GIS Department Manager

Employeur : eHealth Africa
Zone géographique : Kano, Nigeria
Date de parution : 07 janvier 2015

Department: Geographic Information System (GIS)
Type: Full Time
Min. Experience: Manager/Supervisor


  • Position is based in Kano, Nigeria
  • Master’s Degree in GIS, Geography, Surveying, or related field is required
  • Minimum of five (5) years GIS experience.
  • Travel, housing, health insurance, security, utilities will be provided upon relocation to Kano, Nigeria

Summary: The GIS Manager oversees, supervises, and coordinates all aspects of eHA’s Geographic Information System (GIS) activities and operations; coordinates assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies; and provides highly responsible and complex staff assistance to management.  S/he develops and maintains the long-term GIS vision and strategies through implementation and execution of projects and ensures support of the overall organizational goals. May serve as a member of the eHealth Board of Directors.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Other duties may be assigned

  • Oversees all functions of the GIS department, including technical development and project management.
  • Develops and maintains the GIS Strategic Plan
  • Determines and manages budgetary requirements and provides long-range planning for overall agency GIS.
  • Prepares, maintains and monitors the GIS budget.
  • Prepares reports on department operations, activities, and expenditures.
  • Develops and implements department services, policies, procedures and strategies.
  • Implements standards and procedures for GIS database maintenance and administration.
  • Writes and maintains internal manuals, training materials and systems documentation, as well as publicly available map resources.
  • Leads internal and external eHA partnership relationships for GIS.
  • Consults with eHA departments in the development of their GIS plans, goals and objectives. Interfaces with eHA departments, external agencies and/or partners to ascertain future GIS projects and to provide GIS-related technical guidance and assistance.
  • Serves as a liaison with GIS vendors for the proper acquisition, installation, operation and maintenance of GIS-related resources.
  • Ensures eHA’s access and availability to expert external consultants.
  • Provides direct technical support and manages development for GIS software packages. .
  • Drives the GIS department forward.
  • Leads new business development and enhances department /organisation reputation. Contributes to the growth of the GIS practices in eHA.
  • Evaluates the functionality of systems, keeps up-to-date with new technology and investigates new applications.
  • Attends and participates in professional associations, meetings, seminars, conferences and trainings to stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of GIS technology.
  • Educates and mentors new GIS users.
  • Performs any other duties assigned by Management.
  • May frequently travel between company worksites.
  • Presents a professional demeanor at all times.  Approaches others in a tactful manner.  Reacts well under pressure.  Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position.  Accepts responsibility for own actions.  Follows through on commitments.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organisation's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. Supervises assigned Department Staff. 

Qualifications:  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required to successfully perform this job.


  • Master’s Degree in GIS, Geography, Surveying, or related field is required
  • Minimum of five (5) years GIS experience.
  • Minimum of two (2) years supervisory experience preferably with a non-profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO), or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Significant and advanced GIS experience may substitute for the Master’s degree.
  • Experience in the use of ArcGIS desktop, ArcGIS Online, enterprise geodatabases, and open source GIS software.
  • Experience with project management, including planning, statements of work, budgets and scheduling.
  • In-depth knowledge of GIS, databases, GIS principles, practices and techniques.
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to build effective teams, motivate others, delegate effectively, and make timely/quality decisions.
  • Exemplary skills with leading and managing multi-disciplinary teams, as well as mentoring other team members.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, organisational skills and great attention to detail. Must be able to work as a leader and member of a team and possess good problem solving skills.
  • Must possess the ability to organise, instruct and supervise staff while promoting group effort and achievement.
  • Must have the ability to manage conflicts and resolve problems effectively.
  • Good learning ability.
  • Action oriented and resilient in a fast-paced environment.

Certifications and Licenses:

  • GISP Certification through GIS Certification Institute is preferred

Computer Skills:

  • Advanced computer skills, including Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office Suite. Proficiency working within specialized software utilized in program.
  • Experience with open source GIS software (both desktop and server) and ESRI software(specifically the ArcGIS desktop suite, including extensions, and ArcGIS Online).

Language Ability:

  • English is the spoken and written language.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, or government regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, employees and the general public.

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