International Consultant – Geospatial Developer – Mogadishu, Somalia


International Consultant – Geospatial Developer – Mogadishu, Somalia


Closing date: Sunday, 11 July 2021

International consultant – Geospatial Developer, Mogadishu, Somalia – 6 months

Job no: 541592

Position type: Consultancy

Location: Somalia Division/Equivalent: Nairobi Regn’l(ESARO)

School/Unit: Somalia

Department/Office: Modagishu Zonal Office

Categories: Emergency Programme

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, a new idea

How can you make a difference?

Scope of work:

In Somalia Somalia, the frequency and intensity of climate-related disasters, especially droughts and floods, have been steadily increasing. Since the early nineties, Somalia has experienced 30 climate-related hazards compared to 10 between 1970 and 1990. In the fragile and highly vulnerable context of Somalia, the capacity to cope with even minor shocks is extremely limited. In the current situation, the country is facing an acute convergence of humanitarian challenges, any one of which could trigger a drastic increase in humanitarian needs.

In this context, UNICEF Somalia is working on a proactive approach to actively prepare for and respond to disasters using data-driven, early warning tools.

Project titled ‘Risk Informed Response’ aims to build an inclusive, integrated multi-hazard early warning and early intervention system by deploying a data-driven, decision support system. RIR increases capacities for generation of information (statistics and different data) on natural and other disasters through the development and regular updating of risk maps from flood, drought, La Nina …. etc. the whole territory of Somalia

Thus, the objective for this consultancy is to evaluate the existing system and migrate to an integrated, open-source, cloud-based platform that could serve all sectors and enable informed decision making

Work Assignment Overview
Tasks/Milestone: Deliverables/Outputs:


Estimate Budget

Develop a detailed work plan, incorporating agile approach, to narrow project needs and requirements Work Plan 1 week 5%
Where possible, develop a web-based platform. Install and prepare identified basic, centralized infrastructure needed to host, manipulate and display spatial data Infrastructure in place 6 weeks 40%
Migrate datasets from current system to open source environment Populated layers in Geocode and web map 1 week 5%
Integrate and enable analysis and visualization of data from mobile apps such as Kobo Connection enabled to Kobo toolbox 1 week 5%
Integrate geospatial analytical tools and enable online editing capabilities Geo-analytical tools with editing options 3 weeks 15%
Develop functioning, online, interactive dashboard that could be used as a decision support system Dashboard 2 weeks 10%
Documentation covering all the above to facilitate future adjustment or extension Documentation 2 weeks 10%
Any other related deliverables as identified by the supervising UNICEF staff member. As applicable 4 weeks



























To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Geographic Information Systems, Computer Science, Information Technology or related field

Knowledge/Expertise/Skills required:

  • At least four years of experience working with open-source GIS technology
  • Strong Python skills (experience with libraries such as NumPy and Panda are an asset)
  • HTML/SQL Coding skills
  • Experience integrating RESTful APIs with interfaces
  • Experience with data analytics and data visualization
  • Experience with scripting, shell environments, and version control systems is an asset
  • Knowledge of geospatial data sources for disaster preparedness and response is a plus
  • Spoken and written fluency in English

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

• Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)
• Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
• Works Collaboratively with others (2)
• Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
• Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
• Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
• Drives to achieve impactful results (2)
• Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.


UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Kindly provide technical and all-inclusive financial proposal.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.


Advertised: Jun 28, 2021, E. Africa Standard Time
Application close: Jul 11, 2021, E. Africa Standard Time



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