Programme Policy Officer (GIS/Remote Sensing), Damascus, Syria

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Country: Syria

City: Damascus, Syria

Office: WFP, Syria

Grade: NO-A

Closing date: Tuesday, 13 October 2020

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.


All applications should be received no later than Tuesday 13th October 2020.


Eligibility: Syrian Nationals or Syrian/Palestinian Nationals

Type of Contract: Fixed Term , Level NOA

Contract Duration : 12 Months

Duty Stations: Damascus ( 1 Position )


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

In Syria, WFP provides food assistance to more than

6 million people each month. This includes families who require emergency assistance when affected by conflict and displacement and also those who need help to improve their nutrition and food security. WFP supports children across Syria with healthy meals and snacks at school, mothers with nutritious diets, and families and communities with sustainable livelihood projects.


The NOA GIS Officer will work in the GIS Sub-unit under VAM Unit . The GIS Officer will also collaborate with the other units of WFP Syria.


Maps are a powerful means to advocate the issue of food insecurity and vulnerability, providing essential guidance for programme targeting. Strong GIS (Geographic Information System) and RS (Remote Sensing) capacity is necessary to allow WFP to rapidly respond in case of emergency by providing geographic information on people’s locations, accessibility and likely damage impact.

Against this backdrop, the Syria Country Office’s VAM Unit is seeking an experienced professional to support Syria’s GIS Unit to complete GIS/RS tasks. To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the direct supervision of the Syria Head of GIS Syria sub-unit and the Syria Head of the VAM Unit, the GIS staff will be responsible for:

Contribute to the development/updating of the interactive web-mapping applications to support effective information management in line with WFP and UN corporate policies and practices; Support data collection and integration of data using appropriate technologies and platforms to ensure accurate data analysis.

Maintain and update the spatial data infrastructure (SDI) for the storage of geospatial data layers in the country and establish linkages to the Regional/HQ SDI database in close coordination with relevant teams at RBC and HQ, including the GIS teams from the Emergency Preparedness Division (OSE) and VAM;
Ensure the use of standardized and updated geospatial data layers and best practices in the region;
Update, create and maintain the inventory of GIS/Remote Sensing (RS) datasets and maps to ascertain data/map needs and gaps while identifying new data sources to ensure data preparedness for timely solution and response and to enable informed decision making by management; develop dashboards and other visual products, adapting to different audiences and contributing to improvements.

Ensure the production of metadata to document on all existing database implementations while conducting regular updates;
Update data layers in the SDI following the regional/corporate guidelines of geospatial data management;
Server management of Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) at the regional level;
Coordinate with ICT to ensure the availability of geodatabase server and timely SDI backups;
Provide support to spatial analysis for programme design, early warning, emergency preparedness and response or other purposes. Where feasible provide mapping analysis and support to other units within WFP.

Exercise quality control of geospatial tools, data and products following WFP corporate standards.

Develop WFP’s GIS and Remote Sensing Capacity in Syria and under direct supervision by the Syria Head of GIS provide support, guidance and trainings to other UN Agencies and Government line ministries in Syria.

Perform other duties as required by the supervisor/GIS officer - VAM Syria CO.


Education: Advanced University degree in Geography, Geoinformatics, Computer Science, Software Development, Economics, Development, or any other related subjects with an additional one year of related work experience in GIS or First University Degree with at least three years of related work experience in GIS (e.g ArcGIS, QGIS, Google Earth Engine).

Experience: One year post graduate relevant professional experience if holding a Master’s Degree, or three years post graduate relevant professional experience if holding a Bachelor’s University Degree.

Language: Fluency (level C) in oral and written communication in Arabic and in English.



Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.

Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).

Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.

Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.

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Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.

Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.

Create an ‚I will‘/‘We will‘ spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.

Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.

Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.

Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams‘ priorities and preferred working styles.

Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.

Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.

Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.


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, Voucher)

Demonstrates ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.

Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.)

Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.

Emergency Programming

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

Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government

Develops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes.


Please upload your professional CV in English in PDF format making sure to include the following in terms of ‚Experience‘:

Company/Organization name and scope of work of the organization

Exact Position Title

Contract type: part-time, full-time, volunteer, consultant, or freelancer

Start and End date of Employment for each position: From (dd/mm/yyyy) to (dd/mm/yyyy)

Responsibilities: To mention the main responsibilities that highlight your gained skills and experience

A proof of your experience will be required in the final stage of recruitment.

Only short-listed candidates, who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised position, shall be contacted.

Candidates must get an auto confirmation email once application is submitted.


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Qualified female candidates are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

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