Career Vacancy Kenya: GIS Officer in Kenya Jan 2018

Career Recruitment Kenya: GIS Officer in Kenya Jan 2018

Job Description : Job Employment Kenya: GIS Officer in Kenya Jan 2018

18 January 2018

Organization: International NGO Safety Organisation
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 28 Jan 2018

Organisation Background

Founded in 2011, the International NGO Safety Organisation (INSO) is a British charity that supports the safety of aid workers by establishing safety coordination platforms in insecure contexts. INSO provides registered NGOs with a range of free services including real-time incident tracking, analytical reports, safety related data and mapping, crisis management support, staff orientations and training.

INSO services help NGOs with their day-to-day risk management responsibilities and improve their overall situational awareness to support evidence-based humanitarian access decisions.

The Organisation has grown from innovative start-up to become a globally recognised charity and a valuable component of the humanitarian safety coordination system.

Today the Organisation provides daily support to more than 850 NGOs in twelve of the world’s most insecure countries and has earned a strong reputation for performance, principles & professionalism.

INSO Somalia Country Office

INSO Somalia (formerly NSP) started in April 2015.

INSO Somalia provides services to enhance the delivery of aid and preserve the safety of staff employed by over 160 Somali and International NGOs in the country. Specifically, the program provides the NGO community with tailored safety support through 3 main services: Research & Analysis (provision of regular reports, safety risk assessments and briefings); Capacity building (provision of various safety trainings); and Response (support to crisis management in response to critical incidents).

We are seeking a qualified and experienced individual to join our team as GIS Officer to be based in NAIROBI with some travel to Somalia / Somaliland.


Job Summary

The main purpose of this position is:

  • Conception, preparation and production of appropriate static- and web-maps for INSO’s informational outputs, under the supervision of the Deputy Director, Head of Research & Analysis.
  • Ensuring dynamic linkages between GIS data and INSO’s Incident Database.

Major Responsibilities:

(The list of responsibilities is not exhaustive: other tasks may be requested to adapt to operational needs)

  • Identify map information needs in collaboration with the Research & Analysis team.
  • Identify and access map information sources.
  • Produce and maintain high-quality, security-relevant static- and web-maps, including: security incident mapping; area of influence mapping; and the production of detailed risk maps for key roads and cities.
  • Provide GIS-relevant inputs on field missions intended to gather data for INSO outputs, including maps.
  • Work closely with the information officer to ensure accurate and regularly updated linkages between GIS maps and INSO’s Incident Database.

Mandatory Requirements:**

  • Kenyan National
  • 7-10 years of work experience in the GIS field, including a strong command of GIS software such as ArcGIS, including both static and web-maps, as well as in supporting software such as Excel.
  • Experience in security and/or political mapping a strong asset. If not, willingness to learn about security-focused mapping, and capability to develop and innovate GIS inputs to best match INSO’s numerous service outputs.
  • Good knowledge of the Somalia context is an asset
  • Working experience with Humanitarian organizations is an asset

Preferred Characteristics:**

  • This position is based in Nairobi, with some travel to the field
  • The position requires the holder to be able to work effectively and efficiently unsupervised.
  • The selected candidate must be able to plan and manage their own time effectively.
  • The holder must exercise a strong work ethic and take responsibility for his/her own actions
  • This position requires capacity to work to tight deadlines, including at weekends if necessary.
  • This position requires flexibility in adapting the mechanics and appearance of maps to best suit INSO’s NGO partners.
  • Extensive Excel and database skills.
  • Familiarity with QGIS and online-geoservices is desirable.
  • Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems.
  • Strong cartographic skills, including the development of templates and adherence to cartographic standards are highly desirable.

Key Personal Competencies

  • Fluency in English
  • Creativity
  • Excellent command of Microsoft word, excel and google map
  • Demonstrated ability to author well-structured, well-researched and analytically sound reports.

Ø Languages

  • English (working language): fluent
  • Somali is an asset

How to apply:

Interested persons are requested to send the following to ( and ensure to reference ‘INSO GIS OFFICER – NAIROBI’ in the subject line of your email. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted after the closing date.

  • A cover letter specifying how you meet the mandatory and preferred requirements, your motivation in applying and what you hope to bring to INSO (1-2 pages)
  • An updated CV (max 2 pages)
  • Contact information for three work-related referees