Consultant – GIS Data Management, Anywhere

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World Health Organization (WHO)


GIS Data Management

( 2300758 )

Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 11 months

Job Posting: Feb 9, 2023, 12:28:00 PM

Purpose of consultancy

To provide technical input to the WHO GIS Centre for Health in the data management of its different GIS health-related projects.


The DDI Division supports and strengthens the generation and collection, analysis, use, and dissemination of data and evidence to promote better evidence-informed decision-making in the Member States. Its goal is to build capacity in the Member States to monitor the health of their populations and the impact of health interventions and promote evidence-informed policy decisions. Monitoring WHO’s Thirteenth Global Programme of Work 2019-2023 (GPW13) Impact Framework is also an essential function.

The Department of Data and Analytics is responsible for monitoring GPW13, strengthening country health information, data generation, and evidence creation in collaboration with partners, and addressing critical data gaps for priority health topics. It undertakes an analysis of health trends and determinants. It also serves as Division focal point for collaboration with other departments concerning primary data generation efforts and analysis.

The newly established GIS Centre for Health at WHO headquarters (HQ), within the Department of Data and Analytics in the Division of Data, Analytics and Delivery for Impact, supports WHO geospatial data, spatial analysis needs to build and harness the growing potential of geospatial technologies and approaches to accelerate global health outcomes. The GIS Centre for Health also supports WHO regional and country offices in their GIS and data needs, including training and capacity building, GIS software/licensing, global baseline foundation datasets, and spatial analysis.


  • The provision of a GIS Data project plan by interpreting and analyzing data in relation to the development of data related to maps, apps and other information products in line with project needs.
  • Production of a consolidated report with recommendations for the ongoing GIS data management technical support to end users.
  • Providing support in the compilation of map production requests by using standard plotting techniques.
  • Conducting continuous cleaning of datasets to support GIS data analysis and reporting on this monthly.
  • Conducting web searches and collating various GIS related baseline data such as population, roads, hospitals, land use, administrative boundaries and related, for reporting purposes.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:


  • University degree in geographic information systems, information technology, public health, or a related discipline from a recognized institution.



  • Three years of experience in the public health field, geographic information systems, or related discipline.
  • Experience presenting to and educating small groups.


  • Experience with data management.
  • Experience with capacity development for information technology, GIS, and geospatial data.
  • Experience working with international agencies or multinational companies, preferably in the health, development, or humanitarian fields.



  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment and collaboratively as a member of a team.
  • Knowledge of GIS analysis software and IT tools skills (ArcGIS, QGIS, MS SQL, Excel, Share Point, Power BI).
  • Ability to deliver high-quality products under very tight deadlines.
  • Excellent organizational skills, problem-solving abilities, and strong technical acumen.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a cross-cultural environment.
  • Proficiency in maintaining data quality, accuracy, and consistency.


  • Programming and scripting expertise in Python, R. in GIS platforms.
  • Strong presentation skills with the ability to provide high-level support to meetings and events as part of a team highlighting relevant products and ensuing follow-up across teams or departments.
  • Knowledge of cartography, coordinate systems, and map projections.
  • Proficiency using current ArcGIS Suite or related spatial technologies.

Languages required:


  • Expert knowledge of English.


  • Intermediate knowledge of French.


Off-site: Home based.


No travel is expected.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):

Remuneration: Band level A USD 3,955-6,980 per month.

Living expenses (A living expense is payable to on-site consultants who are internationally recruited):


Expected duration of contract:

11 Months.

Additional Information

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  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
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