The Innovation Team of UNICEF Malawi seeks five (5), national Geospatial Data Officers (Interns) to support the office in strengthening the geospatial data management function in the Malawi Country Office. The interns will assist in the implementation of the “Big Data & Real-Time Information” pillar of the Innovation Strategy. They will play a vital role in data collection, research and analysis of geo-spatial data. The knowledge, information and insights obtained from geo-data are important for the Country Office team and stakeholders to make informed (evidence-based) strategic decisions. The interns, therefore, support the Innovation Team, Data Intelligence Platform, and respective UNICEF sectors by strengthening geo-data generation and use that is necessary for planning and programmatic decision making.
How can you make a difference?
Under the direct supervision of the Programme Manager (GIS and Innovation), the Geospatial Data Officer is responsible for assisting in provision, acquisition and analysis of geospatial data.
The Geospatial Data Officer is able to maintain and understand spatial data, and is familiar with working with both traditional and non-traditional sources of data. S/he is organized and is able to implement and manage geo-data projects from start to finish. S/he can present technical information and findings in a way that is easily understood by the sector members and the management, such as data visualization, mapping, narrative writing, and in-person communication.
Main Responsibilities and Tasks:
- Engage in the timely preparation, maintenance, and provision of geospatial information in support of the Malawi Country Office programmes;
- Collect, process, and evaluate geospatial data including vector, raster and thematic data; create and update geodatabases;
- Assist in performing quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) on all products generated and disseminated by the Data Intelligence Platform including data and maps;
- Participate in field data collection activities using Global Positioning System (GPS) devices and mobile data collection applications;
- Assist in drone imagery acquisition, processing and preparation for analysis;
- Provide support to programme monitoring activities, including on-line monitoring tools;
- Assist in the sharing of geospatial data with office sections, other UN agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the Malawi Government;
- Produce and update information products such as charts, infographics, maps and thematic profiles to support planning, monitoring, communication, knowledge management and decision making processes.
- Monthly progress reports focusing on key areas of responsibility as described in Scope of Work;
- Report outlining lessons learned from the data collection and maintenance, including analysis of the challenges and opportunities for operations of Data Intelligence Platform.
- Comprehensive documentation of field visits, including writing of Human Interest Stories.
Post graduate student or recent graduate with a minimum of university degree in geography, natural resources, health and agriculture/aquaculture, or related subject with a strong component of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Data collection and maintenance experience would be desirable and an added advantage but not a prerequisite.
Fluency in English and the local language of the duty station.
- Flexibility to travel at short notice, sometimes to difficult locations.
- Ability to communicate clearly.
- Strong analytical and good report writing and presentation skills.
- UNICEF Foundational Competencies such as Commitment, Drive for Results, Embracing Diversity, Integrity, Self-Awareness & Self-regulation and Team Work.
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