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Coordinator, GIS at eHealth Africa

Job Summary

The Coordinator, GIS supports implementation of technical projects within eHA’s Geographic information systems (GIS) Department. S/he coordinates the compilation and analysis of geospatial data; S/he prepares data, analyzes data, and prepares paper and web map applications using various tools and applications.

Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, the Coordinator, GIS will work under the supervision of the GIS Technical Lead to perform the following responsibilities:

  • Identifies, analyzes, and defines changes to GIS applications software and related systems and subsystems that maximizes efficiencies for better services to users.

  • Supports in the development and management of GIS project plans including defining requirements, tasks, and resource assignments, ensuring that approved quality levels and deadlines are met. Provides technical expertise and user training support to all GIS users across eHA.

  • Independently organize and conduct large, complex GIS analysis projects. Provides technical expertise and user training support to all GIS users across eHA.

  • Coordinates the acquisition of new spatial data and supervises the integration of the data into eHA’s GIS.  Leads in the design, development and creation of databases, maps and other related projects.

  • Supervise and strengthen the skills of GIS Analysts.

  • Integration of data from multiple sources into the spatial data repository.

  • Act as technical lead on GIS projects when required.

  • Prepare quality assurance plans for GIS tasks and oversee their implementation.

  • Serves as system administrator for GIS ensuring that application software and hardware operates efficiently and meets eHA’s needs for Information Technology.

  • Assists in the development and management of GIS project plans including defining requirements, tasks, and resource assignments, ensuring that approved quality levels and deadlines are met.

  • Develop vector and raster spatial analysis models using QGIS Modeler, ModelBuilder, Python, R or other GIS scripting languages.

  • Supports the development and management of GIS project plans including defining requirements, tasks, and resource assignments, ensuring that approved quality levels and deadlines are met. Provides technical expertise and user training support to all GIS users across eHA.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensures compliance with laws and regulations

  • May frequently travel between company work-sites. Some international travel may be required

  • Presents a professional demeanor at all times.  Approaches others in a tactful manner.  Reacts well under pressure.  Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position.  Accepts responsibility for own actions.  Responds well to supervisor requests and feedback

  • Participates in and promotes a positive, supportive, cooperative team environment

  • Attends and participates in annual strategic planning meetings, country management meetings, staff meetings, training classes and supervision

  • Adheres to Policies and Procedures

  • Adheres to eHealth Africa Code of Conduct as well as ethical standards of the field


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required to successfully perform this job.


  • Degree Requirement: Master’s degree in Geographic Information Systems, Computer Science, Surveying and Geoinformatics, Geography, or other GIS/Information Systems Technology related degree

  • 5+ years of GIS experience and minimum of 2 years at a senior level

  • Working knowledge of open Source GIS stack (QGIS, PostGIS and Geoserver), data transformation tools (FME Desktop and/or Kettle) and Commercial GIS stack (ArcInfo, ArcView, ArcCatalog, ArcToolbox), ArcSDE, ArcGIS Server

  • Relevant working experience in an NGO is desirable

  • Experience working in an agile environment

  • Working knowledge of carto visualization platform

  • Strong knowledge and experience of Geospatial data management life cycle

  • Ability to work on multiple projects and deliver within tight timelines while being flexible in adapting to new roles

  • Strong leadership skills that include the ability to work effectively within teams, ability to motivate others, delegation, and timely/quality decision making. Training and presentation experience is preferred. Excellent interpersonal communication skills, organizational skills and great attention to detail. Action oriented and resilient in a fast-paced environment

Certifications and Licenses

  • GISP certification or RICS Chartered Geomatics certification desirable

Personal Characteristics

The Coordinator, GIS should demonstrate competence in some or all of the following:

  • Adaptability: Demonstrates a willingness to be flexible, versatile and/or tolerant in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency

  • Behaves Ethically: Understands ethical behavior and business practices, and ensures that own behavior and the behavior of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization

  • Builds Relationships: Establishes and maintains positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.

  • Communicates Effectively: Speaks, listens and writes in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.

  • Creativity/Innovation: Develops new and unique ways to improve operations of the organization and to create new opportunities

  • Focuses on Partner/Client Needs: Anticipates, understands, and responds to the needs of internal and external clients and partners to meet or exceed their expectations within the organisational parameters

  • Fosters Teamwork: Works cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organisational effectiveness.

  • Leads: Positively influences others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization

  • Makes Decisions: Assesses situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and makes clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.

  • Organizes: Sets priorities, develops a work schedule, monitors progress towards goals, and tracks details, data, information and activities

  • Plans: Determines strategies to move the organization forward, sets goals, creates and implements actions plans, and evaluates the process and results.

  • Solves Problems: Assesses problem situations to identify causes, gathers and processes relevant information, generates possible solutions, and makes recommendations and/or resolves the problem

  • Thinks Strategically: Assesses options and actions based on trends and conditions in the environment, and the vision and values of the organisation

Computer Skills

  • Working knowledge of project management tools, e.g. Atlassian Jira, Redbooth, etc.

  • Specialist in open Source GIS (QGIS, PostGIS and Geoserver), data transformation tools (FME Desktop, Kettle and python) and Commercial GIS (ArcInfo, ArcView, ArcCatalog, ArcToolbox), ArcSDE, ArcGIS Server

  • Advanced computer skills, including Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office Suite

Language Ability

  • English is the spoken and written language

  • Ability to read, analyse, proof and edit documents, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, or government regulations

  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals

  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from executive and senior managers, employees, the general public and clients/partners

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