Thursday, 5 October 2017

Job at Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, Community Mapping Supervisor

United Republic of Tanzania: Community Mapping Supervisor (Data Zetu Project)

Organization: Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 13 Oct 2017

Contract duration: Full-time 40 hours per week over a 7 month period

Projected start date: 23 October, 2017

Reports to: Country Manager, Tanzania

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 40,000 people with ground operations in five 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 has collaborated with the World Bank in Tanzania since 2015 as implementing partner for the community mapping component of the Ramani Huria (“Open Map” in English) program. During this time, HOT has trained nearly 500 young people in open geospatial data and participatory mapping methods through a partnership including Ardhi University and the Tanzania Red Cross Society. Starting in September 2017, HOT has partnered with IREX on the Data Zetu project. Data Zetu aims to empower communities to make better, more evidence-based decisions to improve their lives. Through partnerships and collaborations with local communities, Data Zetu works with stakeholders to build skills and develop digital and offline tools that make information accessible to everyone.

About the Position – Community Mapping Supervisor

The Community Mapping Supervisor will lead HOT’s mapping, data collection, and training activities on the Data Zetu project. This includes supervising remote mapping, on-the-ground data collection, and capacity building activities involving a team of six junior spatial data entry staff.


Plan and organize large-scale data collection campaigns in coordination with partner organizations

Implement data collection forms using OpenDataKit Collect, OpenMapKit and other mobile data collection tools

Provide technical guidance and expertise on participatory mapping and OpenStreetMap

Develop and provide training in OpenStreetMap and related tools to local partners including CSOs, CBOs, NGOs, government, universities

Oversee, train, and supervise a team of 6 national staff, student interns and community volunteers

Communicate about project activity, including assisting with regular blogs posts and (social) media updates

Analyze geospatial data and produce visually compelling maps and analysis methods that can be shared with partner organizations

Organize periodic community mapping events and nurture the growth and sustainability of the Tanzania OpenStreetMap community & open data ecosystem

Assist in project report writing and translation as necessary

About You

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

Proficient written and spoken English and Swahili

At least 2 years professional experience

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (Preferred)

Experience in GIS and spatial data analysis

Clear vision of participatory data collection methods and community involvement, preferably using OpenStreetMap

Experience running training sessions, workshops or teaching

Strong organisational skills

Strong communication skills, including advanced written and spoken English

Proven ability to work independently and lead activities

Able to travel and work for days or weeks at a time in Kyela and Mbeya, Tanzania

Additional desirable skillsets:

Experience in disaster response, open data or open source strongly desired

OpenMapKit, OpenDataKit, or Kobo Collect experience

Sector expertise in disaster risk reduction, public health, or water, sanitation, & hygiene


How to apply:

To apply please complete the Online Application form and send a CV to with "Community Mapping Supervisor" in subject line.