Geospatial Technologies Job Opportunity at International Committee Of The red Cross

Credits: ICRC

Credits: ICRC

Deadline : 17th of December 2014,


 Location: Headquarters

 Job Title :GIS and satellite imagery analyst

Harnessing GIS, Satellite imagery and other new technologies for Protection Work – 100 % – Permanent contract – Male or Female

Purpose of the post

The Protection Division of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is seeking an experienced practitioner to lead the development of the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), including Satellite Imagery and other new technologies, for protection work in the field. He/she is responsible for operational and research mapping and geospatial analysis related to protection issues.

The holder of the position develops data visualization tools and methodologies and provides guidance to the teams using them in the field, integrating available technologies into ICRC’s response, particularly with regard to the ICRC’s protection action in emergency situations. He exploits satellite images and provides analysis in the form of written reports and GIS products.

He also leads the development of the use of other new technologies and methodologies, such as crowdsourcing, to improve our protection response.

The position requires solid technical skills, GIS knowledge and image analysis training and experience.


Main responsibilities

As a team member of the Protection of Civilians Unit and working in cooperation with the GIS team in the Assistance Division and in the field, the Analyst conducts and supports geospatial data processing, data management and analysis. He/she is responsible for:

  • Designing, developing or adapting, managing and maintaining tools and methodologies for the use of spatial data and geodatabase technologies in relation to protection issues.
  • Generating maps and imagery-derived products, attributing GIS data to support documentation of protection issues documented in the field.
  •  Exploiting satellite imagery to support remote documentation of protection concerns.
  • Advising, training and coaching staff working, in order to enable them to incorporate the use of visual data, satellite imagery analysis and geo-referencing into their protection activities.
  • Maintaining contacts with networks of practitioners and other humanitarian organisations, to share experience and good practices and where possible develop partnerships.


Key tasks

  • Develop methodology and tools regarding the use of GIS for protection work and facilitate their implementation in the field (pilots, lessons learned…).
  • To obtain, import, manipulate, analyze, interpret, manage and output spatial data in order to enhance ICRC’s protection response.
  • Provide a rapid assessment and mapping services from high resolution images for teams in the field following a conflict emergency.
  • Create appealing infographics allowing for a better understanding and visualisation of complex data.
  • Ensure internal operational procedures to enable rapid and guaranteed access to satellite images
  • Ensure alignment of Protection data with the ICRC Geographic Referential
  • Assist in capacity building for field staff on fundamental concepts of GIS and spatial analysis including its strengths and limitations.
  • Provide technical guidance to delegations in the field to explore the use of other new technologies and methodologies for protection work.
  • Attend and contribute to ICRC GIS officers seminars and trainings


Profile and skills

  • Technical college or University degree in GIS or related field
  • 2 years’ work experience in a similar function
  • A comprehensive understanding of the principles of analysis of satellite images and willingness to learn new skills.
  • Understanding of the use of new technologies for humanitarian response (dynamic mapping tools, data management, crowdsourcing, etc.).
  • Experience in project management, data collection, mapping and database design.
  • Good knowledge of available geo-data management and visualisation tools (ArcGIS, advanced MS Excel, Illustrator, OverpassAPI (OSM), ENVI, ERDAS, eCognition, etc… ).
  • Experience or a strong personal interest in the humanitarian field, including in protection issues.
  • Knowledge of ICRC work and methodology an asset.
  • Good networking skills.
  • Fluent in English, other languages (French, Spanish…) an asset.


Minimum length of assignment: 3 years

Starting date: 1 March 2015

Application documents required: CV and motivation letter


If this post interests you and you meet the requirements set out above, please send your application by the 17th of December 2014, to mentioning “PROT/CIV – Application – GIS” in the subject of your message.


Only applications via this e-mail will be considered for this campaign. If you don’t receive a reply to your application within one month, please consider that your file has not been shortlisted.



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