GIS Specialists [South Sudanese Nationals Only] (1 position)

Location : Juba, SOUTH SUDAN
Application Deadline :25-Jun-13 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 months


Organizational Context

The Republic of South Sudan faces immense challenges to recovery and development posed by a complex set of security, political and socio-economic factors. The public finance management systems in south Sudan are weak and still in their infancy, the legal framework still has many gaps and the country has no credible long term resource planning and allocation framework.  Expenditure of public funds does not always conform to the approved budgets and funds are not always fully and properly recorded. The frequency and timeliness of financial reporting by the states has significantly improved with the introduction of the monthly meetings of the State Transfers Monitoring Committee, although the Committee notes that most of the financial report are incomplete and do not cover all transactions. Most importantly, most spending agencies do not conduct budget performance evaluations to inform resource allocation and management in the next cycle.

These challenges call for effective tools to assist the new government in identifying and prioritizing interventions that can enhance peace and stability.

The SDPPFM project was established in January 2012 with the aim of supporting all three levels of government (national, state and county) to implement a comprehensive poverty and conflict-sensitive development agenda, by building its capacity for evidence based planning, budgeting, programme execution, resource mobilization and allocation, as well as to ensure sound accounting of internal and external resources. The project is constituted from four related previous projects, namely Support to States (SSP) Local Government Recovery Project (LGRP), Support to Economic Planning (SEP) and the Crisis and Recovery Mapping and Analysis (CRMA) projects.

Therefore a key element of this project is the existing information management support to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), provided through the CRMA component as part of UNDP’s packaged technical assistance aimed at enhancing capacities of government institutions to effectively produce, analyze and strategically intervene in conflict and crisis prevention and recovery.

This has primarily been done through the establishment of an Information Management Working Group (IMWG), a common platform for information sharing and management between governmental institutions and international partners in South Sudan. The platform, hosted by the national Bureau of Statistics (NBS) utilizes integrated information tools to facilitate multi-actor collaboration and coordination, with an updating mechanism that provides all recovery and development actors with a common basic package of available and relevant information for their individual analysis and planning efforts.

The project has also worked with government and community actors to develop a template for state and community-level participatory workshops that capture community perceptions of priorities and emerging risks.  This community level process serves to provide a link between state and population with the findings feeding directly back into state policy. As such, an initial cycle of direct support to state-level mapping of key socio-economic threats and risks has been conducted with the full involvement of relevant state and local authorities. The methodology focuses on a participatory and consultative approach, ensuring leadership and ownership of the process is firmly embedded with the project’s counterparts.

The project also offers tailored technical support to UN agencies, government partners, INGOs and other actors in their work on needs assessments, disaster risk reduction and early warning as well as monitoring and evaluation, using GIS based analysis and planning support tools.

Duties and Responsibilities

Functions / Key Results Expected.
Summary of Key Functions:

The GIS specialists will be based within the National Bureau of Statistics working under the direct supervision of the GIS team leader. He/she, will undertake the following tasks:

  • Collect, process and package multi sourced sectoral data and Millenium development Goals (MDG) indicators and maintain a geo-database within the National Bureau of Statistics;
  • Assist in the production of 10 physical state atlases, by producing the required maps with relevant sectoral data sets;
  • Produce thematic and sectoral analysis maps in support to the annual state and county planning and budgeting process and the proposed county strategic plan review process in 14 target counties of Unity and Eastern Equatoria states;
  • Conduct GIS on-the job-training of NBS GIS staff in particular, state physical atlas production, map production and geospatial analysis;
  • Conduct GPS training to pre-census mapping team.


The following are the key deliverables expected during and towards the end of the assignment: 

  • Updated NBS geo-database with multi-sourced socio-economic data sets and MDG indicators;
  • Completed 10 physical state atlases;
  • Analysis maps produced in support to state and county annual planning and budegtting; and county strategic planning review process in Unity and EES states;
  • Training in GPS and mapping conducted for field field teams in support to proposed pre-census mapping.

Delivery Timelines.
Activity Timeframe,  Location Method.

Produce an updated geo-database with a wide variety of multi-sourced socio-economic data sets and MDG indicators:

 1 July to 31 December 2013: Juba:

  • Compile, process, georeference multi sourced datasets in NBS geodatabase;
  • Update NBS geodatabase with new datasets;
  • Package the datasets in thematic format. 

Assist in the production of 10 physical state atlases:
1 July to 30 September 2013: Juba:  

  • Design templates, produce maps, source graphics, and pictures, and incorporate all components according to atlas layouts;
  • Produce analysis maps in support to state and county annual planning and budgeting.
1 July to October  2013: Juba:
  • Update database with validated datasets;
  • Conduct sectoral geo-spatial analysis;
  • Produce electronic and hard maps containing   analysis;
  • Conduct pre-census mapping training completed.
1 July to 31 December 2013:  
  • Produce GPS trainning tools in accordance with the existing GPS training manual;
  • Conduct meetinsg with NBS GIS departments to define training schedules;
  • Conduct training.


Functional Competencies:    

Building Strategic Partnerships.
Maintaining information and databases:
  • Analyzes general information and selects materials in support of partnership building initiatives.
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing.
Basic research and analysis:
  • Researches best practices and poses new, more effective ways of doing things;
  • Documents innovative strategies and new approaches.
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise.
Fundamental knowledge of processes, methods and procedures:
  • Understands the main processes and methods of work regarding this position;
  • Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning;
  • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments.
Promoting Organizational Change and Development.
Presentation of information on best practices in organizational change:
  • Demonstrates ability to identify problems and proposes solutions.
Client Orientation.
Maintains effective client relationships:
  • Reports to internal and external clients in a timely and appropriate fashion;
  • Organizes and prioritizes work schedules to meet client needs and deadlines;
  • Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients;
  • Responds to client needs promptly.
Promoting Accountability and Results-Based Management.
Gathering and disseminating information:
  • Prepares timely inputs to reports.

Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity; 
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
  • Self-development, initiative-taking;
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work;
  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively;
  • Creating synergies through self-control;
  • Managing conflict;
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member;
  • Informed and transparent decision making.

Required Skills and Experience


  • University degree (Bachelor’s or Master’s), preferably in Computer
    Sciences, Engineering, Geographic Information Systems or related field.


  • Minimum 5 years professional working experience at the national or international levels of responsibility in supporting information technology infrastructures;
  • Strong practical knowledge and experience in Relational Database Management Systems, Access, SQL, Dot Net Framework, especially C# and knowledge in management of binary or text files;
  • Familiarity with Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) and Spatial Database Engines (SDE);
  • Knowledge about GIS and mapping software.

Language Requirements: 

  • Good English writing and oral skills.
FC: 04000

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