Internship: Geospatial Data Officer (Five Positions available for Malawian Nationals Only)

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  • Lilongwe
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The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfil their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

However, despite decades of strong work in these sectoral areas, inequity remains. While progress is being made, something different is required to accelerate progress towards not just long term and sustainable development improvements. One method of driving significant impacts for the most vulnerable and excluded children who may still be left behind, is more focused use of data, and in particular geospatial data.

The Data Team of UNICEF Malawi seeks five (5), national Geospatial Data Officers (Interns) to support the office in strengthening the geospatial data management function in the Malawi Country Office. The interns will assist in the implementation of the “4P2C Data Intelligence Node”. They will play a vital role in data collection, research and analysis of geo-spatial data. The knowledge, information and insights obtained from geo-data are important for the Country Office team and stakeholders to make informed (evidence-based) strategic decisions. The interns, therefore, support the Data Intelligence Node, and respective UNICEF sectors by strengthening geo-data generation and use that is necessary for planning and programmatic decision making.

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How can you make a difference?

• Engage in the timely preparation, maintenance, and provision of geospatial information in support of the Malawi Country Office programmes;
• Collect, process, and evaluate geospatial data including vector, raster and thematic data; create and update geodatabases;
• Assist in performing quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) on all products generated and disseminated by the Data Intelligence Node including data and maps;
• Participate in field data collection activities using Global Positioning System (GPS) devices and mobile data collection applications;
• Assist in drone imagery acquisition, processing and preparation for analysis;
• Provide support to programme monitoring activities, including on-line monitoring tools;
• Assist in the sharing of geospatial data with office sections, other UN agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the Malawi Government;
• Produce and update information products such as charts, infographics, maps and thematic profiles to support planning, monitoring, communication, knowledge management and decision making processes.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

• Post graduate student or recent graduate with a minimum of university degree in geography, natural resources, health and agriculture/aquaculture, or related subject with a strong component of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Data collection and maintenance experience would be desirable and an added advantage but not a prerequisite.
• Data collection and maintenance experience would be desirable and an added advantage but not a prerequisite.
• Fluency in English and a local language.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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