GIS Expert

Paese Malawi
Base Lilongwe with frequent missions to Salima, Mangochi and Nsanje Districts
Funzione GIS expert
Donatore ECHO
Durata 12 months
Esperienza richiesta 3-5 years
Data pubblicazione 24 agosto 2017
Inizio della collaborazione 15 settembre 2017
Termine per le candidature 04 settembre 2017
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Post: GIS Expert

Reporting to: Project Manager and Head of Mission

  1. General Information

COOPI – Cooperazione Internazionale is a humanitarian, non-confessional and independent organization founded in 1965 in Milan, Italy. For more than 50 years, COOPI has been dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty and to supporting populations affected by wars, socio-economic crises or natural disasters in their path to recovery and sustainable development, by making use of the professionalism of local and international operators, and through our partnerships with public and private bodies and civil society organizations.

  1. COOPI in Malawi

COOPI has been working in Malawi since 1999; its intervention in the Country covers different sectors in order to pursue an integrated and sustainable development through climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and reduced extreme poverty.

In Malawi, COOPI is implementing the project “Strengthening the Disaster Risk Management System at the National and District Level to reduce future humanitarian needs by decreasing risk to vulnerable population in Malawi” – ECHO/-SF/BUD/2017/91009, in collaboration with Concern Worldwide and funded by Directorate – General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO).

The aims of the action are to: enhance coordination mechanisms and information system for Disaster Risk Management at district and national levels; upgrade and install Community-Based Early Warning Systems (CBEWS); support the implementation of mitigation measures as well as raising awareness activities in communities and education centers; develop shock – responsive social protection mechanisms in case of emergency; to strengthen knowledge on risks among target communities according to gender and age approach, supporting vulnerable communities to prepare, prevent, mitigate and respond to natural hazards and climate change related shocks. The area of intervention focuses on Mangochi and Nsanje Districts as well as in Salima and Lilongwe.

In the framework of this action, COOPI is looking for a Disaster Risk Reduction GIS Expert.

  1. Key Duties and Responsibilities

The DRR GIS Expert is intended to support the enhancement of Information and Data Management capacities of National and Local Authorities in Malawi in the framework of the project “Strengthening the Disaster Risk Management System at the National and District Level to reduce future humanitarian needs by decreasing risk to vulnerable population in Malawi”. The DRR project coordinator will have to accomplish:

  • In collaboration with the Project Manager support the definition of the project strategy;
  • In collaboration with the Project Manager ensure coordination with Consortium Partner and services providers;
  • In collaboration with the Project Manager, support effective and constructive institutional relations with national and local stakeholders involved;
  • Support the initial and final baseline survey related to the information management system for DRR.
  • Ensure GIS application in analysis of relevant science-based information to create hydro-meteorological and climate related hazard specific decision support products for utilization by stakeholders at all levels (community, district and National governments).
  • GIS application in hydro-meteorological and climate hazard, vulnerability and risk assessment and potential impacts to different sectors (agriculture, water resources, urban development and infrastructure, natural resources and environment management, etc.) based on subject specific information in order to design appropriate disaster risk reduction interventions to suit all levels (community, districts and National governments).
  • Support the creation of web-geoportal for DODMA and Generate / prepare GIS maps and dissemination of relevant information to specific stakeholders at all levels.
  • Package scientific and technical information in assessing hydro-meteorological and climate risk as well as identify information gaps.
  • Ensure the respect of International standards for Metadata production.
  • Support the analysis and data collection through Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
  • Provide resource inputs in development and delivery of training & capacity building programs on the subject to enable user institutions and communities to translate hydro-meteorological and climate hazard risk information and apply decision support tools for DRR.
  • Support Project Manager in advocating for the integration of hydro-meteorological and Climate hazard risk reduction information in development planning process and mainstreaming.
  • Assistance in improving data and information flow between district and national levels.
  • Any other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Project Manager aimed at achieving project’s objectives and results.


Qualification and Experience

  • Master’s degree in subjects such as Disaster Management, Engineering Geology/Geotechnical Engineering, Land use planning, Environmental Engineering, Cartography & cadastral mapping or other related fields with strong background in GIS/RS applications;
  • At least 3 years’ experience in GIS applications in Disaster Risk Reduction and generation of related information;
  • Experience in training and capacity building;
  • Knowledge and experience with GIS-related applications including ArcGIS, Google Earth Pro, and QGIS and/or others;
  • Experience with the presentation of map products in a variety of mediums (reports, atlases, public outreach).
  • Experience with spatial analysis and modeling.
  • Experience developing web-based GIS applications;
  • Knowledge and understanding of GIS, GPS and cartographic principles,
  • Knowledge and skills involving UAV remote sensing and satellite imagery manipulation.
  • Familiarity with and commitment to practice effective data management procedures and standards.
  • Knowledge of Chichewa and/or former experience in Malawi are an asset;
  • Self-motivated, pro-active and takes initiative;
  • Demonstrated ability and plan and organize work and time independently;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, team-oriented work style, and experience in working in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Strong desire to learn, undertake new challenges, must a creative problem-solver, must have self-confidence, willingness to work hard, good sense of humor but with seriousness about the quality and excellence of work.
  • Respect of Humanitarian Principles and COOPI’s Ethical Code.


Interested persons should submit their application and Curriculum Vitae, with two (2) References and copies of Certificates to

All application must indicate the subject line Application – Disaster Risk Reduction GIS Expert – Name of Applicant

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