Geographic Information System Officer

World Food Programme, Egypt

Skill Required:, IT and ICT
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
28th July, 2019

Job Description


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

Are you passionate about Monitoring & Evaluation and are your keen to apply your knowledge and skills in a humanitarian context and contribute to our mandate of achieving Zero Hunger?


  • Make a difference, the world will notice.
  • We are driven by our mission to fight world hunger and feed people’s dreams of a brighter future.


  • Build bridges that unite people across the world.
  • Being part of a global, diverse and multicultural community like WFP, will continuously expose you to new ideas and perspectives.
  • How we deliver our mission in a deep respect for personal and cultural differences and close collaboration between every member of our global team, will certainly enrich your experience and knowledge on so many levels.


  • Unlock possibilities you never thought you'd find.
  • WFP goes anywhere it is needed and does whatever it takes to get the job done.


  • Reach beyond yourself and discover your true potential.
  • WFP offers the kind of life-changing experiences you’re unlikely to find in many other organizations.


  • Education: University degree in relevant areas including Geographic Information System, Remote Sensing, and computer science
  • Experience: Three years post-graduate professional experience in using GIS / RS analysis

Knowledge & Skills:

Up-to-date with latest mapping techniques, geospatial data management and applications development is needed; Extensive knowledge of ESRI ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Server; Proficiency with Spatial Data Engine (SDE), geodatabase design, and geodatabase management; Familiarity with developing web-mapping application using ArcGIS Online (AGOL) and other web mapping and smart phone apps designing is essential; Excellent inter-personal and general communication skills; Strong service orientation; Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment; Knowledge of data modeling languages including PYTOHN, R and familiarity of statistical packages such as SPSS and STATA will be preferred; Demonstrated data visualization skills are needed.


Good writing and communication skills in English and Arabic


WFP Regional Bureau for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and East Europe (RBC), based in Cairo, contributes and supports the governments in the region to increase food security for vulnerable populations through providing technical supports and guidance to the Country Offices.

Since mid-2017, RBC has initiated the process of implementing a regional GIS strategy and setting up a regional GIS infrastructure in coordination with relevant teams at the Headquarter, including the GIS teams from the Emergency Preparedness Division (OSE) and VAM, as well as the Operation Technology Division (OST) at the RBC. Through the process of setting up the GIS infrastructure, data standardization for geospatial data has been achieved for priority countries. The data standardization for socio economic data and its integration into the geospatial data is yet to be achieved.


Geospatial data management using an enterprise geodatabase and building/maintaining web mapping applications is a key area of focus in regional GIS strategy to make progress in food security and vulnerability analysis, and Early Warning (EW). Maps are a powerful means to advocate the issue of food insecurity and vulnerability, providing essential guidance for programme targeting. A strong GIS capacity is also essential to allow WFP to rapidly respond in case of emergency by providing geographic information on people’s locations, accessibility and likely damage impact.

Against the background, the RBC VAM seeks for an experienced, resourceful, strategic and dynamic professional, who can further explore opportunities in the region and bring a tangible progress in the areas described above.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive):

Under the supervision of Regional GIS, Information & Knowledge Management Officer, the National GIS Officer will be responsible for;

  • Following corporate guidelines, designing and developing standardized maps and infographics to inform WFP, donors and stakeholders on achievements and response in the region;
  • Contributing to the development/updating of the interactive web-mapping applications to support effective information management in line with WFP and UN corporate policies and practices;
  • Maintaining and updating the spatial data infrastructure (SDI) for the storage of geospatial data layers in a centralized regional repository for all the countries in the region and establishing linkages to the corporate SDI database in close coordination with relevant teams at RBC and HQ, including the GIS teams from the Emergency Preparedness Division (OSE) and VAM;
  • Ensuring the use of standardized and updated geospatial data layers and best practices in the region;
  • Coordinating the execution of the new set-ups and the implementations of commonly agreed-upon GIS infrastructure in selected COs while ensuring data integration between the RBC and the HQ nodes for data sharing and interoperability;
  • Updating and maintaining the inventory of GIS/Remote Sensing (RS) datasets and maps to ascertain data/map needs and gaps while identifying new data sources to ensure data preparedness for timely solution and response;
  • Ensuring the production of metadata to document on all existing database implementations while conducting regular updates;
  • Updating data layers in the SDI following the corporate guidelines of spatial data management;
  • Server management of Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) at the regional level;
  • Coordinate with ICT to ensure the availability of geodatabase server and timely SDI backups;


  • Designing and developing standard procedures to synchronize the geodatabase between country offices and headquarters and ensure the synchronization on regular agreed intervals;
  • Providing data management/updating trainings in the region;
  • Ensure the development and production of maps and related mapping documents to effectively support WFP/VAM in its cartographic needs;
  • Work with WFP's partner to identify needs and advise on the GIS products and mapping capacity;
  • Provide training and develop WFP and national skills in GIS and Remote Sensing;
  • Identify requirements for spatial analysis and products relevant to activities of WFP;
  • Prepare and distribute maps, in various formats (hard-copy with small to large format printing, digital and web-compatible);
  • Supervise the collection, data structuring and archiving of geographic information related to food security and vulnerability data;
  • Participate in sectoral working groups to identify GIS information needs and provide technical support;
  • Any other duties as may be requested by the Head of VAM unit;


  • Standardized maps and infographics are timely updated.
  • Develop and maintain web mapping applications to visualize food security and emergency preparedness information online.
  • Maintain and update Spatial Data Infrastructure to ensure the availability of updated geospatial information layers when needed;
  • Implementations of the corporate Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) in selected countries as prioritized in the annual workplan;


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