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  • Posted on: 11 July, 2018 Deadline: 27 July, 2018
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    Kenya Red Cross Society is one of the largest humanitarian organizations in Kenya. Our mission is to timely, effectively and innovatively deliver humanitarian services with respect, in solidarity and accountability to our stakeholders, our communities and affected populations.

    The Society is looking for a qualified person to fill the following positions:

    GIS Expert


    Reporting to: Head of Research, Knowledge and Learning

    The GIS expert is responsible for collecting geo-data from numerous sources and for creating and sharing maps and other geo-information products from the data collected for managing data collection toolkits in use by the Kenya Red Cross and ICHA, such as OpenDataKit, OpenMapKit and Akvo Flow. This person will also maintain and prepare the hardware needed for data collection, train enumerators for data collection, and lead them in data collection missions. This position works closely together with the MEAL department and reports to the Data Team Leader.

    Main Duties and Responsibilities

    • Understand information needs by Kenya Red Cross decision makers and translate these into data collection, analysis and GIS products.
    • Identify, review and utilize open geo-data sources and combine these with data collected by Kenya Red Cross Society
    • Organize Missing Maps events in Kenya and organize and lead field mapping activities (see missingmaps.org).
    • Migrate geo-data into OpenStreetMap and other data to a Kenya Red Cross Society data repository (such as HDX).
    • Support Kenya Red Cross Society in using the products, maps, and visualizations provided by the team.
    • Support and guide students and volunteers that work on GIS in the team.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • A University degree in geographical information systems (GIS).
    • Track record showing the capacity to use data to improve processes, operations and decision-making.
    • At least 3 years of professional experience in GIS.

    Key Competencies


    • Demonstrable interest in humanitarian aid.
    • Skilled in GIS software such as QGIS, databases such as PostgreSQL.
    • Skilled in data collection toolkits such as OpenDataKit and able to train others in the use.
    • Experienced with editing in OpenStreetMap, through JOSM and ID-editor.
    • Excellent command of English language (written and verbally).


    Work experience in an international development or humanitarian setting.


    • Committed to customer excellence.
    • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure.
    • Self-confidence.
    • Strong listening and feedback skills
    • Being able to communicate clearly and concisely (written and verbally).
    • Being trustworthy.

    Method of Application

    Interested candidates who meet the above qualifications should send their applications clearly marked with the reference number to careers@redcross.or.ke addressed as below on or before 27th July 2018.

    The Secretary General
    Kenya Red Cross Society
    P.O. Box 40712-00100

    Note: applications which do not meet the above requirements will not be considered. Only Shortlisted Candidates will be contacted.

    Job disclaimer and notification:

    Kenya Red Cross Society is an equal opportunity employer and does not charge / accept any amount or security deposit from job seekers during the selection process or while inviting candidates for an interview.

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