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 Job - National GIS mapping specialist to prepare maps in Geographical Information System (GIS) for mainstreaming process (UNICEF)

 Duration: 20.02.2017 - 03.03.2017





National GIS mapping specialist to prepare maps in Geographical Information System (GIS) for mainstreaming process of Disaster Risk Analysis within DIPECHO-funded Disaster Risk Reduction project.


Background/Context of the Consultancy Requirement.

Since 2010 UNICEF has been implementing EU DIPECHO-funded project on Supporting Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) amongst Vulnerable Communities and Institutions in Azerbaijan. During the project, Ministry of Emergency Situations was supported to strengthen and improve knowledge on commitments of Hyogo Framework for Action, DRR definitions and concepts, and School-based disaster risk management both central and district levels. These activities in turn contributed to the improved preparedness of schools in the target areas and identifying ways that the Ministry of Emergency Situations can better support the districts. Additionally school safety assessment methodology, which has been tested in DIPECHO pilot schools got approval to mainstream the methodology into school assessment practices of the government, is under consideration to reflect national legislature and regulations before putting into the practice.

UNICEF has also conducted Disaster Risk Analysis in the Gabala district based on the guidance tool developed by the UNICEF CEE/CIS Regional Office. The methodology was verbally endorsed by the Ministry as effective complimentary instrument for improvement of disaster preparedness capacity of the Ministry and its emergency units at sub-national level. The Ministry has decided to scale up the application of the methodology and has requested UNICEF to facilitate the process.

Azerbaijan is one of the pilot countries in the region, which will start to implement this Disaster Risk Analysis approach and this is part UNICEF Azerbaijan Country Office’s contribution to the Regional Knowledge and Leadership Agenda on Disaster Risk Reduction.

The Analysis has been conducted in 3 districts of Azerbaijan – Neftchala, Barda and Mingachevir, which is proposed given its hazard-prone locations and high vulnerability due to high density of population and geography. As a part of the Analysis process creation of the maps in Geographical Information System (GIS) for the district is also planned.

All the maps will effectively show identified risks according to UNICEF’s methodology and highlight these risks for every municipality’s disaster reduction plan.


The main purpose of this assignment is to create maps with GIS and illustrate spatial relationships of the location and the hazards. These maps will help stakeholders to better visualize the hazard prone areas and contribute to the understanding of Disaster Risk Analysis.

Activities and Tasks/Work Relationship.

GIS Expert’s will be required to produce:

  • District maps for Mingachevir, Barda and Neftchala;
  • Flood hazard maps Mingachevir, Barda and Neftchala;
  • Earthquake hazard maps for Mingachevir, Barda and Neftchala;
  • Multi-hazard maps for Mingachevir, Barda and Neftchala;
  • Child vulnerability maps for Barda and Neftchala and school vulnerability map for Mingachevir;
  • Child Centered Risk maps for Mingachevir, Barda and Neftchala;
  • Train members of the working group on GIS mapping;
  • Additional tasks asked by DRR Consultant

Output → Results (Deliverables)

Description of Deliverables

This should include tangible and measurable outputs, objectives and targets of the work assignment, as well as specific activities to achieve these;

Days required

specific delivery dates and details as to how the work must be delivered (e.g. electronic submission, hard copy), subdivided into “milestones” where appropriate

Target Delivery Date

Evaluation criteria

Indicators for evaluation of outputs (including timeliness, achievement of goals, and quality of work).

1 All 18 (eighteen) maps submitted to UNICEF

40 days

20 April 2017

Maps submitted on time and accepted by UNICEF DRR Consultant and Education Specialist


  • University Degree in Geography, Statistics, Economics, Social Science, or Disaster Risk Reduction, or related field
  • At least 3 years of quantitative research experience, with a strong emphasis on spatial analysis and detailed map preparation/ planning and establishment of GIS information.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Access);
  • Strong knowledge of GIS tools or data (e.g. ArcGIS) and relational databases (e.g. SQL Server - Spatial);
  • Detail-oriented ability to work at a fast pace and meet deadlines;
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to synthesize and articulate information;
  • Strong work ethic, commitment to accuracy, and ability to handle confidential information;

Ability to function and communicate professionally and effectively

Working Conditions

This is a Baku-based consultancy with short visit to Mingachevir, Barda and Neftchala to meet with Working Groups and visit the project sites and can be provided with logistical support in case of necessity.


Interested individual should submit:

  1. Resume
  2. Project Proposal with detailed budget;
  3. References of previous relevant work;

How to apply:

Deadline 03 March 2017, 18:00 hours, GMT+4

All applications will be treated with strict confidentiality. UNICEF is an equal opportunity employer.

UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.

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