Reports to Program Coordinator, the Jane Goodall Institute, DRC Program
The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), seeks a full time GIS Analyst to be based in our offices in Goma, DRC. The office is located in Goma center and consists of 15 employees. Under the supervision of the Program Coordinator, JGI-DRC and the Vice President of Conservation Science JGI-USA, the GIS Analyst will be responsible for all aspects of spatial data collection, management, analysis, development of information products and use to support conservation decisions in Eastern-DRC. The GIS Analyst will manage GIS assets including GIS and mobile mapping hardware and software along with desktop and cloud databases; provide cartographic services and GIS support to JGI-DRC programs; and train GIS staff and partners in using GIS, mobile and web mapping technologies.
JGI initiated the DRC Program in 2006, implementing integrated community-centered conservation activities in the Maiko-Tayna-Kahuzi Biega Landscape (USAID Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment – CARPE Landscape #10), an area rich in biodiversity and tremendous chimpanzee conservation potential. Currently, JGI is leading the implementation of a 10-year Great Apes Conservation Action Plan for eastern DRC in partnership with multiple stakeholders.
Major Duties & Responsibilities
- Contribute GIS analysis and cartography expertise to conservation projects in Eastern DRC. Participate as a team member for projects that require spatial data collection, management, analysis and GIS, mobile and web mapping expertise. This include, but are not limited to, biodiversity, socio-economic and health field surveys using mobile technology, participatory mapping and land use planning, Conservation Action Planning and preparedness for REDD+.
- Share experience, advice, lessons learned and ideas with colleagues and partners who are using GIS, mobile and web mapping tools in order to stay current with skills and applications.
- Provide overall GIS support and advice to JGI-DRC staff.
- Support the VP of Conservation Science in developing and implementing a JGI wide Enterprise GIS platform and support implementation of an Applied Conservation Science strategy.
- Manage and maintain GIS data resources and web mapping databases and tools.
- Develop, maintain and update as needed, spatial datasets and desktop and web databases and applications for JGI-DRC.
- Manage and maintain GIS software resources including Esri ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Online, Google Maps Engine, Earth Engine and Google Earth Pro, and other software products.
- Manage relationships with local conservation partners to secure and renew in-kind licensing agreements as part of JGI efforts to build GIS capacity in the region and manage an efficient process for distributing licenses to JGI partners in the region, while providing technical support for installation and upgrades.
- Manage and maintain GIS hardware resources including mobile devices (smartphones and tablets), servers, plotters, workstations and laptops. Coordinate with IT to ensure reliable operation and access to the Internet. Advise IT about GIS-related hardware requirements when procuring new computers. Coordinate maintenance of shared resources like plotters and GIS laptops.
- Integrate project data into Miradi software to monitor progress in meeting targets.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- The position requires a Bachelor’s degree + at least 4yrs of experience in GIS data management and analysis. A Master’s degree may substituted for 2 years of work experience. Degrees in related field such as such as Geography, Conservation Biology, natural resources management, or Ecology are preferred.
- Knowledge of biodiversity conservation, or natural resources management, as well as an understanding of international conservation issues is required.
2. Skills and Abilities
- Extensive demonstrable technical knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS - in particular Esri products), and methods of manipulating, processing and analyzing spatial data. Experience applying GIS and spatial analyses to conservation. Knowledge of Esri products, licensing and user support required.
- Working familiarity with other spatial applications such as Google Maps Engine, Earth Engine and Google Earth. Knowledge of web mapping is strongly desired.
- Technical proficiency with computer systems; knowledge of relational databases; information management skills and experience with GIS-associated tasks and analysis. Basic knowledge of computer hardware.
- Knowledge of conservation science at least to a level of communicating effectively with scientists and other staff; ideally to be able to effectively participate in conservation projects.
- Basic knowledge of programming for automating GIS analysis and database management.
- Familiarity with Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) projects.
- Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to interface between JGI staff, local communities, local governments and other partners and decision makers, and the ability to provide clear and patient instruction.
- Excellent organizational and analytical skills.
- Ability to work in, and support a productive team environment
- Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.
- Strong communications skills in French and English, verbal and written. This position involves working with a wide range of people in JGI and local communities and partners, including technical and non-technical colleagues. Candidate must have ability to write clear and concise reports.
- Ability to take direction and work independently to deliver results.
Salary range: USD 30,000- USD 36,000 per annum with medical benefits provided.
Anticipated start date: June, 2014
No phone calls please. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.