Database and GIS Specialist

Abuja, Nigeria
Apply by 29 June 2018
Mid-level , Long-term consulting assignment
Posted on 31 May 2018

Job Description

CAMRIS seeks to engage a highly qualified and motivated team to implement the anticipated USAID Office of Transition Initiatives (USAID/OTI) Nigeria and Lake Chad Basin (NLCB) program. The 43-month program will support locally driven efforts to strengthen stability in Lake Chad Basin countries. All positions require a willingness to travel throughout Nigeria, including the northeast. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Database & GIS Specialist (D/GISS) is responsible for developing, leading, and coordinating the program’s communications and reporting activities. S/he will develop internal and external analysis, presentations, and reports, including blog, Facebook group, and twitter posts, PowerPoint Presentations, text and radio messages, etc. on the program or issues relevant to the program. The D/GISS will be bilingual and fluent in English and French and have knowledge of local languages across the Lake Chad Basin. S/he will be able to support the rapid translation of reports, documents, and other content of interest to the NLCB team. The D/GISS will assist Activity Management Teams (AMTs) in developing their activities in the USAID/OTI Database. S/He will work under the direct supervision of the MELS and closely with the Chief of Party (COP), Regional Program Manager, USAID/OTI staff, and other short- and long-term NLCB team members and third parties to generate creative an
d cutting-edge ways of using new technology and social media to gather and disseminate information that is relevant and interesting for the program to analyze and communicate. This position will be based in the Abuja office, with program activities expected to be carried out throughout notheastern Nigeria and neighboring countries in the LCB. Extensive and frequent travel throughout the northeast is expected and required.

* Participate in regular team meetings to discuss current country context issues, present and discuss activity ideas, and report on the progress of activity implementation.
* Ensures high-quality documentation of activity implementation, lessons learned, achievements, and failures assisting staff and/or drafting activities in the USAID/OTI Database and monitoring and evaluation reports.
* Uploads interesting content and reports to OTI Anywhere.
* Synthesizes information found online, on the radio, in local and international media, in the USAID/OTI Database and from the NLCB team to draft reports, prepare presentations, and to develop content for social media sites, radio, newspaper on and about the program or on areas of interest to the program.
* Develops relationships with local media outlets, think tanks, and other organizations developing cutting edge information products and using new technology and social media as tools for monitoring and evaluation.
* Work with MELS, COP, and RPMs, to compile and disseminate information and presentations to external audiences.
* Provides regular, targeted analysis of the context in Nigeria and the LCB.
* Accompanies members of AMTs and/or local partners during activity implementation to support the drafting of accurate activity monitoring reports, synopsis of lessons-learned, final evaluations and final reports.
* Attends frequent NLCB team meetings and speaks frequently with AMT members to ensure weekly team meeting tracker and USAID/OTI database is updated with notes on atmospherics, activity development, and activity implementation.
* Travels frequently to activity sites, including northeastern Nigeria and the LCB, to prepare snapshots of activities. Snapshots may include brief illustrations of program impact or summary accounts of notable activities. These may be in different formats, such as Facebook posts or Success Stories formatted according to USAID guidelines.
* Gathers and circulates news and other information daily and weekly for the NLC program staff.
* Drafts, edits, and translates reports, presentations, and other content.
* Works with the program staff to draft two program accounts of notable activities or a cluster of activities, per month for review and discussion with the Chief of Party and USAID/OTI.
* Responsible for ensuring quality control, the integrity of the data in the USAID/OTI database, and ensures that data is always up-to-date.
* Support the PDOs to ensure that activity master files are always up-to-date and ready for audit.
* Support the MELS, COP, RPMs, and USAID/OTI staff to carry out frequent reviews of electronic activity files to ensure all files are up to date in CAMRIS’ cloud-based file management system, the USAID/OTI database and on OTI Anywhere.
* Provide support to the NLCB team on the use of the USAID/OTI Database and OTI Anywhere.
* Responsible for supporting the weekly updates to activity notes in the USAID/OTI Database and capturing observations and information from the field on the outputs, outcomes, and impact of activities.
* Play an active role in activity monitoring and evaluation and contribute to the feedback loop, which uses information gathered about ongoing activity implementation to inform development of new activities.
* Any other duties and tasks as needed and assigned.

