Recruitment of a Geospatial Specialist

Job opportunity

Recruitment of a Geospatial Specialist, FSN-10; FP-5 (steps 5 through 14)
Announcement number: 12-40

Work hours: Full-time; 40 hours/week
Salary: Information on salary may be obtained from the Human Resources Office
Position Grade: FP-5 to be confirmed by Washington

OPEN TO: All interested candidates
August 3, 2012
All ordinarily resident applicants must have the required work and/or residency permits to be eligible for consideration.

Basic function of position

The basic function of this new position is to lead the USAID/DRC Mission in geospatial and activity data collection, management, and analysis. The Geospatial Specialist will have the responsibility of managing the AidTracker/Management Information System (MIS) and Mission Geographic Information System (GIS). S/he will work closely with technical teams to perform extensive geospatial analysis that will improve the monitoring and evaluation of current USAID activities, add rigor to project and activity design, and improve donor coordination and data transparency. The Geospatial Specialist will organize and facilitate the MIS/GIS refresher trainings for USAID/DRC staff and implementing partners and assist in the oversight of the timely and accurate input of implementing partner data. S/he will be responsible for the generation of cartographic products, geospatial analysis, and reports for various data calls and serve as the primary liaison between USAID/DRC and USAID/Washington regarding MIS or GIS related topics. The Geospatial Specialist will also be an active participant in the DRC GIS Working Group.

A copy of the position description listing all duties and responsibilities is available in the Human Resources Office.

Qualifications required

NOTE: All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in geography, geographic information science, environmental studies, international relations or other relevant discipline is required.

Experience: Three (3) years of professional-level experience in geospatial database development, design, and management; geospatial analysis; performance monitoring; and/or the analysis and interpretation of large amounts of data is required.

Language Proficiency: Level IV (Fluent) English and French is required.

Knowledge: Advanced knowledge of key concepts in geospatial database design and management, geospatial analysis, and cartography is required. Understanding of information needed to effectively design projects and perform rigorous project monitoring and evaluation. Highly developed analytical skills.

Skills and Abilities: Strong Computer skills in geospatial database management, geospatial analysis, and cartographic design. Verbal communication skills, tact, and diplomacy are required to establish and develop working relations and a high level of trust with senior- and middle-level Government of the DRC officials, and with public and private organizations, such as other donor organizations. Strong trainings skills are needed to explain MIS and GIS concepts to USAID staff and Implementing Partners (IPs). Strong writing skills are required to prepare regular and ad hoc reports, project documentation, and briefing papers. Ability to work effectively in a team environment. Exceptional computer skills are required, specifically in ArcGIS, Google Earth, Microsoft Excel, Access, and PowerPoint skills.

Selection criteria
When equally qualified, US Citizen Eligible Family Members (AEFMs) and U.S. Veterans will be given preference. Therefore, it is essential that the candidate address the required qualifications above in the application. Management will consider nepotism/conflict of interest, budget, and residency status in determining successful candidacy. Currently employed US Citizen EFMs who hold a FMA appointment are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their employment. Currently employed NORs hired under a Personal Services Agreement (PSA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their employment, unless currently hired into a position with a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule. The candidate must be able to obtain and hold security and medical clearance.

To apply

Interested applicants for this position must submit the following or the application will not be considered:
Application for U.S. Federal Employment,
DS-174 - Job Application Form or

  1. A current resume or curriculum vitae that provides the same information as a DS-174;
  2. Candidates who claim U.S. Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-214 with their application.
  3. Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards, copies of degrees earned) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.


  1. AEFM: A U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age, who is eligible for employment on a Family Member Appointment (FMA) provided s/he:
    -- Is listed on the travel orders of a Foreign or Civil Service or uniformed service member permanently assigned to or stationed at a US Foreign Service post or establishment abroad with a USG agency that is under COM authority.
    -- Is resident at the sponsoring employee’s or uniform service member’s post of assignment abroad, approved safe haven abroad, or alternate safe haven abroad; and
    -- Does not receive a USG annuity or pension based on a career in the US Civil, Foreign, or uniform services.


  1. EFM: Family members at least age 18 listed on the travel orders of a Foreign or Civil Service or uniformed service member permanently assigned to or stationed to a US Foreign Service post or establishment abroad with a USG agency that is under COM authority who do not meet the definition of AEFM above.


  1. Not-Ordinarily Resident (NOR): Typically NORs are US Citizen EFMs and EFMs of FS, GS, and uniformed service members who are eligible for employment under an American USG pay plan, on the travel orders and under Chief of Mission authority, or other personnel having diplomatic privileges and immunities.


  1. Ordinarily Resident (OR): A citizen of the host country or a citizen of another country who has shifted the main residency focus to the host country and has the required work and/or residency permits for employment in country.

The US Mission is an equal opportunity employer.

Human Resources Office

498 Ave Lukusa, Kinshasa
Phone 081-8806193