Gis Officer - Description
Project title: Population Estimation Survey of Somalia
Job Title: GIS officer
Type of contract: Local Special Service Agreement, remuneration based on background and
Duty station: Nairobi (UNON Gigiri) with travel to Somalia as required
Duration: 5-6 months, ending 30 June 2013
Organization unit: UNFPA-Somalia Country Office
Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationship:
The GIS Project Officer for the Population Estimation Survey Project reports directly to the
PESS Technical Survey Coordinator and in turn to (Deputy) Representative of UNFPA. The
working location will be at the UNON compound, UNSOA office, UNON, 3rd floor, block U
Main objective of the PESS project:
Somalia has had a long absence of any form of reliable data system that could support
humanitarian, recovery or development actions since the collapse of central government in
1991. For example, the last official census figures for Somalia were published in 1975. Another population census was carried out in 1985/86 but the results were not published.
For a long time attempts have been made especially by the UN and other international
organizations to obtain reliable estimates of the population for Somalia. UNDP produced
populations projections based on a number of primary and secondary data sources, but in
particular the administrations of Somaliland and Puntland argued that their population sizes
were under-estimated in these projections. This has made it difficult for development agencies, research organizations and planners to use the existing population estimates for planning and programming.
The main objective of the current project is therefore to obtain reliable and credible population
estimates for the rural, urban, nomadic and IDP populations of Somalia according to the
boundaries as they existed before the war in 1991 that can be used for planning of social and
The project is designed around two mutually independent but complementary activities (1 &
2) that will produce data that when analyzed together will produce final population estimates
?To compile and validate existing population related data from various sources, that can
be used for estimation the size of population; sources include high resolution satellite
and aerial photography images, 2005-06 settlement census data, voter registration
data, primary school enrolment data;
? Collection of primary data using a sample census approach in areas covering (i)
rural, (ii) urban and (iii) nomadic areas and (iv) IDP settlements based on updated
settlement and water points lists
? Analysis & validation of data of activities 1 & 2 to produce final population estimates
Responsibilities: The PESS GIS Project Officer is responsible for:
Main tasks and responsibilities:
?Maintain a GIS data base for all data collected during the preparatory phase of the PES
as well as data made available to the GIS expert from various sources, that can be used
for estimation the size of population; these include data from the 2005-06 settlement
census data, voter registration data, WHO mass immunization data, and primary school
?Work with UNSOA satellite images of Somali towns to segment towns into blocks of
approximately 100-200 house holds
?Ensure that all features on the town block maps returned from the field are verified,
digitalized and entered into the GIS data base. The data includes type and use of
physical structures, and administrative boundaries of sub-districts (degmada, laanta,
?For Somali towns for which satellite images are not available, search Google Earth for
the most recent and usable images and prepare images for use in the field Analyze satellite images of large parts of the rural areas of South Central Somalia to map the rural settlements, especially in currently inaccessible or unsafe areas.
?Using as a base the 1973 topographic maps for South Central Somalia, prepare maps
with overlays of settlements and water points
?Classify and archive the maps returned from the field
?File all soft copies of PDF files (topographic maps, town blocks etc) produced for the
PESS geographical field work
?Conduct training in the use of GPS equipment to Somali mapping field team personnel
?Be part of the team that in later stages of the project will train selected Somali PESS
field staff in PESS related GIS analysis to enhance capacity building of use of GIS data in
?Provide any other GIS related support services for the survey field updating, data
collection and map production.
?Undertake other related duties as required.
? Professionalism: Very strong knowledge of Geospatial Information Systems (GIS),
cartographic operations and practices. Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates
professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient
in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by
professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult
problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for
incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women
and men in all areas of work.
? Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly
interprets messages from others with appropriate response; clarifies with questions, and
exhibits interest in two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format
to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people
? Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational goals; solicits
input by genuinely valuing others? ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places
team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group
decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for
team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
? Planning& Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;
identifies priority activities and assignments; adapts to adjusted priorities as required;
allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; uses time
? Accountability: Takes ownership of responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers
outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time and quality standards;
operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates and
peers; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit,
? Creativity: Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet operational needs;
promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; thinks ?outside the box?; takes an
interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or
? Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be ?clients?
and seeks to see things from clients? point of view; establishes and maintains productive
partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients? needs and
matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside
the clients? environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of
progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
? Commitment to Continuous Learning: Keeps abreast of new developments in own
occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally;
contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from
others; seeks feedback to learn and improve.
? Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability
and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to
appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.
Education: A first level Bachelors degree in geospatial related discipline. A relevant
combination of academic qualifications, technical training and experience in the
geospatial disciplines is essential.
Experience: A minimum of four years progressively responsible experience in GIS and
cartographic production. Experience in utilisation of high and medium resolution
satellite imagery for the purposes of feature extraction and digitisation is highly
desirable. A strong working knowledge of ArcGIS, and in particular ArcMap and
ArcEditor is essential.