility for long-term extension

Activity Rate: Full time

Closing date for applications: August 22nd, 2021

Purpose / Summary

The GICHD developed the Information Management System for Mine Action (IMSMA), which enables mine action partners to compile, store and disseminate accurate, timely and relevant information. IMSMA enables partners to leverage quality information for efficient, evidence-based decision making and reporting. IMSMA offers a series of integrated tools, such as mobile data collection, a database that adheres to International Mine Action Standards, and data analytic tools for mapping and reporting.

We constantly adapt IMSMA to the latest technology improvements to better gather, analyze, and visualize data. To support mine action actors at all levels of critical decisions, the latest generation of IMSMA (IMSMA CORE) is built by configuring geographic information systems (GIS) tools.

We are looking to hire an Information Management (IM) Advisor to evaluate, design, deploy, and support solutions using geographic information systems to advance the Centre’s objective that “states and other partners use quality information to support their programming and operational management”. The IM Advisor provides guidance to states/partners on good IM practices through training and consultation and contributes to other activities of the Information Management Division such as assessing IM needs, developing and providing training, conducting research on topics relevant to IM, and contributing to grant development and management.

Main Responsibilities

· Serve as IM Advisor for assigned national mine action programmes and/or organisations, supporting them in implementing and maintaining geographic information systems

· Create geospatial solutions by assessing needs, designing, developing, delivering and supporting comprehensive workflows including tools such as mobile data collection, portals, reports and dashboards

· Lead the delivery of products within various IM projects including liaison with project stakeholders and donors, planning of activities and technical assistance

· Participate in the planning, preparation, and implementation of activities of the Information Management division, including field travel to low-medium-high risk environments to conduct visits, workshops and trainings on information management and other related topics

· Develop and maintain training material, as well as deliver IM training sessions

· Remain abreast of and share developments in information management and GIS tools, approaches and emerging capabilities

· Liaise with external stakeholders, including national authorities and partners to the GICHD as needed

· Participate in and, where appropriate, present at conferences, meetings, workshops and other outreach activities

Additional Duties

· Bring innovative ideas and thinking to the Information Management Division and the Centre more globally

· Promote and broadly integrate gender and diversity considerations

Country Focal Point for:

Fulfil the role of country focal point for one or more specifically allocated countries, as needed.

Operating Network

In implementing and supporting geospatial solutions, the IM Advisor carries out planning, budgeting and reporting, liaising with GICHD colleagues as well as a regular dialogue with National Mine Action Authorities, relevant donors, and partners. The IM Advisor also corresponds with diplomatic representations for coordination purposes and other forums in the humanitarian and geospatial sectors.

Profile Requirements

· Master’s degree in Geographic Information Systems or related field, or equivalent experience

· Advanced knowledge of Esri’s ArcGIS suite, including ArcGIS Enterprise

· 4+ years’ experience applying geographic information systems in support of field operations in a mine action or other humanitarian setting including:

°Applying core concepts of cartography to quality map production

°Applying spatial analysis to solve real-world problems

°Analyzing and documenting processes, capturing as-is and to-be process models

°Understanding stakeholder requirements and translating them into technical designs

· Strong understanding of relational databases, data modelling and geodata management

· Experience teaching or training adults from a variety of cultural backgrounds to use geospatial tools

· Fluent in written and spoken English

· Knowledge of Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Portuguese or other language practiced in mine/ERW-affected countries, would be an asset.

· Willingness to travel and to work in potentially difficult regions

How to apply


If you wish to join our mission and you feel you have the right profile to take on this role, please apply on-line on GICHD Job application portal

You are kindly requested to present your application in English and include

  • a CV of maximum 2 pages
  • a letter of motivation
  • your earliest date of availability

The GICHD implements a Gender and Diversity policy and is an equal opportunities employer. Applications are encouraged from women and men, nationals of mine-affected countries and individuals with a disability or special needs, who meet the above profile requirements.

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