Canadian Red Cross (CRC) (Mapping Volunteer – Red Cross – Various Locations across Nova Scotia)

Organization Name: Canadian Red Cross (CRC)
Opportunity Title: Mapping Volunteer – Red Cross – Various Locations across Nova Scotia
Category: Administration / Clerical / Office
Commitment: 6 months to 1 year
Start Date: December 19, 2018
End Date: December 31, 2099

  • Background/police check required
  • Appropriate for volunteers aged between 18 and 55
Opportunity Description:

The Canadian Red Cross Society, a non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to helping Canadians, as well as the most vulnerable throughout the world, is seeking Mapping Volunteers for the Canadian Operations department. The Canadian Red Cross (CRC) seeks to prevent and alleviate human suffering in Canada and around the world by responding to disasters, building safer, more resilient communities, and educating future humanitarians. Within Canada there remains significant parts of the country with little to no geospatial information is available. Using the Missing Maps methodology, the CRC aims to engage and map remote and vulnerable communities within Canada to better respond to crises affecting the area with more detailed maps and data. The CRC is seeking a pool of Mapping Volunteers to support a variety of GIS needs and activities.  Reporting to the GIS Coordinator, the Mapping Volunteers will be responsible for supporting and hosting mapathons in support of the Missing Maps project, improving the quality of crowd-sourced geographic data, and may be asked to create basic mapping products to support emergency response activities when necessary. During emergency operations, volunteers may be embedded into provincial response structures and report to the Information Management Supervisor. Volunteers who do not wish to deploy in person or remotely may be requested to backfill other operational information management staff as required. KEY RESPONSIBILITIESRESPONSIBILITY 1:  Support to the Missing Maps Project Present resources, materials, and concept of Canadian Red Cross involvement in Missing Maps to events both in-person and virtually. Plan and facilitate mapping events with community participants, partner organizations, and corporate partners. Be trained and available to host mapathons when needed by assisting with room reservations, IT, presentations and materials, etc. Train individuals to map and provide a follow up after events to continue to engage the participants. Actively engage in social media following Red Cross guidelines and take photos of events to support Missing Maps. Improve data quality by implementing validation techniques. Work closely with the GIS Coordinator to plan events and receive access to resources and support when needed. Create basic mapping products using data collected from CRC mapathons using a variety of different GIS applications including QGIS, ArcGIS, Adobe Creative Suite and other applications as appropriate. RESPONSIBLITY 2: Support to Disaster Response and/or Business Continuity During an emergency event, volunteers may be asked to contribute IM/GIS expertise to the operation and may be asked to deploy either in person or provide remote assistance. Volunteers may also be asked to backfill other IM/GIS staff as required to ensure continuity of other IM/GIS activities. During an emergency event, IM/GIS support may include but is not limited to: Assisting in collating and validating registration data; Creating sophisticated mapping products that illustrate the movement of affected households, relief items, and/or that highlight important points of interests to the operation; Other duties as required. QUALIFICATIONS The incumbent must have the commitment to the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross Movement and model the core competencies of the CRCS: team excellence, service excellence, accountability and results focused. Education and Experience Post-secondary education in a related area (i.e. GIS, computer science, geography etc.) or equivalent experience is considered an asset. Specific training in data analytics or information management for humanitarian response is considered a strong asset. Skills and Attributes Strong interpersonal skills and experience working within a team. Excellent analytical skills and a strong understanding of data collection and management. Computer expertise with knowledge and experience with GIS tools. Experience using GIS applications to produce static and web maps preferred. Strong attention to detail, and ability to identify gaps and take the initiative to address them. Assets Experience with OpenStreetMap including HOT Tasking Manager a strong asset. Experience with the Red Cross network and international humanitarian work is helpful but not necessary. WORKING CONDITIONS General Requirements The majority of the work is performed in an office environment. Ability to work during non-traditional hours (i.e. late night or weekends). Domestic travel may be required. Successfully complete a Canadian criminal record reference check and vulnerable sector check. The Canadian Red Cross is committed to diversity and inclusion in our workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. We welcome applications from all applicants particularly Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification and share our values. Please notify us as soon as possible of any adaptive measures you might require at any stage of the recruitment process. While we appreciate all responses, only candidates under consideration will be contacted.  Please note that relocation funding is not available for this position. The Canadian Red Cross Society is an equal opportunity employer. Interested parties may submit their application no later than February 1, 2019 via the Canadian Red Cross application portal(Please copy and paste the following web address into a web browser if you are unable to open the above hyperlink:

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