Location: Kinshasa, DRC (present locally)
Contract period: 9 months with the possibility of extension
Type of contract: part-time
Salary: to be evaluated according to experience
Application deadline: July 16th, 2021
Terms of Reference
Geo-Referenced Infrastructure and Demographic Data for Development (GRID3)
Geo-Referenced Infrastructure and Demographic Data for Development (GRID3) works at global and country levels to promote effective coordination across government actors, donors, the private sector, universities, and NGOs around the collection, processing, and use of high-resolution population mapping data and other core reference data. It engages key data collection communities, including national census authorities, national mapping agencies, thematic ministries and agencies, household survey campaigns, Earth observation initiatives, and Big Data communities. GRID3 is managed in a coordinated, multi-scale manner. Management responsibility lies with a steering committee comprising key donors and core partners operating initiative-wide at the highest level. At present this group includes the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID), the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) within the Earth Institute at Columbia University, Flowminder, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
In the DRC, GRID is working on a range of data generation and capacity-strengthening initiatives aimed at supporting government and humanitarian planning and a more robust geospatial data future. There is a particular focus in the health sector on the production and integration of spatial data into the micro-planning process through the geo-referencing of health facilities, their catchment area boundaries, and settlements. This information and population estimate will inform vaccination campaigns and resource allocation to increase vaccine coverage.
The Mapping for Health in DRC project aims to strengthen the effectiveness and equity of vaccination interventions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) through the provision of technical assistance for the development of micro-plans and harmonized and integrated spatial demographic and health data. Mapping for Health in DRC is led by the Ministry of Health (MoH) in the DRC, supported by Flowminder and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network at Columbia University (CIESIN), and in collaboration with the WorldPop research group at the University of Southampton (UoS) and their partners. Mapping for Health in DRC is a continuation of previous work conducted and/or supported in the DRC by the Geo-Referenced Infrastructure and Demographic Data for Development (GRID3) program.
Summary of the position:
The consultant will serve as the GRID3 DRC National Coordinator for a 9-month term with the possibility of extension. The National Coordinator will regularly meet with relevant officials and stakeholders to provide information on GRID3 and Mapping for Health, collect information and report back on other related initiatives and provide logistics and M&E support. The coordinator will be a member of in-country committees and support GRID3 and Mapping for Health Project Managers abroad in the delivery and dissemination of data on the ground.
The candidate will be based in Kinshasa and will be required to travel to other provinces as necessary.
- Ability to communicate with a variety of individuals through stakeholder engagement and collaboration with partner organizations.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Computer literacy (MS-Word, Excel, PowerPoint; Google Drive; web conferencing services).
- Ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative.
- Workflow management.
- Conflict management and resolution.
- Logistics support and event planning.
- Local and regional knowledge.
- Appropriate and transparent decision-making.
- French fluency (verbal and written).
- English proficiency (verbal and written).
- Familiarity with geospatial data.
- Minimum Qualifications and Experience.
- Advanced degree in development, public health, or other related field preferred and 5 years experience.
- Experience with stakeholder engagement and project management.
- Experience working with national and international project stakeholders including government actors, donors, non-government organizations (NGOs), and universities.
- Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
Roles and Responsibilities GRID3 (50%)
- Serve as senior GRID3 representative in the DRC.
- Engagement and collaboration with partner organizations.
- Support with project M&E.
- Accurately manage country finances and track spending.
- Communications and outreach.
- Oversight and transparency.
- Identify and help promote use cases for GRID3 deliverables.
Roles and Responsibilities Mapping for Health Project (50%)
- Coordinate and attend stakeholder meetings in the DRC.
- Representation of partnership on the Project Advisory Board in the DRC.
- Regular reporting on activities lead in the country.
- Logistics support for capacity strengthening events.
- Information gathering and reporting of ongoing health-related activities and projects in the DRC: requires networking with organizations engaging in similar work and knowledge.
- Support with project M&E.
- Liaise with other Flowminder and CIESIN staff in the DRC.
- Understand and promote standards for key data collection.
Salary and Payment Schedule.
Commensurate with qualifications and experience
To apply please send a cover letter and CV to Oluwatosin Atala at firstname.lastname@example.org