Geographic Information Officer

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 04 February 2020
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 05 March 2020

Macfadden, now part of PAE, is seeking Geographic Information Officers at both junior and mid-level.


  • Provide geospatial services and data analysis to USAID/OTI in support of program management, analysis, planning, and advocacy as a member of the DAT.
  • Communicate the geographic operating picture of USAID’s political transition/crisis programming work primarily in assigned countries through the acquisition, production, and provision of geospatial data, cartography, and development of other visualization products.
  • Collaborate closely with USAID client, implementing partner field staff, and with peers in U.S Government agencies, the humanitarian community, academic, and private sectors.


The Geographic Information Officer would be responsible for advancing the Data Analysis Team’s (DAT) work by providing vision, organizing tasks, and identifying opportunities for engaging colleagues.

The incumbent should be adaptable to a variety of geospatial technologies and tools for data analysis and visualization, experience in geospatial solution design, and an enthusiastic advocate for innovative approaches to data analysis.

The Geographic Information Officer works at headquarters in Washington D.C. and in the field on travel assignments to support USAID/OTI’s mission.

Technical Facilitation

Provide support and participate in technical solutions. Engage individuals and office groups on how to successfully use visualizations to more effectively communicate information.

Expand in office capacity for visual and multimedia products by seeking out new software, strategies, and techniques in close partnership with the Media team.

Implementation of data visuals, and use of graphics in outreach and advocacy in close partnership with the Graphic Design team.

Provide support in the design, development, and implementation of data systems in close collaboration with the country program and monitoring and evaluation teams.



  • B.A./B.S. Degree in Geography, Information Technology, GIS or similar discipline required.

Years of Experience:

To qualify for junior level: 1-4 plus years of experience

To qualify for mid-level: 8 plus years of experience


  • Experience providing GIS support to, including internships and advanced course work, USAID or other federal agencies or related organizations.
  • Experience in GIS or data analysis with international field experience strongly preferred.

Technical Skills:

  • Expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), both proprietary and open source cartographic design, image processing, graphic editing, databases, and standard office applications.
  • Extensive experience, using, creating, manipulating, and refining spatial and other types of data from a wide array of sources, including prior experience compiling metadata.
  • Experience cleaning, parsing and refining geospatial and other types of data from a wide array of sources.
  • Experience creating web maps using web-mapping APIs such as MapBox, Carto, and Arc Online
  • Experience working with different programming languages and the ability to build scripts to automate complex processes such as Python, BASH, R and other scripting languages.
  • Experience working with graphic design software including the Adobe Design Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop).
  • Experience with business intelligence and visualization tools (e.g., Tableau, PowerBI).
  • Familiarity testing, training, and advising on technology platforms and applications (Ex. data collection/survey tools, communication platforms, visualization and analysis engines).

Other Relevant Skills:

  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to work on several projects simultaneously and manage workload independently.
  • Position requires the ability to work in high pressure situations occasionally exceeding normal business hours with the potential for domestic and overseas travel.
  • Must have strong verbal and written communication skills as well as the ability to work independently or in a team environment.
  • Ability to communicate complex technical ideas, methodologies, and products to non-technical audiences.
  • Preferred: International experience and foreign language skills are preferred.
  • Preferred: Experience working in or supporting country programs in political transition/crisis programming strongly preferred.
  • Preferred: Knowledge of GIS and data analysis in the international development context strongly preferred.

U.S. Citizenship is required; selected candidate must be able to qualify for a government sponsored clearance.

Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. The employee must occasionally lift or move up to 25 pounds.

This position description reflects Macfadden’s assignment of essential functions; nothing in this job description restricts the Company’s latitude to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

PAE is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

This vacancy is archived.

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