IM/GIS Reserve, IROC

Employer
American Red Cross
Location
Washington, DC
Posted
Apr 20, 2017
Closes
Apr 21, 2017
Function
Accountant, IT
Hours
Full Time
Job Description: IDR Reserve IM/GIS Specialist / ISD IROC DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW: The American Red Cross (ARC) International Services Department (ISD) seeks to prevent and alleviate human suffering around the world by responding to disasters, building safer, more resilient communities, and educating future humanitarians. With programs and partners in 70 countries, the American Red Cross is working to strengthen the global Red Cross Red Crescent Network in order to deliver critical assistance to some of the most vulnerable communities in the world, reaching 100 million people annually. POSITION SUMMARY: International Disaster Response (IDR) Reserves are disaster management professionals who have extensive experience in emergency operations management, coordination, or specific technical areas. In all cases the role of the IDR Reserves is to support the response and recovery activities of Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement disaster operations. IDR Reserve employees of the Red Cross are paid while working on disaster operations and on specific non-disaster assignments. IDR Reserves are expected to be available for disaster response deployments for a minimum of 4 weeks and no more than 6 months at a time, must be available to either deploy or provide remote support with a minimum notice and must successfully complete a medical clearance form. Travel is required on some IDR Reserve assignments. RESPONSIBILITIES: The IM/GIS Specialist provides both deployed and remote support to the IFRC and Operating National Society (ONS in order to facilitate effective response activities in keeping with IFRC/ONS disaster management strategy for a response operation. Based on the emergency strategy and the support requested the role may include the following responsibilities: Required:Serve as the focal point or on a team responsible for geospatial information on Red Cross/Red Crescent activitiesIdentify data/analysis/information needs to support decision-makingEstablish data and geospatial data collection and processing systemsCollect, collate, analyze and disseminate geospatial information regarding the plans and actual service delivery of major assistance providersUse data collected to provide initial analysis that identifies gaps, overlaps, and bottlenecks by sector/area/program through maps and other products as neededDesign, create, and/or coordinate IM/GIS products such as visual representation in assessments, planning and reportingUnderstand and apply RC format on maps and information products Additional duties as needed:Support preparation of situation reports and communication documents, briefing papers, maps and final reporting; specifically, responsible for IM/GIS products such as visual representation of information used in reporting and communication activities (maps, graphics, charts, etc)Support Movement coordination with inter-agency coordination efforts across sectorsAdvocate and support advocacy for best match of resources to needs based on the information and analysis. QUALIFICATIONS: An ideal IM/GIS Specialist has a mixture of technical and interpersonal skills, as well as experience working in international contexts and foreign language skills. We are looking for a combination of the following:Excellent analytical skills, including the ability to synthesize, process and prioritize large amounts of information quicklyStrong understanding of data collection and managementSignificant computer literacy with moderate to advanced skills in QGIS and/or ArcGIS. Ability to produce high-quality maps in the field is highly desirable though mapping can often be supported remotely.Additional skills with databases, IT equipment, web design, scripting, and use of cloud services are all an added assetSome experience with graphic design and the ability to translate digital information into graphic presentations. Adobe Illustrator skills preferred. GIS products are required for different audiences, utilizing a mixture of text, charts, graphs and other visual displays of information to effectively communicate complex geospatial information. Knowledge of mobile data collection and survey techniques using OpenDataKit and Magpie are a plusGood understanding of humanitarian responses, the actors involved, and the role of evidence-based decision making upon the delivery of humanitarian action.Strong interpersonal skills and experience with teamwork and coordination. Information managers often need to bridge the communication between decision makers, coordinators, etc. and technical personnel responsible for delivering various technologies aimed to assist in data collection, storage, or analysis.Strong attention to detail, and ability to identify gaps and take the initiative to address themInternational work experience preferredFluency in a foreign language (preferably Spanish) The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. Apply now! Joining our team will provide you with the opportunity to make a difference every day. The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. The American Red Cross is a diverse nonprofit organization offering its employee's professional development and growth opportunities, a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and a collaborative team spirit environment. Company Description: As one of the nation's premier humanitarian organizations, the American Red Cross is dedicated to helping people in need throughout the United States and, in association with other Red Cross networks, throughout the world. We depend on the many generous contributions of time, blood, and money from the American public to support our lifesaving services and programs. If you share our passion for helping people, join us in this excellent career opportunity.