Location: Sudan (the) (Juba)
Closing date: 07 Aug 2008
Job Description


This document sets out terms of reference for expertise to establish and maintain a coordinating capacity within the “socio-economic risk & security threat mapping and analysis” component of the Strategic Planning Support Team of UNDP Sudan.


UNDP Sudan is carrying out a restructuring of many of its programme units, with the idea of integrating its security programmes (DDR, Mine Action) with the Natural Resource and Resource-based conflict Unit, its Community Recovery and Rehabilitation Unit and its Recovery and Rehabilitation Programme presently within the Trust Funds Management Unit. The objective of this restructuring is to address and correct multiple overlapping within programmes and projects, to identify and build on potential strategic synergies between them, rationalizing and optimizing the use of resources, particularly in terms of staffing. Finally, and possibly more importantly, the objective is to assure that the overall programming in the new Unit is responsive to strategic national needs and priorities, internally coherent, and appropriately integrated within the overall strategy of UNDP Sudan.

The complexity and breath of Sudan’s security enhancement and socio-economic recovery and development challenges call for strategic planning tools that are capable of clearly identifying and presenting the multiplicity of the security threats and the socio-economic recovery risks, and of detailing their inter-linkages, while supporting the process of priority-setting in terms of selected responses and interventions.

Based on the existing security threat mapping methodology being developed within UNDP’s Interim DDR Programme (IDDRP), and calling upon UNDP Sudan (and other key international partners’) prior experience with socio-economic risk mapping, together with BCPR tools and experience in conflict and risk analysis, it is proposed to create a socio-economic risk & security threat mapping and analysis team (termed the TRMA), initially focused on Eastern Sudan, 3 Areas and other key (mostly southern) states in Sudan.

The TRMA team should have the capacity to support both UNDP and its’ key counterparts, particularly community, regional and state-level authorities, in the strategic selection and planning of interventions, through both the presentation and definition of the critical challenges, and the facilitation of effective analysis and scenario building. It will also be a key facilitator of effective coordination, by clearly evidencing gaps and overlaps of the selected interventions.

The unit will additionally provide, through the periodic updating of its’ mapping, a dynamic tool for M&E and impact assessment of the interventions.


The socio-economic risk & security threat mapping system, at present, is a manual process and needs to acquire a GIS capacity in order to institutionalize it as an operational tool.

The GIS Officer will undertake the following activities:

- Update the socio-economic risk & security threat mapping database based on the output requirements;
- Develop and maintain socio-economic risk & security threat geographic datasets and maps and disseminate these products based on the output requirements using server-based GIS technology;
- Identify needs and advise on the GIS products and services the socio-economic risk & security threat mapping and analysis team requires in order to develop and maintain a dynamic threat-/risk mapping system;
- Develop a strategy and mechanisms for threat-/risk mapping data collection and management;
- Liaise with other organizations (UN, NGOS, international agencies, national counterparts) in order to identify existing geographic datasets, support inter-operability and data exchange, promote data management best practices, and provide technical support;
- Provide strategic guidance to the Strategic Planning Support Team on data and information management needs for the threat-/risk mapping system;
- Assist the Head of the TRMA in threat-/risk mapping sensitization, security threat-/socio-economic risk analysis, training, and design activities;
- Develop strong links with other GIS staff and spatial data providers in Sudan to promote co-ordination and information sharing between organizations;
- Participate in sector working groups to identify information needs and provide technical support;
- Other duties as may be required by the Head of the TRMA.


Professionalism; Good research skills, including ability to identify and propose solutions to issues/crises; ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. Appropriate background in information collection and analysis (civilian and/or military);

Planning and Organizing: Ability to work and manage conflicting priorities;

Communication: Excellent drafting ability and communication skills, both written and oral;

Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relationships;

Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.


Through the duration of the assignment, the GIS Officer will deliver the following outputs:

- Develop GIS data repository and update the database;
- Produce specialized maps (national, state, local) displaying security threat and socio-economic recovery risk data as required;
- GIS training modules for national counterpart institutions utilizing the threat mapping tool;
- Set of GIS threat-/risk mapping system guidelines and SOPs;
- Mobile mapping/GIS techniques
- Other outputs as may be required by the Head of the TRMA.


The GIS Officer will report directly to the Head of TRMA and liaise daily with members of the TRMA Team and partners as required. He/She will produce reports on various activities as required by the Head of TRMA, as well as a final end of assignment report reviewing activities undertaken.


The following educational and professional requirements apply for the selection of this position:

- Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent), preferably in preferably in Geographic Information Systems, computer science, or related field; A first level university degree or a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

- At least five years of progressively responsible experience in Information planning and management, at least 2 years of that experience at the international level;
- Strong practical knowledge and experience in GPS, GIS and cartography, including knowledge of current GIS software (ArcGIS, MapInfo) and the use of server-based GIS technology;
- Knowledge of related software and systems (database, word processing, desktop publishing);
- Knowledge of Remote Sensing and raster – vector integration techniques;
- Familiarity with Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI);
- Knowledge of or experience with threat/conflict analysis, security sector, DDR, Arms Reduction/Control, and/or post-conflict recovery programming would be an asset.
- Excellent inter-personal and communication skills;
- Excellent English writing and oral skills; fluency in one or more official UN languages is desirable
- Excellent liaison, co-ordination, and planning skills;
- Previous experience in developing and implementing capacity building tools with both international and national counterparts.
Vacancies Contact
Hardcopy applications should be sent to the following address: Operations Manager, UNDP Juba with mention: Confidential - Application to GIS/Database Officer (Int) - TRMA