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Data and Geospatial Analyst II Lucknow

Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services Lucknow Uttar Pradesh India

1 week ago

Job Title: Data and Geospatial Analyst II

Department: Global Knowledge and Information Management (GKIM)

Work Location: Remote

Reports To: Data, Knowledge Management and Communications Manager

Job Summary:
• R emote from India or remote internal staff*

Job Summary:

CRS has prioritized Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D) as a core competency. As part of this core competency, CRS is developing ICT tools and associated skills to support activities across program areas, such as digital monitoring and evaluation and analysis of resulting data.

As a key driver of this core competency, the analyst provides internal data and geospatial analysis consultancy services dedicated to building capacity and supporting the successful and appropriate implementation of data and geospatial solutions. The analyst II will take on the most challenging assignments and create new advanced analytics processes that can be scaled. Additionally, the analyst is a key member of... the ICT4D community within CRS and is active in promoting the smart and effective use of data and geospatial analysis to support CRS programming.

The data and geospatial analyst will develop map products, reports and/or dashboard applying data and spatial analysis techniques to multiple humanitarian aid, international development and other projects underway at Catholic Relief Services (CRS). These products serve as valuable communication tools to improve the efficacy of programs. Examples of similar work at CRS include: analysis of malaria knowledge, attitudes and practices to answer questions about where malaria education campaigns would have the greatest impact; and predictive analysis of walking paths to optimize placement of food distribution sites.


o Build capacity in our team to: run advanced analytics processes including machine learning. automating analytics processes, database architecture, and simplifying processes.

o Review, test and implement system changes to formulas and sheets.

o Customer service: identify ways we can build efficiencies and automate or offload processes in data or system issues.

o Work autonomously and identify needs as they arise, be able to prioritize workflow and identify ways to automate or delegate repetitive tasks


o Evaluate publicly available data sources and their fitness for use.

o Evaluate data that will be collected via mobile devices and identify the best approach to visualize it using ArcGIS suite of tools and/or PowerBI.

o Improve the visualization of advanced analytics so that data visuals are easy to interpret and are in line with CRS data visual branding standards.

Spatial Analysis

o Utilize machine learning in spatial analysis workflows and satellite imagery analysis.

o Build the teams capacity on spatial analysis, including; object-oriented classification, remote sensing, interpolation, and prediction, with the possibility of 3D modeling.

o Create automatic workflows to replicate spatial analysis.

o Promote the workflows in easily accessible language in webinars, newsletters, and one pagers.

Enterprise GIS

o Champion the opportunities that GIS offers to CRS and contribute to the evolution and implementation of the agencys GIS roadmap.

o Incorporate geospatial technology into enterprise systems (examples include SalesForce and ERP) and define common processes for GIS implementation efforts.

o Lead GIS system definition efforts including elicitation of business needs, definition of potential solutions to meeting those needs and incorporation of GIS into proposals.

o Proactively identify areas for capacity development, develop and curate advanced GIS training curricula/content and deliver trainings both onsite and remotely.

o Assess and remain current about emerging trends in the use of spatial data in the relief and development sector.

Data Analytics

o Coordinate/lead research engagements with external organizations to create new analytics processes that can be scaled to new country programs.

o Coordinate an external analytics support group to bolster CRS analytics ability

o Attend meetings with external advisors in data analytics

o Coach team members in their external research engagements, assuring clarified expectations and a positive experience for both parties.

o Provide consultancy to field projects on best use of data analytics and visualization.

o Ensure deployment of

o Integration interface between standard forms and legacy data

o Data Warehouse (wherever applicable)

o Reports and Dashboards

o Enable smarter business processes-and implement analytics for meaningful insights.

o Work with stakeholders throughout the organization to identify opportunities for leveraging data to drive projects.

o Assess the effectiveness and accuracy of new data sources and data gathering techniques.

o Promote and contribute to the data security approach throughout the support process.

o Help build a culture of data use and decision making

Key Working Relationships:

o CRS ICT staff; technical experts across sectors; monitoring & evaluation staff; field project staff; various HQ staff; owners of CRS business systems; and technology vendors.


Education / Certifications

o Masters degree in data science, Geographic Information Systems related field or equivalent experience.

o Certified Analytics Professional (CAP), or Data Science Council of America (DASCA) Principle Data Scientist (PDS) or higher, or Open Certified Data Scientist (Open CDS) preferred.

o Esri ArcGIS Desktop Certification (10.1 or higher; Associate or Professional level)

o Experience with UML 2.0 highly preferred.

o ITIL Foundation Certification desired.

o Ability to code in R and Python preferred.

General Experience

o Experience delivering training on data analysis to both technical and non-technical audiences; both in person and remotely.

o Experience developing work plans (project plans) that address all phases of solution delivery and managing project risk and dependencies.

o Good understanding of business analysis and business process mapping (using industry standards); ability to capture as-is and to-be business models.

o Experience with vendor selection and management including developing RFPs, SOWs and managing/monitoring vendor work activities


o Data analysis software

o Experience using ArcGIS Online strongly preferred; experience using ArcGIS Pro and Collector for ArcGIS desired

o Demonstrable experience applying core concepts of cartography to quality map production

o Demonstrable experience applying spatial analysis to solve real-world problems

o Strong understanding of relational databases (SQL Server strongly preferred), data modeling and general geodata management technologies.

o Ability to code in python, and R preferred

Personal/Professional Qualities:

o Ability to communicate technical concepts to non-technical audiences, including briefings with agency leadership.

o Ability to represent the agency in external forums.

o Excellent interpersonal, presentation and oral and written communication skills.

o Ability to thrive as part of a geographically distributed team.

o Ability to work independently and be self-driven.

o Highly responsive with an attitude of service.

o Attention to detail and organized.


o This position will require 10-20% international travel, including to resource poor locations.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

o Supervise TDY and intern staff as needed.

Language Required:

o Must be fluent in written and spoken English; French or Spanish fluency desirable
Lucknow Uttar Pradesh India

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