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"Highly commended" at Third Sector Awards

UK, 30 Sep – MapAction is delighted to have been “highly commended” as a finalist at the Third Sector charity awards earlier this month. The commendation was in recognition of MapAction’s response to Typhoon Haiyan under the category “Small Charity Big Achiever”.

MapAction’s Chief Executive, Liz Hughes, commented: “While the focus of this nomination was our response to Typhoon Haiyan, it celebrated the remarkable commitment and can-do attitude of all our volunteers in so many challenging emergency situations every year.  Receiving this recognition under the banner “Small Charity, Big Achiever” underlines the vital difference this small volunteer team makes within global humanitarian response.”

MapAction deploys to Liberia for Ebola response

Monrovia, 17 Sep - MapAction has deployed a team of two volunteers and its Chief Executive to Monrovia in response to the Ebola outbreak which has spread across West Africa. The team will be working in partnership with the United Nations and International Humanitarian Partnership (IHP) to help coordinate the national and international response to this medical emergency.

As of 7 September, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that the total number of probable, confirmed and suspected cases in West Africa stood at 4,366, with 2,218 deaths across Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone. Of these countries, Liberia has been particularly hard-hit.

The demand for treatment far outstrips the medical facilities currently available. Anecdotal reports indicate that as soon as an Ebola treatment centre is opened, more patients arrive than can be treated. WHO staff have confirmed there are currently no free beds for Ebola treatment anywhere in Liberia. When patients are turned away from treatment centres, they have no choice but to return to their communities and homes, where they risk infecting others and perpetuating the spread of the virus.

Liz Hughes, MapAction’s Chief Executive, commented: “There can be no doubt: the spread of Ebola is a humanitarian emergency of the highest order. MapAction is working with strategic partners to ensure there is a concerted and coordinated response to this virus that has already tragically claimed so many lives. The situation on the ground is extremely complex. MapAction will provide its unique surge mapping expertise to help responders understand the needs of affected communities, so they can target their response effectively.”

This is MapAction’s first emergency deployment to Liberia, although it provided specialist training in mapping health priorities for Merlin in 2005.

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Recruiting for an Operations Director

UK, 18 Aug - MapAction is looking to recruit for the position of Operations Director. This role is pivotal in leading, implementing and developing the charity’s operational capacity, through its largely Volunteer work force. It ensures the effective coordination of day-to-day operations and deployments.

Key activities areas include:

  • Operations
  • Volunteer recruitment, training and support
  • Innovation and learning
  • Management
This is a fulltime position based in Saunderton, near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. A full job description can be downloaded here - MapAction Operations Director Job Description.

How to apply

Please send a CV and covering letter to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Applications by 16 September 2014. Initial interviews are planned for 1 October 2014. Please indicate in your application if you are available on this day.

If you would like to discuss the role prior to applying then please contact Liz Hughes Chief Executive by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone 07766 461724.

A full job description can be downloaded hereMapAction Operations Director Job Description.

Small Charity, Big Achiever award nomination

UK, 11 Aug – MapAction is delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted for a Third Sector award in the “Small Charity, Big Achiever” category. The award recognises the achievements of small charities that have made a substantial impact on national or international life.

MapAction’s nomination focuses on the charity’s response to Typhoon Haiyan last November, for which a team pre-deployed to the Philippines before the typhoon made landfall. The award winner will be announced on 18 September in London. The full list of shortlisted charities is available at Third Sector Excellence Awards shortlist 2014.

MapAction’s Chief Executive, Liz Hughes, commented: “It is an honour for MapAction to have been shortlisted for the Small Charity, Big Achiever award. This award really sums up what MapAction is all about and is a celebration of the tireless efforts of our volunteers and staff who make such an important impact on the efficient delivery of humanitarian aid.

We congratulate the other charities shortlisted for awards and look forward to celebrating our achievements with them at the awards ceremony in September.”

MapAction SupporterNews

UK, 4 Aug - The latest edition of SupporterNews is out and can be downloaded here - SupporterNews.

As you will read, since the beginning of the year MapAction volunteers have deployed to emergencies in South Sudan, Paraguay, Serbia and Iraq, affecting the lives of millions of people.  We remain on standby to help wherever our skills are needed in the world.

MapAction volunteer Richard Hartley also tells us about his recent training mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo, following in the footsteps of his great-grandfather exactly 100 years earlier.

We also update you on how we’re scaling up our activities to achieve key targets for our ambitious new strategy. The support of people like you will be vital if we are to achieve our goal of doubling our operational capacity over the next five years. Please do help spread the word about MapAction’s work, so we can do more to help in more humanitarian emergencies.

Thank you, as always, for your much-valued support. We hope you enjoy reading this latest SupporterNews.

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Recruiting for an IT Officer

UK, 9 Jul - MapAction is looking to recruit a part time IT Officer to carry out specific IT related tasks that will support the operations of the charity. Full details of the position can be downloaded - IT Officer job description.

Job Description

MapAction relies heavily on IT for its work in the field and in its UK headquarter. MapAction’s IT is managed by the Technical Circle, a group of technically minded staff and volunteers, with operational support by the Technical Director and a local IT outsourcing company. 

The job holder will support the Technical Circle and the Technical Director by carrying out specific IT related tasks and will be a key member of the Technical Circle.

The job holder will not be expected to deploy overseas as part of regular MapAction emergency operations. 

Key Responsibilities

  • To make sure all IT systems are operational at all times. This includes maintaining MapAction’s fleet of 30+ laptops, communications equipment, and specialist software applications (GIS, Geographic Information Systems).
  • To configure end user IT equipment to the specifics of MapAction’s demanding operating environment.
  • To check and rebuild laptops and other equipment after use in emergency deployments and training weekends.
  • To undertake scripting and automation tasks both for system administration purposes and some data manipulation tasks.
  • To work with MapAction’s IT outsourcing supplier (a local IT company) to develop and improve MapAction’s IT infrastructure. This includes system integration, acceptance testing and developing specifications for future work.
  • To implement, test and improve MapAction’s in-field IT procedures and systems.
  • To create written guidance for both technical and end user audiences.
  • To work with the volunteer team to integrate their contributions to the tasks above.
  • Other duties as required and as assigned. 

Person Specification


  • Minimum vocational education (HNC or HND) in an IT related subject
  • Minimum two years professional experience in a technical support or system administration role
  • Experience of Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Server, MS Office, servicing hardware and software, software deployment and configuration, scripting
  • Basic (or above) knowledge of Linux, including setup, configuration and shell scripts
  • Good communication skills, verbal and written
  • Willingness and ability to work outside normal office hours when required, in particular:
    • During MapAction deployments to major emergencies
    • Occasionally attending MapAction’s volunteer training and development weekends.
    • Occasional participation in conference calls on evenings and weekends
  • Candidates must have the right to reside and work in the UK. MapAction is not able to sponsor visas.


  • A vendor qualification like MCSA, MCITP or MCSE
  • ITIL foundation qualification
  • Academic training in Computer Science or a related subject
  • Experience writing documentation for both technical and end user audiences
  • Experience of  working with a volunteer organisation
  • Knowledge of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) technology, in particular ESRI software, GPS and Satellite Communications equipment 

How to apply

Please send a CV and covering letter to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Applications will close on 28th July 2014. Interviews are planned for 12th August. Please indicate in your application if you are available on this day.  If you would like to discuss the role prior to applying then please contact us by email or telephone.

A full job description can be downloaded here - IT Officer job description

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