The Canadian Red Cross Society (CRCS), a non-profit, humanitarian organization is seeking a permanent GIS Officer to join our Information Management Team. This is a unique opportunity to work with a world recognized brand, shape the culture of the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) and to put your passion for GIS to work for vulnerable people across the world.
Reporting to the Senior Advisor, Information Management, the GIS Officer will assume primary responsibility for developing and maintaining spatial analytics products for situational awareness and emergency response, as well as carrying out geospatial projects in support of Canadian Operations. Responsibility for GIS initiatives or projects may be assigned. This position will work as part of dynamic team of humanitarian geospatial and information management professionals in collaboration with Emergency Management.
The incumbent will apply their creative problem solving, drive to improve data-driven decision-making, and strong technical capabilities in a dynamic and fast-paced environment
You will enjoy:
- CULTURE – an organization that is guided by by our fundamental principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality
- FLEXIBILITY – alternative work arrangements and paid time off for those “life happens moments”
- OPPORTUNITY – to workwith the best and brightest in the non-profit field, in an environment that promotes continuous learning, creativity and collaboration
- MEANINGFUL WORK – you will be supporting leadership on the development of strategy and operating model that will create an impact at the individual and community levels across Canada
Who you are:
- You are a dynamic, experienced team player – you embrace the fast-paced environment of an organization that responds to emergencies impacting Canadians. You think strategically about how we deliver services and focus on exceptional quality.
- You are an analyst – you are highly data driven, evidence based, detail oriented, process focused, a critical thinker and a problem solver
- You are adaptive – you can rapidly shift gears from deeply complex strategy discussions to rolling up your sleeves and diving into the detail
- You are a people and information connector – competent in eliciting feedback, researching, defining, documenting, managing and implementing stakeholder and technical requirements.
In this role, you will:
- Provide subject matter expertise in spatial analysis and cartographic production.
- Create, maintain, and communicate guidelines and documentation on GIS best practices and methodologies.
- Create and maintain mapping products and analyses to support data-driven decision making using a variety of different GIS applications including QGIS, ArcMap, Carto, ArcGIS Online, Adobe Creative Suite and other applications as appropriate.
- Create, curate, maintain and analyse a geo-spatial database containing relevant CRC spatial data as well as relevant data from external sources such as open source partners, field observation, mobile data collection, satellite imagery, and Provincial and Federal government agencies;
- Conduct research to locate and obtain access to existing datasets and databases that could assist the delivery of humanitarian assistance.
- Conduct geospatial projects in support of Canadian Operations programming as assigned;
- Identify and build business continuity strategies for the IM Team’s geospatial products and processes as directed.
- Liaise with assigned provincial and federal partners to access key datasets necessary for performing response-related spatial analysis.
- Coach, mentor and effectively delegate response tasks to volunteers within the GIS Team.
- Participates in response planning, exercises, debriefs and after-action activities to contribute to a cycle of preparation and continuous improvement
We’re looking for:
- Bachelor of Science in geography, computer science, GIS, communications or related field with a minimum of 3 years’ experience.A Master’s degree in Science is as asset.
- Exceptional skills in GIS applications to produce static and web maps required
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail required; strong data management skills and experience using Excel is preferred
- Volunteer Leadership Skills – able to lead a volunteer team; give clear instructions and delegate, make informed decisions, ability to problem solve, provide coaching and feedback to volunteers, support a team environment
- Ability to communicate fluently in English, bilingual preferred
Must complete a satisfactory Canadian criminal record reference check or Enhanced Police Information Check. This role will support emergency operations and so working outside of business hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays may be required. Travel will be required, possibly including international travel