REACH GIS Officer Job Vacancy in Nairobi, Kenya - ACTED

Position Title: REACH GIS Officer

Department: REACH

Position: REACH GIS Officer

Country/s HoA

Duration: Fixed

Location: Nairobi

Expected Start Date: ASAP

REACH was born in 2010 as a joint initiative of two International NGOs (IMPACT Initiatives and ACTED) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT). REACH’s purpose is to promote and facilitate the development of information products that enhance the humanitarian community’s decision-making and planning capacity for emergency, reconstruction and development contexts, supporting and working within the framework of the humanitarian reform process. REACH facilitates information management for aid actors through three complementary services: (a) need and situation assessments facilitated by REACH teams; (b) situation analysis using satellite imagery; (c) provision of related database and (web)-mapping facilities and expertise.

The GIS Officer – HoA will play a pivotal role in supporting REACH’s interventions across Horn of Africa generally and Ethiopia specifically, which covers a range of thematic topics to better inform humanitarian actors supporting communities in conflict- or drought- affected areas. In Ethiopia, the RS/GIS Officer would contribute to a range of activities including multi-sectoral approaches, thematic monitoring assessments on agricultural activity, markets, food security, water and sanitation, and nutrition, and other innovative methodologies or analyses to support the wide humanitarian programme cycle.

Furthermore, the drought situation continues to worsen in the Horn of Africa and rain forecasts indicate the October to December 2022 rainy season is likely to fail. REACH is expanding its work to include Remote Sensing and regional analysis across the drought affected areas in the Horn of Africa Region (Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia). The Remote Sensing/GIS Officer – HoA will help to provide more analysis capacity to these initiatives and provide much-needed granular data on the drought across the region.


Under the line management of the Senior Data/GIS Manager, the REACH GIS Officer is responsible for the production of REACH’s Remote sensing and GIS products in Ethiopia, including the preparation of research design, formulation of necessary tools to undertake remote sensing tasks, developing relevant visualization of Remote sensing analysis outputs, and integration of spatial analyses across relevant research cycles.


  1. Research Planning
  • Lead on all planning aspects of dedicated remote sensing research cycles, including the drafting of research terms of reference, identification of required imagery, base layers, and other analytical inputs, as well as the coordination and identification of inputs from cross-disciplinary team members (assessment and data officers).
  • In coordination with relevant assessment and data officer(s), support assessment and survey planning processes, including the review of research terms of references and analysis plans with a view towards the integration of robust sampling approaches and possible geospatial or remote sensing analyses;
  • Produce geo-spatial analysis of assessment areas to be used in developing assessment field plans, when required;
  • In coordination with data officers, support the construction and update relevant sampling frames for probability sampling approaches,
  • Work with global GIS and remote sensing unit to implement, develop, modify/adapt new RS tools, scripts, and approaches to the implementation of remote sensing analysis according to pre-agreed terms of references;
  • Ensure proper documentation of methodologies and tool development;
  • Analysis of rainfall deficits (and surpluses) throughout the water cycle, compared to several reference years and historical averages.
  • Analysis of agriculture and cropping coverage (September – December 2022)
  • Incorporation of remote sensing derived analytical outputs (e.g. maps, graphs) in overall project analysis and related deliverables (e.g. reports, presentations)
  • Evaluate opportunities for additional geospatial analysis within existing research cycles;
  • Perform spatial/geostatistical analysis to understand if there are patterns beyond conventional levels of aggregation / strata, below administrative levels or with new strata entirely (i.e livelihood zones, environmental features, etc.)
  • Responsible for analysis which contributes to products related to hazard/environmental monitoring (flood, drought, wind, landslide, etc), as well as how these interrelate with other analytical layers in emergency contexts such as movement flows (or lack thereof);
  • Some additional common tasks: automation (via python or R) to integrate analysis processes into cartographic outputs, spatial network analysis, hotspot analyses.
  • Write functions for custom GIS data cleaning/checking;
  • Conduct spatial analysis on collected data as per ToRs;
  • Ensure that data and its spatial analysis are validated by IMPACT HQ before product drafting stage.
  • Recommend and develop data management frameworks that improve preservation, security, automation, and scalability of data processes (i.e PostgreSQL, cloud-based)
  • Drafting of analytical outputs on dedicated remote sensing research cycles, including visualizations, narrative summaries, triangulation with secondary sources, and key takeaways from analysis derived from remote sensing approaches. Coordination with cross-disciplinary team members (Data or Assessment Officers) if relevant.
  • Ensure the drafting of timely and accurate GIS products, which comply with IMPACT’s guidelines.
  • Maintain regular communication with IMPACT Research Department in HQ on progress and deadlines for GIS products;
  1. Internal Coordination
  • Actively participate in regular team meetings.
  • Ensure regular coordination and exchange with relevant colleagues.
  • Share best practices in accessible format to the IMPACT remote sensing community of practice;
  • Represent the Global Emergency Unit when it comes to planning and procurement of UNOSAT services and satellite imagery.
  • In coordination with the Research Manager and GIS Specialist, support the development and implementation of capacity training plans for GIS and other team members, particularly on remote sensing capacities;
  • Be available to provide regular support and technical backstopping.
  • Maintain analytical linkage with relevant remote sensing or geospatial partners;
  • Represent REACH in relevant meetings/working groups and support the presentation of research findings through GIS inputs to relevant third parties in order to enhance their use and impact;
  • Follow up on issues identified by partners or during meetings/working groups;
  • Promote an active use of datasets, GIS products, and research findings by partners and the broader humanitarian community for their decision making.
  • More generally, contribute to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of the organization, notably through the application of IMPACT’s mandate, ethics values and standpoint regarding the actors.

