Project Officer, Geospatial Data (GRID3), Maputo 194 views

Job Title: NATIONAL POST: Project Officer, Geospatial Data (GRID3), SB4, Maputo- Mozambique

Job ID: 27181

Location: East and Southern Africa

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Rotation: This post is non-rotational.

Duty Station: Maputo, Mozambique

Closing Date: 9 December 2019 (5pm, Maputo time)

Duration: One year (*)

Post Type: Service Contract

Please note that this vacancy is open to nationals of Mozambicans.

  • No expectancy of renewal in accordance with UN Staff Regulation
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Organizational Setting

The Position:

Under the direct supervision of the Technical Advisor for Population and Development (P&D) and the overall supervision of the Assistant Representative, the Project Officer for the project Geo-Referenced Infrastructure and Demographic Data for Development – GRID3 will work as a member of the P&D Team in the UNFPA Country Office and serve as a technical resource person in his/her field of expertise. S/he will be primarily responsible for developing and implementing appropriate engagement approaches with government stakeholders, UN, and others. S/he will coordinate UNFPA’s support on implementation GRID3 activities at the national level.

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s new strategic plan (2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence (GBV) and harmful practices.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

Job Purpose:

Launched in March 2018, the Geo-Referenced Infrastructure and Demographic Data for Development (GRID3) is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and implemented through an international partnership between UNFPA, WorldPop and Flowminder at the University of Southampton, and Columbia University’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN). The initiative aims to work hand-in-hand with governments and local stakeholders in low- and middle-income countries to facilitate the production, collection, storage, use, and dissemination of high-resolution population, infrastructure and other geo-referenced data in support of national sectoral development priorities, informed decision-making, humanitarian efforts, and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Project Officer will provide leadership and technical guidance for the GRID3 project in Mozambique. S/he will support the Institute for National Statistics and other national partner institutions in the planning, implementation and monitoring of the project.

Main Tasks & Responsibilities

The Project Officer: Geospatial Data (GRID3) is responsible for:

Project Management

â— In close collaboration and coordination with GRID3 Secretariat, ensure the implementation of GRID3 national work plan, with a focus on the design, planning, delivery, and reporting of capacity strengthening activities;

â— Liaise with INE and other counterparts to ensure effective coordination and communication and promote a collaborative work relationship with the various members of the GRID3 Mozambique Steering and Technical Committees, and other stakeholders;

â— Organize and facilitate regular stakeholder consultations and project review meetings;

â— Participate in weekly conference calls of the GRID 3 Mozambique team;

â— Plan and organize capacity building activities, prepare Terms of Reference (ToRs), concept notes, meeting agendas and other information documents as required;

â— Provide technical and logistic support to the GRID 3 international missions visiting Mozambique, as well as for delegates of national partner institutions participating in international GRID 3 events;

â— Provide leadership in analyzing and reporting of programme implementation level, identifying constraints and delays in implementation and changes necessary for plans and / or budgets, using timely and appropriate monitoring and measuring mechanisms and tools;

â— Create synergies between the GRID 3 project and other UNFPA programme components (SRH, youth, population and development, gender), promoting the use of geo-referenced data across all programme areas;

â— Liaise with UNFPA CO Finance and Operations and other relevant members of staff to ensure efficient and effective implementation of the programme and proper application of UNFPA policies, strategies, guidelines and tools, ensuring consistency and coherence in addressing priorities for UNFPA.

Technical support

â— Assist with GIS and statistical analyses; data preparation for spatial modeling and web mapping applications; and the preparation of high quality cartographic products for publications and presentations;

â— Contribute to the development of GIS tools and processes to map data at subnational levels, including socioeconomic and biophysical indicators;

â— Identify innovative ways for promoting the use of georeferenced data across sectors, and with a focus on emergency preparedness and humanitarian response;

â— Document, catalogue, and manage national and regional spatial data sets;

â— Contribute to delivering training in the use of geospatial data and other capacity building activities;

â— Identify priority issues, opportunities and major events by proposing appropriate web platforms and conceptualizing new solutions.


When appropriate, undertake other managerial and/or programme implementation duties assigned by the supervisor, Assistant Representative, Deputy Representative and/or Representative

Qualifications and Experience


  • Bachelor degree in physical geography, demography, social sciences, or other related disciplines
  • A certification in project management is an asset.

Knowledge and experience

  • Minimum of five years of professional experience in management/coordination of national projects or their components;
  • Minimum of two years of professional experience in relevant substantive area, preferably in the public sector, NGOs and/or multilateral/international institutions as a GIS Manager, GIS Coordinator, or similar position.
  • Prior experience or a keen interest in the use of GIS technology/data to inform economic policy;
  • Experience managing data collection, entry and maintenance;
  • Knowledge of result-based management and reporting frameworks;
  • Professional-level experience in the design, development, implementation and administration of geographic information systems is desirable;
  • Familiarity with UNFPA/UN country programs and operations and procedures in an asset.

Technical and IT Skills

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and the latest Office software applications;
  • Experience with a range of relevant technologies: client/server hardware and software; input/output technology, digitizing equipment; internet services and related technologies;
  • Knowledge of publishing on ArcGIS Server and working with ArcGIS Online;
  • Practical and technical experience in using and developing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is desirable;
  • Understanding of vector and raster applications and experience in remote sensing data is an asset.

Language Requirements

  • Excellent oral and written communication in both English and Portuguese.

Required Competencies

Core Competencies

  • Integrity/Commitment to mandate, knowledge sharing/continuous learning, valuing diversity;
  • Managing Relationships: Working in teams, communicating information and ideas, conflict and self-management;
  • Working with people: Empowerment/Developing people/performance management;
  • Personal Leadership and Effectiveness: Strategic and analytical thinking, results orientation/commitment to excellence, appropriate and transparent decision making;
  • Good financial management skills.


  • Exemplifying integrity;
  • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system;
  • Embracing cultural diversity;
  • Promoting innovation and positive change.

Managerial Competencies

  • Providing strategic focus;
  • Engaging in internal/external partners and stakeholders;
  • Leading, developing and empowering people, creating a culture of performance;
  • Making decisions and exercising judgment.

Functional competencies

  • Advocacy/Advancing a policy-oriented agenda;
  • Results-based programme development and management;
  • Innovation and marketing of new approaches;
  • Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/Building strategic alliances and partners;
  • Demonstrated willingness to work as part of a team;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication skills and negotiation skills;
  • Training and facilitation skills;
  • Ability to conduct operational/interventional research.

UNFPA Work Environment

UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, Embracing diversity in all its forms, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply. UNFPA promotes equal opportunities for all including persons with disabilities.

Compensation and Benefits

This position offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive gross salary plus health insurance for only the staff, 4% for the social security.



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