TERMS OF REFERENCE
Position : GIS Coordinator
Division : Marine Program
Reports to : Marine Cross Cutting Program Manager
Term : One year, with renewal depending upon performance
Location : Bogor, with travel to the field
Background to the Terms of Reference (ToR)
The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Indonesia Program aims to conserve marine resources vital to the protection and sustainability of a wide range of human activities and livelihoods. Consequently, conservation efforts cannot be separated from the management of fisheries or interaction with coastal communities. WCS employs a rigorous science-based approach to build capacity, strengthen management, support policy and regulation development, and inspire community stewardship for the protection and sustainable use of critical marine ecosystems, fisheries and threatened species. To achieve these goals, WCS employs a science to management approach to assisting the Indonesian government to establish and manage marine protected areas (MPAs), manage small-scale fisheries, and conserve sharks and rays in Aceh, North Sulawesi, West Nusa Tenggara, and North Maluku plus several other sites.
WCS Indonesia’s approach is defined by the five core WCS Global components of Protect, Discover, Inspire and Leverage, and Build. This structure was developed as part of WCS 2020 to reflect the importance of combining our scientific research with broader public awareness and direct engagement with decision makers. Success will depend on our ability to leverage the interplay between these themes to create larger policy and protection impacts.
The WCS Indonesia Marine program focuses on the establishment and effective management of MPAs and development of sustainable fisheries, as interlinked strategies to secure and manage Indonesia’s coastal marine resources. WCS is committed to assisting the Government of Indonesia to meet its national and international commitments to MPA establishment and management – including the commitment to achieve 32.5 million hectares of MPAs by 2030. MPAs benefit both biodiversity and fisheries management by protecting habitats and protecting breeding populations of important marine organisms.
Marine GIS Coordinator
WCS is now seeking a Marine GIS Coordinator who is dynamic, well-organized, hard-working, and committed team player to provide key technical support to WCS’s Marine and Fisheries Program. The GIS coordinator will be required to maintain a comprehensive spatial database for the Marine and Fisheries Program, and to provide technical assistance on GIS, oceanography, remote-sensing, and support spatial analyses, such as Marxan analysis for MPA zones/area of interest, Marine Spatial Planning, and marine SMART patrols. The work will provide support to both field interventions as well as on policy development. The GIS coordinator will also be responsible for in the collection, storage, analysis, mapping, imaging, and communication of geospatial information. The position will be based in Bogor, with regular trips to the field to provide direct technical advice, monitoring and capacity building of field staff.
Key Areas of Responsibility
Establish and maintain a GIS database
- Support the maintenance of a geospatial database containing GIS, remote-sensing and other spatial and non-spatial data for key seascapes where the marine and fisheries works.
- Continually identify, acquire and enrich the database with external spatial data relevant to the marine conservation and fisheries management activities.
- Identify and develop new methods of data compilation, data logging, and analysis, using new database systems such as Rstudio, smart phones, online tools and websites.
- Ensure the database is appropriately stored and regularly backed up.
- Provide advice on appropriate GIS, spatial analysis and database software, to ensure that the software used is of the appropriate standard.
- Provide training, technical assistance and mentorship to programmatic staff regarding all aspects of spatial database development and management, including data compilation, logging, analysis, and access.
Prepare maps and undertake spatial analyses
- Provide GIS support to the marine and fisheries program, including development of thematic maps, such as marine spatial planning, MPA zones, fisheries management, destructive fishing, and marine SMART patrol.
- Model marine species biomass and abundance dynamics, fishing dynamics, law enforcement operations and other, building upon other data sources available to WCS.
- Undertake GPS ground-truthing as needed, in conjunction with field staff, in order to verify the maps and spatial analyses produced and to determine levels of accuracy.
- Provide technical inputs on GIS and remote sensing for project monitoring and evaluation.
- Develop high quality maps for reports, presentations and other communication materials.
Engage as a key member of the WCS technical specialist team
- Provide capacity building to field staff to ensure that spatial analysis becomes part of the program analysis in implementing activities.
- Present results to relevant stakeholders at subnational and national levels as needed.
- Assist in the preparation of activity reports by providing datasets and data analysis required by donors and/or stakeholders.
- Minimum Master Degree (S2) in Geography, Marine Ecology/Biology, Fisheries, Environmental.
- Excellent practical knowledge on spatial analysis skills, marine spatial planning, field mapping and GPS use, geo-referencing and registering of satellite imagery, with remote sensing and image processing skills an advantage.
- Able to competently operate GIS software (especially ESRI ArcGIS, ERDAS and freeware GIS) and have some experience with image processing software (such as ENVI/ERMapper and Global Mapper).
- Understand and able to use a GPS and its software.
- Highly initiative and able to competently work with little supervision.
- Able to work well under pressure, quickly understand project parameters and capable of meeting deadlines on time.
- Good interpersonal skills.
- A high interest in wildlife conservation.
Please send a covering letter and CV in English to email@example.com not later than 14th February 2020 stating in the subject line “GIS Coordinator_(name)”.
No correspondence, only short-listed candidates will be notified.