International Rescue Committee (IRC) – Geospatial Specialist – Asia/Global Safety & Security.

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Requisition ID: req37175

Job Title: Geospatial Specialist – Asia/Global Safety & Security

Sector: Information Technology

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Job Description

The Geospatial Specialist 

 Asia/Global Safety & Security will support IRC decision-makers by analyzing and presenting key geospatial data about our programs, security, access, clients and contextual developments. This position will be part of both the Asia regional team and the global safety and security  unit and have a focus on supporting IRC programs. It will work with a diverse team across Asia and the world to provide wider data analysis and mapping to support contextual analysis, programming, policy and advocacy decisions as required.

 The Geospatial specialist will actively participate in ongoing spatial and non-spatial data management activities, GIS projects and future IRC regional mapping and information analysis efforts. He/she will effectively manage and report on projects with a focus on data analysis, GIS data representation, data mapping and development of standardized geographic information analysis goals.

 The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in more than 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are displaced. IRC leads the way from harm to home.

 Major Responsibilities: 

 • Work with key internal clients to develop regular geospatial/information analysis products to support programming and contextual developments that affect IRC’s interventions.

• Ensure key information is analyzed and presented in a suitable way to support decision-making by key internal clients. Design, develop, customize, and maintain spatial analyses and information products using GIS and related software and subsystems.

• Coordinate the acquisition of new spatial data and supervise its integration into the organization’s existing GIS and information analysis products. Provide quality control with regard to data capture (data conversion), and the evaluation of data acquired from country programs and outside of the organization.

• Provide cartographic design and produce high quality geographic maps.

• Collaborate with the Global Crisis Analysis team to use satellite imagery and other remote-sensing methodologies to support IRC’s programs and operations.

• Serve as the GIS technical lead and point of contact for Asia regio and global safety and security GIS and related matters. Diagnose and solve problems experienced with the use of GIS and related software. Acquire relevant data and establish teamwork processes for quality inputs.

• Participate in relevant information analysis coordination sessions to aid strategic decision making.

Job Requirements

Education:  BS or MS degree in computer science, GIS or related field

Work Experience: 

• 3 – 5 years’ experience in GIS development 

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies: 

• Solid grasp of the ESRI ArcGIS or equivalent GIS software suite

• Experience in programming using databases and maps

• Experience in designing and maintaining relational databases.

• Experience with PowerBI Suite, or similar data analysis and visualization tools

• Strong data analysis skills with the ability to engage with variety of audiences to brainstorm on program data goals

• Superb communication and coordination skills

• Proficiency in English (written and spoken)

• Ability to multi-task and be flexible to rapidly change focus quickly to respond to urgent needs.

• Ability to work independently and prioritize tasks with limited mentorship while keeping in close collaboration with members of the team

Preferred experience & skills: 

• Experience working on international development or humanitarian response projects, preferably with field experience.

• Excellent English language skills, both written and verbal, required. Working fluency in French, Spanish and/or Arabic, desired.

Working Environment:  

• Standard office working environment

• Some international travel as needed up to 30%

• This role may require working remotely full or part time and part time remote employees may be required to share workspace.

• The position can be based remotely in any approved IRC locations with a preference of Kenya or Jordan. 


The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, Equality and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.




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