Kenya: Assessment and GIS Specialist

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Organization: UNOPS
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 20 Mar 2018

Background Information – UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.

UNOPS East Africa Hub
The UNOPS East Africa Hub is located in Nairobi, Kenya and manages a growing portfolio of engagements, including associated strategic and operational risks. The East Africa sub-region currently consists of an established operations center in South Sudan, an office in Somalia and a portfolio of multiple transactional, procurement and infrastructure projects in Tanzania, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya and several Atlantic and Indian Ocean island states.

Functional Responsibilities

Data Management/GIS Specialist will be responsible for supporting data management and evidence based activities for the East Africa portfolio.

Understanding the accessibility to community services:

  • Use the Rural Access Index methodology developed by the World Bank – methodology to analyse of the quality and reach of the road networks,
  • Mapping the facilities,
  • Understanding the population dynamics and movement,
  • Develop an overview of the level of access to socal infrastructures and the services they provide,
  • Analysing the functionality of these social infrastructure

This exercise will be useful to:

  • Demonstrate the present distribution of service delivery points within the determined area with a focus on health, education, economic growth and other social services,
  • Understand the Migratory routes of the nomadic population,
  • Provide the rationale for evidence based planning and resource allocation by area/county governments and partners,
  • Understand the local potential for growth and development,
  • Serve as an advocacy tool for results based programming and investment,
  • Develop a tool to measure impact of the interventions.

Specific Output

The Assessment/GIS Specialist, together with his/her team, and as per request may implement a number of the following:

  • Conduct a rapid assessment of all social infrastructure and services for a given area;
  • Analyse the population distribution & density;
  • Analyse the road network accessibility and make the Rural Access Index calculation;
  • Create Maps (national and county specific) reflecting the geographic location of community services facilities; population distribution & density; Rural Access Index and the road network characteristics;
  • Create a service accessibility index in order to enable the analysis of access to various levels of service facilities in the selected counties
  • Conduct further analysis on key indicators and produce spatial maps;
  • Provide the dataset that will inform and enable the creation of an interactive mapping site which contains the information gathered through this process as well as the main access routes that reflect the referral system;
  • Over-see the integration of the results of the accessibility mapping exercise into the national health database;
  • Train local counterparts in data management, GIS, evidence based planning and develop a sustainable and durable programme to hand over.

Monitoring and Progress Controls

The Assessment and GIS Specialist will report directly to the Programme Manager.

The Assessment and GIS Specialist will report progress of the assessment to the UNOPS project team at the end of each segment of the assignment.

  1. Collect all official data on health and education facilities, social services,economic activities, road networks, update available information with the local authorities – the data will be used on qGIS (an open source software for GIS).
  2. Work on the process of prioritizing areas within the Area/County that require interventions for a better access to services and can enhance development.
  3. Identify and classify all critical points encountered on the road network and all social services (Referral services, schools, water points, mosques/churches, police posts etc.).
  4. Analyse the accessibility to services within the Rural Access Index and analyze the actual distribution of the Community Services facilities for an Area.
  5. Formulate recommendations on current et future of access to Community Services Facilities.
  6. Produce a final report on Accessibility to Community Services facilities.
  7. Produce all visual representations of distribution of services/ schematic maps/ to enable better understanding of the context.
  8. Develop a Capacity Building program for local counterparts.


  • Technical coordination and support of all GIS activities of the RMNCAH Accessibility Project, the KOICA accessibility project, and any other project that required GIS input.
  • Creation and maintenance of reference data sets
  • Planning and development of the geographic data management system, tools and processes of the projects
  • Preparation of online maps for data review and analysis as well as reporting
  • Production of printable maps (with ArcGIS or similar software) for M&E
  • Support the preparation of presentations and reports related to GIS activities of the projects
  • Supervision and oversight on the collection, compilation, or integration of external cartographic data as required for analysis or reporting needs.


  • Advanced degree (Master’s level or higher) in Information Management, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), computer sciences or any related area is required.
  • A first-level university degree (Bachelors degree or equivalent) in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • A minimum of five relevant experience in implementing similar assessment project with Geomapping and Information systems and tools in a multi- faceted program is required
  • Superior knowledge in understanding the Rural development, Problematic of Accessibility to services, Rural Access Index, GIS concepts is desired
  • Good Knowledge Web Application Concepts, Database design principles, Graphic arts principles is deired
  • Significant experience working with research institutes and universities as well as government bodies is an advantage;
  • Skills in analysis/feasibility studies,Geographic Information Systems, working with local governments and environment mapping are required


  • Fluency in oral and written English is required;


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.

Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).

Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.

Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.

Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Functional competencies

  • Ability to provide good customer service is desired
  • Ability to prioritize and organize, work well under stress, meet deadlines is desired
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to constant change is desired
  • Ability to perform field work and travel when required is desired
  • Strong interpersonal skills to assist and communicate with staff is desired

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

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