|Listed on:||14th July|
Job Title: Head of Geospatial Services.
Job Purpose: Leading the quality and delivery of MapAction's geospatial services globally.
Location: Remote with requirement to attend monthly in person coordination meeting and training weekends.
Contract: Full time, substantive position. 37.5 hours per week (FTE).
Responsible to: Operations Director.
Who we are:
MapAction believes that applying geospatial expertise to humanitarian situations can greatly improve outcomes for the people affected.
Global humanitarian needs outstrip resources. Expert geospatial and data analysis can help stretch those resources for maximum impact. We are a non-profit organisation that collaborates with partners around the world to help anticipate, prepare for and respond to humanitarian emergencies. We strive to ensure governments, regional and local disaster management agencies and humanitarian responders have access to the information and analysis that they need to make key decisions, at the right times, to save lives and alleviate suffering.
We are a team of around 100 people, 75% of them expert volunteers, plus a small roster of standby consultants. Combining the passion of volunteerism with the rigour and reliability of professional standards, the ‘MapAction spirit' is something we work hard to maintain and the willingness of our team to go the extra mile is often fed back to us.
With more than 20 years of experience and learning gleaned from attending well over 100 different humanitarian emergencies and supporting countless more remotely, we have developed a unique and continually requested range of capacities. We freely share the knowledge we have acquired by teaching and training humanitarian coordinators to use maps and other geospatial products to help them make better decisions. We also help put in place the systems, resources and data required to build resilience to disasters and protect vulnerable communities.
Always seeking improvement, we're developing new technologies and approaches to ensure the data, maps and tools that are essential in humanitarian crises are made available as quickly as possible, or even prepared ahead of time. When major emergencies happen, we can still provide surge support to our partners at just 24 hours notice, enabling them to make sense of chaotic, dangerous and rapidly evolving situations and coordinate the most effective response.
Our combination of wide-ranging expertise in geospatial information and data analysis, allied with extensive knowledge and experience from the heart of humanitarian emergencies uniquely positions MapAction to continue improving the impact and effectiveness of humanitarian aid now and into the future.
What will you do?
The role is far ranging and impactful. As well as ensuring the provision of robust and high quality geospatial services, you will be critical in driving innovation by working closely with the technical team to grow our capability. You will be involved in all aspects of MapAction's operational activity, from emergency responses, both remote and deployed, through the planning and delivery of internal and external training, and supporting preparedness activity with partners globally. Having an excellent understanding of information management in humanitarian or development contexts and an extensive knowledge of practical applications of geospatial technologies will make you an excellent candidate for the role.
You will need to be an experienced leader, able to work closely with a variety of technical experts in challenging, high pressure and time constrained situations. You will need experience in project and programme management, comfortable with uncertainty and able to manage relationships with multiple partners concurrently.
The Head of Geospatial Services sits in the Operations team, working closely with the Operations Director and line managing the Geospatial Coordinator.
Job satisfaction will come from working with committed and passionate staff and volunteers alike, all working towards common humanitarian outcomes.
Delivering geospatial excellence:
Evolving MapAction's Offer:
Maintaining MapAction's capability:
Ensuring quality and compliance:
This is a big role but you are not alone. We support each other to get things done. We recognise that the role asks for a broad range of skills and experience. However, if you believe you are a good match for the role with skills and experience we may not have listed we'd be interested to hear from you.
Contact Name: MapAction
Job ID: 2954945