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16 Jul 2020

Regional Hub Director – Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)

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Job Description

Contract terms: Full-time 1-year contract with opportunity for extension

Location/Duty Station: Nairobi (East Africa Regional Hub)

Closes: 7 August 2020

Projected start date: 1 September 2020

Travel: Within region up to 40%; with occasional travel outside region

About HOT

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) is a US-based NGO and global community of thousands of volunteers working together to use maps and open data for humanitarian response and the Sustainable Development Goals. As the world’s preeminent participatory mapping NGO, HOT has fostered a global mapping community composed of more 225,000 people with ground operations in six countries. When major disaster strikes anywhere in the world, HOT rallies this global network to create the maps and data that enable responders to reach those in need. HOT works closely with humanitarian and development partners including the Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières, World Bank, and UN OCHA, among others. Over the past the HOT community has mapped an area home to more than 150 million people, providing crucial data for humanitarian response to nearly 100 disasters and crises.

Role Profile: Regional Hub Director

The Regional Hub Director serves as HOT’s most senior representative in each of HOT’s four global regions (Latin America and the Caribbean, West Africa, East Africa, and South/East Asia and Pacific). As part of our five-year Audacious Project vision to map an area home to one billion people affected by disasters or multidimensional/extreme poverty, the Regional Hub Director is responsible for developing and executing a strategy for expanding use of free, open, and accessible geospatial data to 20-25 countries in their region over a period of 4-5 years. The Director will oversee a physical hub location where approximately 13 staff work across HOT’s partnerships, community engagement, Microgrants, technical assistance, communications, and technology innovation teams.


-Setup and development of HOT’s regional presence including a physical office location.

-Day-to-day management of a regional team (mix of direct and indirect reports).

-Adapt, localize and apply HOT’s global strategy to the region, while coordinating and liaising with the HOT Global team and Hub Directors in other regions.

-Manage and develop local and regional partnerships with disaster management agencies, national statistical offices/mapping agencies, ministries of health, I/NGOs, and other partners in conjunction with a Hub Partnerships Manager and global partnerships team.

-Represent HOT regionally at the national and international level, leading/supervising the organization of meetings, workshops and other partnership engagements, and presenting at conferences.

-Direct the support and growth of OpenStreetMap and open mapping communities in all countries that are part of the region, including provision and management of (small) grants, sustainability planning, training, and technical assistance in conjunction with the Hub community team.

-Manage and build relationships with donors and other partners in the region and coordinate regional new business development.

-Oversee finances, HR, and hub location administration and logistics.

Key Attributes

-Career background in humanitarian data (senior level information management roles or similar), or digital development/ICT4D.

-Work experience at a senior management/director level with experience managing teams and budgets of at least $200,000 USD.

-Entrepreneurial: thrives in a startup-like environment, enjoys building teams and strategy.

-Well connected: ongoing personal relationships with leadership at multiple regional NGOs and ideally a significant history of projects involving government data users.

-Clear, influential communicator and comfort with high profile public speaking/engagement.

-Demonstrated successes working in open source and open data projects; GIS and OpenStreetMap experience a plus but not required.

-From a country in the region with work experience in multiple countries in the region.

-Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred.

-Fluent in written and spoken English, additional regional languages are a plus.

Compensation and Benefits

-HOT values salary transparency and equity. All HOT salaries globally are set according to a framework detailed on our website.

-HOT offers a work-from-anywhere culture, flexible working arrangements, a variety of health care options, 401k or similar retirement savings plans, and 24 days of annual leave for all full-time employees, in addition to 12 paid holidays.

How to Apply

Please complete the linked form by August 7, 2020. Continue to the second page to upload your CV/resume. Your CV/resume should not exceed 2 pages.

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