Programme Associate (GIS), Islamabad, Islamabad, Pakistan (G-6)
WFP - World Food Programme
Islamabad, Pakistan, Pakistan
2d ago
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WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.

Job Title

Programme Associate (Geographic Information System)

1 Year

This vacancy announcement is for Pakistani nationals only. Deadline for applications is 24 March 2021 . Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. We are the world's largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.


This job is based in Country Office Islamabad, and the job holder typically reports to a Programme Policy Officer or designated official.

At this level, job holders are expected to demonstrate responsibility and initiative to respond independently to various queries with only general guidance.

There is a requirement to use judgment in dealing with unforeseen operational problems on a daily basis. Job holders are expected to manage resources and coach and coordinate support staff.


To provide specialized technical and implementation support related to GIS based cartography, analysis and mapping activities of WFP.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Provide technical support and assist in the development and implementation of various activities and processes within the specific area of work supporting alignment with wider programme policies and guidelines.
  • Provide specialized project management support to specific and / or defined programmes to ensure that the various activities are performed within the established targets following WFP's policies and procedures.
  • Within the specific area of responsibility, prepare a range of reports and data analysis (e.g. food assistance needs, resource utilization, programme status, performance) and highlight trends / issues ensuring deliverables adhere to corporate standards and quality control.
  • Ensure and / or perform accurate, timely recording of data within the specific technical area of work (e.g. assistance programmes, food security and vulnerability assessments) and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Liaise with internal counterparts to support effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing project activities.
  • Coordinate and communicate with local partners, agencies, NGOs and government institutions to perform accurate food security analyses and to ensure efficient delivery of food assistance.
  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff, cooperating partners and national government within the specific technical area.
  • Act as a point of contact for resolution of a range of operational queries and problems within a specific technical area of responsibility.
  • Oversee and / or review the work of other support staff, providing practical advice and guidance, to contribute to delivering objectives to agreed standards and deadlines.
  • Follow standard emergency preparedness practices to ensure WFP is able to quickly respond and deploy needed resources to affected areas at the onset of the crisis.

  • Provide mapping support during all phases of the WFP programming cycle including targeting, design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation;
  • Provide support in satellite data analysis during emergencies e.g., floods, earthquakes, disease outbreak, drought etc.
  • Preparation of maps for emergency preparedness and also maps in response to emergencies such as floods and earthquakes to support WFP and broader humanitarian community;
  • Provide mapping support for food security assessments, analysis, thematic studies and food security monitoring;
  • Development of food security situation maps from various food security related assessments;
  • Help develop atlas of programme activities, food security and related thematic issues;
  • Maintain and update databases of geospatial and socio-economic data in a form ready to be mapped; Preparation of maps that support other country-level operational functions central to WFP programming, e.

  • g. logistics; Preparation of thematic, i.e. analytical, maps for WFP partners in government, civil society and UN system agencies, and to support WFP advocacy activities;
  • Provide mapping support to Government and other organizations as and when required; Provide mapping support to provincial offices;
  • Assist in imparting GIS mapping capacity to relevant WFP staff and Government staff when needed; Printing and dissemination of large maps when needed, Maintain mapping repository and update GIS related data folders.

  • Archiving maps and food security reports and publications, inventory management; Provide technical assistance in reviewing food security related reports / products;
  • Other works as desired by the Head of VAM unit or the management.


    Capability Name

    Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level

    Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance

    Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.

    Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Vouchers)

    Demonstrates ability to implement, under guidance, food assistance programmes deploying the full range of transfer modalities with an understanding of basic principles guiding modality selection and implementation.

    Broad Knowledge of Specialized Areas

    Understands basic technical concepts and data and their relevance to food assistance programmes.

    Emergency Programming

    Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.

    Strategic Policy Engagement w / Government

    Understands and applies basic principles of engagement with government counterparts at the national or local level.


    Education :

    Completion of higher secondary school education, preferably supplimented by a university degree in the discipline of Geographic Information System (GIS) or other relevant field.

    Experience :

    Six or more years of increasingly relevant professional experience in GIS and with experience working in a humanitarian or development context.


  • Experience of GIS Desktop systems and satellite imagery processing tools such as ESRI ArcGIS Desktop and Pro, ArcGIS Online, QGIS, ERDAS Imagine is required;
  • Familiarity with ArcGIS's Data Management, Spatial Statistics, and Spatial Analysis Toolboxes;
  • Working experience in the management of Relational geodatabases based on PostgreSQL / PostGIS and ArcSDE and proficiency with SQL language;
  • Deep experience with GIS Server applications such as GeoServer, GeoWebCache, ArcGIS Server and ArcSDE;
  • Experience in Satellite Imagery processing is required;
  • Advanced mapping and geospatial data management skills;
  • Ability to work independently and within a team;
  • Courtesy, tact and ability to work with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing;
  • Language :

    Fluency in English and Urdu is required. Knowledge of local language is added advantage.

    Female applicants and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply

    WFP is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all qualified candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organisation.

    We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the selection & recruitment process, and for work-related needs upon joining the Programme.

    WFP has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, abuse of authority or discrimination.

    All selected candidates will, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

    No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.


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