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  • Work Location: Remote - based in Dominica

  • Application Close Date: 20th September 2021, 11.59 pm [ extended to 4th October 2021 ]

  • Estimated Start date: 15th October 2020

  • Department: Field programs

  • Reports to: Open Cities (LAC) Project Manager

  • Terms: Contract for 15 months

About HOT

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) sits at the nexus of participatory mapping, community-led development, humanitarian response, open data and tech. With a talented and diverse team spread around the globe, HOT is an NGO which supports a dynamic global community of thousands of dedicated volunteers using maps and open data for humanitarian response and the Sustainable Development Goals. Working with humanitarian and development partners like the Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières, UN agencies, governments and others, the HOT community maps in solidarity with those affected by or at risk of disaster, contributing the maps and data aid workers need to do their lifesaving work.

In 2020 the work of the HOT community was recognized by TED’s Audacious Project, a collaborative philanthropic initiative that serves as a springboard for social impact on a grand scale, leading to an exciting new phase of growth. HOT is expanding its activities: opening four regional hubs and scaling up its support to local mapping communities with the audacious goal of mapping an area home to one billion people in 94 countries at high risk of disasters or experiencing poverty - mapping with communities before they are in crisis.

About the Application

Building on the success of the Open Cities project in Asia and Open Cities Africa, and GFDRR’s Code for Resilience, Open Cities Latin America and the Caribbean will be carried out in cities and selected regions, to engage local government, civil society and the private sector to develop information infrastructures necessary to meet 21st century urban resilience challenges. The project will be aligned with GFDRR’s Resilient Cities Program and implemented through a unique partnership between GFDRR and HOT, city governments, and a partner community composed of regional scientific and technology organizations, development partners, and technology companies to support Government activities in the selected cities. Following a competitive application process, an small implementing team in each city will receive funding, targeted training, technical support, and mentorship to organize, perform and achieve the following objectives:

  1. Create and/or collate and release high quality open spatial data about the built environment, critical infrastructure, and natural hazards risks; to inform resilient urban planning and infrastructure projects while also benefiting the international risk modeling community

  2. Enhance the local capacity and institutional development necessary to support the design and implementation of evidence-driven urban resilience interventions; through the:

  3. Development of targeted products and/or tools (e.g., visualization tools, atlases, map series, or mobile applications) to assist key stakeholders to utilize risk information towards addressing natural disaster risk in the selected city;

  4. Promote interaction and feedback mechanisms, and consolidate regional networks across OpenStreetMap and open source communities.

In each location, Open Cities LAC projects will inform decision-making through the development of a use-case, around a specific Problem Statement identified by the local implementing partner, local institutions and the regional World Bank teams by achieving the following components:

  • Assessments on risk, resilience and preparedness information conducted to understand current data, human and capacity, and institutional contexts with the regards to the Problem Statement to address

  • Participatory mapping of the target area and information completed using the global open collaborative mapping platform OpenStreetMap, and other relevant tools;

  • Trainings on topics such as community mapping and data collection, data visualization and risk communication, and other related topics carried out;

  • Local open source communities enhanced and/or cultivated;

  • Communities of practice in LAC around urban resilience supported and/or developed; and

  • Targeted information tools/products to support urban resilience interventions created.

Open Cities LAC will result in the development of new disaster risk data, with new tools/products to explore it, increased capacity among local populations, and new partnerships among diverse stakeholders. As part of this regional initiative, Open Cities LAC is soliciting applications from an implementation team, to collect data and develop resources to inform decision-making or support action around a specific Problem Statement.

Proposal requirements

Please consult the complete Request for Proposal.

The technical proposal shall be presented electronically in Adobe PDF format, in English using the templates provided.

The proposal consists in three parts: (a) Technical Proposal (b) Financial Proposal (c) Firm Qualification Questionnaire.

Note that the budget available for this project is between $50,000 - $60,000. The applicant must therefore demonstrate a solid understanding of the financial responsibilities and schedules to suit the scope of the project.

The Request for Proposal is open and welcome to project suggestions or amendments particularly from the local context. Well crafted and valuable insights may be positively weighted in the evaluation.

Team’s Qualifications

  • Good understanding in English and/or Spanish within the team

  • Experience with OpenStreetMap and using the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Tasking Manager

  • Knowledge and engagement of the OSM community / open source & open data and tech local community

  • Ability to respond to technical needs (eg. management of field person, research and connect with local service providers)

  • Demonstrated experience in management of similar large scale projects

  • Ability to formally engage with local stakeholder community/ partners and/or government counterparts

  • Ability to demonstrate financially sound budget

  • Demonstrated experience in GIS / geo spatial information / mapping

  • Have knowledge of the local context and to review relevant literature

  • IT experience (eg. web design, development, etc.)

  • Written and Oral communication skills (local language as well as English)

  • Highly organised and excellent attention to detail and coordination skills

  • Flexible, honest and reliable

  • Proven ability to work independently and lead activities

  • Strong personal interest in humanitarian action/aid and sustainable development

Are you missing a few of the technical skills listed in your team? We would still like to see your application. While the skills above fit our vision of this project, we are open to those applicants with a strong knowledge foundation that are fast learners and highly motivated to close any skill gaps.

Applicants are encouraged to send their questions on the RFP before September 27,2021 , we will ensure to send responses back within the next 48 hours.

To apply

Please complete the application by October 4th, 2021, 11.59 pm and send it to (extended timeline)