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General Information The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) in Uganda plays a central part in the UNHCR’s coordination of the refugee response, and also engages with projects around OSM citizen mapping for disaster risk reduction in Urban and rural environment development. As an international NGO, HOT applies the principles of open data sharing for humanitarian response and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Free, up-to-date maps are a critical resource when relief organizations are responding to disasters or political crises. The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) creates and provides those maps.

Positions: 2

Contract duration: 3 months (July - September)

Reports to: Country Manager

Starting date: July 2018

Project Overview The HOT agenda in Uganda aims to improve programme planning and service delivery to refugee communities, develop better integration with host communities, and build refugee self-reliance through open map data. The programme trains and equips NGOs and local volunteers within refugee communities to map vulnerabilities and assets in the places they live, filling in key data-gaps and “blank spots” on the map. These micro-level maps are created using techniques including crowd-sourced data collection on mobile phones and the remote mapping efforts of the global Humanitarian OpenStreetMap community. The resulting multi-language maps and map data are then made openly available online in OSM, on mobile phones for navigation, in printed form in refugee social/community centers, and are being integrated with stakeholder/government information systems at local and national levels. Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team is an implementing partner of UNHCR, strategically positioned in the coordination of the Combined Refugee Response in Uganda. HOT aims to improve programme planning and service delivery to refugee communities, develop better integration with host communities, and build refugee self-reliance through sustained ‘citizen interaction’ with Open Map Data.

Position Overview Working in tandem with one other summer Intern, the GIS/Logistics Intern will report to HOT’s Country Manager in Uganda, helping to support the team with GIS and day-to-day Operations. Using OSM tools, this individual will support HOT with mapping activities, community outreach and the training of local agencies and refugee and host communities. She/he will help the team to ensure that data is up to date in order to create comprehensive, highly detailed refugee-specific base maps.


  • Support the team in the coordination of activities and assist in the administration of expenses and logistics between the city office and rural field teams.

  • Assist the Country Manager with country team administration and communications between HOT Uganda and the global management team.

  • Assist with the smooth day-to-day running of the office.

  • Support the team in organizing and facilitating OSM trainings, workshops, and awareness sessions for local community centres and refugee populations.

  • Assist with GIS-related data management, helping to organise and manage data input, help with initial analysis of the data and map creation.

  • Assist the team with the design of necessary data collection tools (surveys), helping to ensure that the purpose and proposed use of data collection is clear and that questions are simple, clear and collectable in OSM formats.

  • Communicate regularly with fellow members of the team regarding mapping projects and progress.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Preferred Skills:

  • Some exposure to OpenStreetMap tools and platforms such as JOSM and iD, QGIS, OpenDataKit(ODK), Kobo Collect, Field Papers and X-form building.

  • Strong practical problem-solving and coordination skills, and a mechanical/technical understanding of field situations.

  • Proven ability/willingness to participate in training and outreach activities.

  • ICT and information management skills and eagerness/ability to learn new technologies.

  • Demonstrative understanding of Open Source Culture and Ethos.

  • Languages: Essential: English Helpful: French, Kiswahili.

Application Instructions On or before : 30th June 2018 Fill in the application form here. (Please be sure to continue to 2nd part to submit CV) No telephone inquiries please. Finalists will be contacted.