GIS Expert
Location: Faryab,
Last Date: July 31, 2008

I. Background on ACTED

ACTED is an independent international, private, non-partisan and non-profit organization that operates according to principles of strict neutrality, political and religious impartiality, and non discrimination.

ACTED was created in 1993 to support populations affected by the conflict in Afghanistan. Based in Paris, France, ACTED now operates in 22 countries worldwide, with over 120 international and 2500 national staff. ACTED has a 40 million € budget for over 150 projects spanning 8 sectors of intervention; including emergency relief, food security, health promotion, economic development, education & training, microfinance, local governance & institutional support, and cultural promotion.

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II. Country Profile

Active since 1993, ACTED Afghanistan is the organisation’s longest running and largest operation. Today, with a staff of close to one thousand people, ACTED Afghanistan implements projects from emergency to development throughout the entire northern region of the country. Current emergency projects include land allocation, returnee reintegration, and emergency shelter reconstruction. Rehabilitation efforts include peaceful coexistence trainings, local governance initiatives, rapid rural project generation initiatives, and livelihood recovery programs; while development projects include micro finance, cultural promotion efforts and cooperation with the National Solidarity Program (NSP). Future ACTED Afghanistan interventions include expanded support to the resettlement and reintegration process for returnees, a multi sector rural development program in the Faryab, and the development of National Solidarity Program activities in previously isolated areas.

III. Project Profile

In the framework of its humanitarian and development operations, ACTED Afghanistan was selected as grant manager for a large and complex program in Faryab Province, including the following sectors: Shelter assistance, Water and Sanitation, Food Security, Livelihood and Community-Driven Reconstruction. For each sector, ACTED will either (a) sub-contract a leading specialist organization or (b) implement the activities directly if no appropriate partner is identified.

The GIS/MIS expert will support the project by developing and following up a project database as well a number of relevant GIS maps. In particular s/he will: develop project databases, strategies, best practices and guidelines for ACTED’s GIS/database department; supporting the development of ACTED's human resources capacity in the sector; ensuring that ACTED and its Implementing Partners receive effective technical assistance in GIS and database during project implementation.

IV. Post Profile:

• Prepare and conceptualize the Program Information Management System database and develop the data entry interfaces for the different project components;
• Preparation, conception and production of maps, including the supervision and monitoring of mapping-related data collection and ensuring dynamic linkages between GIS data and Project Database;
• Supervising and monitoring of data collection process and ensuring dynamic linkages between GIS data and Project Database;
• Train national team on usage of GIS/maps/GPS and database and on the process of entering data.
• Drafting data entry workplans for completing of the required tasks and update them throughout the implementation of the project. The workplans should correspond with the Reporting Deadlines. It is the responsibility of the GIS/MIS expert to alert in advance if the deadlines set for the database aren’t going to be met;
• Creating, upgrading and maintenance of the database and ensure an accurate link between the GIS and the Database data, cross check data collected in the field and to develop dynamic links between Database and GIS data and to ensure regular updates and solve eventual discrepancies;
• Ensures that the produced reports meet the requirements of the project coordinator / country director.
• Working with the Project Departments and Reporting Department to create data entry interfaces for all program activities;
• Creation of the database and interface for program teams and training of data entry operators;
• Cooperating with Project Manager to ensure that deadlines set for the data entry are being met and that data can be available before the reporting deadlines;
• Work closely with project Manager and Reporting Department to design reports that use the data in the database in order to facilitate the effective reporting on the products and activities.
• Identify map information needs and access map information sources
• Ensure an accurate link between the GIS and the Database data, cross check data collected in the field and to develop dynamic links between Database and GIS data and to ensure regular updates and solve eventual discrepancies;
• Ensure that the produced maps meet the requirements of concerned project teams and coordination.
• Conceptualize methodologies for collecting GPS and other GIS related data, as according to need;
• Organize and supervise GIS field missions;
• Managing and supervising the GIS assistant and the staff on the GIS;
• Monitor accuracy of data collected.
• To work according to the priorities set by the Project Manager, Area Coordinator and / or Country Director and organize weekly Database/GIS Department meetings

V. Qualifications:

• Relevant university degree.
• Good command of Database and GIS software (especially ACCESS, FoxPro and ArcView), Excel and Word. Familiarity with other information and data sources related to Databases to be recommended to ACTED for better Database practices would be an asset;
• At least 4 years of relevant work experience, preferably in a development, emergency or post-conflict setting.
• Excellent written English skills required.
• Strong project management skills.
• Organized and detail oriented, with an ability to multi-task.
• Must be able to function effectively in a fluid, loosely structured, but complex work environment and to set appropriate priorities and deal effectively with numerous simultaneous requirements.
• Must be able to work independently, with minimum supervision, within the context of a larger team.
• Willingness to live and work in an insecure environment and to travel regularly to program locations as security allows.

VI. Conditions:

-Salary defined by the ACTED salary grid; educational level, expertise, hardship, security, and performance are considered for pay bonus
-Additional monthly living allowance
-Free food and lodging provided at the organisation’s guesthouse/or housing allowance (depending on contract length and country of assignment)
-Transportation costs covered, including additional return ticket + luggage allowance
-Provision of medical, life, and repatriation insurance + retirement package

VII. Submission of Application

Please send, in English, your cover letter, CV, and three references to


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