Tell us a little about yourself.
Habsatou, Geographic Information System (GIS) Officer with INSO in Niger says she knew immediately that this unique role was the perfect fit.
Not everyone will know what a GIS Officer is – can you explain your role and what makes it unique?
GIS stands for ‘geographic information system’. As a GIS Officer, I get the chance to work with spatial data, analyse geographic information, create impactful maps and visualizations that contribute to data-driven decision-making, and collaborate with professionals from various fields. It’s a dynamic role that offers many opportunities for growth and innovation, as GIS technologies and tools evolve rapidly, providing new opportunities for analysis and visualization.
The GIS function at INSO is unique due to its direct impact on the safety of humanitarian actors, the diversity of operational contexts and the close collaboration with other team members. It is a dynamic and essential role in supporting humanitarian action in complex and high-risk environments.
How did you hear about the GIS Officer role with INSO, and why did you decide to apply?
I heard about the GIS Officer opening at INSO through a friend who shared my passion for GIS and geospatial technologies. Previously I had worked with a number of private companies on environmental or civil projects such as the rehabilitation of irrigated perimeters project; local water and sanitation plans; management, treatment and monitoring of the quality and distribution of drinking water. I was working as consultant in GIS and remote sensing in a local firm but when I saw this role, I immediately knew that this was the opportunity I had been waiting for. I was motivated to contribute to INSO by using my modest skills to help NGOs make informed decisions and protect those providing lifesaving assistance in conflict zones.
As INSO was newly established in Niger, I knew very little about the organisation. Since starting the role, I have learned a lot and I loved the purpose of INSO as an international NGO that works in safety and security by supporting humanitarian NGOs.
What does a day in the life of your current role at INSO look like?
Given the position I occupy, the working days are special but interesting, because I learn a lot there.
Because my deliverables are visuals (cartography, histograms), I interact with both national and international colleagues who are all equally open and available to help and support.
What’s your favourite way to unwind after a busy day at work?
After a busy day at work, my favourite ways to relax are to practice outdoor activities and enjoy nature by taking a walk. This allows me to disconnect while enjoying the natural environment.
I also like spending time with my loved ones: sharing a meal, chat or just watch movies or listen to music.
What inspires you in your work?
What inspires me the most are challenges and learning opportunities. The challenges I face as a GIS Officer push me to step out of my comfort zone and learn new skills. Continuous learning opportunities – whether exploring new software, improving my technical skills or keeping up to date with the latest trends – inspire me to expand my knowledge and expertise.
Also, every time I get positive results, whether by contributing to an important decision, solving a problem or making impactful maps and analysis, it inspires me and reinforces my commitment to this area of expertise.
What skills or characteristics would make someone a good fit for INSO?
Skills that will make someone a good candidate for INSO include, of course, having experience in security management or risk assessment. Besides these, I think you need strong interpersonal skills to be able to communicate clearly with various stakeholders, be comfortable interacting with multicultural teams and partners, be able to adapt quickly and be flexible and be committed to humanitarianism and promoting a culture of safety.
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