Senior GIS Technical Lead at eHealth Africa (eHA)

eHealth Africa (eHA) is a data-driven, solutions-oriented innovator dedicated to improving people’s access to high-quality health systems in Africa. Our highly collaborative approach convenes public health professionals across sectors to tackle Africa’s greatest health challenges. Using data and informatics to inform solutions, eHealth Africa addresses a community’s most difficult health needs with knowledge, passion and integrity.

Job Title: Senior GIS Technical Lead


  • The Senior GIS Technical Lead supports the GIS Department Manager with planning, organizing and supervision of the day to day activities of the technical operations team within the GIS Department. 
  • S/he supports the maintenance and management of all databases, equipment, software and servers. 
  • S/he provides day to day technical support/supervision to the team.


  • Provides daily supervision and coordination support to the GIS team.
  • Provides day to day technical assistance and support to the GIS team.
  • Supervises the development of processes to automate tasks for efficient management of the GIS database and system.
  • Supervises the documentation of technical processes and requirements.
  • Performs advanced geospatial processing and analysis.
  • Provides direct GIS applications and software technical support.
  • Supports the GIS Manager in the training and development of the eHealth Africa GIS team.
  • Supports business development activities within the department (e.g. proposal writing).
  • Supervises the management of all databases, equipment, software and servers. 
  • Identifies opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of GIS programming and systems.
  • Provides technical best practices and guidelines for use, management, integration and compliance.
  • Performs any other duties assigned by Management.
  • Ensures compliance with laws and regulations.
  • May frequently travel between company work-sites. Some international travel may be required.
  • Presents a professional demeanor at all times. Approaches others in a tactful manner. Reacts well. under pressure. Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position. Accepts responsibility for own actions. Responds well to supervisor requests and feedback.
  • Is consistently at work and on time.
  • Participates in and promotes a positive, supportive, cooperative team environment.
  • Attends and participates in annual strategic planning meetings, country management meetings, staff meetings, training classes and supervision.
  • Adheres to eHealth Africa Code of Conduct as well as ethical standards of the field.


  • Master’s degree in Geographic Information Systems, Surveying and Geoinformatics, Geography, Computer Science or other GIS related field.
  • 5+ years of GIS development and minimum of 2 years management experience
  • Significant and advanced GIS experience may substitute for the Master’s degree.
  • Strong technical management skills, including scoping and scheduling technical tasks, experience with budgeting and proposal writing.
  • Strong leadership skills that include the ability to build effective teams, ability to motivate others, delegation, and timely/quality decision making. 
  • Training and presentation experience is preferred. 
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, organizational skills and great attention to detail. 
  • Action oriented and resilient in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must be able to work as a leader and member of a team and possess good problem solving skills. 
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, organizational and management skills. 
  • Pays great attention to detail. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team.
  • In-depth knowledge of GIS, databases, GIS principles, practices and techniques. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of information technology with the ability to perform detailed and independent technical reviews of work products.
  • Creativity and the ability to successfully manage multiple assignments independently. 
  • Ability to work under pressure, and manage significant travel to insecure environments. 
  • Proven ability to work with diverse and large teams and to foster a positive working environment with local and international stakeholders
  • Demonstrated capacity to effectively communicate via writing, public speaking and interpersonal interactions.  
  • Good learning ability. 
  • Action oriented and resilient in a fast-paced environment

Certificates and Licence

  • GISP Certification through GIS Certification Institute is preferred.
  • A Project Management (PMI) certification or PRINCE2 is preferred.

Computer Skills

  • Proficiency in working with Open Source GIS (QGIS, PostGIS and Geoserver), data transformation tools (FME Desktop, Kettle and python) and Commercial GIS (ArcInfo, ArcView, ArcCatalog, ArcToolbox), ArcSDE, ArcGIS Server. 
  • Intermediate computer skills, including Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office Suite.

Language Ability

  • English is the spoken and written language.
  • Ability to read, analyse, proof and edit documents, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, or government regulations.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from executive and senior managers, employees, the general public and clients/partners.
Location: Kano


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