World Health Organization (WHO)

GIS Developer (Consultant)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Job Description

  The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health Emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations.

PURPOSE OF THE POSITION The Health Emergency Information and Risk Assessment Programme Area is responsible for identifying new public health events, assessing risks to public health, conducting epidemiological surveillance and field investigations, monitoring public health interventions, and communicating public health information to technical partners.

Working with designated GIS specialist assigned to the area of work, the incumbent conducts GIS activities, provides Technical Support in the areas of Geographic Information System (GIS), in emergencies situation. The incumbent will be expected to deliver the following outputs: i) Support the development of the all in one tool; ii) Evaluation of the current GIS processes and products to enhance automation and quality; iii) Proposition of new procedures for Data Management, Mapping and online information products; iv) support countries in building online Dashboards or websites and automating Data Collection processes and GIS-based information production.

The incumbent may be deployed to emergencies when required.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES Within the framework of the delegated authority, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following duties which are performed according to needs: Contribute to the development of the all in one tool; Evaluates the current GIS processes and products to enhance automation and quality; Proposes new procedures for data management, mapping and online information products; Support countries in building online Dashboards or websites and automating data collection processes and GIS-based information production; Contribute to the development of training materials and Capacity Building in the areas of GIS; Partake in emergency GIS field missions as required; Perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including backstopping for others as required.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education Essential Degree in Computer Science, information system, GIS or related field Desirable Postgraduate degree or diploma in computer science or GIS with a concentration in GIS applications development.

Experience Essential At least 2 years’ experience with successful track record in developing advanced GIS product; Demonstrated field experience in the context of large epidemics or public health crisis at the national and international levels as GIS developer.

Desirable Field experience in GIS, in resource limited countries; experience of working with event-based surveillance and risk assessment; experience in responding to complex humanitarian crises Skills Experience in GIS, field data collection, emerging diseases and outbreak response in an international context. Ability to interact in a multi-disciplinarily and cross-cutting environment involving technical, cultural and political elements. Sound analytical and organizational skills. Willingness to deploy at short notice in support of international emergency health interventions. Excellent presentation and communication skills, with emphasis on writing skills. Proven ability to work and produce results under pressure in critical situations. Tact, diplomacy and courtesy.

WHO Competencies 1. Moving forward in a changing environment 2. Fostering integration and teamwork 3. Respecting and promoting individual differences 4. Producing results 5. Communicating in a clear and credible way Use of Language Skills Essential: Excellent knowledge of French Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of English Language requirements for English and French are interchangeable: Yes Desirable: Knowledge of Portuguese would be an asset.

Other Skills (e.g. IT) Programming skills (Python, Java Scripts, etc.); Programming skills in geoprocessing automation; Experience in developing attractive and user-friendly online platforms; Experience in using ESRI products (ArcMap, Arcgis Pro, ArcGIS online, and other ESRI online tools); Experience in using R.

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