Consultant for GIS and Knowledge Management
CAMRIS International

CAMRIS is an international development, global health, and research firm that realizes innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, cost-effective program and research management services. With experience working in more than 80 countries,we combine our proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world. We apply a customized, customer-centric, cost-effective business approach to offer greater value to our clients and challenge the way things have always been done in our field. 

CAMRIS clients include U.S. government agencies and multilateral and private organizations. Our core practice areas include public health, agriculture, and food security, economic development, education, environment, humanitarian assistance, democracy and governance, monitoring, evaluation and learning, and medical research.  

In support of the CAMRIS-implemented, USAID/Nepal Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Activity, we seek a Team Leader for the upcoming Comparative Assessment of Coordination Mechanisms between Local Government Units (LGUs) and Implementing Partners (IPs). The purpose of this study is to assess and comparatively analyze the existing coordination mechanisms between USAID IPs and LGUs (at the ward, municipal, and district levels) in Dang and two other districts. The study shall also briefly analyze similar mechanisms practiced by other development partners to recommend a potential coordination mechanism model(s). USAID/Nepal intends to pilot the recommended coordination mechanism in a few districts.

The assessment will answer the following questions:

  • What are the existing mechanisms and approaches of coordination between USAID IPs and LGUs at the ward, municipal and district levels? How do the varying mechanisms function and do they promote effective coordination and collaboration between LGUs and non-government development actors (including USAID IPs) in the new context?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of each coordination mechanism? What are the best practices or lessons learned that USAID could build on? What is the recommended model for a coordination mechanism between USAID IPs and LGUs, as well as among USAID IPs?
  • What are the roles of different stakeholders for implementing the recommended model for coordination between USAID IPs and LGUs?What are the perceived/measurable benefits of coordination and the perceived/measurable costs of collaboration?

Consultant for GIS and Knowledge Management

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To support the Mission in using monitoring and knowledge management systems as part of its performance management the CAMRIS-implemented, USAID' s Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Activity seek a Consultant to develop institutional capacity and creating systems for effective use of data for decision making. 

Responsibilities:

The consultant is expected to complete the following tasks (which may be modified with Mission input):

1. Build the mapping, analytical, and visualization capacity of Mission and Implementing Partner staff:

  • Design and develop a needs-based training plan and agenda for Mission and Implementing Partner staff, aligned with the Mission’s GIS strategy and annual implementation plan 
  • Organize and facilitate trainings, workshops, meetings, and seminars on (1) best-practices for georeferenced data collection, management, analysis, and visualization; and (2) how to manage and update georeferenced data, ensure data quality control, enhance the utilization of the Mission’s GIS technologies and platforms, and update on any new features, requirements, or policies. Facilitates training visits from other USAID staff and/or training events that include third parties as needed. 
  • Develop a step by step guide/manual for operating and maintaining the system, together with identifying roles for PPD and DO team members.
  • Collaborate with the GeoCenter, M/CIO, and other USAID/Washington entities regarding the planning and implementation of geospatial capacity building activities within the Mission and with the geospatial community both locally and internationally.
  • Develop policy and contract language for USAID/Nepal to meet Nepal Mission requirements for the GIS Platform, and DIS

2. Provide training and coaching to strengthen the capacity of Mission and implementing partner staff to understand and apply GIS data and analysis and to perform basic GIS tasks, specifically for activity location data:

  • Provide support to Activity Planners, AOR/COR/AM and their OU as they conduct their primary responsibilities regarding activity location data
  • Work with PPD to establish methods to standardize activity location data procedures, including documenting the standard names and locations for admin units, populated places, facility locations and other geographic units that will be used to collect activity location data
  • Document a minimum level of geographic detail to collect activity location data and create templates to ensures the compatibility of Implementing Partners’ data collection tools with the Mission’s GIS to enhance data importing and exporting capabilities and interface. 
  • Develop policy and contract language for USAID/Nepal to meet ADS 579, and Nepal Mission requirements for georeferenced data

3. Support the Mission to use the data for programming, coordination and communication:

4. Assist with the data review and publishing process to ensure data are shared at the appropriate access level

  • Draft guidelines to safeguard information and maintain security protocols in collaboration with the Mission’s Systems Administrator, other staff, and Implementing Partners. 

5. Using the initial information from the January mapping exercise, complete USAID activity maps, and Donor Mapping exercise

6. Document USAID/Nepal’s GIS Platform, in the form of a one-page and two-page brief; public-facing website that describes the platform for public consumption

7. Provide ongoing support to the Mission’s effective use of GIS for monitoring, evaluation, and decision-making throughout the Program Cycle.

8. Supervise the maintenance of the Mission’s GIS database containing key reporting information for all of the CDCS DOs, ensuring there are coherent relationships between GIS-related information and each DO’s PMP and learning agenda. 

9. Engage with the Government of Nepal, as needed, to support their use of GIS, in particular as it relates to the 2021 census preparations

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • A university degree, Master’s degree preferred
  • Expertise on GIS and data management with 10-15 years’ experience required
  • In depth understanding of USAID’s requirement required
  • Familiarity with USAID’s objectives, approaches and operations, particularly in relation to activity location data preferred 
  • Strong skills in designing and developing trainings 
  • Demonstrated skills in designing guides/manuals required
  • Good coordination and communication skills required
  • Solid understanding of the USAID program cycle required
  • Proven coaching and mentoring skills preferred 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English required
Applying Procedure

Interested qualified applicants are requested to apply by May 20, 2019 at the following link: https://careers-camris.icims.com/jobs/4400/consultant-for-gis-and-knowledge-management/job

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