Geographic Information System Manager at Solidarites International

Solidarites International – For over 35 years, the humanitarian aid organization SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL has been committed to providing aid in the event of conflict and natural disasters. Our mission is to provide aid as quickly and as efficiently as possible to endangered populations by meeting their vital needs: drinking water, food and shelter.

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We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Geographic Information System Manager

Location: Maiduguri
Desired start date: March 2017
Duration of the mission: 6 weeks

About the mission
SI has been operating in Borno State since July 2016, and is strongly focusing on the massive life-saving needs of the conflict-affected populations, through a 3-legged strategy:

  • Multisectorial early recovery interventions in secured areas, implemented at neighborhood level in order to take into consideration the environmental context, risk factors, availability of resources and resilience capacities at a community level. This holistic approach entails a vulnerability-tailored assistance combined with a capacity building component.
  • Acting on water to fight against malnutrition: SI with its partner, a medical NGO, is doing its best to reduce malnutrition rates, especially of under-5-year children, alongside host communities and displaced people. To do so, SI equips nutrition and healthcare centers with water treatment and sanitation systems. In parallel, in host communities in both cities and in the camp in which 40,000 displaced people are living, within the walls of an old school in the city of Monguno, our teams are renovating water points, building toilets and working on water treatment solutions.
  • Reducing food insecurity: In Maiduguri and especially Muna Garaje, SI is implementing cash distribution programmes with vouchers (particularly for families with acute-malnourished children) to permit food access to the most vulnerable populations. SI aims to reduce significant food insecurity in the area. The other important line is that our team is acting on the stabilisation and safeguarding of livelihoods, to empower populations and decrease their dependence on food assistance, and furthermore, to reduce food insecurity.
  • An emergency multisectoral assessment capacity in remote areas: RRM-inspired, and taking into consideration Borno State-related security and access situation, this axis would allow the provision of concrete, response-sizing oriented data to the humanitarian community, in strong coordination with mapping and coordination actors (OCHA, IOM database, Intersos interactive mapping database).
  • Rapid response mechanism in IDPs camp-like settings outside Maiduguri: subsequently to the assessment axis, SI is aiming at covering the basic needs of displaced and non-displaced populations pockets in Borno most affected LGAs, in completion of ICRC’s current one-shot coverage. In this perspective, SI is going to make available a warehouse in Monguno for humanitarian actors working in Borno state in order to support their intervention in Monguno and areas around Monguno.

Organization of the Mission

  • The Nigeria mission is currently stabilizing its opening process. Due to projects’ expansion, a substantial increase in base staffing is ongoing in February and March 2017.
  • Coordination is expected to spend a considerable amount of time in Maiduguri, in direct support of field based operations.
  • Therefore, the mission has a coordination team based between Abuja and Maiduguri, which includes a Head of Mission, an Administrative coordinator, a Logistics Coordinator and a Deputy Country Director.
  • Operations are to be based in Maiduguri, Monguno and other relevant areas such as Dikwa and N’gala.
  • In Maiduguri the team is currently composed of one Field Coordinator, Project Manager(s), a Base Logistician and an Administrator.
  • The Monguno sub-base is composed of a Responsible of Base supervising the Administrative and Logistics supported by a Log/Admin assistant recruited as national staff and an activity manager. One PM Multi setor and one PM Logistic.
  • The Dikwa sub base will open in March 2017 and will have the same set up.

Specific context of the post

  • The system and maps created by the GIS Manager should be simple and efficient and should come in support of SI’s PM and coordinators decision-making capacities and coordination lead (infrastructure coverage, infrastructure monitoring, 3Ws).
  • In order to sustain the system, the GIS manager will either train a GIS supervisor (national staff) or a non-dedicated staff within the program team to take over his/her activities.

Your profile

  • Master degree in Geography/Mapping/GIS;


  • 1 year of experience in GIS / Database management in the humanitarian sector;
  • Experience in training/capacity-building
  • Previous experience with mobile data collection (ODK, ONA, KOBO) a strong asset;
  • Prior knowledge of the region an asset

Technical skills and knowledge:

  • Knowledge of GIS software (QGIS preferred)
  • Knowledge of analytical software packages (R, SPSS, Stata, Tableau, etc.) an asset;
  • Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and InDesign an asset;
  • Stress management skills: ability to work under pressure, with peaks of heavy workloads;

Transferable skills:

  • Respect of hierarchy;
  • Respect of security rules;


  • Fluent English: speaking, reading and writing skills;

Other desirable qualities:

  • Commitment to the fundamental principles of Solidarites International charter and ethos;

We offer
A salaried post:

  • according to experience from 1600 euros gross per month, plus 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly, and a monthly Per Diem.
  • as a special benefit for the Nigeria mission from the 1st of January until the 30th of June 2017, each expatriate will receive 500 euros on his monthly gross salary.
  • accompanied with 600 usd monthly per diem.

Social and medical cover: Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.


  • During the assignment, the expatriate is entitled to R&R every three months: two weeks at three months with a 500 euro allowance and two weeks at six months with a plane ticket back home covered by Solidarites.
  • After 6 weeks one the field, expatriate will be encouraged to take 1 week in Abuja (3 days off and 2 days in office)

Application Closing Date
31st March, 2017.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • Please send us your CV and Cover letter in English. CV only applications will not be considered.
  • The vacancy may close before the deadline. Thank you for your comprehension
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