Required Skills & Experience:
* Four-year university degree in business, procurement & supply chain management, or arelated field.
* Minimum of three (3) years of work experience.
* Two (2) years’ work experience in journalism, database development, mapping, social science research, qualitative and quantitative research, preferably with an international organization, USAID Contractor, or a large international donor-funded project.
* Willingness and ability to develop in-depth understanding of USAID/OTI’s M&E processes, tools, and best practices.
* Willingness and ability to travel throughout northeastern Nigeria.
* Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
* Demonstrated experience in community participation/engagement-type projects and violence prevention.
* In-depth knowledge of northeastern Nigeria and the LCB program’s target states and communities.
* Solid knowledge of how to leverage new technology, remote monitoring platforms, and social media to gather and analyze local context and perceptions data.
* Strong analytical skills.
* Ability to identify and develop creative and innovative approaches to monitor activity outcomes and support the AMT to evolve and hone and improve activities design and implementation based on findings from action research.
* Capacity to understand and analyze the political and security context at the local, state, federal, and regional levels.
* Ability to work with local, national, and international partners and third-parties supporting M&E.
* Ability to draft well written succinct reports.
* Ability to work under pressure, efficiently handle multiple tasks, quickly find creative solutions to problems and challenges that arise, and manage stress and time in a fast-paced work and fluid operating environment.
* Ability to foster and maintain a spirit of unity, teamwork, cooperation, and learning.
* Sensitivity in working with multiple cultures and beliefs, and to gender equity.
* Proficient with Microsoft Office software: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.
* Prior experience working in northeastern Nigeria and/or a conflict environment.
* Written and spoken fluency in English and French.
* Fluency in one or more of the local languages used in northeastern Nigeria (Hausa, Kanuri, and Fulfulde, etc.).
* Ability to work both independently and as a part of a team.

Preferred Skills & Experience:
* Familiarity and experience with data visualization, mapping tools, and remote data collection platforms.
* Prior experience with USAID- or donor-funded projects.
* Prior experience using MS Access and/or web-based database applications.

About the Organization

CAMRIS is known throughout the U.S. for its leading edge services to support our national programs and particularly for serving our Veterans. CAMRIS is also known worldwide for excellence serving client programs to improve economic, social, political, and health conditions of people in all parts of the world. For 45 years, since our first contact with USAID in 1963 and with work in every year since, our most important partner in the international sphere has been the United States Agency for International Development (“USAID”). In fact, CAMRIS has worked with USAID in each year since its founding. Before USAID we assisted its predecessor organizations dating back to the Kennedy Administration in 1961, to address humanitarian needs and to counter instability posed by underdevelopment. To date CAMRIS has carried out assignments for USAID in 50 countries in all regions and in many technical areas. Today CAMRIS continues this proud tradition as it works on significant USAID assignments in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our current work includes technical assistance to support major USAID-funded initiatives in the areas of Global Health, Democracy and Governance, Development, and Monitoring and Evaluation, and active assignments including several global initiatives and our present work in 24 countries (Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Botswana, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe). ABOUT CAMRIS INTERNATIONAL CAMRIS is an International Development Consulting Firm working within the public and private sectors to advance the human and institutional capacities of organizations and communities worldwide. WHAT WE DO We apply a combination of proven interdisciplinary, scientific and management approaches to identify, develop and implement the most effective solutions in support of our clients' program goals. We do this most often in the areas of international development and global health, and selectively in additional areas where our cross-cutting capabilities are well suited to meet the needs of our clients. We operate in all regions of the world, often in very challenging or austere conditions. At all times our focus is on evidence-based effectiveness, quality, reliability, and sustainability. We successfully completed initiatives in nearly 80 countries to date. KEY CAPABILITIES * Short-Term and Long-Term Technical Assistance * Program Management Services * Institutional Support * Research and Analytic Support CORE PRACTICE AREAS * Monitoring and Evaluation * Capacity Building * Project Design * Knowledge Management * Adaptive Technologies * eLearning * Democracy and Governance * Infectious Diseases STAFF CAMRIS has grown rapidly over the last 5 years to a peak of 200 staff, complemented by highly experienced consultants and collaborating partners and universities. CAMRIS is headquartered in Bethesda, MD in the Washington DC metropolitan area, with remote offices, operations and worksites in various locations in the U.S. and overseas.

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