Help MapAction to process and visualise data in humanitarian disasters

Job Posted: 06.10.2021 14:05:52

Overall consultancy purpose

MapAction seeks to procure a software development consultancy to enhance the tools involved in mapping automation. These tools are developed using Python and make use of esri Arc Pro and QGIS application programming interfaces (APIs).


MapAction ( is a leading humanitarian mapping charity. We provide geographic information in the form of maps, data and services for humanitarian coordination and planning. This enables national authorities, international organisations, and civil society to target their work effectively and efficiently, contributing to reducing risks and vulnerabilities, saving lives and enhancing recovery and resilience.

Our team of skilled volunteers provide in-country and remote support to anticipate, prepare for and respond to emergencies with mapped information identifying priorities, risks and vulnerabilities. We aim to enable humanitarian assistance to reach more people, build greater resilience in vulnerable communities, provide the right sort of aid in complex situations and be more effective throughout, using enhanced technical capability and collaboration.

MapAction has built a strong reputation in the humanitarian sector and has partnerships with a range of organisations including the United Nations, International Non-Government organisations, Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and Regional interstate organisations. The charity has attracted funding from the UK Government (FCDO), USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Affairs, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, German Federal Foreign Office, the EU and others.

MapAction’s Technical function has evolved over the years and most recently we entered into an exciting series of projects (our Moonshot programme) to reconfigure how the organisation works with data. As our reputation has grown, so too have the opportunities for collaboration. Given the demanding internal schedule to deliver the Moonshot plus continuing and evolving work, it has not always been possible to build on these opportunities.  Further development of our mapping automation and data processing tools  will address some of these new challenges.


To develop the MapChef automation tool to include:

Features specific to Arc GIS Pro (MapChef was originally developed using ArcMap’s arcpy API)
QGIS functionality to match the features implemented for Arc Pro

There is a detailed backlog for MapChef here: MapChef Development

The specific outputs of the consultancy will be agreed after a review of this existing backlog.  These outcomes must include:

Completion of the ArcPro extension to MapChef
Creation of a QGIS extension.
Make suggestions for future development and refactoring.

Tender Process

Proposals should consist of:

a)  a cover letter of no more than 4 sides (less is good), outlining;
reason for interest,
relevant examples of similar or related projects and outcomes,
the approach you would take to the work,
approximate breakdown of costs and availability.

MapAction will assess all bids based upon the following criteria:

relevance of knowledge, experience & skills (evidenced in CV and  submitted examples)
cost and availability
quality of application

Person / Company Specification

Python development experience
Experience  with esri Arc Pro development using its API
Experience  with QGIS development using its API

Equal Opportunities Policy

MapAction is an Equal Opportunities employer.  All employees have a personal responsibility to promote and support measures designed to create a working environment which is free from harassment or discrimination on the grounds of gender, marital status, family status, age, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, membership of the Travellers community or HIV&AIDS status.’

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