The GIS/RS Officer is responsible for ensuring that all interactions with affected communities are conducted in a respectful and consultative manner. Due attention must be paid to ensuring that communities are adequately consulted and informed about REACH programme objectives, activities, beneficiary selection criteria, and methodologies. This is the responsibility of every REACH staff member.


The GIS/RS SPECIALIST will maintain the strictest confidentiality on all data collected and related processes. He/she will actively take measures to prevent the unauthorized sharing of any information and data belonging to IMPACT and its partners or collected during his/her assignment with REACH.

10. Protection Mainstreaming- Promoting of and adhering to Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse policy and guidelines


  • Academic: Excellent academic qualifications, preferably including a Master degree related to GIS, Remote Sensing, Data Science, Geography or Hydrology/Environmental-related disciplines;
  • Theoretical knowledge: Sound foundational knowledge of remote sensing, including theory, principles, practice, and application. Expands and maintains knowledge in the field through literature;
  • Research skills: Advanced experience with remote sensing analysis, and excellent spatial analysis skills; advanced knowledge of climate, drought, and the water cycle is an asset.
  • Software skills: Advanced knowledge of Google Earth Engine; advanced knowledge of GIS software (ArcPro, ArcGIS Online, QGIS); demonstrated knowledge of R, STATA, Python or equivalent statistical software an advantage; advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office including Excel; knowledge of Adobe Suite, particularly InDesign and Illustrator an asset;
  • Years of work experience: At least 3 years of relevant working experience;
  • Familiarity with aid system: Experience in a complex humanitarian emergency is not required, but is an asset;
  • Communication/reporting skills: Excellent communication and drafting skills for effective reporting;
  • Multi-tasking skills: Ability to multitask with tight deadlines, on numerous research cycles;
  • Level of independence: Proven ability to work independently;
  • Cross-cultural work environment: Ability to operate in a cross-cultural environment requiring flexibility;
  • Language skills: Fluency in English required
  • Security environment: Ability to operate in a complex and challenging security environment.

How to apply

Qualified Kenya Nationals with the required skills are invited to submit their applications by 10/10/2022, 05:00PM to with the subject line: GIS OFFICER accompanied with:

  • Curriculum Vitae (Maximum 02 Pages)
  • Cover Letter (Maximum 01 Page)

Cover Letter and CV must be shared as a single PDF document i.e with the Cover Letter being on the first page and CV starting on the next page, detailing 03 work referees and their day time contacts. Please do not attach any other documents while sending your application. If required they will be requested at a later stage.

Applications failing to respect the criteria above will not be considered.

Please note:

  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • Review of Applications and Shortlisting will be done on rolling basis and ACTED reserves the right to hire before the deadline.
  • ACTED will at no stage of recruitment process request candidate to make payments of any kind. Further, ACTED has not retained any agent(s) in connection with recruitment.

ACTED is committed to protecting beneficiaries within our programmes from exploitation and abuse and any kind of misconduct. ACTED has specific policies, including PSEA and Child Protection, which outlines the expected behavior and the responsibility of all staff, beneficiaries, consultants and other stakeholders and has zero tolerance towards misconducts. Any candidate offered a job with ACTED will be expected to sign ACTED’s organizational Policies and Code of Conduct as an annex to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents.

*ACTED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.*