UN GIS Associate Job Vacancies – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)


Job Title:    GIS Associate

Organisation: United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Duty Station: Kampala,

Vacancy Notice: Internal/ External Vacancy Notice UNOPS/002/2021

Position Number: UNOPS/002/02

Grade: LICA-6


About US:

The Office of the
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14,
1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. UNHCR’s mandate under the Statute
of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is to lead
and co-ordinate action for international protection to refugees; seek permanent
solutions for the problems of refugees and safeguard refugee rights and well-being.
UNHCR has an additional mandate concerning issues of statelessness, as it is
given a designated role under Article 11 of the 1961 Convention on the
Reduction of Statelessness.


Job Summary:  The GIS/Land Surveyor associate in close
coordination of Settlement planning officer, Shelter Officer and Field
Engineers will contribute specialised surveying support to UNHCR, OPM and
relevant line Ministries, to survey, produce topographical plans &
profiles, prepare as-built block plans and development of sustainable,
integrated refugee settlements in Uganda


Under the
supervision of the Senior Technical Coordinator the Land Surveyor will liaise
with technical sector leads (Shelter and Site Planning, Energy and Environment,
WASH and Health) to gather and process geographic information for further
analysis, mapping and dissemination.


The incumbent will
be responsible for producing various information management products as
required by the Technical Sector Leads and will be expected to participate in
the GIS Sub Working Group of the inter-agency Data Management Working Group as
a core component of the Refugee Response Plan’s coordination efforts.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

and preparation of as-built plans for existing infrastructure is refugee
settlements, Offices and Base camps. Consolidation of existing plans and data

for Infrastructure development including Roads, Water systems, Energy systems,
buildings, etc

to OPM settlement development plans for future environmental restoration in
close collaboration with the Energy and Environment Sector, National Forestry
Authority, MoLHUD and other relevant Ministries. Ensure that all key features
are included and reflect up to date geospatial information, including but not
limited to wetlands, woodlots and outdoor communal lighting.

to OPM settlement development plans for land use optimisation and to harmonise
with other broad government-led infrastructure expansion projects, catchment
management plans and physical development plans (such as water supply networks,
national electricity grid expansions) to then feed into the National Land
Information System and relevant government GIS platforms.

UNHCR’s GIS inventory to include Education Facilities, WASH Facilities, Health
Centres inclusive of medical waste management facilities, Energy and
Environment spaces.

data standards and datasets promoted and disseminated within UNHCR, to the
relevant Government line ministries as required and partner organizations to
facilitate operations.

directly with technical sector leads (Shelter and Site Planning, Energy and
Environment, WASH and Health) and partners to identify mapping needs and
develop appropriate products according to defined UNHCR/National standards.

clean and convert geo-spatial data collected in the field onto settlement maps
and development plans.

and implement a client-oriented map request process to track and manage map
requests and products.

data exploration and collation to produce standardised maps for technical
sector working groups, Inter-Agency structure and other UNHCR units based on
operational needs.

the established standards for operational, geographical and population data to
be used throughout the country.

for harmonized data and mapping standards at field, national and regional

and expand the geographic data repository and related metadata.

GIS analysis to support UNHCR and partner decision making and guidance to
achieve analytical products and derived geographic information.

geographic information management services to support technical sector
monitoring and evaluation in the refugee response.

GIS integration with corporate data and reporting systems and harmonize geodata
management across systems.

any other tasks as required delegated by the operation

the most appropriate modality for the GIS data collection/mapping processes, as
well as the presentation of the finished products, to ensure they can easily
feed into Government systems/platforms, while equally harmonise with UNHCR


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR GIS Associate job placement should
hold an undergraduate degree in Land Surveying from a recognised university is

At least
five years of relevant working experience is required.

work experience with database and management related to GIS is required.

Experience in GIS software (must include ArcGIS) and some experience with CAD
software (AutoCAD) is required.

work experience, implementing, and maintaining geographic data collection
systems is required.

in Topographical surveys, Preparation of topographic drawings and Reports is

in preparation of As-built drawings, site plans and block plans is required

written and oral presentation skills is required

in English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language or local
language is required


Desirable Qualifications & Competencies

in GIS is an added advantage

with an institutional body is an added advantage.

geospatial data analytical skills applied to humanitarian and/or development

in the use of survey equipment such as; Geographical Positioning System (GPS),
Real-time kinematic (RTK), Total station and theodolite, GIS and CAD Software
are added advantage.



Good at
Preparation of Site Plans, sketches, As-built Plans, maps, and reports of legal
descriptions of surveys.

Good at
Verifying data and calculations.

Good at
Surveying with precise equipment and recording results of surveys.

Good at
Calculating the measurements of sites.

Good at
Writing descriptions of property boundaries.

Good at
Researching legal documents, survey records, and land titles to clarify
information about property boundaries


How to Apply:

All interested
Ugandan nationals who wish to join the United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees (UNHCR) in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to click on the
link below and follow the application instructions after reviewing the job


Click Here


Deadline: 31st January 2021


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