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Short Term Consultant: Developer1

  • Company: World Bank
  • Deadline: Monday 15th August 2011
  • Location: Washington
Job Description

POSITION: Short Term Consultant: Developer
Grade Level: STC Duration 100 Days (Possible Extension)
Starting Date: September 15, 2011

Background/General Description [Note]:
This is a Short Term Consultancy through January 15th 2012 for a total of 90 Days.

Background/General Description

The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) is a partnership of the World Bank, United Nations, major donors and recipient countries under the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) system to support the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA). The HFA, endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly and ratified by 168 countries, is the primary international agreement for disaster reduction. HFA’s principal goal is to effectively integrate, in a coherent manner, disaster risk considerations into sustainable development policies, planning, programming, and financing at all levels of government. Launched in September 2006, GFDRR provides technical and financial assistance to help disaster-prone countries decrease their vulnerability and adapt to climate change. GFDRR works closely with UN agencies, client governments, World Bank regional offices, and other partners.

The GFDRR is organized along three tracks of operation to achieve its development objectives at the global, regional and country levels. Track I focuses on enhanced global and regional advocacy, partnerships, and standardization of disaster risk management tools and methodologies. Track II provides technical assistance for targeted countries to mainstream disaster risk reduction in strategic planning and development policies focusing on poverty reduction strategies. Track III provides rapid and predictable disaster recovery assistance through the Standby Recovery Financing Facility (SRFF).

GFDRR receives its multi-annual funding from its donors. Often, GFDRR also receives funding from donors after disasters. The donor resources are managed in several Trust Funds. GFDRR programs are implemented by Bank teams, UN organizations, Governments, NGOs and academic networks. GFDRR teams require continuous support on formulation and processing of grant agreements with recipient organizations of GFDRR funds.

The World Bank Disaster Risk Management LABS is a new initiative with GFDRR. The mission of the GFDRR Labs is to inspire and integrate the application of science and technology in Disaster Risk Management (DRM), to meet the challenges faced by our client countries.

The Labs' strategy involves leveraging public-private partnerships, open data and open source technology to develop practical tools to assist in decision making. To source innovative solutions, the Labs engages a global network of collaborators from leaders of innovative practices, and grassroots & volunteer technical communities. All Labs activities are in partnership with the regional DRM teams that provide the operational environment to grow and adapt these initiatives. The main areas of operations of the GFDRRLABS are:

  1. Open Data for Resilience Initiative (OpenDRI): The freedom to understand and share risk information to reduce risk
  2. Understanding Risk: Having the right information to make informed risk reduction decisions
  3. Innovative DRM communities: Convening and coordinating innovative technical risk reduction initiatives 
  4. Mapping Disasters: Providing rapid situational awareness to the World Bank regional teams

GeoNode is an open source platform that facilitates the creation, sharing, and collaborative use of geospatial data. The project aims to surpass existing spatial data infrastructure solutions by integrating robust social and cartographic tools. As part of the Open Data for Initiative (OpenDRI), the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery collaborates with partners to deploy GeoNode in a number of countries. The consultant will assist the Lead Developer and the Deployment Manager in facilitating these deployments, contributing to the core software, and interfacing with the open source GeoNode community of users and developers.

Under the direct supervision of Ariel Nunez, the incumbent will report to Robert Soden S/he will:

  1. GeoNode Development: Contribute improvements and new features to the GeoNode platform, as needed for OpenDRI deployments
  2. GeoNode Deployment Assistance: Provide technical guidance and troubleshooting to OpenDRI GeoNode projects.
  3. Custom Software Development: Extending GeoNode through customization or the creation of new extensions to meet the needs of OpenDRI deployments.
  4. Open Source Community: Play an active role in contributing to and building the GeoNode community; incuding attending meetups, giving presentations, and participating in IRC and email lists.


  • At least two years of experience with web development (preferably Python/Django)
  • Experience with geospatial programming preferably GeoServer/GeoTools, GeoNetwork
  • Familiarity with OpenLayers/GeoExt, PostGIS
  • In-depth understanding of Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards: Web Feature Service (WFS), Web Coverage Services (WCS), Web Map Services (WMS) and Web Processing Services (WPS)
  • Ability to write technical documentation
  • Strong communications skills, ability to lead trainings and give effective presentations
  • Experience with design and/or cartography desired
  • Fluent in English, preferably also fluent in French or Spanish

How to apply

For more information contact Robert Soden( (rsoden(at)