Technical Officer, Geographical Information System (GIS) Database in Abuja, Nigeria

at Fhi360

Minimum Qualification
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
1 - 3 years
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female

Job Description

Job ID: 17653 
Location: Abuja

Job Description

  • The Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS) project is a five-year PEPFAR program to provide high quality HIV/AIDS services, and to build the capacity of the public and private sectors in Nigeria in order to provide these services in a sustainable manner.
  • The SIDHAS project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Job Summary / Responsibilities

  • The GIS/Database Officer will be responsible for the day to day operations of data processing. S/he is responsible for the planning, maintenance and development of FHI 360 databases and Geographical Information System (GIS).
  • The database approach incorporates the following principles:
    • Data remains consistent across the database;
    • Data is clearly defined;
    • Users access data concurrently, in a form that suits their needs;
    • There is provision for data security and recovery control (all data is retrievable in an emergency).
  • The application design include web, desktop and mobile GIS applications. Other responsibilities include the design and creation of spatial products, including maps, digital data, reports and statistics.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Administer and maintain FHI’s DBMS; monitors and optimizes the DBMS.
  • Coordinate data management issues (e.g., deletion of records, query management, Internet reports) within the data users group.
  • Run checks to ensure the security and confidentiality of the FHI/Nigeria identifiable health data.
  • Monitor research staffs compliance with confidentiality policies to assure that security standards are met.
  • Advice on the acquisition of the appropriate Database Management Systems as needed.
  • Assist in the management of the FHI/Nigeria hardware and software as related to the operations of the SQL Server DBMS, including system development and maintenance, recommend purchase of new hardware and software maintenance of records and reports relating to database operations and data/project archives.
  • Assist project team in preparing project results for presentation at regional or national conferences, and in preparing articles for publication, with some supervision.
  • Assist in writing proposals by drafting technical data-related sections and participating in work plan development.
  • Assist in development of data procedural protocols, update, and reviews.
  • Develop standardized programming and data documentation procedures relevant to the HIV and AIDS data systems.
  • Provide assistance to staff in database use based on technical knowledge of field.
  • Assure the quality of data feeds and processing of downloads from FHI Global Spreadsheets and that of other implementing partners.
  • Develop standardized programming and data documentation procedures relevant to the HIV and AIDS data systems. Train others in specific data processing and design tasks.
  • Determine and refine FHI’s GIS requirements.
  • Design / create special maps and digitizes the maps to GIS datasets.
  • Create and maintain the structures necessary for GIS data storage and designs the tools necessary for loading / transferring GIS data between different systems.
  • Write formal metadata documentation, according to standard, as well as informal documentation for GIS data resources.
  • Develop web based and mobile GIS application, customizes desktop GIS software to facilitate end user training and ease of use; trains users and provides support for desktop applications.
  • Works on special GIS projects as assigned, developing custom data, statistics, reports, presentations and other products in a team environment.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • BS/BA degree in Engineering, Information Technology, Computer Science or its recognized equivalent with 5 - 7 years post national youth service relevant experience.
  • Or MS/MA Geographic Information Systems, Engineering, Information Technology, Computer Science or its recognized equivalent, and 3 - 5 years post national youth service relevant experience.
  • Strong background in geospatial and health information systems (GIS) and/or database management is required.
  • Demonstrated success in multicultural environments is an advantage.



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