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Senior Geospatial Specialist

Social Solutions International, Inc.

Crystal City,  Virginia

Social Solutions International, Inc. (Social Solutions), is a Hispanic- and woman-owned firm consulting firm dedicated to the creation of solutions to improve the health and well-being of underserved populations worldwide. Since 2005, we have worked in more than 70 countries to provide quality monitoring and evaluation; training and technical assistance; program development and implementation; and institutional support services. We are a mission-driven organization and were named the top USAID women-led business partner in 2018.

Salary Range: GS-14 equivalent

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Overview of the Position
Incumbent serves as a Geospatial Specialist for the Interagency Collaborative for Program Improvement (ICPI) and USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA). S/he advances OHA’s core objectives of high quality support to the field, and technical leadership. Pursuant to those objectives, s/he provides subject matter expertise and technical leadership to the ICPI and agency staff in the collection, management, and analysis of geospatial data for the purpose of translating various PEPFAR program data/indicators into actionable decision making practices.

The incumbent is responsible for the collection, management, and analysis of geospatial data for USAID’s PEPFAR programs. The overall objective is to facilitate the strategic use of GIS technology, geospatial analysis, and cartographic products to improve the overall effectiveness and efficiency of USAID’s PEPFAR development assistance. S/he works closely with ICPI Agency Representatives, the Office of HIV/AIDS and its implementing partners to provide guidance on geospatial data requirements, data sources, and analytical methodologies that will support the work of USAID, ICPI and PEPFAR. Specific geospatial data management and analysis duties include but are not limited to:

  • Provide technical leadership, guidance, and coordination in the application of spatial data management and data sharing protocols, including the use of metadata standards and effective data quality assurance/quality control measures.
  • Develop office and ICPI-wide standards and guidelines for the use of data, technological applications, and tools related to geospatial analytics, including instructional content and training materials.
  • Lead the development and application of methods to collect, manage, and analyze data sets from disparate sources and in different formats in order to improve USAID’s overall ability to monitor and improve programs, processes, and systems.
  • Provide technical leadership to USAID and interagency PEPFAR teams on geographic analysis and the interpretation of geospatial data to strategically address programmatic issues.
  • Define and implement a standard cartographic production and data visualization workflow, and generate high quality information products on demand.
  • Lead and strengthen agency initiatives in geospatial data management and use at the field and headquarters levels and support the design of data, analytics, geospatial and/or systems projects.
  • Provide thought leadership and project management support for both HIV-specific and Bureau-wide activities funded through USAID mechanisms, or interagency agreements.
  • Provide technical guidance via development information management and GIS-related coordination meetings, discussions, and initiatives, particularly at the ICPI.
  • Strengthen strategic collaboration among the Agency’s geospatial and data science community through engagement with the GeoCenter, the Global Health Data Analytics Hub, the Monitoring and Evaluation Collaborative (MEC), and other stakeholders.
  • Provide subject matter expertise as a backstop to one or more USAID Missions in order to improve data quality, data collection, and data use for policy and program decision-making to achieve epidemic control.
  • Serve as an interagency implementation subject matter expert (iSME) to two PEPFAR countries, by providing high-quality TA to country teams to ensure identified recommendations, verified solutions, and best practices are implemented, monitored for impact, and modified as needed in real time.


  • Master’s Degree in geography, geographic information science, environmental studies, or other relevant discipline and nine (9) years of relevant professional-level experience in geospatial data management, analysis, and cartographic production skills to support work in health and other sectors OR Bachelor’s Degree in geography, geographic information science, environmental studies, or other relevant discipline and eleven (11) years of relevant professional-level experience in geospatial data management, analysis, and cartographic production skills to support work in health and other sectors.
  • Expertise in ESRI ArcGIS 9.x or 10.x, cartographic design, graphic editing, and standard office applications.
  • Ability to design geodatabases for data management, experience with database packages such as mySQL, MS SQL Server, or Oracle is highly desired. Experience with PHP, Flex/Flash, Python scripts and Model builder highly desirable.
  • Experience with web-application development (Net, Java, Python, PHP, HTML, JavaScript or Flex)
  • Ability to obtain and maintain Secret Clearance.


  • Ability to work with a diverse set of individuals who have varying degrees of familiarity with geographic data, analysis, and maps and provide capacity building support such as training and informational outreach events.
  • Strong inter-personal skills to ensure effective team relations. Ability to articulate complicated GIS concepts in clear and concise terms for audiences with varying familiarity with GIS technology, geospatial data, analysis, and mapping.
  • Extensive knowledge of geospatial data from a wide array of sources. Familiarity with any of the following: Google Earth and Adobe Design Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, etc), ArcGIS Mobile, Trimble Pathfinder, and AutoCAD and integration of GIS and CAD.
  • Ability to collect, manage and analyze remotely sensed and aerial imagery is highly desired.

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