Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialist

Clearance Level
Geospatial Analysis
Washington, District of Columbia

REQ#: RQ101703

Travel Required: Less than 10%
Public Trust: None
Requisition Type: Regular

GDIT is hiring a Geospatial Analyst to provide geospatial data management, analytic, and visualization support for our program with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); the Center for Global Health (CGH). As part of the Interagency Collaboration for Program Improvement (ICPI) established by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR); CDC’s Division of Global HIV and Tuberculosis (DGHT), the Health Informatics Data Management and Statistics Branch (HIDMSB) has been entrusted with stewardship of PEPFAR data and analytics to monitor the impact of HIV programs and services and inform future investment strategies.

Position is for full time employment with GDIT and will work from the customer’s office in downtown DC (metro accessible on the Orange or Blue line to Farragut West and then walk two blocks to the building). Note: Currently observing full telework during COVID-19 pandemic.

Duties include:

  • Conduct high-level data interpretation and analysis of HIV/AIDS data using various data analytics platforms
  • Identify and integrate innovative geospatial data analytic methods or applications to enhance insight of HIV program performance 
  • Ability to update geographic topology to match new information and validate geospatial coordinates as needed
  • Prepare written summaries and presentations that reflect the results of the data analysis and present findings to agency leadership
  • Help train PEPFAR headquarters and field staff on the use of geodata collection and geospatial analysis best practices
  • Build maps and geospatial products in various platforms
  • Liaise with stakeholders across different government agencies and HIV/AIDS program areas and be a champion for GIS within the program
  • Manage unstructured patient level data to prepare for meaningful data analysis
  • Develop methods, processes, or checks to assess and improve the quality of PEPFAR geospatial data across the data life cycle from reporting, entry, access, extraction, and use 

Travel Required: Up to 15% international and domestic travel (restricted during COVID-19 Pandemic)


  • BA/BS required in Geospatial Information Systems, Data Science, or related field of study.
  • Master’s degree in Geospatial Information Systems, or related field of study is preferred.



  • BA/BS with 4+ years of experience in analyzing data and conducting geospatial analyses
  • Proficiency in preforming spatial analyses for public health systems (or similar humanitarian applications)
  • Ability to maintain and manage shapefiles, geospatial databases. Strong preference towards demonstrated experience using PostGIS spatial databases
  • Expertise with ArcGIS (ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro) & QGIS 3.0+
  • Proficiency in data wrangling (querying/connecting, transposing, merging, filtering, aggregating, cleaning) of large complex datasets using at least one of R, Stata, SQL, SAS, Python, Power Query
  • Expert user of Microsoft Excel, Power Query, and PowerPoint

Highly Desired:

  • Master’s degree in Geospatial Information Systems, or related field of study is desired.
  • Familiarity with health, public health, and/or population health
  • Experience working in resource-limited settings. Preference towards using open-sourced solutions
  • Ability to create quantitative analytic tools, visualizations and applications in more than one of the following platforms: Excel, PowerBI, R Studio/R Shiny, Python/Jupyter.
  • Experience in scripting using RStudio for data management and data visualization purposes using Tidyverse packages
  • Experience using SQL to manipulate and maintain web based spatial databases.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new technical skills quickly, as needed
  • Knowledge of methods in data science, modeling and/or machine learning
  • Experience working with or for a US government agency, including State Department
  • Experience working with big datasets and/or patient level data

Skills and Attributes:

  • Strong verbal communication skills; must be comfortable and effective working with diverse audiences including technical staff, international staff, and others.
  • Ability to work independently, including exploring new lines of investigation with minimal supervisory guidance
  • Organized, intuitive, efficient and well-documented coding skills
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Passionate about making impact in global health
  • Superb interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as a team member
  • Ability to multitask and effectively manage competing priorities
We are GDIT. The people supporting some of the most complex government, defense, and intelligence projects across the country. We deliver. Bringing the expertise needed to understand and advance critical missions. We transform. Shifting the ways clients invest in, integrate, and innovate technology solutions. We ensure today is safe and tomorrow is smarter. We are there. On the ground, beside our clients, in the lab, and everywhere in between. Offering the technology transformations, strategy, and mission services needed to get the job done.

GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, or any other protected class.