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Contract duration: 12 months, with possible extension for 6 months

Location/Duty Station: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), likely in the Goma area

Projected start date: Mid 2019

Reports to: Director of Programs

About HOT:

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 150,000 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 to lead a project in the DRC starting mid- 2019. Deployment is expected to last between 12 and 18 months.


HOT’s upcoming projects in the DRC focus on improving available data and information management around the ongoing Ebola response and preparedness. This position will be based in eastern DRC, likely in the Goma area, and travel and extended stays are expected in the Nord-Kivu and Ituri provinces.

The Senior Project Manager will serve as the senior representative of HOT in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Reporting to HOT’s Director of Programs, you will have wide and varied responsibilities. These range from assisting in the set up of HOT’s country presence in DRC to project planning, day-to-day management of all activities in the country, building and maintaining relationships with government agencies, NGOs, and donors, staff supervision, and oversight of administrative, operational, and security procedures in the country.

HOT typically works 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.

  • Liaise and collaborate with partner organizations in the ongoing Ebola response. *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. *Develop country-wide and project-specific strategies in coordination with HOT senior management and local stakeholders, and HOT’s strategy on public health interventions. *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. *Lead on proposal writing, and other duties as assigned.

About You


  • Care deeply about the mission: passionate about humanitarian / development work demonstrated through prior professional or volunteer experiences

  • Fluent in written and spoken English

  • Proficient in written and spoken French.

  • Experience working with governments and in the international humanitarian system, preferably on public health interventions.

  • 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 digital development, of which 3 years must be in management positions.

  • Experience managing project budgets of $200,000 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 skill sets.

  • 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 country of operation.

Additional desirable skills

  • Knowledge of local languages (Lingala, Swahili dialects and others)

  • 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

Conditions and Benefits

  • Assignment on contractor basis.

  • HOT values salary transparency and equity. Salaries and pay rates at HOT are determined by an open framework: please see

  • HOT is a leader in flexible working arrangements. As a young, innovative, and open organization, we provide ample space and opportunity for personal initiative and growth.

  • Health and medical benefits are provided to all staff through group insurance plans for employees, corporate insurance for accidents and medical emergencies, and 8% wage differentials for independent contractors.

  • Reasonable local accommodation will be provided during deployment.