A Career With MapAction


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Company vision and mission 

MapAction believes that applying geospatial expertise to humanitarian situations can greatly improve outcomes for the people affected. Global humanitarian needs outstrip resources. Expert geospatial and data analysis can help stretch those resources for maximum impact. Many professionals want to donate their energy and skills to help. MapAction is the bridge which enables them to do so effectively.

We are a non-profit organisation that collaborates with partners around the world to help anticipate, prepare for and respond to humanitarian emergencies. We strive to ensure governments, regional and local disaster management agencies and humanitarian responders have access to the information and analysis that they need to make key decisions, at the right times, to save lives and alleviate suffering.

We are a team of around 100 people, 75% of them expert volunteers, plus a small roster of standby consultants.

Combining the passion of volunteerism with the rigour and reliability of professional standards, the ‘MapAction spirit’ is something we work hard to maintain and the willingness of our team to go the extra mile is often fed back to us.

With more than 20 years of experience and learning gleaned from attending over 125 different humanitarian emergency situations and supporting countless more remotely, we have developed a unique and continually requested range of capacities.

We freely share the knowledge we have acquired by teaching and training humanitarian coordinators to use maps and other geospatial products to help them make better decisions. We also help put in place the systems, resources and data required to build resilience to disasters and protect vulnerable communities.

Always seeking improvement, we’re developing new technologies and approaches to ensure the data, maps and tools that are essential in humanitarian crises are made available as quickly as possible, or even prepared ahead of time.

And when major emergencies happen, we can still provide surge support to our partners at just 24 hours notice, enabling them to make sense of chaotic, dangerous and rapidly evolving situations and coordinate the most effective response.

Our combination of wide-ranging expertise in geospatial information and data analysis, allied with extensive knowledge and experience from the heart of humanitarian emergencies uniquely positions MapAction to continue improving the impact and effectiveness of humanitarian aid now and into the future.


A career at MapAction looks like

MapAction is a close-knit community of highly skilled and committed professionals. Volunteering for us means using your unique skills to help prepare for, anticipate, or respond to humanitarian emergencies.

As a volunteer, you can participate in all levels and areas of the organisation, working alongside our colleagues at various UN agencies and/or other humanitarian partners.

You can also help to steer MapAction’s strategic direction and help to build our operational capacity.


Diversity in inclusion strategy

Diversity and inclusion are essential in enabling us to apply a range of experiences and perspectives in all aspects of our decision-making and actions. This in turn helps us to respond in the most timely, appropriate and effective way to the challenges we face in our work.
We also recognise that it is right to promote and protect diversity, inclusion and equity.
As an organisation we have adopted the following principles and are working to make them a reality in all aspects of our culture.

Our commitments:
1. Creating a culture that promotes and fosters diversity and inclusion
2. Putting diversity and inclusion at the heart of our organisational planning
3. Providing accessible, inclusive recruitment processes
4. Supporting and promoting diversity and inclusion throughout all our team activities
5. Respecting and promoting diversity in the ways we work with others
6. Putting processes in place for continual improvement


Find below a career opportunity for you

Volunteer with expertise in data science, data engineering or design

Location: In or near UK
Salary: Not Applicable


The ideal profile of the candidate

We’re looking for motivated and skilled people to help enhance and strengthen our internal data infrastructures and flows; further develop our geospatial analytics and data science capacity; redesign some of our processes and tools to make our products and services more effective and human-centric, and provide first-class external support and advice to partners.


This is a role for you if…

  • You have a desire to use your skills and experience to save and improve lives 
  • You are a good team player with leadership and/ or project management experience or ambition 
  • You have exceptional communication skills (English language)
  • You have experience in understanding partner needs and requirements
  • You are adaptable, resilient and solution-oriented
  • You are self-motivated and organised
  • You have time to commit to MapAction (for more details, please see below)


Desirable skills and experience:

  • Understanding of GIS and geospatial science, and/or practical experience with one or more of these: GeoServer, PostgreSQL / PostGIS, OpenLayers, Leaflet, MapBox, QGIS Server, QGIS, GeoExt and/or ESRI ArcGIS Suite, MapServer, MapInfo, Google Earth
  • An interest in and/ or understanding of the humanitarian sector
  • Languages (particularly French, Spanish or Arabic)
  • Adventure or professional travel experience or relevant international work experience
  • Graphic design/visualisation skills
  • Teaching, training or capacity building experience
  • Experience of monitoring and evaluation systems
  • Website design/ management
  • IT and systems administration skills
  • Mathematical aptitude and strong problem-solving skills
  • Programming skills


You will also have:

  • A chance to put your skills to use to save and improve lives
  • Access to our unique network, and the opportunity to work closely with a group of like-minded professionals from all types of sectors
  • Ongoing training
  • Opportunities to learn and develop new skills and leadership qualities
  • Opportunities to travel
  • All related expenses covered


For further details and to apply please click here
Closing date: 25 July 2021
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