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Geospatial Technical Officer | ReliefWeb

Background Information – Job-specific

The Somali Urban Investment Planning Project (SUIPP), financed by the Somali Multi-Partner Fund (MPF), is supporting the preparation of Feasibility Studies (FS) and Preliminary Engineering Designs (PEDs) across three cities of Somalia (Mogadishu, Garowe and Hargeisa). The Project is currently planning for 17 km of urban roads in Mogadishu and 29 km of urban roads in Garowe, community roads in all 17 districts of Mogadishu, improvement of the solid waste and liquid waste services and disposal in Hargeisa, and supplemental investment in the water supply improvement program of the Hargeisa Water Agency’. The FS and PEDs are currently being undertaken by UNOPS. The civil works for the above infrastructure will be implemented in the proposed follow on Somali Urban Development Project (SUDP).

A variation order has been approved for a new project to develop a Drainage Master Plan and Roads Inter-Connectivity in the city of Mogadishu.

a) The objective of the proposed study is to develop a road connectivity assessment and a trunk drainage masterplan for Mogadishu that guide the strategic and harmonized investments.

b) Such a plan gives an overview of the existing road network and drainage systems, allows BRA to identify key gaps, standardize the system design, and prioritize future investments based on evidence. Moreover, potential investors, namely the private sector and development partners are better able to identify investments that will have the highest economic and environmental returns.
**Work life harmonization – UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types.
This position is open to Kenyan nationals or those with Kenyan residency permits.
This position requires travelling in and out of Somalia. **

Functional Responsibilities

The Geospatial Technical Officer will include but not be limited to:

  • Guide, coordinate and monitor the field data collection with the support of local liaison and engineering students
  • Identify and employ appropriate geostatistical and spatial analysis techniques as required. Development of geodatabase and shapefiles as required
  • Identify appropriate GIS data sets/tools and sources
  • Perform necessary data analysis including spatial data analysis
  • Develop database on road and drainage study, data entry and data management
  • Translate roads and drainage study to the Masterplan and incorporate into the basemap
  • Assist in providing information for Mogadishu Drainage Master Plan by verifying the existing drainage location and transformed into a map that will produce GIS database
  • Superimpose the shortlisted road network to link with the urban and community roads chosen under SUIPP; develop a drawing and a database that will provide immediate information of the road network configuration
  • Any other duties as directed by UNOPS Project Manager.


A Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field i.e. Information System or other relevant field is required. A Master’s degree will be an asset.


  • A minimum of 2 years in Information Technology and/or Geospatial database management is required.
  • Skills in Geospatial database management is required.
  • Engineering, Construction, Land Surveying/Topographic Survey is desirable
  • Working experience in Somalia and or Somaliland will be an added advantage.


  • Full working knowledge of English is essential.


  • Integrity & Inclusion: Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
  • Leading Self and Others: Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
  • Partnering: Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
  • Results Orientation: Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
  • Agility: Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
  • Solution Focused: Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
  • Effective Communication: Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Local Contractor Agreement
Contract level: LICA 8
Contract duration:6 Months with possible extension subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance

Additional Considerations

Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information – UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners’ needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.

Background Information – East Africa Hub (EAH)

Located in Nairobi, Kenya, the East Africa Hub manages a growing portfolio of engagements, including associated strategic and operational risks. The East Africa sub-region currently consists of an established Operation Centre in South Sudan and a portfolio of engagements managed by the Kenya based East Africa Hub office. This includes primarily transactional projects in partnership with the Nairobi based UN Agencies UN-Habitat and UNEP, and multiple ‘operational’ projects in Somalia, Tanzania, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya and several island states.

Somalia Office

The UNOPS Somalia Office presently manages a significant portfolio of projects in Somalia and has its direct representational and oversight functions in Somalia, while maintaining a technical and administrative support capacity at the hub level in Nairobi. UNOPS works with multiple partners including the Governments of Somalia, bilateral and multilateral donors, and United Nations Agencies, Funds and Programmes.

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