Contract duration: 3-12 months
Projected start date: Deployed as needed
Reports to: Director, HOT Community Programs
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) is a US-based NGO and global community of thousands of volunteers working together to use maps and open data for humanitarian response and the Sustainable Development Goals. As the world’s preeminent participatory mapping NGO, HOT has fostered a global mapping community composed of more than 100,000 people with ground operations in eight countries. When major disaster strikes anywhere in the world, HOT rallies this global network to create the maps and data that enable responders to reach those in need.
HOT is soliciting CVs of experienced mid-career and senior-career level digital development and humanitarian professionals for anticipated projects in 2019. Deployments vary from short projects of three months up to multi-year programs for which 12 month (or occasionally 24 month) contracts are expected.
About the Position
HOT Country Managers serve as the senior representative of HOT in a country. Reporting to HOT’s Director of Programs, Country Managers have wide and varied responsibilities. These range from project planning, to day-to-day management of all active projects in their country (typically 1-3 concurrent projects), relationships with donors, new business development, staff supervision, and oversight of administrative, operational, and security procedures in the country. HOT Country Managers typically work with a range of international and national partners (both government, NGO, and civil society) as well as interact frequently with the HOT global network. Projects span sectors and typically focus on participatory mapping using OpenStreetMap, data analysis and storytelling, and training/capacity building of national and international partner organizations.
- Serve as the senior HOT representative in country of deployment.
- Develop country-wide and project-specific strategies in coordination with HOT senior management and local stakeholders.
- Ensure timely implementation of all project activities.
- Manage a team of national staff and oversee work of interns and community volunteers.
- Lead on writing and delivering project reports according to donor schedule.
- Accurately manage country finances and track projected vs. actual spending.
- Direct production of communications about project activity, including regular blogs posts and social media updates.
- Provide technical guidance and expertise on participatory data collection and OpenStreetMap.
- Develop new business opportunities and partnerships and strengthen existing institutional relationships.
- Lead on proposal writing, and other duties as assigned.
- University or college degree in international development, public health, GIS, Disaster Risk Management, urban planning or a related field
- A least 5 years experience working in development cooperation and donor funded projects involving ICT / digital development, of which 3 years must be in management positions
- Experience managing project budgets of $100,000 USD and greater
- Excellent analytical skills, and able to prioritize and meet deadlines
- Excellent team management skills in managing and coordinating groups of people, including speaking and training sessions
- Experience designing and carrying out community mapping exercises, including: collecting data, using OpenStreetMap, teaching data quality assurance, collaborating with various stakeholders, and building capacity in partner organizations
- Experience in data analysis and information management
- Experience in participatory data collection, preferably using mobile, digital data collection tools such as Kobo, OpenDataKit, and OpenMapKit
- Experience developing self-sufficient and sustainable community groups, including developing technical skillsets
- Fluency in English
- Demonstrated cultural competency including experience working in a developing country context
- Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
- Demonstrated understanding of open source culture and ethos across cultural contexts
- Ability to solve practical problems and react quickly and calmly to changing or emergency circumstances
- Willingness to live and work in a challenging environment with limited amenities
- Able to travel 100% and be deployed/stationed in countries of operation.
Additional desirable skillsets:
- Experience in humanitarian response and working within the cluster system
- Experience in open data projects and/or open source software development
- Sector expertise in disaster risk reduction, public health, or water, sanitation, & hygiene GIS and/or statistical data analysis skills
- French, Spanish, and other language skills
- Assignment on contractor basis. Salary determined by HOT pay scales.
- Corporate insurance is provided for medical emergencies.
- Depending on the assignment, housing may be provided or subsidized.