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REACH was born in 2010 as a joint initiative of two international NGOs, ACTED and Impact Initiatives, and the UNOSAT program of the United Nations.  The purpose of REACH is to promote and facilitate the development of information products that improve the decision-making and planning capacity of the humanitarian community in emergency, reconstruction and development contexts. REACH facilitates information management for humanitarian aid actors through three complementary services: (a) needs and situation assessments facilitated by REACH teams; (b) situation analysis using satellite images (photo interpretation and remote sensing); (c) creation of databases, maps and a website dedicated to the dissemination of information .

The REACH Initiative has been present in Colombia since 2019, supporting actors in the aid sector under the framework of the Humanitarian Country Team and the Interagency Group on Mixed Migratory Flows through context assessments and information management activities. Currently, the information collected and disseminated by REACH is intended to provide a baseline for humanitarian response planning efforts in Colombia and the region.

REACH is currently  receiving applications for several Geographic Information Systems Officer (GIS) positions  to integrate our team in the REACH Colombia mission.


Under the supervision of the REACH research manager,  the REACH GIS Officer will be responsible for designing and implementing geographic information systems in the evaluation activities carried out in Colombia and the region. His responsibilities include: ensuring the consistency of the GIS considered in the research design, supporting the development of data collection tools, data management and analysis, ensuring the quality of data, geospatial analysis, the elaboration of maps and (if applicable) the production of web maps and other information products derived from GISs.

Chain of command

Under the authority of:

REACH Research Manager

IMPACT Regional Coordinator

Labor Relations

Internal Relations:

Evaluation Officers

GIS team

field team

REACH regional coordination

External Relations:

on demand


1. GIS management in the different research cycles

1.1 Preparation and planning of the evaluation:

  • In coordination with the evaluation manager, ensure that evaluations are planned in accordance with the objectives of the project and the programme, as well as being in line with the REACH investigation cycle and other relevant guidelines;
  • Identify available and relevant GIS data to feed into the secondary data review, in coordination with the assessment team;
  • For each evaluation, guarantee the review and contribution in draft of the terms of reference, specifically in the analysis plan and the corresponding cartography, as well as in the data management plan;
  • In coordination with the assessment team, co-build the qualitative and quantitative data collection tools, ensuring that the GIS requirements of the investigation/assessment cycle are met;
  • Develop a geospatial analysis of assessment areas for use, as appropriate, in the development of daily assessment plans, field deployment plans, and accompanying operational maps for field teams;
  • In coordination with those responsible for evaluation, support the construction of the quantitative sample;
  • Track the progress and delays of all GIS data and information management tasks and relevant tasks throughout the investigation cycle. Ensure that identified delays or problems are communicated in writing and orally in a timely manner.

1.2 Data collection

  • Where relevant, provide support for the identification and training of enumerators for primary data collection;
  • Support the supervision of data collection, according to the agreed terms of reference, including verification and spatial validation as part of daily evaluation checks;
  • Guarantee that the data collected is correctly georeferenced;
  • In coordination with the assessment team, ensure that all stages of the assessment, including GIS-related events and modifications, are documented.

1.3 Data management and analysis

  • Ensure that all data collected is stored in accordance with IMPACT’s data management guidelines and terms of reference (data management plan, annex);
  • Facilitate data cleansing and analysis automation process for ongoing long-term projects/assessments. Provide technical guidance and capacity building support to the team on automated systems and workflows;
  • Make sure data is reviewed and cleaned, and all revisions are logged;
  • Guarantee the spatial analysis of the data collected according to the terms of reference;
  • Ensure that the data and its spatial analysis are validated by IMPACT headquarters prior to the product writing phase;
  • Ensuring that the data and its analysis does not contain personal information and is validated by IMPACT headquarters before sharing it with external parties;
  • Guarantee the quality and accuracy of the technical information provided, as well as the confidentiality and protection of the information collected;
  • Ensure regular updating and maintenance of REACH Colombia products;
  • Identify and apply process automation tools in data management and analysis.

1.4 GIS products

  • Ensure the clarity and relevance of information products derived from the evaluations, communicating a clear message and in line with the results found;
  • Ensure consistency of spatial databases with the assessment;
  • Creation of timely and accurate GIS products that comply with IMPACT guidelines;
  • Ensures that maps produced meet IMPACT guidelines and the requirements of interested partners;
  • Ensure that all GIS products are validated by IMPACT headquarters prior to external publication;
  • In agreement with the REACH coordination team in the country, identify the needs for satellite images and their potential application for REACH evaluations.

