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Terms of Reference Trainer for QGIS Training (online)

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Trainer for QGIS Training (online)

Requested: Trainer consultant to deliver 4-5 day online training (2-3 hrs per day) on QGIS for NGO MEAL and MIS staff, project managers; training to be delivered in October.

Locations and dates of assignment: home-based, training to be delivered via online platform in late October/early November (date tbd with consultant)

Application deadline: 20 September 2020, send application to SOM – Consultancies SOM-Consultancies@oxfam.org


Oxfam is working in Somaliland and Puntland. Oxfam works on humanitarian programming focused on WASH, EFSVL and protection, and development and influencing programming focusing primarily on women and youth, including civic expression, economic inclusion, influence in decision-making and access to justice.


Oxfam is the lead organisation for the Dutch MFA-funded “SOM Joint Response” (SOMJR under the “Dutch Relief Alliance”), a consortium consisting of 4 INGOs and 6 LNGOs, with a presence in Somaliland, Puntland and South Central Somalia.

The SOMJR integrates the DRA’s strategic objectives: 1) more accountable humanitarian action, 2) innovation and learning, 3) collaboration for effective responses, 4) more effectively supporting locally led responses. Accountability and localisation are the key objectives and drivers of the consortium, and considerable budget and resources have been allocated to support joint initiatives in these areas.

Purpose of support

In 2019, SOMJR partners (INGOs and LNGOs) have started to focus their efforts more on participation and accountability, in line with the Grand Bargain and Charter for Change commitments. So far, the SOMJR has conducted both joint MEAL and accountability trainings to support humanitarian partners in increasing their accountability to affected populations. For 2020, consortium members have expressed to learn more about creating maps for humanitarian programming, with the intention to develop maps for MEAL, donor reporting or proposal development. Members were specifically interested in building skills in (GIS) mapping, with a preference towards learning how to use free/open source tools for mapping.

Oxfam has identified programmes and tools fitting the expressed needs and gaps and is seeking a qualified consultant to deliver a comprehensive online training for SOMJR staff on QGIS. After the training, participants (programme managers, MEAL/MIS staff and programme officers) should be able to use QGIS to develop maps for MEAL purposes, proposal development and reporting.

Expected deliverables

  • Development and delivery of a four to five day online QGIS training agenda  (2-3 hrs per day) for programme and MEAL/MIS staff, covering the following:
  • Introduction to QGIS software: installation, configuration, explanation of components and interface, creating basic maps
  • Using QGIS symbiology and labelling features, classifications
  • Creating Maps: how to use the map composer, setting layouts, adding legend/titles, exporting and saving maps
  • Creating vector data
  • Vector analysis and working with raster: setting and changing projections, measuring distance, overlapping areas; creating rasters
  • Providing training package/templates to work on during the training
  • Using online polling for easy and interactive Q&A sessions and quizzes (Slido, Mentimeter etc.)
  • Brief workshop report, outlining key recommendations for participants and links to support/guidance tools for QGIS

Qualifications of consultant

  • Demonstrated experience in utilising and training NGO/UN staff on QGIS
  • Practical experience in teaching NGO staff coming from different sectors on how to use and integrate QGIS into their proposal, MEAL and programme development
  • Strong facilitation skills and a creative approach to participatory (online) workshops that focus on collaborative learning
  • Demonstrated experience in delivering online trainings (using ZOOM or Microsoft Teams, links to be provided by Oxfam)
  • Fluent written and spoken English. English and Somali speakers preferred.

Application and selection process

Interested candidates are invited to submit an application by 20 September 2020 to SOM-Consultancies@oxfam.org

The application should include:

  • CV and cover letter outlining how the candidate’s experience fits the qualifications listed above
  • Brief proposed training agenda (2 pages max.)
  • Expected consultancy fee for training, including preparation time

Oxfam will contact shortlisted candidates for a short interview in the last week of September.

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