GIS support and deployment volunteer

About GIS and deployment volunteers in MapAction

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Volunteers generally need to be proficient with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and/or databases. In practice, nearly all volunteers have studied GIS or related subject, although a proven record of relevant work experience is also fine. A good understanding of core GIS skills and a willingness to learn and really get involved in delivering the work of the organisation are the most important areas.



  • Availability and commitment
  • Proficiency in GIS or related subject or equivalent professional experience
  • Proficient in core skills of desktop GIS and extensions for data editing, analysis and processing are required (our testing which looks at GIS process involves ArcGIS so some advance familiarity is useful)
  • Experience in understanding partner needs and requirements, in particular working with non technical clients
  • Information management skills
  • Proficient in the use of spreadsheets and databases for data analysis
  • Self-motivated and organised
  • Adaptable, resilient and solution oriented
  • Good team player with leadership experience wherever possible
  • Excellent communication skills; listening, speaking and writing


  • Languages (particularly French and Spanish)
  • Google Earth
  • GPS expertise
  • Project management experience
  • IT and systems administration skills
  • Humanitarian knowledge/experience
  • Adventure or professional travel experience
  • Graphic design/visualisation skills
  • Cartography
  • Teaching, training or capacity building experience
  • Relevant international work experience
  • Web mapping – particularly with relevant ESRI products

Other useful

  • Systems administration
  • Website design
  • Website management
  • Radios and satellite communications
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Medical training / advanced first aid

How do I apply?

We generally recruit volunteers once a year, around January/February. Please check back here then, or sign up to our email newsletter to be notified of volunteering and employment opportunities at MapAction.