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Head of Information Management

Head of Information Management


Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD

The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) works toward reducing risks to communities stemming from explosive ordnance, with particular focus on mines, cluster munitions, other explosive remnants of war and ammunition storages.

The Centre helps develop and professionalise the sector for the benefits of its partners: National and local authorities, donors, the United Nations, other international and regional organisations, non-governmental organisations, commercial companies and academia. It does so by combining three distinct lines of service: field support and capacity development and advice, multilateral work focused on norms and standards, and research and development focused on cutting-edge solutions.

Based at the Maison de la paix in Geneva, and founded in 1998, the GICHD employs around 80 staff members from 25 nations. This makes the GICHD a unique and international centre of expertise and knowledge.

Collectively, our advisors visit approximately 50 countries per year, while working very closely with partner organisations to achieve our goals. This work is made possible by core contributions, project funding and in-kind support from 30 governments and organisations. The GICHD stays flexible in its response to needs and to changes in its working context.


Geneva, Switzerland


Relevant division
Geosciences Instrumentation and Data Systems (GI)

Full time



Required education

Application deadline
5 August 2020

21 July 2020

Job description

GICHD’s 2019-2022 strategy defines mine action as a sector of work aimed at reducing risk to communities caused by explosive hazards. Managing and ultimately reducing risk caused by a hazard implies knowing its likelihood and severity, understanding who and what is vulnerable to it and making sound strategic and operational decisions towards removing the hazard and/or improving resilience to it. Information Management, the practice of turning raw data into useful and useable information for evidence-based decision-making underpins all of this. Quality information on the geographic extent of hazards and on the prevalence of accidents and the number of associated victims enables us to gauge the level of the risk these hazards pose. When combined with information on humanitarian, development or peacebuilding efforts the result helps plan and prioritise mine action to maximum impact. A robust information flow from field operations to headquarters allows effective monitoring of and reporting on risk reduction progress.
One of the founding objectives of the GICHD is to provide the mine action community with solid information management systems. Over the years, the GICHD has established itself as a pivotal provider of IM support to mine action. The role of its IM Capacity Development and Technical Development programmes is to ensure that Mine Action actors are enabled to leverage information towards evidence-based operational and strategic decision-making. This is accomplished by ensuring that the sector has an adequate pool of skilled personnel with at its disposal an up-to-date and fit-for-purpose Information Management System (the Information Management System for Mine Action – IMSMA) for compiling, storing and disseminating accurate, timely and relevant information on mine action. This goal has become even more relevant as principles of Results-Based Management (RBM), which rely on the availability of sound information to build indicators, are being adopted throughout the sector. IMSMA has evolved through the Centre’s 20-year existence to follow technological and methodological trends. The Information Management Division, in charge of this aspect, has also evolved. It has gone from a provider of technical support and training to an advisory service with a more systems-oriented approach that includes organisational processes.
The Head of the GICHD’s Information Management Division is responsible for maintaining a forward-looking vision for its work and ensuring that the Centre remains at the cutting edge of Information Management developments relevant to the Mine Action sector.

Areas of responsibility:
Management of the Division

  • Lead and manage a team of 8 staff members
  • Facilitate the development of the team and foster a collaborative, respectful and enabling work environment,
  • Manage the IM division staff appraisals and promote diversity and inclusiveness
  • Strive for an entrepreneurial culture, cost-effectiveness and the achievement of results;
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the information management framework underpinning the GICHD strategy;
  • Ensure the compliance of activities and outputs of the Division with the policies and Internal Rules and Regulations of the GICHD;
  • Foster Gender mainstreaming and empowerment of woman and girls within mine action;
  • Ensure the division is adequately staffed and resourced to carry out its mandate.
    Information Management projects:
  • Develop and communicate a forward-looking vision of the Division’s work, translate it into a clear strategy and create an enabling environment for its implementation
  • Set clear quality standards for the work produced by the Division and ensure that these standards are met;
  • Stay abreast of technological and methodological developments and trends in Information Management to assess their potential implications for the Division’s work;
  • Ensure proper project cycle management and documentation;
  • Coordinate the project budgets and the allocation of contributions;
  • Oversee the programme and project financial management process for the Division;
  • Plan contingency and cost reduction measures;
  • Process financial documents (expense reports, cash advances, credit card statements, etc) promptly;
  • Act as the default Project Executive for the projects carried out in the Information Management Division;
  • Contribute to the strategic development of the GICHD;
  • Represent GICHD during formal events of the Mine Action Sector as directed by the Chief of Mine Action Programme and/or the Director;
  • Represent the IM division as a permanent member of the Programmes Coordination Meetings (PCM);
  • Serve on the Programme Communication Team and, on rotating basis, on the Management Board;
  • Conduct other tasks as assigned by the Chief, Mine Action Programmes.
    Operating Network (key external contacts and level):
    - National programme directors, national programme operations managers, national programme chief IM officers
    - UNMAS Chief of Programme, UNMAS country programme managers
    - Donor representatives
    - Software developers and suppliers
    - Esri account managers and professional services
    - IM/GIS academic researchers
    - Humanitarian/Development IM/GIS community across UN and NGO space

Profile requirements

  • 10+ years’ experience in the field of IM/GIS preferably in Mine Action, humanitarian and/or development settings
  • 10+ years’ experience with responsibility in managing teams
  • 5+ years’ experience contributing to strategic development in the field of IM/GIS
  • Ability to lead and motivate the team and foster a forward thinking culture
  • Excellent skills in Project Management, Prince (CH) II certificate would be an asset
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in the fields of Information Management, GIS, Business Analytics or related field
  • In-depth knowledge of Esri GIS software
  • Broad understanding of the evolving IM/GIS technology field
  • Inter-personal communication skills to engage effectively with a wide range of stakeholders from diverse cultures and sectors
  • High proficiency in oral and written English
  • Availability to travel regularly for short missions worldwide
  • Competence in the application of Results-based management, Theories of change, strategic and programme planning/monitoring/ reporting
  • Applied practice or an understanding of gender and diversity mainstreaming in strategic planning and programming
  • Ability to leverage wide network throughout the Humanitarian/Development IM/GIS sector
  • Working knowledge of French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Portuguese or another language spoken in mine-ERW affected countries

How to apply

If you feel you have the right profile to take this challenge, kindly follow this link and register your application on-line

Kindly include your CV in English of maximum 3 pages, a letter of motivation, your earliest date of availability and any other additional material you wish to present in support of your candidacy.

The GICHD implements a Gender and Diversity policy ( and is an equal opportunities employer. Applications are encouraged from women and men, nationals of mine-affected countries and individuals with a disability or special needs, who meet the above profile requirements.

The GICHD will facilitate the immigration procedure and work visa of the incumbent into Switzerland.

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