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GIS Officer


  • Organization: IMPACT Initiatives
  • Location: Mogadishu
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • Population matters (trends and census)
  • Closing Date: Closed

We are currently looking for a GIS Officer to support our team in Somalia.

Department: REACH

Position: GIS Officer

Contract duration:6 months


Starting Date: ASAP


Under the line management of the Senior GIS Manager, the GIS Officer is responsible for the application of geographic information systems, including relevant aspects of research design, support in designing data collection tools, ensuring (spatial) data quality, geo-spatial analysis, drafting of maps, and (as relevant) production of web maps and information management systems. Detailed requirements below. The GIS officer will provide technical inputs in all stages of the research cycle. He/she ensures an efficient and transparent use of resources required for project implementation. The GIS Officer will also be responsible for developing and implementing a continuous capacity building program for national and international team members, and (when relevant) for providing trainings to partners.

In his/her mission, the GIS Officer will be hosted by IMPACT’s global partner ACTED and will fall under the direct responsibility and management of ACTED’s Country Director and his/her delegates for all Administrative, Security, and relevant Logistics and Finance issues. S/he will therefore fully abide to ACTED’s Security, Administration, and relevant HR, Logistics and Finance rules and regulations.


The GIS Officer responsibilities include the following:


  • The GIS Officer must ensure planned IMPACT research assessment cycles are meeting / exceeding IMPACT’s research standards, wider academic standards, and overall research ethics in the research methods, data processing and analysis, and GIS practices being used in country.
  • Identification of available data to inform secondary data review in coordination with the assessment and data teams, with an aim of actively proposing spatial analysis and/or remote sensing activities that can provide additional information to enrich the assessments.
  • For each assessment, ensure contribution to and review of draft ToRs with a specific focus on the analysis plan, as well as data management plan, and related mapping to ensure that all stages of the assessment cycle are planned in line with project and program objectives.
  • Support project teams to co-construct qualitative and quantitative data collection tools and mapping tools, ensuring data and GIS requirements of research cycle/assessment are met and all required geo-reference data will be collected to allow for accurate analysis and visualization of findings;
  • Develop sampling frames through geo-spatial analysis of assessment areas and subsequently develop statistically representative samples. Related support to operations teams in developing maps and reference guides for daily assessment plans and field movement plans.


  • When relevant, support the training of enumerators for primary data collection;
  • When relevant, support oversight of data collection, in line with agreed TORs (including their Annexes), including spatial verification and validation as part of daily assessment checks;
  • Ensure that collected data is properly geo-referenced, enabling the production of maps and related products;
  • Keep track of progress and delays of data, information-management, and GIS tasks throughout the research cycle. Ensure that delays or identified problems are reported by writing and orally in a timely manner.
  • In coordination with relevant assessment officer(s), document all changes in data collection that lead to a modification in the agreed TORs, ensuring that the Snr GIS Manager and Country CC are informed and agree on the modifications.


  • Ensure that data is revised and cleaned, and that all revisions are recorded;
  • Conduct vector & raster-based spatial analysis on collected data, using appropriate tools for each use-case
  • Ensure that data and its spatial analysis are validated by IMPACT HQ before product drafting stage;
  • Development and maintenance of country-level databases for the consolidation of all assessment-related and GIS data in country;


  • Ensure the drafting of timely and accurate GIS products, which comply with IMPACT’s guidelines;
  • Ensure that all GIS products are validated by IMPACT HQ before external release;
  • When relevant, in close coordination with IMPACT HQ, support the regular maintenance and update of web GIS products;
  • In coordination with the country coordination, liaise with IMPACT HQ on the procurement of UNOSAT services and satellite imagery.


  • In support of the assessment team, link with relevant partners to consult and involve them in the GIS components of a research cycle;
  • Promote an active use of datasets, GIS products and research findings by partners and the broader humanitarian community for their decision making;
  • After validation by line manager, support the presentation of research findings through GIS inputs to relevant third parties in order to enhance their use and impact;


  • Anticipates knowledge gaps prior the execution of the Research Cycle
  • Provides content and contributes to lessons learned exercises


  • Actively participate in regular team meetings;
  • Ensure regular coordination and exchange with relevant colleagues;
  • Engage in the development and implementation of IMPACT’s strategy in Somalia .


The GIS Officer will maintain the strictest confidentiality on all data collected and related processes, ensuring full compliance with IMPACT’s data protection policy and SOPs. He/she will actively take measures to prevent the unauthorized sharing of any information and data belonging to IMPACT and its partners, or collected during his/her assignment with IMPACT


  • Academic: Excellent academic qualifications, preferably including a Master degree in relevant discipline;
  • Research skills: Demonstrable experience with geo-spatial information management and analysis. Excellent spatial analysis skills
  • Software skills: Advanced knowledge of ArcGIS pro, QGIS. Proven knowledge of Microsoft office including Office 365 and SharePoint. Knowledge of R, STATA, python, or equivalent statistical software an advantage.
  • Years of work experience: At least 1 years of relevant working experience. Experience in humanitarian settings highly desirable.
  • Communication/reporting skills Excellent communication and drafting skills for effective reporting;
  • Cross-cultural work environment Ability to operate in a cross-cultural environment requiring flexibility;
  • Experience in geographical region Past experience in the Horn of Africa region is desirable;
  • Language skills Fluency in English required;
  • Security environment Ability to operate in a complex and challenging security environment
  • Multi-tasking skills: Ability to multitask with tight deadlines, on numerous research cycles;
  • Level of independence: Proven ability to work independently and collaborate with teams across different bases;
  • Cross-cultural work environment: Ability to operate in a cross-cultural environment requiring flexibility;
  • Language skills Fluency in English required, competency in Somali an asset;
  • Security environment Ability to operate in a complex and challenging security environment.

Please apply directly on IMPACT's website using the following link: REACH GIS Officer | Impact (

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