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[Job Vacancy] Geographical Information System (GIS) Specialist at World Health Organization

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World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:



Job Title: Geographical Information System (GIS) Specialist

Job NO.: 2304732Location: Maiduguri, BornoGrade: NO-BSchedule: Full-time Organization: AF_NGA NigeriaContract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 12 MonthsContractual Arrangement: Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Objective of the Programme

The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The 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.

Description of DutiesThe specific functions of the incumbent are:

Provide technical support to the incident management team in developing effective tools and processes to collect, manage and combine spatial datasets.
Standardize and clean geospatial datasets and associated attributes across incident management system specific datasets.
Lead field data collection efforts as necessary using different data collection techniques such as mobile data collection devices and applications.
Provide inputs in developing the tools for loading/transferring GIS data between different systems; design and maintain the structures necessary for GIS data storage.
Manipulate presentation of geographical information by creating programs to convert GIS information from one format to another.
Adapt tools to join together different GIS datasets and create new information or investigate patterns, e.g. estimating the number of people affected by the incident, etc.Perform any other related incident-specific duties, as required by the functional supervisor
Conduct geospatial analysis on collected datasets; create maps, infographics, and other cartographic products on a regular and ad-hoc basis; in response to functional team leads’ technical needs.

Required QualificationsEducational Qualification:

Essential: Bachelor’s Degree in Geography, Cartography, GIS, Information Management, Engineering, Geometrics, Computer or Earth Sciences from an accredited/recognized institute.
Desirable: Post graduate courses in GIS.


At two years’ relevant experience, combined at the national and international levels in GIS management, using different GIS tools such as QGIS, other open sources, GIS software and/or ArcGIS Online.
Experience in supporting field data collection in emergency or humanitarian context.


Experience in emergency disaster and health outbreak response, particularly in developing countries.
Prior humanitarian working experience at field level, with WHO/UN agencies, health cluster partners, recognized humanitarian organizations or with an international nongovernmental organization.


Thorough knowledge of data management/ICT skill; Strong analytical skill

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Moving forward in a changing environment
Promoting innovation and organizational learning

Use of Language Skills:

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at NGN 22,071,635 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.



How to ApplyInterested and qualified candidates should :Click here to apply


This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
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Application Deadline 9th June; 2023; 10:59:00 PM