Mapping Volunteer

Opportunity ID: 2990

Organization Details
Organization Name: Canadian Red Cross
Address: 400 Cooper Street, Suite 8000, Ottawa, ON, K2P 2H8
Ottawa, ON K2P 2H8
Website: http://www.redcross.ca
Organizational Description: The Canadian Red Cross is part of the largest humanitarian network in the world, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Our mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world. Our network is vast, but our approach is simple. All Red Cross programs and activities are guided by the Fundamental Principles of Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary service, Unity and Universality.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Description of Duties: 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 RESPONSIBILITIES

RESPONSIBILITY 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.

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: https://trr.tbe.taleo.net/trr01/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=CRCS&cws=56&rid=4361
Skills Required: 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.
Skills Gained/Related Careers: -
Age: 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment: Evening, Weekend
Ability to work during non-traditional hours (i.e. late night or weekends). Domestic travel may be required.
Location of volunteer opportunity: Brandon
Central
Eastman
Interlake
Norman
Parkland
Thompson
Westman
Winnipeg
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? Yes
Will cost be reimbursed? Yes
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? Yes
Will cost be reimbursed? Yes
Opportunity is available to candidates that: Are fulfilling volunteer hours for credit
Organization will provide: Supervision
Training/Orientation
How to Apply: Online: trr.tbe.taleo.net/trr01/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=CRCS&cws=56&rid=4361
Closing Date: Feb 1, 2019