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Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialist

Job Type : Contract
Education Requirement : Bachelor Degree
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Experience : 3 to 5 years
Work Days : Monday To Friday
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WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


JOB TITLE: Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialist

TYPE OF CONTRACT: International Consultant 

UNIT/DIVISION: Myanmar Country Office 

DUTY STATION (City, Country): Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

DURATION: 3 Months (non-consecutive) Contract (Start June 2021) This expert will be engaged for a total of 3 months over a period of 6 years. The exact periods of engagement will be defined later and ultimately validated at the start of the project. (Start June 2021) 


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. 

The 2020 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to WFP is recognition that ending hunger is a critical first step towards global peace. WFP recognizes that one of the greatest contributions it can make to humanity is to provide a voice to the 690 million hungry people in the world. The Nobel Peace Prize gives us a platform to make their needs heard and to mobilize support for the assistance they need. 


The Republic of the Union of Myanmar has received financing from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to implement a 6 years project named Resilient Community Development Project (RCDP).The Department of Rural Development (DRD) under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI) is the implementing Agency. The Main Implementing Consultant and its team of expert will be contracted to support the implementation of the programme in all its aspects. 

The main outcome of the project is to improve standard of living and resilience of targeted communities through three outputs: (i) development of climate and disaster resilient community infrastructure; (ii) development of resilient livelihood activities for poor men and women; and (iii) strengthening of institutional and organizational capacity of communities and government. The project will adopt a proven Community-Based Development (CBD) approach to deliver community infrastructure and livelihood subprojects to 17 poor, vulnerable townships covering 791 village tracts and 2,942 villages with a population of about 1.8 million people. 


Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialist will assist the RCDP to establish a geo-database system for the generation of maps and other GIS-based thematic data as required by the project. The specialist will support the PMU and DRD GIS Unit in establishing systems for the geo-referencing of community development planning information as required by the project. 

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive) 

  • Prepare the specifications for a GIS platform for the RCDP, to be established by the DRD GIS Unit, that includes a real time data exchange mechanism from township and village to Union Level using applicable smartphone apps or software;
  • Establish procedures for the DRD GIS Unit to provide operation and maintenance support to the RCDP geo- database system including consolidation of geo-tagged files and generate regular and on-demand GIS-based thematic data analysis and maps for operations, monitoring, evaluation, reporting, and feedback;
  • Provide training to DRD and PMU staff on geo-database management and geo-tagging;
  • Develop a syllabus for GIS training of PIU/SSP teams after analyzing RCDP requirements and DRD GIS Unit capabilities;
  • Conduct a training course for PMU and DRD GIS Unit staff on GIS applications for climate & disaster risk and vulnerability analysis;
  • Support the MIC, SSP and DRD GIS Unit in analyzing in GIS environment the available data; and
  • Align the RCDP GIS platform with other DRD GIS platforms for data sharing and development.



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in geography, computer science, surveying engineering, forestry or earth science or related discipline
  • Secondary qualifications in GIS, mapping

Work Experience: 

  • 8 years of professional experience of which 3 years in developing countries 

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Experience in creation of topographic maps from remote sensing data
  • Experience in the creation of web-enabled GIS solutions using both commercial and open source software
  • Experience in the design, specification, procurement and establishment of GIS hardware/software solutions, including the use of smartphones for data collection
  • Preferably having experience in donor financed projects
  • Preferably having experience in village mapping
  • Working experience in Myanmar and/or South East Asia is essential 


  • Fluency in written and spoken English 


25 November 2020, Midnight, Bangkok Time.

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply 

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status. No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

 We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our organisation. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.

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