1.5 Dissemination and monitoring and evaluation of products

  • In coordination with the REACH Colombia team, promote the dissemination of the GIS products in line with the IMPACT guidelines and the research terms of reference;
  • Guarantee the strictest confidentiality of data and data processes. Actively take steps to prevent unauthorized sharing of information and data;
  • In coordination with IMPACT headquarters, ensure that GIS products are uploaded to relevant data portals, as specified in the research terms of reference;
  • In coordination with the REACH Colombia evaluation team, ensure that lessons learned are collected and documented at the end of each investigation cycle.

2.Internal and external coordination

  • Participate in regular meetings with all members of the GIS team to assess progress in all investigation cycles and review the work plan;
  • Actively participate in country coordination meetings;
  • Be available to provide regular support and technical back-up;
  • If necessary and in accordance with the REACH coordination in Colombia, guarantee the consultation and participation of the relevant partners for the preparation of the GIS products;
  • If necessary and in accordance with the REACH coordination in Colombia, participate in the relevant technical forums in the country (for example, IM/SIG working groups);
  • In coordination with the REACH Colombia team, support the presentation of SIG products to relevant third parties, to improve their use and impact;

3. Development and implementation of the strategy.

The SIG officer will actively participate and contribute to the development of the REACH strategy in Colombia and in the region, supporting the national coordination. In particular, he will support the identification and correction of:

  • GIS gaps in the country;
  • Synergies with other GIS and IM actors
  • Dissemination strategies to reinforce the impact of our GIS and IM work

The GIS officer will also support any other tasks requested by supervisors, including data analysis and management.

4. Confidentiality, data protection and responsibility towards the beneficiaries.

The SIG officer will maintain the strictest confidentiality of all data collected and related processes. You will actively take steps to prevent unauthorized sharing of any information and data belonging to REACH and its partners, or collected during your REACH mission.

Each REACH member is responsible for ensuring that all relationships with the communities in which REACH and its partners work are conducted in a respectful and consultative manner. Due attention should be paid to ensuring that communities are properly consulted and informed about the REACH program objectives, activities, beneficiary selection criteria and methodologies.


  • Excellent academic background;
  • At least two years of relevant work experience in GIS;
  • Advanced skills with Geographic Information Systems tools (ArcGIS, QGIS, etc.)
  • Experience with the handling of programming languages ​​linked to GIS (R, Python, JavaScript, etc.)
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Excel, PowerPoint, and Word;
  • Extensive experience in GIS data management and processing, including cleaning of large data sets;
  • Demonstrable experience and high competencies in geospatial information analysis, including the ability to identify outliers and key trends, and place results in context;
  • Ability to act in an intercultural environment that requires flexibility;
  • The ability to work independenly;
  • Ability to multitask under tight deadlines, across numerous research cycles;
  • Good attention to detail and commitment to producing high quality work;
  • Flexibility and adaptability to ever-changing needs and responsibilities;
  • High motivation to learn and develop professionally is essential


  • Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (geography, geomatics, environmental sciences, computer science, information management systems, etc.);
  • Relevant work experience in humanitarian or development settings;
  • Knowledge of remote sensing, satellite image processing and thematic analysis of satellite images;
  • Good knowledge of the different sampling frames;
  • Experience with Tableau, R-Shiny or PowerBi;
  • Ability to design and manage Kobo, ODK or other data collection tool;
  • Knowledge of the Adobe Suite, especially Illustrator and InDesign
  • Oral and written command of English.

Contractual conditions.

  • Contract for the provision of services initiated for three months with the possibility of renewal.
  • Affiliations to social security as an independent contributor to the contributory regime.
  • Affiliations and payment of insurance under the responsibility of the contractor, the base income for social security contributions is 40% of the total monthly income.
  • Workplace : Bogotá, Colombia with possible travel in the region.
  • Professional services 100% face-to-face M-F and trips to regions .
  • Salary defined based on the salary table of ACTED Colombia; level of education, experience, security.
  • Taking into account that the hiring will be in Colombia, it is important to mention that foreigners who apply to this call must currently have a valid permit to work in Colombia and its renewal will not depend on the link with the organization.
  • Start date : To confirm
  • Application Deadline : Until position(s) are secured. Please note that the provision of a contract may be subject to confirmation of funding, depending on the time of application.

how to apply

Application process.


  • Send resume and/or confirmation of participation and completion of the form mentioned above to the following email: [email protected]
  • Only shortlisted candidates who meet the established requirements will be contacted to continue in the selection process.

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