World Health Organization (WHO)

GIS Technician (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). The incumbent will be expected to deliver the following outputs: i) Data Collection and cleaning in the context of ongoing outbreaks; ii) Timely maps production on various aspects or themes related to the ongoing outbreaks; iii) Scripts for data and Mapping updates.

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 all aspects of GIS and non-GIS data collection, cleaning and update, including field data collection with GIS and non-GIS tools; Sharing of GIS and Non-GIS data and information; Develop and/or maintain a database and geodatabases allowing the timely creation and maintenance of GIS products such as static maps and dashboards; Develop and/or maintain scripts allowing automatic tasks related to data and maps updates; Participate in activities including but not limited to supporting the further development and maintenance of the WHO EPR GIS hub and regional level GIS products related to ongoing outbreaks; 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 GIS, Computer Science, information management system or related field Desirable Bachelor degree or diploma in GIS.

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

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) Data Management skills with proficiency in excel, geographic data management and Database Management system; Experience in managing ESRI geodatabases; Experience in using ESRI products (ArcMap, Arcgis Pro); Experience in using R; Knowledge of Python, Arcade or VB scripts.

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