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Geographic Emergency Response Vehicle Program

GMA and the University of New Orleans propose to collaborate in the development of a mobile Geographic Emergency Response Vehicle (GeoERV) – a mobile office capable of being quickly deployed into disaster areas, to produce maps in the immediate aftermath for emergency service personnel, environmental rehabilitation personnel, longer term aid workers and evacuees.

This project has been put on hold for the time being due to several factors, inclusive of the recent recession.

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Original Concept Paper by Global MapAid :To build, operate and hand over a Geographic Emergency Response Vehicle. (PDF 74.8 KB)

All of the necessary map production equipment will be housed within the GeoERV, as will quite simple living quarters, to allow a small field team to quickly and effectively travel to critical locations and produce maps onsite for those who urgently need them. The home-base for the GeoERV will be UNO, and complementary activities will be implemented during the non-disaster periods to build capacity of local personnel, students, and local residents. The goal of the GeoERV project is to build a team of highly qualified mappers with the skills to provide a critical resource (up-to-the-minute maps) in a time of disaster. The GeoERV will be focused on the southern coastline of the USA, but also able to drive to disaster zones in other states, when called upon.

The nature of the Geo ERV program is to create a self-sufficient mobile mapping unit that will be able to map the environmental problems and associated people problems, created mainly by natural disasters, along the southern coastline of the USA. Possible solutions to such problems will also be mapped. It will thus make useful maps in-between disasters, gaining experience for post disaster mapping.

After Hurricane Katrina a GMA team went in and made seven template maps for the victims and distributed 50,000 copies. It was extremely difficult as their resources were spread across a moving 50 mile diameter circle. These resources included accommodation, wi-fi, bank, printers, food supplies, data capture areas. The Geo ERV will focus most resources in one spot, making other limited resources go much further. In any disaster situation this is imperative.

PROJECT MANAGER

To organize and help deliver the technical and marketing plans and host the conferences. Their background will be an extensive sales and marketing career.

Requirements for the position:

This candidate should have an extensive and successful career in business, probably in technology. They will have been heavily involved in sales and marketing and certainly in the leadership of small teams and perhaps large teams as well. They will definately have a rich address book of technical and corporate contacts, gleaned over a long career. They will be accomplished at public speaking to small or large groups. They will be a 'peoples person' with a pastoral style of leadership, used to dealing with all sort of people, including the more technically minded and encouraging the best out of them. They will very likely have a pension and feel that they want to give something back to society in a more humanitarian kind of way. They may be able to demonstrate a commitment to humanitarian work, through a church commitment or a rotary club commitment, over the years.

They will be enthusiastic about the idea of a mobile mapping unit, not least because they possibly have their own mobile home. They will be happy to provide at least one employer's references and at least one personal reference. If they are married, we very much hope their Partner would come and work with them, and if they own an RV it may be necessary for them both to live in it for several weeks (or months), whilst the project kicks off, although GMA and UNO will do their very best to make built accommodation available. They must be very flexible in their expectations, as this is very much a start-up situation. They must write a one page weekly report for the GMA/UNO partnership. They will preferably hold a degree in a relevant subject.

On a day-to-day basis they are responsible and accountable to Professor Juana Inbanez and the Supervisor at the University of New Orleans.

Duration: One year, possible to renew.

Remuneration:

To be decided.

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DISASTER RESEARCH

To support the Manager and other Vistas. To help find and input contacts into a computer database for conference(s) presentations. Organize and maintain the website, support the Manager and other Vistas with real disaster knowledge. Their background will be humanitarian work in the USA or overseas.

Requirements for the position:

This candidate will have had some disaster or development related work experience, they will be good at making administrative procedures, project proposal writing and all types of donor relations and follow up. They will be conversant with project management software and be able to create 'gant charts' that show time and motion, current and sequential activities. They must be able to demonstrate a commitment to humanitarian work, through operational deployment. They will be an outdoors type of person. They will be happy to provide at least one employer's references and at least one personal reference. They will hold a degree in a relevant subject.

They must be very flexible in their expectations, as this is very much a start-up situation.

On an ad hoc basis they are officially responsible and accountable to Professor Juana Inbanez and the Supervisor at the University of New Orleans.

At an informal level they are daily responsible to the Project Manager.

Duration:- One year, possible to renew.

Remuneration:

To be decided.

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To Lead GIS Training Support the Manager and Tthers

Requirements for the position:

This candidate will have had some extensive GIS experience in the private or public sector. They will know all about data collection, data storage and mapping systems. They will be an outdoors type of person. They will be happy to provide at least one employer's references and at least one personal reference. They will hold a degree in a relevant subject. They will be ready to start to make demonstration maps as soon as they join the project that can be used for marketing purposes. They will be able to give GIS classes including data capture. They will hold a degree in a relevant subject.

They must be very flexible in their expectations, as this is very much a start-up situation.

On an ad hoc basis they are officially responsible and accountable to Professor Juana Inbanez and the Supervisor at the University of New Orleans.

At an informal level they are daily responsible to the project Manager.

Duration:- One year, possible to renew.

Remuneration:

To be decided.

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To Support the Manager and Tthers

Requirements for the position:

This candidate will have a sound technical knowledge of vehicle electrical and mechanical systems as well as 'having machine oil under their finger nails.' They will be well versed in alternative power supply systems for vehicles. They will be able to draw up diagrams and pictures and models of what a vehicle could look like. They will be an outdoors type of person. They will be happy to provide at least one employer's references and one personal reference. They will hold a degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.

They must be very flexible in their expectations, as this is very much a start-up situation.

On an ad hoc basis they are officially responsible and accountable to Professor Juana Inbanez and the Supervisor at the University of New Orleans.

At an informal level they are daily responsible to the project Manager.

Duration:- One year, possible to renew.

Remuneration:

To be decided.

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ACTION VOLUNTEER GROUP MEMBER

To provide a remote service, being willing to provide informal advice, ideas, feedback, contacts, cash. Their background will be an extensive 'life experience'. The Team will rely on the ACTION VOLUNTEERS to provide vital help. This is a home based position.

Requirements for the position:

This candidates for this Team are expected to be very interested in the Geo ERV project, but for whatever reason, unable to apply for a main role. Alternatively the GMA and UNO partnership may be highly respectful and impressed by their skills and experience, yet feel these would be better applied as an Action Volunteer.

One of the Action Volunteers, having administration skills, will be chosen to establish a database of all the other members, that the Team can rely upon, when they put out a call for any type of assistance they choose.

Duration: On-going, by mutually agreeable consent between the Member and the GMA/UNO Partnership.

Remuneration:

There is no financial remuneration, however the Team members will be publicly and respectfully thanked from time to time, added to which they will have the satisfaction of having 'made a difference.'

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Application Procedure

This program is currently put on hold until further notice. In these recessionary times our funding has been compromised. However, we have every hope and determination to resume this effort and program as soon as possible.

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